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Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls With Vegan Cream Sauce

These savory Ukrainian cabbage rolls add a delicious twist to the once meaty favorite. A comforting winter favorite lower in calories and loaded with veggies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
baking time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 736kcal
Author: Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian
Cost: $5


  • 8x8 cake pan
  • Skillet


  • 2 tbsp olive oil may use 2-4
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 whole jalapeno chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms chopped
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup tofu extra firm
  • ½ cup quinoa cooked
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast add water to create sauce
  • cup crushed tomato or tomato sauce
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup v8 juice

Creamy Vegan Sauce

  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup cashews soaked
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


Cabbage Rolls

  • Core and freeze cabbage. Alternatively boil head of cabbage for 2-3 minutes.
  • Peel about 10 large leaves from outside of cabbage.
  • Cut out hard center piece in leaves making a small V.
  • Add 2-4 tbsp olive oil to pan. Add in oregano and red pepper flakes.
  • Chop garlic, celery, mushroom, and jalapeno
  • squeeze moisture from tofu with hands making into crumbles.
  • Add all veggies to skillet over medium heat. Brown slightly before adding tofu as tofu will add moisture and veggies will not saute as well.
  • combine nutritional yeast with 2 parts water to create sauce. Add to sauteed veggies along with 1 cup of tomato sauce.
  • Add filling to cabbage leave to create ukrainian cabbage rolls. Secure with toothpick. Add v8 juice and 1/2 cup tomato sauce combiend to top. Cover with tin foil. Bake for 1-1.5 hours until leaves are soft at 350 degrees.

Creamy Vegan Sauce

  • combine all ingredients for vegan cream sauce. Use high powered blender to create desired consistency. Add more water if desired than specified to create the right texture.
  • top with fresh cilantro.



Nutrition Facts
Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls With Vegan Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving (3 cabbage rolls)
Calories 736 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 563mg24%
Potassium 1458mg42%
Carbohydrates 92g31%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 32IU1%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 22mg122%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Serving size is for 2 Ukrainian
Sauteed fresh veggies
sauteed fresh veggies for ukrainian cabbage rolls
Sauteed veggies and tofu
saute crumbled tofu for Ukrainian cabbage rolls
Nutritional Yeast Sauce
Nutritional yeast sauce for Ukrainian cabbage rolls
Ukrainian cabbage roll filling
Ukrainian cabbage roll filling
filled cabbage leaf for ukrainian cabbage rolls
filled cabbage leaf for ukrainian cabbage rolls
cabbage rolls, Calories will vary for Ukrainian cabbage rolls slightly based on size of roll and quantity of topping added. 
These Ukrainian cabbage rolls can be made spicier by adding sriracha sauce to the tomato sauce topping. 


Serving: 3cabbage rolls | Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 1458mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 22mg