I talk often about convenient meals to help keep you on track during the week. Stuffed Cabbage is both convenient and healthy. The smell they emit while baking is just like Grandma’s kitchen! Assembly is easy and tinfoil pans make clean up a breeze. Stuffed cabbage should definitely be a staple in your “meal plan approved” arsenal.
Here’s how the stuffed cabbage leaves come together:
Place a big head of cabbage in a large pot of boiling water, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 10-20 minutes. You may need to rotate the cabbage head if part of it is not covered with water. Once tender, remove the cabbage from the pot and let cool before handling. To peel the leaves, cut the stem off and gently remove each leaf. Make a pile of 10 leaves. You can chop up the remaining cabbage and place on top of the stuffed leaves once finished.
For the filling, we use ground turkey (93/7), but you could also use lean ground beef or ground chicken breast. You’ll need 40 oz. to make 10 leaves. Season your meat with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper, and fennel seed. Use a paring knife to cut out the thick part of the cabbage stem. Then measure 4 oz of meat and place on the cabbage leaf. Roll and tuck in the sides like you would a burrito. Place each stuffed cabbage seam side down in the pan.
Sometimes I make a big pan of just stuffed cabbage and other times I use a few smaller pans and divide them up. On top of the cabbage pour low sugar tomato sauce generously. I also top with a variety of chopped vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes. This is where you can also add the chopped up remaining cabbage.
Bake the stuffed cabbage covered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 and continue to cook for another hour. Each stuffed cabbage is a 3 oz portion of meat when cooked. Top with your allotted portion of feta cheese (typically 1/4-1/2 cup) and enjoy!
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