Cabbage and rice casserole is an inexpensive vegetarian dish that is full of flavour. The cannellini beans and brown rice provide lots of fibre, while the cottage cheese is high in protein, making this a filling meal.
If you’re worried that brown rice and cabbage doesn’t sound very exciting, you may be pleasantly surprised by this dish.
This cabbage and rice casserole is a full-flavour vegetarian meal thanks to the herbs, garlic, mustard and cheesy goodness.
Because it’s full of vegetables, this is a great one-dish vegetarian meal. But you can also serve it with a side-salad or some garlic bread.
The brown rice and cannellini beans make this dish high in fibre. If you don’t have cannellini beans, you can use butter beans, navy beans or any white bean you have on hand.
This dish also has lots of protein from the cottage cheese and eggs. The combination of the fibre and protein make this a filling meal.
If you don’t have cottage cheese on hand, you can use plain milk or you can try your hand at making your own cottage cheese, which is easy to do.
This vegetarian casserole uses eggs to bind it together, so it’s a little like a very veggie-full frittata, but not as eggy.
- 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
- 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- pinch dried thyme
- 1/4 head cabbage, finely shredded
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 1 tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. wholegrain mustard
- 1/2 cup or so of grated tasty cheese
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
- Cook rice according to packet instructions. I like to cook it in the rice cooker.
- In a large frypan, lightly sauté mushroom in a little olive oil. Remove from heat.
- Add a little extra oil to the pan and sauté onion until soft. Add cabbage and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the grated vegetables, garlic and thyme and continue to cook until vegetables are softened and cooked – another couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat the eggs, cottage cheese, sour cream and mustard. Add the cabbage mixture, cannellini beans and cooked rice.
- Pour into a greased casserole dish, top with grated cheese and bake for 20- 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. If mushrooms are expensive, you can leave them out.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g
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Looking for other frugal vegetarian recipes? Why not check out:
- bean and rice enchiladas
- vegetable patties
- lentil and veggie stew
- veggie cottage pie
- pumpkin and chickpea curry
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