Well this recipe may be odd-sounding but I promise you – it is a good one!! Green Cabbage Arancini Balls. What are they you ask? They are basically a mixture of green cabbage, rice, feta, and some delicious spices fried off in a pan. You can eat them as a “snack ball” or as a main meal. Yum!!
Arancini originally refers to rice balls that are stuffed and then covered in bread crumbs and deep-fried. We are not taking it that far with either the breadcrumbs or the deep frying. However, the rice resemblance made me think of the name.
I only made this recipe on a whim. I brought it along to a picnic and my friends fell in love with it. They basically said you feel like you are eating comfort food but still kind of on the nutritional side 🤣. Since then, I have made them multiple times but only ever used some form of cabbage I had in the fridge. I have made them with kale, savoy cabbage, and bok choy for these pictures. I would presume that Swiss chard will work nicely as well 🥰.
Why are these Green Cabbage Arancini Balls good for me?
As said above, you can make these arancini balls with pretty much any green cabbage you like. They have turned out lovely every single time. Obviously, the exact nutritional profile of each individual cabbage will be slightly different but they also have quite a bit in common. Green cabbage contains fiber, vitamin K1, vitamin C, manganese, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Fiber helps your body to eliminate properly as it passes everything nicely through your colon. Additionally, fiber provides a healthy feeding ground for your good gut bacteria. Fiber is also beneficial for your heart health as it can bind “bad” cholesterol and eliminate it through your stool.
Vitamin K1 is an important vitamin that helps with blood clotting and bone metabolism. Without vitamin K in the body, blood would not be able to clot properly and excessive bleeding could occur. In addition, green cabbage also contains a lot of antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation in the body and can reduce certain blood markers for inflammation. As you well know by now, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant in the body. High levels of vitamin C may lower your risk of certain cancers due to its powerful protection against free radicals in the body.
How can I adjust these Green Cabbage Arancini Balls to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and nut-free. If you would like to make this recipe vegan – simply leave out the egg (I have done this by accident and it works well as well), use vegan-approved cooking oil, and swap feta for vegan feta. Sadly, due to the grains and feta used, this recipe is not for the paleo lifestyle.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
Comfort meets deliciousness meets nutrition. There are loads of recipes on the blog like that 😉. Try some of the following below:
- Jackfruit Fajita Salad
- Spicy Peanut Butter Noodle Salad
- Creamy Baked Cauliflower
- Creamy Lemon Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Tuscan-Style Tomato and Bread Salad (Panzanella)
And that is it for this week 🤗. I hope you enjoy these delicious Green Cabbage Arancini Balls 😍. In the pictures, I served them with the curry dip from my baked carrots. As always, please let me know how you like the recipe by either commenting below and/or leaving a review. I love hearing from you!! Happy cooking everyone 😋.