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Cabbage, Chickpea and Soy Curl Stew

I love to experiment with new recipes. I am not a great cook, but I find ways to simplify good food to make it accessible to those like me! I wanted to share this recipe which I adapted from the Happy Pear 1-Pan Meals. If you don’t follow the Happy Pear, I would encourage you to do so. They make healthy, happy food in a way that encourages “…people to eat more veg!.”

I also don’t have a large roasting pan (the kind you use to make lasagna). So I improvised with two smaller pans.

Living in an apartment, it is always a little dicey when I need to “char” something. Especially in the winter. I don’t want to be the person who sets off the fire alarm when the temperature is below 30 degrees F outside. I have never charred cabbage before. The char along with the Bragg’s Liquid Aminos provided a spectacular flavor profile to what you might think is “just cabbage.” And I did not use oil to create the char. Yes, it looks like my cabbage is burnt to a crisp, but the taste was awesome.

Then it was a matter of adding the spices. I doubled the curry and chili powder from the original Happy Pear recipe. You know I’m a spicy kind of gal 😊

Why did I add the Butler’s Soy Curls? Simple. They were in my refrigerator, and I needed to use them up.

Between the soy curls and the chickpeas there’s a lot of beige in this dish. But once you add in the tomatoes, the golden yellow color of the curry and the red tomatoes provide a nice backdrop to the greens of the cabbage and leeks.

Yummy, yummy, yummy! I can’t speak highly enough about this dish. There is not a lot of sauce; the dish is really a stew. You can serve this over rice, farro or quinoa. I spooned some into a bowl and ate it just like this. I hope you give it a try. If you do, please let us know in the comments below.


Cabbage, Chickpea and Soy Curl Stew

Dairy & Egg Free
No added sugar
Servings: 4


Chopping Knife

Cutting board

Large baking pan

Measuring spoons

Large saucepan


  • ½ head of a white or savoy cabbage (about 14 oz = 400 grams), chopped into quarters

  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium Tamari

  • 2 large leeks, rinsed

  • 1 x 14 oz. (400g) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 x 14 oz. (400g) coconut milk

  • 1 x 14 oz. (400g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

  • 4 oz. Butler’s Soy Curls, hydrated, drained and chopped into ¼” pieces (about 0.5 cm) - optional

  • 4 teaspoons spicy curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground chili powder

  • 4 Tablespoons vegetable broth


  • Preheat oven to 400 F (about 200 C)

  • Chop the leek into 1-inch rounds.

  • Add the leeks to the baking dish.

  • Bake the leeks for 10 minutes (check and shake the pan at 5 minutes)

  • Heat a large pan over medium heat.

  • When the pan is hot, add the pieces of cabbage taking care to keep the quarters intact.

  • Cook the cabbage approximately 5 minutes per side.

  • Once cooked on both sides, pour 1 tablespoon of tamari and 4 tablespoons of vegetable broth over the top of the cabbage.

  • Allow to steam, deglaze, and slightly soften the cabbage.

  • Carefully remove the leeks from the oven.

  • Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes, spices to the pan with the leeks.

  • Mix well.

  • Add the chickpeas and chopped soy curls to the roasting pan and mix well.

  • Gently transfer the cabbage to the roasting pan.

  • Bake for 15 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

  • Serve with your favorite wholegrain such as brown rice or quinoa. You can also just spoon a large serving into a bowl and enjoy.

  • Modified from The Happy Pear 1-Pan Dinners:

  • I removed the added oil and salt from the recipe.

  • The Tamari and vegetable are high in sodium so try to use lower sodium options

  • I added the chopped soy curls for extra meatiness and texture.

  • You can omit the salt if you are sugar, oil and/or salt free.

  • You can substitute Soy Sauce for Tamari. You can also use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Coco Aminos if you are soy free.

  • I love Butler Soy Curls. I purchase them directly from Butler, but you can also purchase from sellers on Amazon.

  • For a lower fat version, I used Whole Foods Light Coconut milk.

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