It's *World Vegetarian Day tomorrow (1st October) so to mark this occasion I am sharing my delicious, recently discovered, alternative vegetarian roast recipe … a vegetarian cabbage roast basted in Marmite with a cheese sauce. Stay with me, it is delicious I promise you! *World Vegetarian Day was founded by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977.
How to Make a Vegetarian Sunday Roast Cabbage
Not only is this delicious vegetarian Sunday roast organic it is also, 100% seasonal and the cabbage (see main picture of the cabbage grown in my garden and Goldie, our pet Silkie Bantam Chicken) and potatoes even come from my garden. The roast cabbage is the main part of your usual roast and replaces the meat, nut roast or whatever usually accompanies your roast potatoes and veg.
I always fancy something meaty on a Sunday especially since I have been doing loads of training for the marathon I am running on 4th December (you can read more about that in recent blog ‘How to train for a marathon in 3 months'). These days I am finding it harder and harder to satisfy my craving for meat, but this really hit the spot! The Marmite marinade and the cheesy sauce gives it a really meaty taste.
I actually got the inspiration for this from a meal from a I had in a restaurant; it was the only vegetarian option which so I gave it a go although I wasn’t convinced I would love it! But I did and have made it several times since! You won’t believe how delicious it is until you try it.
I think cabbage recipes are very popular at the moment, our trendy local pub now does a smoked cabbage stuffed with mushrooms which is also, absolutely delicious and equally surprising! And rightly so, it is seasonal and easy to grow in the UK so is really good for the environment and our planet.
Organic Vegetarian Roast Cabbage Recipe
- 1 large winter green cabbage, cut into wedges
- 4-5 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of Marmite
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Set the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Mix 2 tbsp of Marmite and 4-5 tbsp of olive oil together then brush the cabbage wedges all over with it. Put them on a baking tray and grind some freshly ground pepper over liberally. For a charge finish put in a griddle pan first on a high heat for about 5 minutes before coating and transferring to the oven.
Roast for about 25-30 mins, turning them over halfway through cooking. Squeeze lemon juice over before serving.
50g/2oz butter (I use organic butter from Abel and Cole)
50g/2oz plain flour (or spelt flour from Planet Organic who stock a great range of wheat free and organic flour alternatives)
800-1000/24–32fl oz milk
160/6oz cheese, grated (I use medium or mature cheddar, locally sourced from Abel and Cole)
Salt and pepper to taste
Slowly melt the butter in a saucepan and gradually stir in the flour, gently heat for 2 minutes until you have the roux (cooked butter and flour).
Gradually and slowly stir in the milk making sure you are stirring constantly to avoid it becoming lumpy. Make sure the sauce is creamy and add more milk if it is too thick.
Reduce heat and gently stir in the cheese, be careful not to boil as this will cause the cheese to become stringy.
Plate up the cabbage and cover with a ladle of cheese sauce, serve with other roast trimmings (as pictured I had mine with gravy, roast potatoes, carrots and steamed cabbage for a delicious roast dinner!).
Serves 4 as part of a main meal when included with roast potatoes and other veg.
Goes absolutely beautifully with a glass of Chardonnay or Pouilly Fume from Majestic, I find that the flavours in the Pouilly Fume from Majestic from Majestic particularly compliment the cheese sauce.
If you are looking for more of a weekday vegetarian lunch or light evening meal then check out my Happy Vegetarian Week blog post to discover a great recipe for Vegetarian Halloumi and Carrot Salad with Mint and Seeds.
If you fancy trying a vegetarian meal where the ingredients come pre prepared then how about checking out some easy vegetarian meal ideas from Gousto, Simply Cook, Hello Fresh or my personal favourite Mindful Chef?
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More blogs from Miranda:
How to Train for a Marathon in 3 Months
Happy Organic September
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