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Healthy Stuffed Cabbage

Fresh head of cabbage

This healthy stuffed cabbage dish uses half ground turkey and half lean ground beef and no added salt for a lower fat and salt taste treat.


1 head cabbage
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 small onion, minced
1 slice stale whole wheat bread, crumbled
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 small onion, sliced
1 cup water
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch


Rinse and core cabbage. Carefully remove 10 outer leaves, place in saucepan and cover with boiling water. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove and drain cooked cabbage leaves on paper toweling.

Shred 1/2 cup of raw cabbage and set aside.

Brown ground beef and turkey and minced onion in skillet. Drain fat.

Place cooked and drained meat mixture, bread crumbs, water, and pepper in mixing bowl.

Drain tomatoes, reserving liquid, and add 1/2 cup tomato juice from can to meat mixture. Mix well; then place 1/4 cup filling on each parboiled, drained cabbage leaf. Place folded side down in skillet.

Add tomatoes, sliced onion, water, shredded cabbage, and carrot. Cover and simmer about 1 hour (or until cabbage is tender), basting occasionally.

Remove cabbage rolls to serving platter, keep warm.

Mix lemon juice, brown sugar, and cornstarch together in small bowl. Add to vegetables and liquid in skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and clear. Serve over cabbage rolls.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 5 servings.
Serving size: 2 rolls
Calories: 257; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 54mg; Sodium: 266mg

Food Fact

There are at least a hundred different types of cabbage grown throughout the world, but the most common types in the United States are the Green, Red, and Savoy varieties.

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