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.

Healthy unstufffed cabbage one pot meal

This Unstuffed Cabbage is a healthy one pot meal and delicious comfort food.

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.

Healthy one pot meal of unstuffed cabbage and beef

Beef, brown rice, cabbage and tomatoes offer up a warm, comforting meal.

Unstuffed Cabbage

You'll love this no-fuss, healthy one pot meal! If you prefer a smaller pot, just cut the recipe in half.
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Course: One-Pot Meal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Jill Weisenberger MS, RDN, CDE, FAND


  • 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.


Serving: 1- 3/4 cups | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 320mg | Fiber: 7g

Cheers to happy, healthy, comforting meals!

Jill Weisenberger

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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