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Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet for #SRC

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club I was given Natural Noshings written by the very adorable Nora. I loved the fact that she switched to a gluten free/refined sugar free lifestyle back in 2009. It was interesting to see that she went through what I think Kevin is going through as well. I am not sure if I cold get him on board with the whole GF thing, but I may try.

She has some wonderful recipes on her blog, and I was having a difficult time figuring out what I wanted to make. But in the end I settled on one of my first choices. I have been wanting to make stuffed cabbage for quite some time now, and when I saw her Lazy Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet it really peaked my interest. I liked the idea of all of the flavors of stuffed cabbage in an easy 30 minute meal.

I decided to add quinoa to the skillet to bump the protein content. Plus I am trying to get Kevin used to healthier grains. I  have used quinoa in a couple of salad type dishes, but really want to try using it more as a rice substitute.

I have to admit this is not the prettiest dish I have ever made. I think adding the quinoa before the picture was a mistake. But, it is not all about looks right?

The flavor is the most important thing. I think this dish is fabulous and a terrific weekday meal. You have a healthy and delicious dish for your family in 30 minutes. Who needs boxed food (this coming from an ex-hamburger helper addict)?

This is quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive (quinoa is a bit pricey but the bag will last you several meals). How can you go wrong?

Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 bag of shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 (14 oz) can no-salt added diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1 (14 oz) can no-salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups beef stock

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onions until browned (about 5 to 6 minutes). Add garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and dry mustard. Cook for another minute or two.
Stir in cabbage, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Cook for an additional 2 minute, then cover and reduce heat to medium. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until cabbage is cooked through and tender.

Meanwhile rinse the quinoa well under cold water and drain. Use a fine mesh sieve for rinsing. Place the quinoa, 2 cups beef stock, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid. If the quinoa is tender but there’s excess water in the bottom of the saucepan just leave the lid off completely for a few minutes until the water evaporates. When done turn off the heat, put the lid on and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Stir in apple cider vinegar and cooked quinoa into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Serves 4-6


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  1. Adding the quinoa sounds wonderful and rounds up the dish Bobbi! And I like your new blog look a lot!

  2. Oh I'm already thinking of a way to do this as vegetarian, sounds great – good SRC choice!

  3. My least favorite part of stuffed cabbage are those under-cooked little bits of cabbage rib. This fixes that problem completely! lovin on the quinoa, too – it's perfect for balancing rich flavors.

  4. Yummy! I tried making cabbage rolls once and I didn't realize that you had to peel the cabbage after you cooked it… This takes all of that out of the equation, so it's all good!

  5. Bagged coleslaw instead of wrestling with a head of cabbage? GENIOUS!

    Val in MN

  6. I love cabbage and I love cabbage rolls!! Great recipe and great SRC choice:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  7. Stuffed cabbage is one of my favorites, but I hate wrapping everything up. What a perfect fix for that! Awesome pick this month 🙂

  8. What an interesting recipe. Very inventive that packaged coleslaw was used together with quinoa. I love the sound of this recipe!
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! LOVE the addition of quinoa 🙂 HAPPY REVEAL DAY!

  10. YUM! I love stuffed cabbage so I would probably love this Great choice, especially for fall

  11. Yum that looks SO good! Perfect for this cooler fall weather – great SRC pick this month!!

  12. great idea to add the quinoa! sounds like a great comforting recipe!

  13. Thanks so much Paula! I tried to make it look a bit crisper and more streamlined 🙂

  14. I am glad you like it. Maybe you could use some veggie sausage?

  15. Thanks 🙂 yes it is all nice and cooked int his dish.

  16. True, take out a lot of the work but you still have all of the flavors!

  17. Thanks Renee I am really glad you like it.

  18. I am glad you like it 🙂 thanks for a fab recipe to work with!!

  19. Yes it is a nice tummy warming and filling bowl of yumminess 🙂

  20. Yes, the quinoa might not make it the prettiest of dishes but it was nice and filling.

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