This recipe is a more nutrient-packed version of traditional cabbage rolls. Not to mention it is super simple, inexpensive, great for leftovers, and delicious! A great recipe for new vegans, penny-pinchers, and those who are short on time and like to keep the kitchen stocked with dinner-ready ingredients.

I love making this in the dead of winter when I want something warm and comforting without overloading on calories. The collards are in season and the rest of the ingredients can be found in your pantry! I added tomatoes because I had them on hand and they needed to be used, but you can certainly leave them out.

Hint: cook the rice and beans (if you’re not using canned beans) ahead of time so this recipe becomes a quick-throw-in-the-oven meal.

You can also change the entire flavor of this dish just my modifying the herbs + spices. I use cumin and chili powder in this recipe, but you can easily swap them out for Italian spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil.

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Stuffed Collard Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Stuffed Collard Rolls
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium pot, saute onions in olive oil for a couple minutes until soft and translucent. Add garlic and saute for one more minute.
  3. Add spices, beans, rice, and tomatoes and mix thoroughly. Add salt + pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  4. Wash collard greens and pat dry. Slice either side of leaves away from stems, discard stems.
  5. Quickly blanch leaves in boiling water to make them easier to roll without breaking
  6. Lay a leaf on a cutting board, fill with ~1/4 cup of rice & bean mixture, roll up and place in a baking dish. Repeat until all of your leaves + filling are gone and you've filled up the pan.
  7. Pour tomato sauce over rolls in pan, covering them evenly and completely.
  8. Cover pan with foil and bake for about 30 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition in 1 serving (3 rolls):

Calories:  270     Protein:  10 g      Fat:  7 g         Carbohydrate: 40 g      Fiber: 10 g

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We had just a tiny bit of the rice & bean filling leftover, which was so delicious we couldn’t toss it. This mixture can serve as a meal on it’s own!

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