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Two Vegan Cabbage Rolls on a plate with parsley on top.
Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Vegan Cabbage Rolls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

These stuffed vegan cabbage rolls are stuffed with a savory, smoky mixture of quinoa and lentils, then baked up in tomato sauce until piping hot. A delicious and healthy main dish that's perfect for special occasions!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Polish
Servings: 8 rolls
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 1 large head of green cabbage*
For the Filling
  • ¾ cup dried brown lentils**
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa***
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour, optional, for binding
For the Sauce:
  • 1 (28 ounce or 800 gram) can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place about 3 inches of water into a large pot and add the entire head of cabbage stem side down.

  2. Place the pot over high heat, bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and and cover. Allow the cabbage to steam until leaves peel off easily, about 20 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and allow the cabbage to cool for a few minutes.

  3. While the cabbage steams, begin preparing the filling. Place the lentils in a saucepan and cover them with a few inches of water. Place the pot over high heat.

  4. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and allow the lentils to simmer until they're are just fully cooked (not mushy), about 25 minutes, adding water to the pot as needed. When the lentils are finished cooking, drain any excess liquid.

  5. While the lentils simmer, place the broth into a small saucepan and add the quinoa. Place the pot over high heat and bring the broth to a boil.

  6. Lower the heat, cover the pot and allow the liquid to simmer until all of the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  7. Remove the pot from heat and allow it to sit with the lid on for 5 minutes before taking it off and fluffing the quinoa with a fork.

  8. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onion and cook it until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

  9. Add 1 ½ cups of the cooked lentils and 1 cup of the cooked quinoa (you'll have just a bit of each leftover), along with red wine vinegar, soy sauce, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Add oat flour at this time if using. Flip the mixture a few times just to combine the ingredients, then remove from heat.

  10. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  11. Stir all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl, then distribute about ½ cup of the sauce into the bottom of 9 x 9 inch (or similarly sized) baking dish.

  12. Carefully peel a leaf off of the cabbage head and place it onto a work surface with the stem side facing you. Trim any very thick portions of the leaf near the base.

  13. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of filling onto the center of the leaf. Fold the base side over the filling, then wrap the sides inward over the filling. Roll the center away from you to wrap everything up. Place the roll, seam side down, into the baking dish. Repeat until all of the filling is used (you'll get about 8 rolls).

  14. Spoon the remaining sauce over the rolls, cover and bake for 1 hour. The sauce should be bubbly when the cabbage rolls are done baking.

  15. Remove the dish from the oven and allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

* You only actually need about 8 cabbage leaves for this recipe. In order to get the most large, easily rollable leaves, I suggest going with a large head and only using the larger, outermost layers of leaves. You can save the rest for another use.

** Precooked lentils can be used if you've got them on hand. You'll need 1 ½ cups.

*** Precooked quinoa can be used if you've got some on hand. You'll need 1 cup. Preferably use quinoa that's been cooked in broth.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Vegan Cabbage Rolls
Amount Per Serving (2 cabbage rolls (¼ of recipe))
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Sodium 719mg30%
Potassium 1573mg45%
Carbohydrates 59.8g20%
Fiber 16.7g67%
Sugar 17.4g19%
Protein 16.6g33%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.