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Stuffed Cabbage Casserole – Paleo & Grain Free

Stuffed cabbage is one of my absolute favorite foods but I’m lazy so I tried my hand at turning it into a casserole of sorts. I came up with this recipe for a Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It tastes just like the real thing without all the blanching and rolling.

Turn a classic but tedious recipe into a quick, one skillet dinner with this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's Paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free too!

Years ago I did the ‘paleo diet’ and cut out grains, sugar and dairy. I actually lost weight and felt really good but then I got pregnant and my body decided meat was the enemy. I never went back to it but I still use some of my favorite recipes from that time in my life like baked chicken wings.

Recently I’ve been having some heath problems and I know I need to overhaul my diet. I’m 100% not giving up dairy but I’ll be saying goodbye to bread & sugar.

You know, everything that makes life delicious. One of my new goals is to get back to healthy, whole foods and cabbage just might be the key.

Turn a classic but tedious recipe into a quick, one skillet dinner with this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's Paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free too!

Fortunately for me I love cabbage and it has a lot going for it! It’s cheap, healthy, versatile & delicious. I have a weird sort of amnesia with cabbage, I just forget all about it. Then I eat it in something, a light bulb goes off and I remember how much I love it.

Stuffed cabbage is the perfect comfort food to me. I’ve always enjoyed it as rice and beef wrapped in cabbage and cooked in tomato sauce. I always think of rice as a filler and I didn’t think it would be missed.

Especially since I replaced it with riced cauliflower. Cauliflower is another one of those amnesia foods, it’s SO GOOD, why don’t I eat it all the time?

Turn a classic but tedious recipe into a quick, one skillet dinner with this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's Paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free too!

This recipe is really quick to throw together if you use your food processor. Chop the onion up with the regular blade in the bowl, then pull it out and switch to the shredder blade. I use the slice side for the cabbage and the shred side for the cauliflower.

Even better it’s a one pan meal! The meat gets browned in the same pan you bake the “stuffed cabbage” so fewer dishes.

This isn’t the kind of recipe where you really need to measure things either, just get in the ballpark. I used the Lodge cast iron skillet that never leaves my stove.

It’s actually pretty fun to watch this cook. The cabbage goes in the oven raw and gets cooked by steam. When you pull the foil off and look at the top it gets progressively more reddish moving from the outside in.

Yield: 6

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Turn a classic but tedious recipe into a quick, one skillet dinner with this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's Paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free too!

Turn a classic but tedious recipe into a quick, one skillet dinner with this recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's Paleo friendly, gluten free and dairy free too! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 80/20 Ground Beef
  • 3 cups Cauliflower, Riced
  • 1 cup Onion, Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, Kosher
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3 cups Tomato Sauce
  • 6 cups Cabbage, Shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, heat a large cast iron skillet over med-high heat
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet, drain off excess grease
  3. Stir in cauliflower, onion, salt, pepper and tomato sauce
  4. Lightly flatten with the back of a spoon and top with shredded cabbage
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50-60 minutes or until cabbage is softened and turns reddish from the tomato sauce

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Nicole Shillings

Saturday 30th of December 2017

Mmm! This is fast comfort food. I love cabbage rolls, but they take so long. This would be ready in no time!

Michelle

Saturday 30th of December 2017

I love cabbage rolls. I don't find them hard to make, but then I'm half Ukrainian. :) I love your idea of using riced cauliflower. Brilliant!

Jordan

Saturday 30th of December 2017

Oh dang! I love stuffed cabbage. But I love that this is a one-pot meal even more.

Joyce

Saturday 30th of December 2017

Must try! Looks like such a comforting meal!

Amusingmaria

Saturday 30th of December 2017

I love love love this recipe. It's perfect for our new "for health" restricted meals. Thank you!