Saturday, July 6, 2013

Clean Cabbage Rolls

clean eating cabbage rolls

I truly love lean ground turkey. It tastes awesome, is low in fat and calories, and packs in a lot of protein per ounce. 

Some of my favorite recipes, most of them clean eating recipes, us ground turkey. Ever since I had my first turkey burger about 2 years ago, I have been hooked. I started trying out different variations - like my spicy Texas Turkey Burger, or my filling and tasty Sweet Potato and Black Bean Turkey Burgers. But it didn't stop there.

And now - the Turkey Cabbage Rolls!

 Begin with a head of cabbage, and remove the core (the white, hard center) out with a knife. Be careful!!

Place cabbage head in a large pot of cold water filled about halfway. Bring the water to a boil, then return heat to Medium-Low. Leave cabbage in warm water until leaves become soft and easy to remove with a fork. 

Once fully cooked, turn heat off, and using a pair of tongs or a fork, remove the leaves one at a time an lay them out on a plate.  Remove the thick vein of the cabbage leaves for easier rolling- this is key!

Meanwhile, have 1 cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa prepared for your cabbage rolls. 

Saute in a cooking pan 1/2 sweet onion with 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 clove of minced garlic along with  2 cups of mushrooms.  Cook on Medium-Low heat until onions become translucent. Add in a 14.5 ounce can of your favorite Organic, Low Sodium Tomato Sauce and heat sauce with mushroom and onion mixture.

In a separate cooking bowl, mix 2 egg whites with your cooked brown rice (or quinoa!) and mix in 1 pound of raw, lean ground turkey. Add 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of Oregano, 1 teaspoon of Basil.  Pour in the mushroom/onion mixture from the stove
top and mix all ingredients until well incorporated.

Using your hands, form small balls of the turkey-mixture about the size of your palm and place inside one cabbage leaf at a time. Roll leaf with turkey mixture inside up. 

Repeat until you run out of cabbage leaves. 

Next, pour another 14.5 ounce can of Organic Tomato Sauce into the bottom of a slow cooker, set on LOW Heat. 

Add in one cabbage roll at a time, placing side by side and then layering them. 

Cover your slow cooker for 8-9 hours. 

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