Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls

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Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

I’ve tried making Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls several times in the past and I was never satisfied with the recipes I used. Either the taste was too bland, or it had too much tomato, or it had no flavor at all! As a result, I stopped making this dish altogether because it seemed that either I didn’t like it or it didn’t like me.

Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

That was true until I went to the store today and cabbages were on sale for almost nothing! I felt like this dish was just asking me to give it another chance. So I decided to bring it up a notch using ingredients that I haven’t tried before. I wandered around the store for a little bit–I’ve got some extra time on my hands with it being Winter Break and all–and came up with a much more taste bud-approved recipe to share with you.

Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

The first thing that I decided to change was to not only use ground turkey for the meat. I personally prefer ground turkey over ground beef, but sometimes I think ground turkey makes the flavors in recipes seem dull. Instead, I decided to pick up some ground pork to mix in with the ground turkey. The meat and beef stock combination smells and tastes so much more savory in this dish than in recipes that I have used previously.

Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

Before I made this recipe, I always used canned tomatoes in my Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls, and their acidity would overtake the entire meal. Instead, I sought out a different vegetable that would enhance the savory flavor of the pork without diluting it–and to my happy surprise, peas seemed to do the trick!

Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

If you’re on Whole30, you will need to leave out the mozzarella cheese. You also might need to substitute the beef stock with vegetable stock if you don’t have one that is Whole30 approved. This meal is so delicious, though, that I don’t think you will miss out on much even without those ingredients! As always, let me know what you think by taking a picture and tagging Sweet Pea Living on Facebook and Instagram!

Unstuffed Cabbage


AuthorSweet Pea LivingDifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 mins

INGREDIENTS
 1 lb ground pork
 1 lb ground turkey
 8 oz tomato sauce
 1 cup beef stock (or vegetable stock)
 1 small cabbage head, chopped
 ½ large sweet onion, diced
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 ¾ cup peas, frozen
 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
 ¼ cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
 salt, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2

In a large oven-safe skillet, heat EVOO and minced garlic over medium/high heat until fragrant (about 2 minutes).

3

Add chopped onion to skillet. Sauté for about 3 minutes.

4

Use a spatula to push the chopped onion into the outer rim of the pan. Place ground pork and ground turkey into the center of the pan. Cook the meat until all the pink is gone, stirring often to avoid burning.

5

Once the meat is cooked, add in the chopped cabbage. Mix cabbage with meat and onions. Place lid on the skillet for about 6 minutes. Stir mixture every 2 minutes.

6

Mix in tomato sauce and beef broth. Cover with lid for another 10 minutes.

7

Add peas and salt to the pan and mix throughout. Turn heat off the stove.

8

Garnish with parsley and cubed mozzarella pieces to the top of the pan. Cover with lid and place in oven for 10 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted. Serve hot and enjoy!

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
 1 lb ground pork
 1 lb ground turkey
 8 oz tomato sauce
 1 cup beef stock (or vegetable stock)
 1 small cabbage head, chopped
 ½ large sweet onion, diced
 1 tbsp garlic, minced
 ¾ cup peas, frozen
 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
 ¼ cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
 salt, to taste

Directions

INSTRUCTIONS
1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2

In a large oven-safe skillet, heat EVOO and minced garlic over medium/high heat until fragrant (about 2 minutes).

3

Add chopped onion to skillet. Sauté for about 3 minutes.

4

Use a spatula to push the chopped onion into the outer rim of the pan. Place ground pork and ground turkey into the center of the pan. Cook the meat until all the pink is gone, stirring often to avoid burning.

5

Once the meat is cooked, add in the chopped cabbage. Mix cabbage with meat and onions. Place lid on the skillet for about 6 minutes. Stir mixture every 2 minutes.

6

Mix in tomato sauce and beef broth. Cover with lid for another 10 minutes.

7

Add peas and salt to the pan and mix throughout. Turn heat off the stove.

8

Garnish with parsley and cubed mozzarella pieces to the top of the pan. Cover with lid and place in oven for 10 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted. Serve hot and enjoy!

Unstuffed Cabbage Bowls

Sweet Pea Living | Unstuffed Cabbage | Whole30 | Paleo | Low Carb

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