I almost never follow a recipe exactly as it is written. Somehow I always end up deviating from the recipe in one way or another and I want to share with you my reasoning along with why I love customization and try to integrate it into each dish I create..like this customizable cabbage bowl recipe.
The reason why I almost never follow a recipe is because I have my own set of tastes and flavors that I like. In fact, we each have our own favorite tastes so why not have those flavors, tastes, and textures represented in the food we make for ourselves and for those we love.
It is quite simple…If a recipe calls for an ingredient that is disliked don’t use it. If a recipe doesn’t call for an ingredient that may make the dish better, then add it in. Substituting meats and vegetables is many main meals are easy swaps and many times great additions especially if neutral in flavor. However, when it comes to spices or baking substitutions this is where things can a get a bit tricky and the substitution may not always make it better. I have had many experiences where the substitution didn’t make the dish turn out too well, but I learned more from the failure than I would have the success.
I like to make my recipes as customizable as possible because each person has different food or health needs, likes, and dislikes. Giving you the options to change what you want in a recipe allows you to make a dish uniquely your own with a flare found no where else. In the spirit of making a dish uniquely your own this recipe for Asian Cabbage Bowls is only limited by your imagination.
*the amount of each ingredient is really up to you and what you like. I usually use about 3 c. cabbage, a serving of meat, 1 c. squash or other, 1/4 . Kalamata olives, a handful of green onions and 2-3Tbs. coconut aminos