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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Savory, healthy cabbage entree that your family will love!  And, it’s Gluten Free!

I haven’t always been a big fan of cooked cabbage as a side dish (unless it’s coleslaw!) or entree, until I tried some stuffed cabbage a friend was serving.
And my viewpoint became: this is pretty doggone good, wonder if the troops would like it?

I go home with my friend’s recipe and the reasonable expectation that I will make it!!  So excited to try something new and so eye appealing.  I mean her dish looked beautiful.

Yeah, well HER dish was beautiful, mine? not so much.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Don’t you just hate it when you try a recipe, following the instructions to the letter, and it looks like a disaster?
Example, I prepared the stuffed cabbage, kitchen was filled with mouth watering aromas, but the end product looked beyond horrible.
My daughter came in, took a sniff, broke into a smile and then uttered these words on spying the pan of stuffed cabbage, “Wow, that really smells too good for dog food”
Me: “That is our supper.”
Daughter: “No Way!”
Me: “Way”
Daughter: “Well, it smells really good, but what the heck is it?”
Me: “That stuffed cabbage dish I had at —‘s house”
Daughter: “And you not only ate something that looked like that, but ASKED for the recipe?  Have you sunk to a food whore level?”
Me: “Believe me, HERS looked NOTHING like this mess!”

I hate to admit she was right (not about the food whore level) the dish did look like something healthy I would have made for our dogs.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

I have no idea what I did wrong but my stuffed cabbage looked like bits of green with tomatoes and meat that had erupted in a casserole dish.

OK, back to the chopping block: let’s make unstuffed cabbage rolls!  The ingredients still tasted really good, despite that fact that it looked like exploded instead of stuffed cabbage rolls!
Yeah! That’s what I will do: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.

In my research, I have found that cabbage has some very healthy properties.

Steamed cabbage has cholesterol-lowering properties (raw cabbage lowers cholesterol some but not as much as steamed cabbage).  However, in a recent study per The World’s Healthiest Foods, short cooked and raw cabbage were shown to have cancer-preventative benefits.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Of course, I did my fact finding after my initial try at unstuffed cabbage, but I have made it again using a short cook method and I like having that somewhat crunchiness to the cabbage, and the great health benefits.

So if you are wanting a healthy dish, that isn’t eye popping gorgeous, but IS easy and healthy-this is the dish for you!

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
  • 1 pound ground turkey (could use beef or chicken)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cans roasted garlic & onion diced tomatoes (could use Italian)
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  1. Coat skillet with cooking spray or use a tablespoon of oil.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and ground turkey and cook, stirring until meat is no longer pink.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

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  1. First time cooking with cabbage. Delicious dish and my German exchange student enjoyed it too.

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