Sensational One-Pot Cabbage Meal

April 24, 2012

If you have ever wondered how to incorporate cabbage into your diet other than through cole slaw and cabbage rolls (and it’s not likely you’re eating these on a regular basis!), then this is THE recipe for you! The best thing about this recipe is that it requires only one pot (well, really a large frying pan or wok) and it can be seasoned using different spices to suit your taste! A very good friend of mine recently came up with the recipe when she wanted a quick, tasty way to incorporate cabbage into her diet. I have since made this dish several times, and though the kids turn their noses (tonight I served them chicken enchilada “pie” instead – recipe to follow soon!), my husband eagerly helps himself to seconds (and sometimes thirds)!


1 pound ground turkey (ground chicken or beef will also taste great)

1 onion, sliced or diced

1 – 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cabbage, shredded (I use a mandolin to do this)

1 – 2 carrots, coarsely shredded

1 – 2 Tbsp curry powder (or, you can leave this out entirely!)

1 – 2 cups tomato sauce (my favourite for this recipe is from Costco and is called, “All Natural Marinara Sauce” by “White Linen Collection – Gourmet Pasta Sauce” – I highly recommend using this over the PC Blue Menu version for this recipe unless you’re in a pinch)

1 and 1/2 cups water


Cook the meat (I used ground beef tonight, though I actually prefer it with ground turkey) in a large frying pan or wok, over high heat.

Once no longer pink, add onion and garlic. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

Add cabbage and cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the curry powder (if using) and stir.

Add 1 – 2 cups tomato sauce (depends entirely on how “saucy” you want it to be).

Add water and reduce temperature to medium. Continue cooking for approximately 25 minutes, or until cabbage is tender and sauce thickened.

Serve with “Cucumber Salad” (see my recipe on a prior post) or garden salad using “Honey Mustard Dressing” (see my recipe on a prior post). And if you haven’t banished carbs from your dinner menu as I have (in an effort to finally lose the remaining pregnancy weight), serve with brown rice or quinoa! Oh, and a dollop of plain greek yogurt or drizzle of kefir would taste great, too!

Will you be giving this recipe a try? Please post a picture and give your verdict once you’ve done so!


6 Responses to “Sensational One-Pot Cabbage Meal”

  1. Mr. Fed Up Says:

    Wow, this looks tasty. I never really ate much cabbage, but I am going to have to try it now. I used to think I hated brussels sprouts too…and then I learned how to use them:

    • letseathealthier Says:

      Thanks for the comment! I just started this blog a week ago, and so am very excited to see someone other than my friends comment on one of my posts! I read your brussles sprouts post and thought it was great! I really like your writting style! As for the bussels sprouts, I usually add toasted pine nuts to mine. Yes, they’re not cheap, but you don’t need too many to add that cruncy texture and enhance the already nutty flavour! I hope you’ll check out my blog again in the near future. I’ll be sure to check out yours!

      • Mr. Fed Up Says:

        Toasted pine nuts with sprouts sounds tasty. I am going to have to try that…maybe with some feta cheese too.
        Congrats on your new blog. I am actually new to all this too. I started mine about 3 months back.

  2. heather Says:

    Tried this last night and my kids (who usually moan about complain about cabbage, including when they saw this being made) loved it! Awesome recipe!
    To add to the comments above, for brussel sprouts, I’ve used your recipe but substituted the pine nuts for slivered almonds and it was still really good!

    • letseathealthier Says:

      So glad your kids loved the cabbage meal! Did you make any changes to the recipe? And great suggestion regarding the slivered almonds instead of the pine nuts with the brussels sprouts – much more economical!

      • heather Says:

        I didn’t have any ‘fancy’ CostCo sauce so just used Ragu Original pasta sauce. I also used red cabbage, beef, and only half the curry. It hardly sounds like your recipe with all these changes but, really, it wouldn’t have happened without you and it still tasted great!

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