Tasty Tuesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

We’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier these days. Not particularly because of the New Year or anything, but just in general. We’re like most people and we fall on and off that wagon but we mostly try to stay on it. It’s better for us and we feel better when we eat well and we’re trying to instill some healthy eating habits in our child who is currently appearing to be a really picky eater. I miss the days that she would just eat whatever we fed her… I’m not sure what happened, but one day that just stopped. We’re hoping it’s a (long-ish) phase and she’ll go back to eating more than a handful of options. Anyway… someone on my Facebook feed posted this recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls and they sounded pretty tasty, healthy, and easy. I was pretty right on all three accounts.




2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey (I went with turkey for a healthier alternative)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small cabbage, chopped

2 cans (14.5oz each) diced tomatoes

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

salt and pepper to taste


In large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.

Add ground beef/turkey and onion and cook until done (meat should be no longer pink; onions should be tender)

Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute

Add the chopped cabbage a little bit at a time and mix together. You could add it all at once if you want, but I found it easier to add some, mix, add more, mix… so on and so forth.

Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, salt, and pepper

Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until cabbage is tender



If you make this let me know what you think. I think, next time, I’ll let it cook with the cabbage a little longer because while it was good the first time it was better as leftovers so I think longer cooking time would have helped to really let the cabbage and meat soak in the flavor of the juices. Overall though, we’ll make this again! If you make it let me know – I’d love to know what you thought or what you did differently.


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