Cabbage casserole

So I might have been overthinking with what sort of food is good enough to be gut healthy. I'm living on a student-budget, meaning I can't be buying all that fancy superfood all the time, or even very varied vegetables during winter. But one thing that is cheap and tasty during this time of the year is cabbage. And it is gut healthy. And while people debate about whether soy is healthy or not, it can't hurt to eat it once in a while. So as a meat substitute i used this thing called "soijarouhe" which according to wikipedia is textured vegetable protein (TVP) in english, also called soy meat. Which is processed soy, but I think it can in moderation be categorized as food that's good for you. So without further ado, we will proceed with the recipe, that is really simple and cheap and does good for body and mind.

I used the recipe from the wonderful Finnish vegan food blog chocochili as a starting point, but into a variation that's quick to make, (although it takes time in the oven).

  • 1 dl barley or brown rice or blend of both
  • 2 onions & 3 garlic cloves 
  • oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small cabbage
  • 2 dl dry soy meat
  • 2 dl water
  • salt according to taste
  • your favourite spices: i mixed curry, paprika and lemon pepper with oregano and thyme
  • 2 dl coconut milk
  • lingonberries (frozen if not fresh)
  1. Cook the grain in salted water. Heat the oven to 175 celsius degrees
  2. Chop onions and garlic and fry them in a big pan while you chop the carrots and the cabbage.
  3. Chop carrots and cabbage, and add them into the same pan together with soy meat.
  4. Add water, salt, spices and the coconut milk. Make sure they mix well together, and then through it all in a baking dish and bake it for one hour.
  5. Serve it with room-temperature lingonberries.


  1. Sounds really good! Except for the lingon berries, but that's just me XD should try a variation of that!

    1. I'm all for alteration according to personal preferences! For me the berries serve the purpose of giving this "punch" with their sourness and unique flavour. But I think any sour berry or fruit could be fun to combine with, maybe even an orange? Or then, for some reason I think mustard suits with it well :D So if you're interested, I would urge you to just try and see!


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