It’s a classic reinvented! Funny thing about this recipe is I didn't think I liked Cabbage or Cauliflower!!! LJ says "try new things because it might be GOOD". So sometimes you just have to try stuff again, as your taste buds change over time as well as how things taste together in different combinations. Traditionally, cabbage rolls are stuffed with rice and covered in a sugar-filled sauce. So, we made a few tweaks but kept the flavor, taste, and texture the same.
Cabbage Rolls With Cauliflower Rice: Serves 4
1 ¼ lbs 90-94% lean ground meat (about 17.5 oz cooked) (If not using cheese up meat to 2 lbs or 20 oz cooked)
2 oz (1/2 cup shredded) moderate fat mozzarella cheese (optional)
1 small head kool cabbage (3 cups total)
1½ cups cauliflower rice
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp garlic herb Mrs Dash
1/2 tsp onion herb Mrs Dash
1/2 tsp Italian medley Mrs Dash
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. (however you can make in the slow cooker if you prefer).
Using a sharp knife, core the cabbage as much as possible (see picture)
In a large pot, place the cabbage in water core side down, cover and heat on medium for 5 minutes.
The cabbage leaves just need to boil until soft, then you can let them cool and peel them. If you find that the inner leaves aren’t soft enough to peel away without breaking, simply peel off the softened outer leaves and boil the remaining inner cabbage for a few more minutes until soft.
While cabbage is cooking prepare cauliflower rice, personally we used frozen cauliflower rice. Unlike traditional cabbage rolls that uses uncooked rice, we cooked the cauliflower rice first. This prevents the mixture from getting too watery later during baking. (if using a slow cooker just mix the meat, seasonings,cauliflower rice and roll in cabbage. Then skip to step 11 but assemble in slow cooker not baking dish. Then cook on high 2-3 hours or on low 4-6 hours).
In a large saute pan, mix together ground meat & seasonings, heat on medium until browned. Drain fat. Add in cauliflower rice, a quarter cup of tomato sauce, and mix together. Remove from heat and set aside.
Spray a large muffin tin with cooking spray.
Carefully peel the leaves from the cabbage. To do this, flip cabbage over so core side is up, and cut the leaves one-by-one from where the core was, then carefully peel the fragile leaves. Place each leave in a muffin slot. We were able to make 12.
Fill each leaf with approximately ¼ cup of the meat/cauliflower mixture. We put about a 1/8 cup of meat mixture in each leave, then added cheese than topped with the other 1/8 cup of meat mixture. Then fold over the cabbage leave enclosing the meat mixture like a ball.
Then place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove.
Place the unused cabbage in the bottom of a large baking dish. Then add 14 of a cup of tomato sauce. Then spoon the cabbage rolls, seam-side down on top of the sauce, Pour the remaining tomato sauce on top of the rolls. Cover baking dish tightly with tin foil. Place baking dish into the oven and cook for a remaining 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Remove from oven, plate 3 rolls per person, and serve.
Here are some Pro Tips on cabbage:
Choose a raw cabbage that is heavy for its size. Make sure the leaves are tight and firm, as loose leaves indicate an older cabbage.
Store cabbage in the refrigerator.
Cabbage can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed, or stuffed.
Some say cabbage smells. The truth is the sulfurous odor often associated with cabbage, only develops when the cabbage is overcooked. The longer a cabbage is cooked, the stronger the odor becomes. So don't over cook it.
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Did you know studies show: The humble cabbage may not seem like a superfood in the classic sense. But this everyday vegetable is packed with vitamins; eating cabbage is like taking a multi-vitamin in whole food form. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant-based foods like cabbage decreases the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and overall mortality. It can also help promote a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage are notorious for being chock-full of beneficial nutrients. If you are trying to improve your diet, cruciferous vegetables are a good place to start. With obesity on the rise, and exposure to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, and micronutrient-poor foods is also on the rise, which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality. These dietary patterns, in conjunction with lower levels of physical activity, result in sharp increases in obesity. So by making healthy substitutions like this cauliflower instead of rice or cabbage instead of wheat or corn in your rolls can make a big difference. This switch takes in less empty carbs, sneaks in more veggies, more protein and more nutrition.
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