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'Unstuffed' Cabbage with a Kick Recipe
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'Unstuffed' Cabbage with a Kick

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"This is an alteration on a typical stuffed cabbage recipe. It's healthy, low-fat, low-carb, and a bit spicy. You can't go wrong with this recipe! You may omit the red pepper and cayenne if you do not like spicy foods, or increase like we do! We serve this over brown rice to make it more of a whole meal. We love it! I used roasted garlic-flavored tomato sauce for extra 'kick.'"

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    50 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground turkey in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Transfer cooked turkey to a bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in the skillet over medium heat; saute onion in hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic to onion; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour diced tomatoes and tomato sauce over the onion mixture; season with Italian seasoning, basil, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer tomato mixture until the tomatoes are softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir cabbage into the tomato mixture; continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Stir ground turkey into the mixture; cook to reheat the turkey, 1 to 2 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 16, 2014

I really liked the flavors in this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and made brown rice on the side which cuts the spice down quite a bit. It was not too spicy once you added the rice and in fact, I might make it a little spicier next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 13, 2015

Working on making this right now. I can barely fit it in the skillet. I hope it turns out. There doesnt seem to be enough liquid to cook the cabbage.


8 Ratings

Feb 20, 2014

I made it as the recipe called for (without the heat for my toddler), but it was a little bland. So, I doubled the spices and added more salt and pepper, and it turned out pretty good. My husband and I added some red pepper paste on the side since we left out the cayenne and red pepper. It was just like a spring roll but without the roll...which my husband doesn't like and they take a lot of extra time, so this worked out perfectly! I couldn't fit it all in my skillet, so I did boil some of the cabbage in a different pot, then added it as it cooked down, but I ended up leaving some of the cabbage out. We'll make this recipe again with doubled spices. Thanks for a good cabbage recipe!

Oct 02, 2014

This was a really easy and great tasting dish. My new hubby likes spicy foods, so I added a tad more pepper flakes and cayenne pepper. I chose to use ground chuck, but it turned out great! Definitely will make it again.

Jun 19, 2014

This is so good and using quinoa really makes a big pot. I used the slow cooker

Nov 29, 2014

Too spicy, not one of our favorites.

Apr 20, 2015

This was good! Yes it was spicy but not too spicy. I too had over rice (white), which I think helped cut the spice. We love onion and garlic so I increased those and I think I'll add onion and garlic powder to the turkey next time and I'll add more salt. I was nervous also about there not being enough liquid to cook the cabbage so used 2/3 head of cabbage and covered it while it simmered. I'll definitely make it again.


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  • Calories
  • 315 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 84 mg
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 12.6 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 9.9 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 28.2 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 571 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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