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Chinese Cabbage Rolls

with Rice and Vegetables
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Chinese Cabbage Rolls

Chinese Cabbage Rolls - Cabbage becomes extra-light with Mediterranean ingredients instead of the usual hearty fillings

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45 min.

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Nutritional values

The crunchy, Chinese cabbage provides a lot of vitamin C, while the filling of rice and vegetables contains a particularly large amount of B vitamins and magnesium. Just one portion covers about half of the daily requirement of these substances.

Especially calorie-conscious people can use low-fat sheep's cheese for the filling and replace black olives with the lower-fat green ones.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie434 cal.(21 %)
Protein11 g(11 %)
Fat17 g(15 %)
Carbohydrates55 g(37 %)
Sugar added1 g(4 %)
Roughage4.5 g(15 %)
Vitamin A0.2 mg(25 %)
Vitamin D0.1 μg(1 %)
Vitamin E2.5 mg(21 %)
Vitamin B₁0.3 mg(30 %)
Vitamin B₂0.3 mg(27 %)
Niacin6.5 mg(54 %)
Vitamin B₆0.6 mg(43 %)
Folate143 μg(48 %)
Pantothenic acid1.8 mg(30 %)
Biotin12.6 μg(28 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.4 μg(13 %)
Vitamin C48 mg(51 %)
Potassium603 mg(15 %)
Calcium228 mg(23 %)
Magnesium139 mg(46 %)
Iron3.3 mg(22 %)
Iodine13 μg(7 %)
Zinc2.1 mg(26 %)
Saturated fatty acids4.9 g
Uric acid136 mg
Cholesterol11 mg
Development of this recipe:


9 ozs Brown basmati rice
12 large leaves Napa cabbage
2 sprigs Basil
2 sun-dried Tomatoes
½ Cucumber
10 black olives (pitted)
3 ozs Feta
5 ozs Yogurt (low-fat)
1 lemon
3 Tbsps olive oil
1 tsp honey
How healthy are the main ingredients?
Fetaolive oilhoneyBasilsaltNapa cabbage

Kitchen utensils

1 Measuring cups, 2 large Pots (with lid), 1 Cutting board, 1 Sieve, 1 Small knife, 1 Slotted spoon, 3 Bowls (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small), 1 Paper towel, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Large knife, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Citrus juicer, 1 Whisk

Preparation steps

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 1

Combine the rice with 2 cups of salted water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, place 2 layers of paper towels between pot and lid and let stand another 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 2

While the rice cooks, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Rinse cabbage leaves and cut out rib from each leaf. 

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 3

Blanch the cabbage leaves in the boiling water for about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and briefly plunge into a bowl of ice  water.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 4

Drain the cabbage leaves well and spread out on a thick layer of paper towels. Pat dry well with another layer of paper towels.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 5

Rinse basil, shake dry, pluck leaves and cut into fine strips. Cut sun-dried tomatoes into thin strips.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 6

Peel cucumber half, cut in half again, remove seeds with a teaspoon and cut lengthwise into narrow strips.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 7

Coarsely chop olives with a large knife. Drain feta cheese and finely chop. Mix the cooled rice in a bowl with the yogurt and basil.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 8

Place cabbage leaves on the work surface. Top each leaf with some rice mixture, leaving edges free. Press down firmly in the center of rice lengthwise to make a well.

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 9

Fill each well with tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta cheese. Roll up each leaf firmly, starting on a long side. 

Chinese Cabbage Rolls preparation step 10

Squeeze out lemon juice and whisk the juice in a small bowl with the honey and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cut the cabbage rolls into slices or portion as desired and serve with the lemon dressing.