Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

We’re AdvoCare junkies. Almost 4 years of awesome now. In talking with an acquaintance recently about joining us in our upcoming 24 Day Challenge she begged off with the reason that they like food at her house. Holy cow, we do too! We LOVE eating but we love eating really yummy food. Really good food. We have done the food is only its macronutrients and we can still do that if need be but by this point in our lives we are not interested in living that way. Boring food is out for the Munson house as we have done our time of boneless, skinless chicken breasts with every basic version of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or plain salads. Done. Done. Done.

That doesn’t mean we don’t do our best to eat as clean as possible. It means that what we eat needs to taste de-light-ful. For real.

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So here is last night’s most excellent dinner. I will be making this recipe until we can’t stand it anymore because it was that awesome!

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll


  • 2 pounds ground beef (I used ground turkey and venison)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 oz water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional for extra spice:
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • A few leaves of chopped fresh basil


  1. Instructions
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or extra large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Cook beef or turkey and onion in the hot Dutch oven until browned.
  4. Drain and discard grease.
  5. Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste, water, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin and fresh basil. I found by using the fire roasted tomatoes it made a huge difference in taste.
  6. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
  7. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat, and simmer until cabbage is tender. This will take about 30 minutes.
  8. (Note: It may seem like you don't have enough water at first but when the cabbage cooks down it will be perfect)
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I found this recipe floating around on Pinterest. Here’s a link to the one I used – Healthy Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Modifications that I made:

  • I used ground turkey and venison because that’s what I have the most of. I don’t shy away from beef or whatever. Eat it all.
  • I did NOT drain off the grease as I’m not concerned about the fat content here.
  • I didn’t have tomato paste on hand so I used the tomato sauce and skipped the extra water. It totally worked.
  • I was surprised to find that I didn’t have minced garlic on hand but I used garlic salt and garlic pepper so it also worked.
  • I didn’t have basil leaves so skipped that and I used McCormick’s Southwest salt free seasoning. I do not have an issue with salt. This spice is just tasty!

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For the most part, I don’t think its possible to really mess this kind of recipe up. I’d rather err on the side of too spicy than too bland. The entire family loved it and it will honestly be repeated (at some point as its actually written maybe). This is a win for yummy food!

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