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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I’m always looking for a new way to jazz up an old favorite. I’m also a big fan of one dish meals. So when I saw some beautiful napa cabbage at the farmer’s market last week, I knew immediately that I wanted to make stuffed cabbage rolls. Now, I’ve never had a cabbage roll I didn’t like. Most of them have the same basic ingredients – ground beef, cabbage, tomato sauce. Pretty standard, right? The difference is in the spices (and if you’ve looked at some of my previous posts, you know how I love spices!)


These cabbage rolls have a hint of clove in the beef mixture that gives them an herby sweet aroma. Doused in a cilantro scented tomato sauce, each round pocket is packed with flavor. I recommend trying out your own favorite spices in this easy-to-make dish and surprise yourself with your own ingenuity! At around 50 calories per roll, you have every reason to enjoy!




Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a large bowl place the ground beef, onion, celery, mushroom, garlic powder, cloves, paprika, salt and 1 teaspoons of the black pepper. Using your hands, mix until combined. Set aside.


Heat a large pot of water over medium high heat until simmering. Dunk the cabbage leaves in the water and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Carefully remove each leaf from the pot, letting the excess water drip off, and lay flat on a platter. Let cool for 5 minutes.

On a flat surface, lay out one of the cabbage leaves. Place about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the middle of the leaf. Roll up from the stem end, tucking in the sides. Line up the rolls in a 9×13 glass baking dish.

In another large bowl, stir together the crushed tomatoes, cilantro, red pepper flakes and the remaining 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Pour the sauce evenly over the cabbage rolls.

Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 8 minutes.

Using a large spoon, dish out the rolls on each plate to serve.

Servings: 12    Serving Size: 2 rolls

Calories: 109               Fat: 3g             Sat. Fat: 1.2g   Carbs: 8.1g

Sodium: 753.5mg        Fiber: 2.5g       Sugar: 2.7g      Protein: 12.3g