It makes sense that when you are cooking on a budget you want to shop for ingredients that are…well, cheap! One of the least expensive vegetables you can buy at the store is cabbage. I’ve never been a huge fan myself. For some reason I’ve never found a coleslaw that I liked or really fell in love with cabbage rolls. As a result I hardly ever buy cabbage because what good is cooking on a budget if you don’t like the food you are making? Well, I decided to have one last go at my dreaded foe, the cabbage. Either I have taken cooking on a budget to a whole new delusional level or this recipe really rocks!
So have no fear if you fear cooking with cabbage! One, you are gonna love this recipe and two, you don’t actually cook the cabbage. If after trying this recipe you still aren’t a cabbage fan (rah, rah, rah, GO CABBAGE!) you can trade to the other, less sturdy, culinary team of iceberg lettuce.
Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 batch Thai Marinade (follows)
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 head green cabbage
Begin by cleaning your cabbage, trimming the stem and tearing the leaves off, whole. Next, in a skillet brown the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Add the peppers and onions. Allow to cook on medium while you mix the Thai Marinade. Once you have made the marinade add it to the meat mixture. Spoon the meat mixture into the cabbage leaves, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve.
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tblsp honey
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tblsp orange juice
- 1 1/2 tblsp lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
- 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
Mix all ingredients together and use in the Thai Beef Cabbage wraps or as a marinade for another dish.