Sugar Detox Tales and One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Sugar Detox Tales and One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Sugar Detox Tales and One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

 

Well, so far so good on this renewed healthy lifestyle mission, in terms of sticking to the straight and narrow, that is. And, as a reward for good behavior, I’m down two pounds! Two pounds might not seem monumental, but that’s how much weight I can gain just casually flipping through a new cookbook, so losing that much in a week, for me, is an incredible success!

Granted, I’m still going through a diabolical sugar detox phase. I pitched most of the sweet junk that I would ordinarily devour, but after dinner every night, I find myself skulking around the house sniffing out anything remotely sweet. Last night, I was eyeing a blueberry dog treat. Yesterday morning I went on a walk in the woods with a friend, and found myself dreaming of tapping into the sugar maple trunks along the way.

The good news is that it seems as if the sugar detox phase is to be expected, and is relatively short-lived. Rocco DiSpirito told me just yesterday, as I was watching Chopped, that sugar is seven times more addictive than crack cocaine, or something like that. And, trust me, I have the sugar shakes to prove it.

In spite of my shakes, I’ve been gathering delicious-sounding, healthy, new recipes lately, and I’d like to share one with you that my Facebook friend, Mary, introduced to me as I was lamenting the fact that it was so difficult to cook for a carb Nazi like my recently transformed husband. She sent me a recipe that she has used with her very own newly transformed hubby, which I made for dinner last night.

Who knew something basically carb-free and as simple as Simon could be so yummy? Not I.

The recipe is for unstuffed cabbage rolls: a one-pot entrée that’s both filling and really good tasting. Because I am me, and have not yet learned to leave well-enough alone, I added some crushed red pepper flakes and smoked paprika to the pot, and was a very happy, albeit slightly trembling girl!

Here’s how you make it.

 

Recipe courtesy of: Getting Healthy with Jana

Servings: 6 – 8

Ingredients:
1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used 85/15)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt

I also added:

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

 

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Directions:
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Now, despite the fact that the recipe didn’t call for this, I drained the grease because, after all, this is about healthy eating, not artery clogging. And although I might play the role of a chef on the internet, I’m not really one, so I took the easy way out and used some wadded-up paper towels to soak it up instead of pouring it into a can. Ever the rebel.

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Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes, paprika, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.

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unstuffed cabbage

 

Here’s the handy printable version:

One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Serves 6-8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Website Getting Healthy with Jana

Ingredients

  • 2lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Large onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Small cabbage (chopped)
  • 2 cans kow-sodium diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. each)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions

Step 1
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Drain fat.
Step 2
Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes, paprika, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.

 

 

 

Written by Becky


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12 Comments
  • Catherine says:

    Yeah for healthy eating! This one I’m going to try! Do you think I need the smoked paprika?

    • Becky says:

      No, if you don’t care for smoked paprika or don’t have it on hand, there’s no problem with leaving it out. I just found that it gave the dish a little more flavor and interest.

  • Hi Becky…I AM STICKING WITH GROUND BEEF CASSEROLE!!!! I know, I know, my arteries soon will be clogged but oh that flavor! It’s worth it! Nevertheless, I’m pulling for all of you folks who are shunning sugar and fat too. YLM

  • Sue says:

    Becky, this sounds great. Just one question, is it 1 clove of garlic or 3 cloves? Loved your tribute to Tor. He was a very special man.

    • Becky says:

      Hi Sue. Thanks for catching that discrepancy. The recipe called for one clove, but I used 3 to add more flavor, and it wasn’t overpowering at all. I changed the text to three.

  • Lisa says:

    I use this exact same recipe to make this, and it is a favorite in our house! I love it because it’s really easy to prepare. Growing up, my mom made actual stuffed cabbages all the time and I would turn my fussy nose up at it–jeez, I didn’t know what I was missing! I also make a side of rice with this giving them the option of putting the beef cabbage over it.

    • Becky says:

      Neat! It has been really surprising to me how much we’ve enjoyed the healthier recipes this past week. An optional side of rice sounds good, too, but for us right now it’s a slippery slope.

  • Heather says:

    This looks really good and easy. I will definitely try it soon. Thanks and congrats on the two pounds! I often gain two pounds just by opening your blog! Love, H

    • Becky says:

      Brad will particularly appreciate this one for its health-factor rating. Make sure to add the smoked paprika, and if you don’t have any, go buy some. The flavor brings me right back to Hungary, or it would, I’m sure of it, if I had ever visited the country. 😉

    • Irene says:

      This could be even healthier if you use ground turkey. Glad you added the extra “spices”. It helps with your metabolism.

      • Becky says:

        Good point, Irene! I would add a tad more oil with the ground turkey since it tends to be dry, but even with that addition, it certainly would be lower in fat than the ground beef.

        So nice to see you over the weekend, despite the circumstances.


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