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Unstuffed Cabbage

A delicious recipe, even my kids ate it.



  1. Start the ground round cooking in a heavy skillet over high heat; spread it out to cover the bottom of the pan so it cooks quicker.
  2. While the ground beef is browning, chop the onion and crush the garlic.
  3. Plunk them in the pan with the ground beef, and stir it up, using a spatula to turn it over and break it up so that it cooks evenly.
  4. Cover the pan and let it continue cooking.
  5. Meanwhile, chop the cabbage coarsely. Stir this into the beef mixture a bit at a time, it may come close to overwhelming your skillet. Take care to turn everything over to keep it cooking evenly. Re-cover the pan.
  6. Continue to stir the meat mixture to keep it cooking evenly, covering in between stirrings.
  7. When the cabbage is starting to wilt, stir in the tomato sauce, lemon juice, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Re-cover, let the whole thing simmer for 5 minutes, then serve.
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This is DELICIOUS!! My family enjoyed it. I substituted paprika for nutmeg since I didn't have any. I used olive oil instead of canola. And I drained the ground beef instead of keeping the grease in.
28 Mar 08 by member: Cornflakes
Very filling recipe. I do not use the tomato sauce and instead use tomato paste and a can of stewed tomatoes (to not much carb impact). I also think that this makes closer to 6-7 servings, but I typically serve with something like braised turnips or mashed cauliflower.
12 Dec 09 by member: dryheatwriter
I use a small can of tomato paste and a can of diced tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce. There's sugar in the tomato sauce. Delicious!
02 May 10 by member: Lavinnia
fixed this last night and we loved it!!
12 Jun 10 by member: candyann
Omitted cinnimon and nutmeg and added homemade sofrito. Used cubed chuck instead of ground beef.
07 Nov 11 by member: Munchkin09
My family has always liked this. I made it tonight. I use Contadina tomato sauce because it doesn't have any sugar added.
21 Feb 12 by member: LNXlady
Almost like my mom used to make without all the carbs! For more authentic taste of stuffed cabbage I omitted the regular salt and added 2 slices of cooked, crubled bacon, 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed, and 1/2 tsp celery salt. I also halved the cinnamon and nutmeg (personal preference).
05 Jun 13 by member: RavenSoul69


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Nutrition summary:

There are 341 calories in 1 serving of Unstuffed Cabbage.
Calorie break-down: 51% fat, 14% carbs, 34% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 176
Calories 341
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 19.54g 30%
  Saturated Fat 6.016g 30%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 2.244g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 9.262g  
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 810mg 34%
Potassium 864mg  
Total Carbohydrate 12.3g 4%
  Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
  Sugars 6.49g  
Protein 29.45g  
Vitamin A 32% Vitamin C 331%
Calcium 36% Iron 118%
of RDI*
(341 calories)
17% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (15%)
Fat (51%)
Protein (34%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories