September 28, 2009

Cabbage Cookies & Carrot Fries

Am I a hippie yet?

I gotta say, this particular Monday was spectacularly bad. Like, it should go down in the annals of Bad Monday history. But hey, it happens, and in such situations we often have to do the best with what we've got, and that goes for dinner, too.

I did have plans to go out for dinner with the boyf, but turns out he's got his own cold now (go figure), so I found myself suddenly without a dinner plan. No biggie--I ended up working quite late, anyway. Still, I needed to feed myself using what was in the fridge already. In such cases, things like cabbage cookies are created.

The inspiration came from the Vegan Okonomiyaki I did a week or two ago, but this permutation is indeed pretty distant from its Japanese origin. Basically, I'd already decided to bake my first batch of carrot fries tonight and didn't want to stand over the stove, cooking, as long as I had food in the oven anyway! The cabbage cookie was born of sheer laziness, and I'll go ahead and be proud of it. I will also share the recipe.

Cabbage Cookie!

Ingredients (for one cookie):
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage (you can just buy bagged coleslaw mix, for extra laziness!)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (I like TJ's raw crunchy)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 450*. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix flax and water and allow to stand several minutes until thickened.
  3. Combine cabbage, flax mix (as needed), almond butter and S&P in a bowl.
  4. Stir/massage/mix with both hands until cabbage is well coated and sticky.
  5. Pour onto cookie sheet and shape into a round "cookie" form. "Batter" will be loose, so arrange the mixture as densely and evenly as you can.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping (carefully!) halfway through.
Along with the exceedingly fabulous carrot fries (thank you for the 3,532nd time, Gena!) and a quick massaged kale salad, this turned out to be one of the more delicious meals I've ever turned out in less than half an hour. Just what I needed after a long day!

I topped everything with a drizzle of the sauce left over from the okonomiyaki adventure, and it was a nice, tangy compliment to these particular veggies. However, if you're staying lazy and don't want to do the whole homemade sauce thing, I think that cabbage cookies and carrot fries could be enjoyed equally well with ketchup/mustard/BBQ sauce/hummus or whatever floats your boat and is vaguely sauce-like.

And if you're averse to the idea of baked cabbage, allow me to ease your fears a bit, because the cabbage shreds become rather potato-like when cooked this way, believe it or not. Sort of hash-brown-ish, in that the pattie gets crispy on the outside but stays fairly moist and mild-tasting inside. In fact, I would almost liken the cabbage cookie to a latke! How appropriate on this Yom Kippur evening, eh? Or should I say, oy? ...Sorry for the lame joke, but I'm not Jewish--the Yiddish does not flow forth from me quite so easily as weird cabbage recipes.


Gena said...

Cabbage cookies? Woman, you exceeded my expectation. Way to make some serious f-ing lemonade out of Monday lemons. xoxo

Dori said...

A gut yor! (Means a good year in yiddish) I need to try the carrot fries.

Lizzy said...

a cabbage cookie and carrot fries, seriously can we have dinner together! this is like the perfect sounding meal, both of these veggies are my FAVORITE! YUm! :) can't wait to try them out!

Lele said...

You go girl. I had a spectacularly bad Monday, and I want crazy on some Reese's cup ice cream (that, er, belongs to my roommate). You had a bad Monday and made a gorgeous looking cabbage-based dish. You are in your own league, mdear.

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

I will make your cabbage cookies. I will not make carrot fries because I already go through a 10 lb. bag of carrots a week and my fridge will not hold two.

Lia said...

That's so cool, and random! They look really yummy though, and, being a cabbage lover, I will be trying them out! Thanks for the experimental enlightenment!

VeggieGirl said...

INCREDIBLE creation!

Olga said...

I mean, Russians eats cabbage in any shape or form...but baking it into a cookie form? That's new to me. I shall enlighten them :)

P.S. Are you coming to the blogger dinner when Ellie from Inside I'm Still Dancing, who is coming on Oct. 9th? 'Cause you shoullldddd

Gina said...

I agree, it's similar to a latke, but it's a healthier form of a latke!! I love your recipe, and I was shocked to see the almond butter. So perhaps it's a bit of sweet and salty combined? I love that idea. I've never heard of carrot fries either, but I love sweet potato fries so why not carrot?!

fitforfree said...

This is like my dream dinner. One question: does the cabbage smell stinky when it's cooking? I LOVE cabbage, but HATE that smell!!

Diana said...

Lizzy -
You bet! Can you be here in say, 10 minutes? ;)

Sarah -
Haha, the 10 lb bag of carrots image cracked me up. Fair enough.

Olga -
I emailed you!

Gina -
The AB does make a nice nutty flavor for the cabbage cookies, but I should have noted in the recipe above that I used UNsweetened almond butter. As in I wouldn't let any Barney Butter near this recipe, haha.

Vani -
Not really stinky at all! Roasting veggies smells pretty much divine whichever way you work it. I can't promise YOU won't be stinky after eating cabbage, though. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

In answer to my question on my bloggie, yeah an old nose piercing counts :)

The carrot fries...not only have I made some of those but also roasted carrots in my dehydrator. The carrots in the oven were quicker and more satisfying but your little carrot sticks resemble my eats too :)

And dig the cabbage recipe. My Jewish hubs would be all over that. Oy vey yes please!

RunToTheFinish said...

oh that is a really neat thing to make, I am totally going to do that. just added it to my recipe list!!

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Anonymous said...

hahaha first of all....THANK YOU SO for your wonderful comment on my blog!! you made me smileeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

and i LOVE LOVE LOVE THE CABBAGE COOKIES!!! i have got to try those!!! plus carrot fries?!
i want that whole meal!!!

hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

JavaChick said...

Hi! Wanted to say thanks. Just read your post on okonomiyaki and now I know what it is that I had a few years back (ok, more than a few) when I met these girls from Japan and they cooked me dinner...Hadn't thought about it in years, but that's definitely what it was (though not vegan). :)

Missy said...

Cabbage it! I've been dying to make those carrot fries since I saw in on Gena's blog last week. Your whole meal looks perfect.

Erica said...

Sorry to heart about your crummy Monday but WHAT a dinner. Those look incredible and what a simple dinner. I Totally want to try

Shannon said...

cabbage cookies?? lol, awesome. hope your tuesday was better hun!!!

Hayley said...

Holy hell these look good...yet another one for the Diana recipes folder. SCORE!!!

Lori said...

OMG you may be a genius with those cabbage cookies!!!!! I am making those tomorrow! Wow! So creative!