Unstuffed Cabbage: a healthy one pot meal
I enjoyed stuffed cabbage rolls as a kid. Unfortunately, they’re time intensive. All that boiling and rolling cabbage leaves! So I created this one pot, unstuffed cabbage version and “healthified” it, so I could still enjoy a healthy comfort food without all the fuss.
What’s not to love about the simplicity of a one-pot meal! This one is packed with whole grain rice and veggies. It makes a big pot, so it’s perfect for a couple of dinners on busy weeknights. If you have leftovers that you don’t want to finish within a few days, simply put them in the freezer, and healthy unstuffed cabbage is yours another time.
To turn your own favorite recipes into healthy comfort foods, check out 5 Healthy Comfort Food Hacks.
- 1 pound ground beef, 93% lean
- 1 cup brown rice, dry (I prefer brown Basmati rice)
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
- 7-8 cups chopped green cabbage (about 20 ounces)
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable juice or 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no salt added tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
- Heat a Dutch oven or a large pot with a lid over medium high heat. Add the meat and break it up quickly. Add the onion. Cook until the meat is browned, about 5 - 6 minutes.
- Add the garlic and stir. Add the cabbage, tomatoes, vegetable juice, rice, paprika, pepper and oregano. Raise the heat to bring the contents to a boil. Then lower the heat to a low boil.
- Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 40 -45 minutes. Stir periodically.
Cheers to happy, healthy, comforting meals!
I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.
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Hi there! I'm Jill, a nutrition & diabetes expert and the author of 4 books.
I believe simple changes in health habits can bring you life-changing rewards.
And I believe willpower is way overrated.
Right here is where you can discover the mindset and habits to stick with healthy lifestyle choices most of the time - and drop the guilt when you don't.