'Unstuffed' Cabbage with a Kick


This is an alteration on a typical stuffed cabbage recipe. It's healthy, low-fat, low-carb, and a bit spicy. You can't go wrong with this recipe! You may omit the red pepper and cayenne if you do not like spicy foods, or increase like we do! We serve this over brown rice to make it more of a whole meal. We love it! I used roasted garlic-flavored tomato sauce for extra 'kick.'

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ tablespoon onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 head cabbage, cut into 1-inch squares


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground turkey in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Transfer cooked turkey to a bowl.

  2. Heat olive oil in the skillet over medium heat; saute onion in hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic to onion; saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Pour diced tomatoes and tomato sauce over the onion mixture; season with Italian seasoning, basil, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer tomato mixture until the tomatoes are softened, about 10 minutes.

  4. Stir cabbage into the tomato mixture; continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  5. Stir ground turkey into the mixture; cook to reheat the turkey, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
13g Fat
26g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 571mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 122mg 608%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1092mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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