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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 181.2
  • Total Fat: 5.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 34.9 mg
  • Sodium: 240.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 21.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 16.2 g

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Un-stuffed Cabbage

Submitted by: ELAINEHN
Un-stuffed Cabbage


Just as tasty as stuffed cabbage leaves without all the extra work! Just as tasty as stuffed cabbage leaves without all the extra work!
Number of Servings: 8


    1 lb - extra Lean Ground Beef (or chicken or turkey)
    1 cup uncooked Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice
    1 Onion chopped
    2 cans diced Tomatoes - (no salt added/low sodium preferably)
    1/4 cup Ketchup or tomato sauce
    1 medium head Cabbage - sliced
    1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375f

2. Brown ground meat with onion in skillet stirring and crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain well, rinse if desired.

3. While meat browns, cut cabbage into wedges and then slice each wedge to make small, but not tiny, shreds.

4. To cooked meat, add canned tomatoes, ketchup/sauce, uncooked rice, and any other spices or seasonings you wish. You can use the Italian or Mexican style tomatoes to add extra flavor if desired. Allow to simmer briefly. Add water if the mixture seems to need it. The rice will absorbe approximately 1 cup of liquid.

5. Place a layer of cabbage in a large or two small casserole dishes (sprayed with Pam or Olive Oil). Cover the cabbage with a layer of the meat/rice/tomatoe mixture. Repeat layers till all ingredients are used up. Try to end with a meat mixture layer.

6. Sprinkle lightly with cheese if desired.

7. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ELAINEHN.

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is in our regular rotation! I couldn't find it when I was trying to add it to my meal planner (because I forgot the dash) and I was so disappointed! None of the other unstuffed cabbage recipes are like this one. I asked hubs if we should try a different one, he said no way! =) - 7/18/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I used morning star crumbles instead of meat, et voila...vegetarian. excellant, easy, thanks - 8/26/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was exceptionally good and with the low calories, I could eat a lot of it and be satisfied. - 4/16/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds terrific. We love stuffed cabbage dished constructed and unconstructed, a like. I really like the idea of tossing the whole thing in the Crockpot. Thank you! I'm looking forward to making this one soon. I will rate once I've actually cooked it :) - 5/30/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love love love this dish! I have always made it in the CROCKPOT! Makes a great meal on a hectic day when everyone comes and goes at different times. The crock keeps it warm and I know everyone gets a good meal. - 2/10/10

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  • Delicious. The ketchup adds some zip. I did add some garlic and herbs to the dish. No salt needed. - 7/1/14

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  • Used packaged coleslaw mix since that what I had on hand and it was awesome! Love this recipe for quick, easy, and tasty! - 2/10/14

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  • Made this for my wife. We both loved it! - 2/1/14

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  • Delicious. - 7/5/12

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  • I really liked this. It's like a healthy lasagna!
    I used ground turkey breast and the tomato sauce options instead of beef and ketchup.
    I didn't shred the cabbage - I cut he head into 8 sections. Added onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper to mixture. Added Worcestershire when cooking turkey - 8/25/11

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  • I also had problems with the cabbage not cooking on the top had to cover and cook longer. - 1/9/10

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  • so delicious!! - 12/8/09

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  • The cabbage didn't cook down enough and the rice in the top layer didn't absorb any water. All the moisture ended up at the bottom of the pan. I ended up covering the casserole to trap steam and cooked the dish for an extra 30 min. Tasty though! Next time I'll add marjoram for an extra polish kick. - 9/18/09

    Reply from ELAINEHN (9/18/09)
    Sorry to hear about the trouble. Did you use INSTANT rice as mentioned in the ingredients? If so, then the 'simmer briefly' should be enough to cook it before layering it. But , if you were using 'regular' rice then it would definitely need to cook longer before being assembled. Good Luck!

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  • This was delicious! The only change I made was in cooking everything in 1 pot togetger. I cut the cabbage in smaller pieces and after browning the turkey and onions, added the rest of the ingredients +an extra 1/2 cup of water. My husband loved it and I had to put in very little effort,thanks! - 6/25/09

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  • This recipe sounds awesome, I think I will try tonite or tomorrow and let you know... - 12/15/08

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  • Sounds good and I will try it! 081115 - 11/15/08

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  • By following the recipe, my cabbage didn't cook down, which made my stomach very unhappy. The flavor was good, and I added Italian seasoning and a dash of nutmeg. If I make it again, I will blanch the cabbage to add some moisture and make it more easily digested. - 9/28/08

    Reply from ELAINEHN (9/29/08)
    I'm so sorry the recipe bothered you stomach. It's hard to imagine that after being placed in the hot sauce/meat mixture and baking for 45 minutes the cabbage didn't cook enough, but if that's the case then pre-cooking it certainly might help. Good Luck if you try again.

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  • good - 3/28/07

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  • ILike the regular stuffed ccabbage, it gets better with age, leftovers for me yum yum yum! - 3/27/07

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  • I made this for dinner tonight. And it is excellent. My husband and I really like it. I did add a little chili powder and cilantro though, because I only had home canned tomatoes.
    - 3/13/07

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  • that's very easy to do and you can use different ground meat and you add the spices that you like, I did it with cumin and cilantro for a mexican touch VERY GOOD - 3/12/07

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