Healthy Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
When I was little my mom used to make a cabbage soup whenever she was on her Weight Watchers diets. Try as I might (and I very much tried as a chubby high school student) I could never stomach it. The cabbage just grossed me out. But it is so healthy that I have tried in various ways in my adult life, never to love it. However, this my friends is a cabbage recipe for cabbage haters! It is so tasty and delicious even my two year old eats it and says yummy!!! Ingredients:
1 small-medium head of cabbage
1/2 white onion
2-3 garlic cloves
2-4 sticks of celery
1 lb ground meat - I used a mix of turkey and beef this time
1 pint of chopped tomatoes - a large can could work
1 tbs tomato paste
1/2 c vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 c water
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs oregano
1 tsp basil
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
First is my favorite part. Chop your veggies while you let your meat brown. I once worked as a soux chef at a Caribbean restaurant and my job on Saturday mornings was to hand chop veggies for all the salsas and sauces and I loved it! Weird I know but there is something to the rhythm of it all that I find calming.
Once the meat has browned, drain the excess oil, and then mix with tomatoes, paste, garlic, onion, celery, herbs, and liquids and bring to a simmer. It should look colorful and lovely!
Next fold in the cabbage. Cover and let cook on medium heat 15-20 minutes or until cabbage and veggies are tender. The broth and the tomatoes will turn the cabbage a gorgeous and yummy golden color. Cool and enjoy!!