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Try Something New: Cabbage Rolls!


Growing up in an Indian family, cabbage was often shredded and used in stir frys and curries.  So whenever I would see cabbage at the grocery store, I was so attached to the traditional use of cabbage in my household, I just couldn’t figure out other ways to use it. After seeing multiple recipes for cabbage rolls, I knew I had to try it myself!  These cabbage rolls are packed with flavour and nutrients, especially since I use brown rice and lean ground beef instead of the regular white rice and regular ground beef. It is a great family meal but if you are only cooking for 1-2 people, you can make a tray and have a few meals throughout the week (#mealprep anyone?)! Pair this with a leafy green salad, and you have a nutritious meal!

Whether cabbage rolls are a staple in your house or you have never tried them before (because you only eat cabbage in curries like I did), this recipe with my healthy swaps is a must-try!  The best thing about this recipe is that you likely have all the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen!

Cabbage Rolls

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Makes: 16 cabbage rolls 
Calories 122 kcal


  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup brown rice cooked


  • 1 19 fl oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  Separate cabbage leaves and cut off tough end. In a pot of boiling water, add cabbage leaves one at a time and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and brown rice.
  • Place about 1/4 cup of the beef mixture onto the centre of a cabbage leave. Roll up (like a burrito!), ensuring the ends are tucked in.  Repeat with all cabbage leaves and place in a clear 9x11 baking dish.
  • In a bowl, mix crushed tomatoes, salt, black pepper, chili powder, and dried parsley.
  • Top cabbage rolls with tomato sauce mixture and cover baking dish with foil.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


If you make this recipe, don't forget to share a picture and use the hashtag #nutritionbynazima on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. 


Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 8gFat: 5gFiber: 3g
Course: Lunch/Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American Inspired
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