Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

Hey guys! Here is a great recipe for when you’re craving some comfort food. I have always loved cabbage rolls, so here is a lighter way to enjoy them.

I made mine without rice, but you could always add some cooked brown rice into the meat and sauce mixture. I also made mine with extra lean ground turkey, but feel free to use any meat of your choice.

Still no word of the NHL season starting, so we are off to Canada back home tomorrow morning for a week. Looking forward to seeing our family and friends, and of course excited for everyone to meet Louis. I will definitely still try to post some yummy recipes and tips throughout the week. šŸ™‚

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls


  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 head green cabbage & 1/2 head of purple cabbage, coarsely choppedĀ into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 & 1/2 jar of tomato sauce, low sodium & low sugar
  • 2 cups low-fat mozzarella/vegan cheese (optional)


PreheatĀ oven to 350Ā°F.Ā SprayĀ a large glass casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a large pan, addĀ the cabbage andĀ cookĀ over medium-high heat until the cabbage is wilted and about half cooked, turning it over several times so it all wilts and cooks.Ā SeasonĀ with salt and fresh-ground black pepper. Remove and set aside.

In a large frying pan on medium heatĀ addĀ 1 tsp olive oil, chopped onion andĀ cookĀ over medium heat until the onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.Ā AddĀ the minced garlic, dried thyme, and paprika and cook about 2 minutes more. ThenĀ addĀ the ground turkey and cook until it’s browned and cooked through. Add in the tomato sauce and simmerĀ until it’s hot and slightly thickened, about 5-8 minutes.

In the casserole dish, layer the cabbage mixture on the bottom and then meat mixture on top of the cabbage. CoverĀ tightly with foil andĀ bakeĀ 40 minutes, or until the mixture is just starting to bubble on the edges.

RemoveĀ foil andĀ sprinkleĀ on cheese (if using).Ā BakeĀ uncovered an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown.

This is great for leftovers the next day and is also freezer friendly! To reheat from frozen just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and Ā heat in the oven in a glass dish covered with foil.


Mich xo

2 thoughts on “Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

  1. I made this recipe last night and it was delicious!! So tasty that I packed some for work today for lunch and still delectable, even reheated! Keep the recipes coming!

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