I have never been a huge fan of cabbage. I think that I had poorly cooked cabbage too many times and it ruined the veggie for me. I don’t think anyone would really love soggy, bland cabbage. However, cabbage is not actually all that bad. When cooked correctly, it is tender yet crisp, sweet yet savory. A good cabbage recipe may really surprise you!
I recently had cabbage rolls at a restaurant and was really shocked by how much I loved them. The little, handheld rolls were so tasty and flavorful. They were also surprisingly filling. Two or three cabbage rolls and I was stuffed! I also love that they are an entire meal in one dish. There is protein and vegetables packed into each roll. After falling in love with cabbage rolls, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making them myself.
It did not go well. My homemade cabbage rolls fell apart and were not nearly as picture-perfect as the ones I tried in the restaurant. To top it all off, they took a long time to make! Rolling each cabbage leaf is not easy! But I won’t give up. I decided there must be an easier way to make cabbage rolls. That is when I discovered cabbage roll casserole.
Cabbage roll casserole is essentially cabbage rolls deconstructed. This recipe has all of the same delicious ingredients as a cabbage roll but takes half the time to make. It also takes a lot less skill to whip up- no need to be a professional chef and roll every single leaf! The best part is the simplicity of the ingredients in this recipe. There are only 8 things you need to make a complete, tasty dinner. Here is how it is done.
You start by cooking the ground beef in a large skillet. A little love oil, a little saute action and, once the beef is no longer pink, you are done. Next comes the garlic and onions which also need to saute and soften. The cooked onions and garlic are then mixed in with a jar of Rao’s low-carb tomato sauce. Stir in the chopped cabbage, some cauliflower rice and a little salt and you’re done.
You can choose to layer the cabbage and ground beef in the casserole dish if you’d like for a fancier style casserole. To do this, spread about 1/3 of the cabbage mix across the bottom of the pan then spread ½ of the ground beef on top of it. Add another layer of cabbage then more beef. Top with the remaining cabbage and you are ready to bake! You can also go for the easier version and just mix the ground beef into the cabbage mix, tossing everything together well. Place it all in the casserole dish and bake just like that!
Keto cabbage roll casserole has become a weekday staple in my house. It is nutritious, tasty and so quick to put together. My views on cabbage have really changed and I’m pretty excited about that! Discovering a new food opens so many culinary possibilities! Give this keto cabbage roll casserole a try and let us know what you think. Do you love cabbage now too?
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