CIA Recipe: Salmon and Wild Rice-Stuffed Cabbage
With Edamame and Tarragon Dipping Sauce
Hyde Park, NY – Fresh cabbage is widely available in March, and it's a good thing since so many of us enjoy it with corned beef on St. Patrick's Day! Cabbage is from the Brassica family, which also includes cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. You'll find it in all shapes, sizes, and textures—common varieties are green cabbage (sometimes referred to as white), red cabbage, the crinkly and crisper savoy cabbage, and the napa, which forms more into a tall stalk or barrel than a tight ball.
There are many ways to enjoy this healthy vegetable. The faculty at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) suggests a delicious heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly variation on a traditional stuffed cabbage with salmon and wild rice.
"I serve the stuffed cabbage rolls with steamed edamame and a tarragon dipping sauce, to make a meal high in protein, fiber, and flavor while low in saturated fat, and without a fishy aftertaste," says Registered Dietitian and CIA Associate Professor Jennifer Stack. "I designed this recipe for people like me, who are not fond of fish but want the health benefits it provides. These stuffed cabbage rolls look so good and are so tasty, they tempt even non-seafood lovers."
Edamame are fresh green soy beans in their pods. They are popular in Asia, particularly in Japan where they are served as a snack. Introduce them to family and friends as a fun finger food. "They can become rather addictive when dipped in a tarragon sauce," Stack says. Dip the bean in the sauce and then put the whole pod in your mouth. While holding on to the end of the pod, gently pull the pod through your teeth and the beans will pop out in your mouth. Discard the pod and move onto the next one.
A good time-saving practice for this recipe and other dishes like this one is to keep some wild rice handy and cooked barley in small portions in the freezer to just grab and use. You can also substitute rinsed, canned salmon in place of fresh salmon if you don't have the chance to get to a fish market.
The following recipes are from Jennifer Stack's new book, the CIA's The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen cook book (Wiley, 2012), available for purchase online.
CIA's salmon and wild-rice stuffed cabbage with edamame and tarragon dipping sauce. (Photo credit: CIA/Ben Fink)
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts, Latin cuisines, and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.
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