Cauliflower Rice in Cabbage Cups with Curry Sauce

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Last week at Murwillumbah Markets the bright, beautiful leaves of a local red cabbage caught my eye and before I knew it my market bag was graced with its striking purple presence. Oh what fun, delightful recipe ideas filled this salad lover's mind! 

That same morning at the markets, I picked up a fresh jar of Nudgel Nuts macadamia butter. I've been obsessed with maca butter since I first discovered the Nudgel Nuts stand a couple of years ago. Sometimes I have maca butter with every meal, and sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful straight out of the jar (call me an extremist, but I'd rather go by the title of maca butter enthusiast).

This morning, my weekly adventure to Currumbin Valley Harvest left me laden with veggies - this recipe is made up almost entirely of ingredients from both Murwillumbah Markets and Currumbin Valley Harvest. I strongly believe in the importance of low food miles, not only for freshness but also to support local farmers.

These cabbage cups are quick and easy, with a flavoursome, tangy macadamia butter sauce - any excuse to show a little maca butter love!

Ingredients (makes 5 cups)

Cabbage Cups
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
4 spring onions, finely chopped
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 mini eggplants, diced
handful of snow peas, chopped
fresh juice of half a lemon
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cauliflower head
5 red cabbage leaves
coriander leaves and hemp seeds for garnish

Curry Sauce
3 tbsp macadamia butter
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/4 tsp Hawaiian red alaea salt
fresh juice of half a lemon
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander

1. Cook the spring onions and garlic in coconut oil for a few minutes, until fragrant.
2. Add tomatoes, eggplant, snow peas, lemon juice, thyme and salt and cook for 10 minutes, until eggplant is tender.
3. While the veggies are cooking, blend cauliflower into rice using a blender or food processor on low speed.
4. Add cauliflower rice to veggies and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
5. Blend all sauce ingredients until smooth and well combined.
6. Scoop cauliflower rice into cabbage leaves, drizzle with sauce, and top with coriander and hemp seeds.

*You can also grate the cauliflower to achieve a rice consistency.