8 leaves cabbage
8 oz ground pork
8 oz ground beef
½ onion, finely chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp salt
1 finely diced Jalapeno pepper (optional)
8 oz mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp lard (or coconut oil)*
1 cup (240 mL) water
2 tbsp powdered beef consommé (bullion)
2 tbsp butter (or coconut oil, for the simmering process)*
8 tbsp Picante sauce (or any salsa of your choice)
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
grated parmesan cheese, to taste and presentation
fresh cilantro, to taste and presentation
Blanch the cabbage leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes, then transfer directly to a large bowl of ice water. Carefully remove the raised portion of the tough stem, finely dice and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork, ground beef, diced cabbage stems, onion, egg, salt, and jalapeno pepper, and mix until well-combined. Divide into eight equal parts.
Form each portion of meat into a patty and wrap around a 1 oz piece of mozzarella cheese until completely encased. Place the meat and cheese on a cabbage leaf, fold in the front and right side, and roll up. Then fold the left side inwards towards the meat filling to seal. Repeat with the remaining meat and cabbage leaves.
Heat lard (or coconut oil)* in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the cabbage rolls and fry for 3 minutes or until brown on each side. Add water, bullion, and butter (or coconut oil)* and heat until boiling. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove cabbage rolls from pan and top each roll with 2 tbsp Picante sauce, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese, cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste, and serve.
Notes and nutritional facts:
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 rolls)
Calories per serving: 621
*All the calories in coconut oil and lard come from fat. Although "fat" or one may sound more intimidating than the other, we need some fat in our diets. Fat absorbs vitamins, protects organs, creates several hormones and keeps our body temperature within a normal range. One tablespoon of coconut oil or lard has about 13.5 grams of total fat. Because each gram of fat has 9 calories, you'll get around 120 calories from a tablespoon of either, lard or coconut oil.
Tired of hot wings drenched in sugary sauces? This recipe for my dry-rub hot wings uses a seasoned blend of dry ground chili peppers. Mesquite bean flour, and spices that can be adjusted to your taste and tolerances.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
1.5 lbs chicken wings (about 16 flats and drummies)
1 - 2 tbsp EVOO
2 tbsp Mesquite bean flour*
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cayenne pepper (adjust to your tolerances)
1 tsp crushed red pepper (again, adjust)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 350º (F).
Dry wing pieces with paper towel and place in a large bowl. Rub with EVOO until each piece is evenly coated.
Combine all dry ingredients in another large bowl or a plastic zip-lock freezer bag and coat each piece (3 or 4 at a time). Repeat until all wings are coated with the dry rub mixture.
Place seasoned wings on a rack over a shallow baking pan with sides.
Bake at 350º for 20 minutes, flip each wing and then bake for another 20 minutes.
Remove from rack and serve.
Notes and nutritional facts:
Makes 4 servings.
444 calories per serving
Total carbs: 3.4g
net carbs: 2g
*Mesquite bean flour may be substituted with an equal amount of ground pork rinds to limit carbohydrates.