Italian Lamb Cabbage Cake

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I made this cabbage cake for dinner, and it had my brain in a tizzy!  My eyes see cake, but my mouth tastes a delicious Italian savory meal! At least these two things are both positives!  This dish is SO pretty!  It looks like a deliciously layered beautiful cake.

Now, the taste…wow…with the first bite, you’re mouth is going to get punched with a blend of Italian flavors like basil, oregano, parsley, and the like, and those flavors along with the MANY veggies and lamb in here make for the PERFECT combination.  This is seriously one of my new favorites.  It takes a little bit of work, but boy is it worth it!  YUMMERS!

So, like I said, this dish has SO many veggies in it!  There’s the obvious: cabbage.  But there’s also purple cauliflower, white onion, red onion, garlic, carrots, pumpkin, fresh basil, and parsley.  Ummm…can you say health benefits?  This meal is packed with them!

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Now, do I have your attention?  So many health benefits!  I love meals like this that I just love putting in my body!

Like I said, this dish takes a bit of work, but it is well worth it!

ITALIAN LAMB CABBAGE CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 very small head purple cauliflower (enough to make 1 cup of cauliflower rice)
  • 1 1/4 cup grated cheese, divided (I used a hard goat’s milk cheddar)
  • 1 16oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. of each: garlic granules, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, onion powder
  • handful of chopped fresh basil
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • sea salt, for seasoning

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Peel the leaves of your cabbage off one by one, trying to keep them as whole as possible.  Place the cabbage leaves in the boiling water, and allow them to cook for 5 minutes.  Promptly remove them from the water, and place on paper towel or a dish towel.  Pat dry, and set aside.

2.) Cut your cauliflower into florets, and place them in the bed of a food processor.  Process on high until the cauliflower has a rice like consistency. Set aside 1 cup of the processed cauliflower.

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3.) In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, garlic granules, dried basil, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried parsley.  Set aside.

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4.) Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the ground lamb into the pan, and cook until no longer pink. Drain off any extra grease, and set the lamb aside in a bowl. Do not wash the pan.

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5.) In the same pan, add the olive oil, and heat over medium heat.  Add the onions, minced garlic, and shredded carrots to the pan, and cook for 5 minutes until the onions begin to sweat.  Add the cup of cauliflower rice, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender/soft. Add the lamb back in and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat, and add 3/4 cup of the pumpkin puree sauce that you made (set the rest aside), 3/4 cup of the grated cheese (set the rest aside), and the fresh parsley and basil.  Stir to combine.  Allow to cool a bit, then add the egg and stir to combine completely.

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6.) Grease a 1.5 qt. casserole dish with olive oil.  Place your largest cabbage leaf on the bottom of the casserole dish.  Add another few leaves on top of this, and have them go up the sides of the dish. Add a layer of your filling (about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch thick).  Top with more cabbage leaves allowing them to go up the sides. Add another layer of filling.  Continue this until you run out of filling, or until you reach the top of the casserole dish.  For your top layer, use cabbage leaves, and tuck them into the sides around the other cabbage leaves.

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7.) Top with a bit of your pumpkin puree sauce, and a small amount of cheese.  Set the rest aside for “decorating” your cake when it comes out of the oven.  Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

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8.) When it’s done baking, let it set for 7-10 minutes, then place a plate over the top of the casserole dish, and flip the cake onto the plate.  Remove the casserole dish to reveal your cabbage cake.  Use a spoon to spread the rest of your pumpkin sauce over the top and sides of the cake.  Top with the rest of your grated cheese.

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9.) Use a sharp knife to cut into slices.  Season with sea salt, and serve.

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See?  So pretty, so yummy, and SO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Slow Cooker Cabbage and Chicken

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Cabbage and chicken probably sounds a little boring, but I can assure you that even though this dish is incredibly simple, it is anything but boring!  All of the ingredients are fantastic for you, and they go together so well to make an absolutely delicious and easy slow cooker meal!

With the main vegetable being cabbage, we already know that there are going to be tons of health benefits in this thing, and of course, we are correct (aren’t we always? 🙂 ).

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There’s 10 good reasons why I absolutely love cabbage!  In turn, there’s 10 good reasons why I love this dish, and that’s just the start!  At any rate, if you give this recipe a try, I can pretty much guarantee you that you will not be disappointed!

SLOW COOKER CABBAGE AND CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2 diced onions
  • 1 inch minced ginger
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot + 1/4 cup water
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Bring together the ginger, garlic cloves, and 1 diced onion in a food processor. Blend until you’ve created a paste.

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2.) Place the paste and the milk into the slow cooker and stir them together. Chop up the chicken into small squares and place them in the slow cooker. Add the onion. Next, slice the cabbage into large slices and place the cabbage pieces at the top of the mixture.

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3.) Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for six hours.  At the end of six hours, in a small bowl, stir together the arrowroot powder and water until the arrowroot is completely dissolved.  Pour over the contents of the slow cooker and stir.  Cook on low  for an additional hour.

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4.) Ladel into bowls, and season with sea salt if desired.

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Yum!  Simple never tasted so good!  Enjoy! 🙂

Colorful Cabbage and Lentil Cooked Salad

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When dinner time came yesterday, I was hangry and lazy.  I wanted to throw something together that was filling, but was also really easy and didn’t take a lot of work on my part.  This cabbage and lentil salad was just the thing!  Super filling due to the fiber and the protein from the lentils…Super delicious due to the different flavors in there…and as always SUPER DUPER healthy due all the fantastic ingredients.  I mean, duh, the two main ingredients are cabbage and lentils, both of which are crammed full of health benefits!

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Look at all that awesome nutrition in this meal.  Not only will you be fully sated after this meal, you will also feel amazing because of how healthy this meal is!

COLORFUL CABBAGE AND LENTIL COOKED SALAD

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup broth (any kind will do) or 1/2 cup water
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • shredded cheese for topping (I used a hard goat cheese), optional

Directions:

1.) Prepare the lentils as described on the package.  Set aside.

2.) Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until it starts to sweat (about 3-5 minutes).

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3.) Add the carrots, red cabbage, green cabbage, paprika, oregano, and broth (or water).  Cook until the cabbage is soft (about 10-15 minutes).

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4.) Add the lentils to the pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

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5.) Transfer to plates, season with salt and pepper, and top with shredded cheese, if desired.

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See?  Super easy, super healthy, super filling, and SUPER DELICIOUS!  Enjoy! 🙂

Mixed Cabbage Cranberry Almond Cooked Salad

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My new favorite salad for sure!!!  This stuff is SO delicious that I get a little sad when I see that my plate is almost clean, because I know the flavor explosion is about to end.  And flavor explosion is the perfect description for this salad!  There’s a lot going on in this salad – onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, almonds, mint leaves, honey, dried cranberries, goat cheese…and of course, cabbage!  There’s so many different flavors going on here that your taste buds will be having a delicious party in your mouth!

A little about the main ingredient:

Cabbage is super good for you!  Both green and red cabbage have many different health benefits.  Thankfully, this salad has both varieties, so we get the health benefits of both!

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Between the cabbage and the other great ingredients in this salad, it is packed full of nutrition and health benefits!!!

MIXED CABBAGE ALMOND CRANBERRY SALAD

Ingredients: makes two servings

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 head of green cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/3 head of red cabbage, chopped into thin slices
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (apple juice sweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw honey
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • sea salt for seasoning

Directions:

1.) Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add the almonds and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often, till lightly browned.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

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2.) Place the pan back on stove and reduce heat to medium.  Add the olive oil and onion to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the cabbages, garlic, and cranberries and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Add the garlic granules, apple cider vinegar, and water and cook for 5-7 minutes until the cabbage is tender.

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3.) Add the honey and the cooked almond slivers, and stir together.

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4.) Transfer to plates and top with the mint leaves and goat cheese.  Season with sea salt.

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Delicious, nutritious, and it looks beautiful too!  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Cabbage Rolls

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Ohhhhh boy!  When I went grocery shopping yesterday, cabbage was on sale, so I got a head of green cabbage, and then decided to get some other ingredients to make some yummy stuffed cabbage rolls!  Cabbage is SO good for you!  It is best known for it’s detoxification properties, but it has so much more than just that!  Check out this pin listing some of the health benefits of cabbage!

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All these great benefits, and it lends itself to some great and delicious recipes!  As I said, I decided to make some cabbage rolls…after the fact, I think I would just opt for throwing all the ingredients in a casserole dish and make a cabbage roll casserole (soooo much easier), but I went ahead and put in the effort of rolling each of these little rolls into a cute little burrito of sorts.  The result was DELICIOUS, so let’s get to the recipe!

HEALTHY CABBAGE ROLLS

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. uncooked brown rice
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 oz. soft goat cheese
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Turn off the heat, and place the head of cabbage in the water.  Let sit for 15 minutes.

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2.) While the cabbage is sitting, prepare the filling.  In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil.  Add the onion, and let cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Add the ground turkey, and cook till cooked through.  Turn off the heat, and add the garlic powder, parsley, egg, rice and some sea salt.

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3.) Take the cabbage out of the water, and carefully peel off 10 leaves.  With each leaf, remove the tough middle section.  Fill each half of the leaf with filling.  Carefully roll the leaf up to create a cabbage roll.

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4.) Place the rolls in a baking dish until the dish is full.

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5.) Poor the chicken broth over the rolls, drizzle with the honey, and top with the tomatoes.  Cover and bake for 80-90 minutes.  Remove from the oven, uncover, and sprinkle with the goat cheese and sea salt.

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6.) Transfer to a plate and serve.

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Like I said, after making this, I think next time, I will just chop up the cabbage leaves, and then throw everything in casserole dish, prepared as described, and make a casserole out of it – much less work, though not quite as pretty!  Regardless of how you decide to present this dish, the taste will not disappoint!  Enjoy! 🙂

Cabbage Tomato Salad with Almond Dressing

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Cabbage, tomato, and almond.  Yeah, I know it sounds like an odd combination, but this somehow, it works beautifully!  Organic green cabbage was on sale the other day, and with it being so ridiculously good for you, I stocked up a bit.

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After buying the cabbage came the fun part!  I had to come up with ways to use it!  I threw this salad together for lunch the other day, and it is fantastic!  It’s very simple, full of nutrients, and phenomenally tasty!  Your body will be smiling from ear to ear if you feed it this!

CABBAGE TOMATO SALAD WITH ALMOND DRESSING

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 2 cups finely chopped green cabbage
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

For the Dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of stevia
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Place the salad ingredients on a plate and mix together.

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2.) Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl till completely combined.

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3.) Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat.

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DELICIOUS!  Enjoy! 🙂