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Cabbage rolls have traditional roots in many cultures, and for good reason. These cabbage-wrapped meatballs are stewed in tomato sauce for unbelievably good flavor. They’re well worth the time and effort and may well become one of your family’s most requested meals.

Tip: If you don’t have cooked rice leftover from another meal, instant brown rice is a great option for saving time.


  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • ⅓ cup onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh dill
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans low-sodium tomato sauce, divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced or crushed no-salt-added tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock


  1. Cook cabbage in boiling water for just long enough to gently soften the leaves (4-5 minutes). Drain and cool.
  2. Mix together raw turkey, cooked rice, onion, dill, egg, cup tomato sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pull the large leaves off the cabbage. Shave the stalks at the bottom of each leaf carefully with a sharp knife in order to improve the foldability of the leaves. Reserve and chop cabbage core and stems.
  4. Place ¼ cup of filling each on eight leaves and tuck into a tidy roll. If you have more filling than leaves, form the remaining filling into 1″ meatballs.
  5. Combine remaining tomato sauce and remaining ingredients, except for stock, in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  6. In a pot large enough to hold all ingredients, place the reserved chopped cabbage and chicken stock on the bottom. Layer rolls and tomato sauce, being sure to end with sauce.
  7. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until leaves are tender and meat is thoroughly cooked (2.5 hours). Serve rolls hot, topped with sauce.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 345; Total Fat 11.5g (15% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 81mg (27% DV); Sodium 465mg (20% DV); Total Carbohydrate 37g (13% DV); Dietary Fiber 8.5g (29% DV); Total Sugars 17g; Includes 3g Added Sugars (6% DV); Protein 24g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 15% DV; Iron 20% DV; Potassium 20% DV; Vitamin K 140% DV; Vitamin C 100% DV; Niacin 60% DV.
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