Stuffed Cabbage and Green Beans

This is a favorite dish of my husband’s family from his Polish roots. I loved it the first time I tried it. We’ve made it ourselves a few times before baby successfully. For two people you have leftovers for the next night and a meal to freeze for later (this meal, sans the green beans, freezes very well) With a teething little one at the moment, big meals that allow for future no-cook nights are key to keeping up our real food lifestyle while maintaining our sanity!

Stuffed Cabbage Gluten Free

The original recipe calls for tomato soup, which normally has wheat in it. I have seen gluten free tomato soup, but when we went to get the ingredients for this dish on our weekly shopping trip we couldn’t find a gluten free tomato soup at any major grocery stores in our area. We experimented a bit and found a good mix of tomato juice and sauce to replace the soup.

You can make this in the oven, but I strongly suggest a slow cooker. The flavors meld together well and the cabbage cooks down, allowing the textures of the meat and the cabbage to blend better.

Ingredients:

1 Large head of cabbage

1 Large onion, chopped

2 Cups cooked rice (you can use brown or white, but I suggest white)

2 lb Lean ground beef

2 Eggs

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1 29 oz Can tomato sauce

1 16 oz Can tomato juice

1 141/2 oz Can diced tomatoes

1 lb Green beans

Directions:

Core the cabbage

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and place cored cabbage in to soften leaves, about 10 minutes

Meanwhile, mix together beef, rice, egg, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper

Remove cabbage from water and carefully peel off the outer layers of the cabbage

Lay leaves out flat, and place a handful of the meat mixture on the stem side of the leaves

Fold the cabbage leaves over the meat, burrito style

Place filled cabbage leaves in your slow cooker

Mix together the tomato sauce, tomato juice and diced tomatoes

Poor mixture over the cabbage rolls

Cook on High for 4 to 5 hours

Steam green beans and serve with cabbage rolls

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