Ohhhhh boy! When I went grocery shopping yesterday, cabbage was on sale, so I got a head of green cabbage, and then decided to get some other ingredients to make some yummy stuffed cabbage rolls! Cabbage is SO good for you! It is often well known for it’s detoxification properties, but it has so much more than just that!
- It stimulates the immune system.
- It contains antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
- It is anti-cancer.
- It contains loads of antioxidants.
- It helps to purify/cleanse the blood.
- It is rich in iron and sulphur.
- It is great for the eyes.
All these great benefits, and it lends itself to some great and delicious recipes! As I said, I decided to make some cabbage rolls…after the fact, I think I would just opt for throwing all the ingredients in a casserole dish and make a cabbage roll casserole (soooo much easier), but I went ahead and put in the effort of rolling each of these little rolls into a cute little burrito of sorts. The result was DELICIOUS, and they turn out so pretty that the little bit of extra effort was worth it, so let’s get to the recipe!
HEALTHY CABBAGE ROLLS
- 1 head of green cabbage
- 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. uncooked brown rice
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 oz. soft goat cheese
- sea salt, to taste
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off the heat, and place the head of cabbage in the water. Let sit for 15 minutes.
2.) While the cabbage is sitting, prepare the filling. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, and let cook for about 3-5 minutes. Add the ground turkey, and cook till cooked through. Turn off the heat, and add the garlic powder, parsley, egg, rice and some sea salt.
3.) Take the cabbage out of the water, and carefully peel off 10 leaves. With each leaf, remove the tough middle section. Fill each half of the leaf with filling. Carefully roll the leaf up to create a cabbage roll.
4.) Place the rolls in a baking dish until the dish is full.
5.) Poor the chicken broth over the rolls, drizzle with the honey, and top with the tomatoes. Cover and bake for 80-90 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and sea salt.
6.) Transfer to a plate and serve.
Like I said, after making this, I think next time, I will just chop up the cabbage leaves, and then throw everything in casserole dish, prepared as described, and make a casserole out of it – much less work, though not quite as pretty! Regardless of how you decide to present this dish, the taste will not disappoint! Enjoy! 🙂