Monday, October 12, 2009

Dinner & Dessert

I started yesterday morning with a gnarly headache. Probably something to do with going from triple digit temps to 60's in a week's span. I was going to cancel my plans and wallow in the misery of my headache but I decided to force myself to get up and go. I'm glad I did. Since my Farmer's Market wasn't held Saturday due to the Rod Run I located two Sunday Farmer's Markets not too far away I really wanted to check out.

Verdict: No where near as cool as my Farmers Market but I did pick up a few things for the week including a scary good bag of locally grown macadamia nuts. Thankfully it is a small bag because like I said... scary good. My haul: Onions, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Pears, Apples, Macadamia Nuts and the World's Biggest Grapes at least I think they are... they are HUGE 50-cent piece size.

While I was out I took a bunch of deep breaths of fresh air and by the time I got home my headache had subsided. Happy I didn't let the headache take me over or I wouldn't have bought the cabbage that became this yummy Sunday dinner...

Shelly's Cabbage Rolls

3/4 lb. Ground Turkey, Chicken, or Beef (about 1/2 a package)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
4 Green Onions, diced
6 Mushrooms, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon Sherry (do not skip alcohol cooks away)
2 Tablespoons Cashews, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Salt (in boiling water)
6-8 Cabbage Leaves (I always throw an extra in just in case one tears)

1 1/2 cups Tomato Sauce (I used the homemade I froze the other day)

Remove core from cabbage, discard dark raggy outer leaves. Gently peel away 6-8 leaves. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add cabbage leaves. Cook 5 minutes. Drain and set side.

Saute onions and mushrooms till golden. Add turkey. Use a wooden spoon to break up meat. Cook meat till no pink is seen. Add garlic, sherry, cashews, and seasonings.

Spoon 1/2 the tomato sauce into a Pyrex casserole dish. Set aside. Spoon some meat filling in the center of each cabbage leaf and roll up the cabbage to enclose the filling like a burrito. Place the cabbage rolls side by side in rows, seam-side down, in the tomato sauced casserole dish.

Spoon the remaining sauce on top of the rolls. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

and for dessert...

Shelly's Roasted Pears with Sweetened Ricotta and Caramel

I ate dessert while watching my favorite show "The Amazing Race." Would have been perfect except my favorite team was DQ'd. They came in first this week only to discover they had lost a passport. A cardinal no-no on the race. Disqualified. Disappointing. Teams I'm pulling for now: The Harlem Globetrotters, the SoCal couple Meghan and Cheyne and the Dad and his pink haired son.


Molly said...

So glad your headache went away and you got to have a great day. Your dinner looks so awesome! Can't wait to try it since it brings back memories of the cabbage rolls my grandma used to make. Your tut. is just the inspiration I needed to make those too. Now to find a good cabbage!

PS...gotta try your dessert too but will sub an apple cause I'm not a pear lover, so sorry! It's a texture thing. Thank you sooooo much for the great post and recipes. You are above awesome.

minime said...

I find your Blog so inspiring!! I hate to cook, but I’m glad that you love it. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with the rest of us; not only the food ideas, but just how your life flows in general. You must have made several changes since your fatty days, and it’s great to be able to get a glimpse of how that looks. I noticed on Daily Strength that you mentioned that in your early post-op days, you had only a few ‘tried and true’ meals that worked for you, then you built from there. Would you share those early meal ideas. My surgery date is Dec 7 (if the insurance comes through), I’m trying to get my head into a new space. ALSO, how do you keep track of your food intake?( Paper journal, online, blackberry?) It looks like keeping track of what we eat might be one of most powerful tools to not gaining the weight back....what is your method?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Molly. Yeah I saw traditional rice stuffed cabbage rolls on a menu board the other day and I thought oh must make those my way. Hope you enjoy them!



Minime, Thank you so much and best wishes on your upcoming surgery!!! I hope you will feel the way I do about having weight loss surgery that it was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself.

A few links to check out:

What I ate during the pureed phase:


Check the drop down archives on the left side of the blog... I had surgery in June 2006 so I'd scan through some of the earlier posts for sure :)

Hope this helps,

kareninflorida said...

Two words: YUM MO! Those cabbage rolls look amazing! I'm sure they taste amazing too, just as all of your recipes do. :) Okay, enough food porn for me - I need a protein shake! LOL

T2Nashville said...

I knew I liked you for more than just your cooking. I will really miss Dev and Justin! Amazing Race is the ONLY reality show I watch. And though the Harlem Globetrotters probably don't need that million, you just can't help pulling for those guys!

Beverly said...

I can't wait to try the cabbage rolls! Also, I was disappointed when the guys were dq'd because of losing their documents.