Cabbage, Carrots, and Peppers, 3 Ways

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What can you make with cabbage, carrots, peppers + a few pantry staples?  A lot!

Featured here: napa cabbage, carrots, red bell peppers, scallions (also called green onions), garlic and ginger.

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Veggie-stuffed Omelette

Serves 1

Ingredients:  2 tbsp oil (sesame/grapeseed/or olive oil); 1 cup napa cabbage, chopped; 1/4 of a red bell pepper, thinly sliced; 1/2 carrot, thinly sliced; 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced; 1 tbsp chopped scallions; 2 tsp soy sauce; 2 eggs, whisked in a bowl

Directions: Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a saucepan.  Add all vegetables and cook for 5 - 10 minutes until soft.  Add soy sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.  Set aside.   Rinse and dry the pan or grab a second omelette pan.  Coat the pan with 1 tbsp oil, add the eggs and let them set until firm on one side. Flip the omelette and cook for another 30 seconds.  Add the vegetables, fold, and enjoy.

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Fancy Lettuce Wraps

Serves 2

Ingredients:  4 cups napa cabbage, chopped; 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced; 2 carrots, thinly sliced; 1 tbsp scallions, chopped; 1 tsp ginger, chopped; 1 tsp garlic, chopped; 2 tbsp sesame oil; 1 lime; 1 head butter lettuce, washed and separated into large leafy pieces; peanuts (to taste); 1 lb cooked chicken, sliced (optional); salt/pepper to taste

Directions:  Place cabbage, peppers, carrots, scallions, ginger, garlic, peanuts and chicken in a large bowl.  Top with sesame oil, salt/pepper, and juice from one lime.  Mix well and serve wrapped in butter lettuce.  

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Happy New Year Noodles

Serves 4

Ingredients:  2 tbsp sesame oil; 4 cups napa cabbage, chopped; 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced; 2 carrots, thinly sliced; 3 tbsp scallions, chopped; 1 tbsp ginger, chopped; 1 tbsp garlic, chopped; 4 cups of any kind of pasta (shown here, brown rice spaghetti); 2 tbsp soy sauce; 1 lime; peanuts (to taste); cooked pork/chicken/beef/shrimp, sliced (optional); salt/pepper to taste

Directions:  Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.  Heat sesame oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add ginger, garlic and scallions and cook for one minute.  Add cabbage, peppers, and carrots.  Cook for 5 - 10 minutes until the carrots and peppers soften.  Add cooked pasta and mix together.  Add soy sauce and juice from 1 lime and heat for one more minute.  Add peanuts and/or cooked meats/fish and heat until everything is warm.