Although cabbage plus cabbage is probably not such a good idea, things like that happen to me when I follow my intuition. One day I eat no leafy greens at all and the other I crave them like mad. I must say though that I very much like the way bean and broccoli balls and spiced cabbage go along together. But your dinner shouldn’t necessarily be all cabbagey. You could serve the bean and broccoli balls with some mashed potatoes or other vegetables, or you could enjoy the spiced cabbage on its own as a salad or follow the original author’s suggestions mentioned on her page.

These two dishes do not even belong to the same culture, as the ‘meat’balls are cooked with some Italian tomato sauce, like Marinara or Tomato and Basil in my case. But there’s definitely something for me in mixing things up.CBMB

Cannellini Bean and Broccoli ‘Meat’balls:

  • 1/2 head Broccoli florets (340 g), stems and hard parts chopped off
  • 1 small Onion or 3 stalks Scallions, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
  • 1 can Cannellini Beans, or 1 3/4 cup Cooked Cannellini Beans
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs – Use Sesame seeds for Gluten-Free option
  • Italian Herbs to taste – I used Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage…
  • Salt, Black Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Marinara sauce or any other Tomato Sauce – I used Heinz GF Tomato & Basil

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 C.
  2. Steam broccoli for about 3 minutes, until slightly tender. Let it cool a little.
  3. Put broccoli in a blender or a food processor together with onions, garlic, herbs, sesame seeds or panko crumbs and beans. Pulse until beans are coarsely chopped. Make balls about 5 cm in diameter.
  4. Grease a casserole dish with olive oil and put the ‘meat’balls in it. Cover them with a little bit of olive oil too, and bake for about 30 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, turn the balls upside down and bake for further 10 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven off, add the tomato sauce and return the balls to the oven for the sauce to heat through.

For the Warm Cabbage Salad with coconut and spices, follow this link: http://www.perisspiceladle.com/2014/02/21/warm-cabbage-and-coconut-slaw/

I’m sure you’ll find much more on this amazing website than the salad, especially if you’re an Indian food lover.

Bon Appetite!

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