Jan 4, 2012

Kalyn's Stuffed Cabbage Casserole



Basically a deconstructed version of stuffed cabbage layered with shredded cabbage, ground beef and brown rice cooked in tomatoes then topped with melted cheese.

Last week when I was browsing other blogs Top Dishes for 2011, (I always love those posts) I came across this recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen. It had January comfort food written all over it... I knew I HAD to try it!!


This turned out great, and easily serves 10 people. Although stuffed cabbage doesn't usually have cheese, I loved the addition of it in this recipe. I gave you the nutritional info with and without the cheese but if you don't have any allergies to cheese, I say make it with!

Leftover can be frozen and reheated for another day.




Kalyn's Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Recipe slightly modified from Kalyn's Kitchen
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 10 • Serving Size: 1/10th with cheese • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 250.9 • Fat: 11.3 g • Protein: 16.9 g • Carb: 23.8 g • Fiber: 5.5 g Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 459 mg (without salt)  


Without Cheese:Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 194.9 • Fat: 7.7 g • Protein: 10.5 g • Carb: 23 g • Fiber: 5.5 g Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 291.2 mg (without salt)  


 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sweet Hungarian Paprika
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 
  • 1 1/2 heads green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice 
  • 2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese (Sargento)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large glass casserole dish with non-stick spray. (My dish was 13" x 10")


Heat a large frying pan on medium heat; add ground beef and cook until it's browned and cooked through, breaking it apart as it cooks. Remove ground beef and set aside.


In the same pan, add 1 tsp olive oil, chopped onion and cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, and paprika and cook about 2 minutes more. Then add the diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, and ground beef. Add water to the pan. Simmer until it's hot and slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes.


While it simmers, cut cabbage in half, cut out the core, and remove any wilted outer leaves; chop the cabbage coarsely into 1 inch pieces.


Heat remaining olive oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven; add the cabbage and cook over medium-high heat until the cabbage is wilted and about half cooked, turning it over several times so it all wilts and cooks. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

When the meat and tomato sauce mixture has cooked and thickened a bit, stir in the 2 cups of cooked rice and gently combine.

Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray and the layer half the cabbage, half the meat mixture, remaining cabbage, and remaining meat mixture. Cover tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes, or until the mixture is just starting to bubble on the edges.


Remove foil and sprinkle on cheese (if using.) Bake uncovered an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown. Serve hot.

Freezer friendly if you have leftovers. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then either microwave until hot or heat in the oven in a glass dish covered with foil.

280 comments :

  1. Yum I will have to try this out.

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    1. This was Sooooooo Good!

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    2. We use Italian seasoned ground turkey. We also use Italian diced tomatoes. It is GREAT.

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  2. I love stuffed cabbage, this is a great alternative.

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  3. Oh wow this looks delicious! I would make it with ground turkey over the beef!

    And I totally agree with you I love the recap posts of recipes!

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  4. fantastic!! i was really really hoping you'd make a lighter version of Stuffed Cabbage! i think it's a perfect dish for the winter season. i'm going to try this tomorrow! thanks, Gina!

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  5. I swear you must be a mind reader! Just the other night my mom and I were talking about having stuffed cabbage for dinner, but how bad it probably was for you. This is awesome! We will definitely be giving this a try REAL soon.

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  6. It was great! We all loved it!

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  7. This looks delicious! Looking forward to giving it a try.

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  8. Erin Rasmussen1/4/12, 3:24 PM

    I saw this on Kalyn's blog when she posted it a while ago, it was amazing, and really big hit with my family! They said they preferred it to regular stuffed cabbage, and would like to put it in the rotation... Always a good thing!

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  9. This looks amazing, I can't wait to make it! One question though - if I'm making it without the cheese, should I still do the last step of removing the foil and baking for an additional 20 minutes?

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  10. This recipe looks awesome I cant wait too try it...but im wondering if i used turkey instead how much lower would this recipe be?

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  11. I'm craving stuffed cabbage after this week's Top Chef - will have to make this!!

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  12. Love Kalyn's Kitchen! Almost as much as SkinnyTaste :)

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  13. Looks amazing! Cannot wait to try it out.

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  14. Leave out the cheese and this is all Power Foods and can be a great Simply Filling dish!! Thanks Gina!

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  15. This looks great. I am making it tonight!

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  16. I have another recipe much like this. We like it better than the regular labor intensive Cabbage Rolls. I make it with ground turkey. I concur you must be a mind-reader as I was just thinking about this the other day and was wondering what a soup would be like. (Just add more canned diced tomatos or maybe some V-8?) For sure on the menu this weekend !

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  17. looks wonderful, and not having to stuff teh cabbage is great.

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  18. I have a head of red cabbage in my fridge that I didn't have a clue what to do with...googling tells me red and green do not taste too much different?! may give it a shot!

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  19. I found a recipe similar to this on allrecipes.com called cajun cabbage casserole and I am sooooo in love with it. I use ground turkey and add cayenne to up the kick factor but otherwise it's exactly the same.

    One of my favorite meals! Seriously! Something about cabbage... mmmmmm.

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  20. Ahhh...my two all-time favorite blogs merge as one! That means I absolutely MUST try this! It looks fabulous!

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  21. Do you by chance know what the point difference would be if I used ground turkey rather than beef?

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  22. I was just talking about making a modified cabbage roll today! Perfect timing..can't wait to make it!

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  23. This might be the recipe that finally convinces my husband to give cabbage a try. Our 2012 resolution is too eat more veggies. Thanks!

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  24. I have never been a fan of stuffed cabbage (one bad experience totally ruined it for me). But I must say this looks absolutely amazing! Must try soon!

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  25. Gi- my grandma used to make the BEST stuffed cabbage...I will HAVE to make this as an homage to her. It looks really good.xoxo
    secretsofamomaholic.com

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  26. I love stuffed cabbage!! This is going on next week's menu!

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  27. Hi Gina. I am so glad you liked it. The woman who gave me the recipe just celebrated her 75th birthday and she was thrilled that I had posted her recipe.

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  28. I don't think I have ever had stuffed cabbage but this looks quite yummy!

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  29. This looks delicious! I am going to try it without the rice:-)

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  30. WOW CANNOT WAIT TO TRY THIS....

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  31. This looks great! I love stuffed cabbage and this looks so good and easy to make too. I will be trying this and keeping leftovers for lunch the next day

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  32. I've made a version of this, and even my kids liked it. As a working mom, I saved a little time by using a store-bought coleslaw mix in the bag. Fresh cut is better, but when choices are coleslaw bag or drive-thru, I think my family is better with the shortcut than the drive-thru. Keep up the great work! I love the pictures and recipes!

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  33. This is such a great recipe. We tried it from Kalyn's blog a few months back and it's a winner. We divided it into two 9" square pans - baked one and froze one for later. Worked out really well.

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  34. I can't wait to try this recipe. My husband loves stuffed cabbage and is sure to enjoy this. I will enjoy it with the addition of the cheese!

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  35. Do you think I could use quinoa instead of brown rice? I happen to have a fair amount just sitting in the fridge...

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  36. Hi Gina,

    This looks interesting and I can't wait to try it. I might make a little deviation, though and try an alternative version with cinnamon and a touch of allspice, instead of the paprika, etc., to give it the Lebanese cabbage roll taste (though without cheese). I often deconstruct my family's Lebanese recipes into soups or even just one-pot meals to save time when I'm not preparing them for a special occasion. I am a lazy cook sometimes but crave foods I grew up with when I am homesick for family. Thanks for this and congrats on all the awards! You deserve them.

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  37. What a great combo! I would never of thought of using Cabbage! Funny my friend at work was talking about your blog today, and I told her I knew it, she almost fell over! I love you blog, and she told me she just discovered you and is planning on making some of your recipes!

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  38. I swear layered foods taste better! ;) I love this because it looks like a lasagna but really isn't. A great way to use up some cabbage too!

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  39. Gina,
    Another alternative to ground beef or turkey are the Boca or Morning Star(my preference) crumbles. Sometimes the crumbles can be a bit - shall we say, chewy, but in this recipe you never notice.
    I recommend your site to everyone I know. Thank you for doing this.
    Deb

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  40. My husband loves stuffed cabbage - I have a great crock pot recipe for that but, this looks so good and easy! I have learned that I actually really like cabbage too and it is CHEAP! Think this will go in the file for February meal planning :-)

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  41. Rebecca, and she is very sweet in person too!!

    Without the cheese it won't be as pretty, but you just want to make sure it's all bubbly and hot.

    Kalyn, tell your friend we loved it too!

    Eleanor, I think quinoa would be great!

    Chum, I bet that would be great. Can you believe I never had Lebanese food before, I may have to go try it!

    Peanutbutter, that's great!

    Thanks Deb, will have to try those crumbles someday. Great alternative for vegetarians.

    Jackie, I like cabbage too!

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  42. I already tried it - even my kids liked it.
    And it is already bookmarked for repeats.

    Cabbage is very healthy!
    You can use savoy cabbage as well - it cooks much faster and its a little different from the taste.
    Throw in some capers and you have a new version.

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  43. Kalyn has some great recipes doesn't she? I just recently found her blog but I'm really glad I did.

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  44. This looks awesome! I'm trying to do the low to no carb thing, do you recommend a variation that does not use brown rice?

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    1. I made this and just left out the rice. It was still great!

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  45. Thanks - I have cabbage left from New Year's that I can use up tonight! Perfect!

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  46. As heads of cabbage vary in size, do you know how many cups this recipe requires? Sounds delicious !

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  47. My husband hates tomatoes. He will only eat tomato sauce that has no sign of tomato pieces. He would not do the diced tomatoes. Could I add more tomato sauce in place of the diced tomatoes? If so, how much extra do you think I would need? I really want to make this.

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  48. Love this idea! Going to give it a try with steaming the cabbage and not shredding the cabbage but using the leaves as lasagna noodles.
    Thanks Gina!

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  49. Does anyone know if you make it with ground turkey instead what the calorie difference would be or the weight watcher points?

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  50. I made this last night. It sure does make a good amount. We'll eat it today and tomorrow and have some in the freezer. Thanks!

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  51. Could you please tell me how many cups of cabbage this requires??? I prefer to buy the bagged coleslaw ....

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  52. That reminds me a lot of this dish, which I love the flavors of, but not so much the work in making it!

    http://www.justhungry.com/japanese-layered-cabbage-casserole-kyabetsu-no-kasaneni

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  53. OMG,,,we LOVE LOVE LOVE stuffed cabbage, will have to try !

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  54. Im syrian and can remember eating stuffed cabbage at my jiddo and tete's house all the time growing up.... Cannot wait to try this version as it seems a bit less time consuming!

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  55. I've always wanted to make stuffed cabbage rolls but have never gotten around to it, but this recipe looks so easy I have no excuse not to try them!

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  56. I made this last night and ate 2 pieces, it was SO GOOD! It tasted a lot like lasagna! This was extremely man/kid friendly! THIS WAS AMAZING!

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  57. How fun I get email's from Kalyn's blog also, my two favorite cooking blogs unite!

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  58. This looks really good! Just pinned it and added it to next weeks menu! Thanks for sharing such a delicious looking dish!

    Willa

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  59. do you think I could omit the cheese and add sauerkraut?

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  60. I couldn't find the sweet paprika the reciped called for-will it make much of a difference to use regular paprika? Thanks

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  61. snuffybird1/5/12, 7:09 PM

    Wow! You have done it again. Just had the "Stuffed Cabbage" for dinner yum, yum, yum! Thank you Gina, for all of the help you give.

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  62. My mom used to make the stuffed cabbage rolls, and she would serve it over a bed of saurkraut over a bed of mashed potatoes. i am wondering how i could incorporate the kraut into this dish? any ideas?

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  63. Made this for the family last night but substituted Italian seasoned ground turkey for the ground beef. Delicious.

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  64. Made this last night with my homemade sauce. It was SO good. Fire roasted tomatoes might be a nice change-up. Also, I would use some parmesan cheese and less mozzarella. Thanks for another great recipe.

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  65. When I made the recipe last night I used the coleslaw to save some time. I used two bags, but I could see using two and a half. However, my cassarole was a little bit bigger because I used more than one pound of meat. I also used venison which was wonderful! Will be making this again!!!!

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  66. I love stuffed cabbage and this looks extra easy- thanks Gina!

    I recently found this recipe- http://www.wholeliving.com/133359/asian-stuffed-cabbage?czone=eat-well/seasonal-foods/winter&center=136760&gallery=136379&slide=133360- do you think it could be made as a casserole?

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  67. Gina,
    This recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked brown rice. Do you mean brown rice already cooked measuring out to be 2 cups, or 2 cups of brown rice measured out than cooked? Sorry, I guess its a dumb question, but I want to make this, so I need to ask.

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  68. I made this last night. It was a hit. I did add a dash of cinnamon, allspice and about 1/4 tsp Splenda to the meat mixture. I think next time I'll add some crushed red peppers to give it some kick.

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  69. I made this last evening for dinner. I didn't cook the rice or the cabbage first. I added the rice to the meat sauce and simmered for about 20 minutes. I did have to add a little water to keep moist. Then layered that in the dish with the chopped cabbage. I also used ground turkey. It was AWESOME! I will definitely make again. Next time I am going to use quinoa instead of rice. Can't wait!

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  70. I'm glad you all liked it!!

    Sarah, you could make it without the rice but I don't think it would be as filling.

    This recipe calls for cooked rice, not 2 cups uncooked.

    This was 18 cups of uncooked cabbage after I shredded it.

    Janet, you could probably layer my skinny mashed potatoes, sauerkrout and then the rest of the ingredients. It make more servings for sure.

    Yes, you could use ground turkey instead, no rules in cooking!

    Regular paprika would work if you don't have Hungarian.

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  71. This is a wonderful dish. I made it for supper tonight and it was a big hit.
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

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  72. I want this now!!! It reminds me of this cabbage casserole my mom makes. A fave of mine that I ate by the ginormous bowl-full.

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  73. Hi Gina
    This looks really good.. what would you suggest to use instead of groud beef to make it vegetarian?? I am thinking soy crumbles, lentils, ground walnuts, or more rice?
    Thanks :)
    Kelly

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  74. A-mazing!!!! I've tried quite a few of your recipes and love them. Your site has been a lifesaver with sticking to my ww diet. I had cabbage rolls on my menu plan for the week and saw this and I like it even better then traditional cabbage rolls! You are a genius!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  75. I just made this tonight. I've never had stuffed cabbage before but it looked so enticing, I had to try it! OMG! Delicious.

    Thank you for all that you do for us!

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  76. I've got it in the oven right now! I will say though that I only used half of a head of cabbage and it was plenty. Not sure if there's a major size difference in our cabbage?

    I love this as an alternative to cabbage rolls. Basically the same ingredients, but no tedius boiling whole cabbage leaves and then stuffing/rolling!

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  77. I have actually never tried cabbage. What is this like/taste like? Is it kid friendly? Can you tell there is cabbage in the dish?

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  78. It's been so long since I had cabbage rolls. A great comfort food yet so healthy.

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  79. Yummy,yummy. I made this yesterday and my family realy enjoyed it. My 3 boys under 5 ate the whole thing so did my husband and I. A keeper for sure. I will probably add a little more cabbage but very good as it is. Thanks Gina

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  80. I made this for our Steelers playoff party, today. I layered a small can of sauerkraut on top. I drained,rinsed and squeezed most of the water off. Took a taste and is very yummy. My mom made her halupkis with sauerkraut in the pot. Smells just like hers did when she cooked them. Leaving the cheese on the side for the guests to decide if they want to add. Thanks for the lightened recipe, Gina! Much appreciated.

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  81. Bet you could use Ro-tel instead of the canned tomatoes if you wanted a little spice in it. But this looks great will have to give it a try

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  82. Hi Gina!
    I Have tried a couple of your recipes lately ( I will post on the others as well) and I defintely plan on trying more!
    This casserole was truly delicious! My husband's Ukrainian Grandmother makes cabbage rolls and he loves them. I have no desire to compete with her cabbage rolls, or spend all that time making them! This was reminiscent of the tradtional dish while being incredibly simple to make!
    I did use a little smoked paprika in addition to the sweet. Not sure how much of a difference it made, but it was delicious!
    Thanks!
    Lisa

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  83. Kelly, sure soy crumbles would work to make this vegetarian or even vegan.

    To the person who asked what cabbage is, it has a distinct flavor and smell so I'm sure the kids would know it's there. Try it, they might like it! You could easily make half as a test.

    I'm so glad you all liked it and loved hearing your adaptations to this, I bet all your versions were wonderful.

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  84. Looks like a recipe I'll have to try. My family is from Eastern Europe and I remember as a child my grandmother making stuffed cabbage rolls for us and they were so good. Unfortunately, I never got a recipe from her before she died. I was only 21 at the time, in college and didn't have my mind on those sorts of things. I found a very labor intensive one by Tyler Florence and have it book-marked but have yet to attempt it. This looks way easier. Hopefully I'll get my kids to eat it too. They're not picky but you never know. There's a 1st for everything!

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  85. I made this dish today and LOVED it. Even my three year old ate just about every bite. Thanks so much. It's just she and I so I baked this in two dishes and will take one to a co-worker for her and her husband tomorrow. Even better to share!

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  86. Just made this for Sunday dinner. It is easy to prepare and is delicious.

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  87. This is incredibly delicious!!! The first batch didn't last long with our family, so making it again tonight! Will have to add this as a regular menu item! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  88. Cabbage is my new favorite vegetable to eat right now. I'm so glad to see this posting. Fixed it on Friday and turned out wonderful. And the leftovers turned out well also. Thanks for sharing all your great recipes.

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  89. Made this tonight for dinner. Super Yummy!!

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  90. I just finished eating this for dinner and it was amazing! I had to sub 93% lean ground turkey (20oz package) for beef because that's all I had. I will definitely make this one again. Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  91. Made this tonight and it was SO good! Instead of the mozza cheese, I just sprinkled 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese on top and instead of tomato sauce, I used spicy pasta sauce. The diced tomatoes I used were spicy as well. I expected the end result to be super spicy, but it wasn't - had a nice flavor though :) This is going on my favorites list!! (along with all the other Skinny Taste recipes I've made!!) Thanks!!

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  92. This was excellent.... I added a few pinches of cayenne and I used quinoa instead of brown rice and it was fantastic! Will def repeat this recipe.
    Thanks Gina!

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  93. I made this tonight as well and LOVED it. It's wonderful just the way it is, but next time I might try to spice it up just a little.

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  95. Thanks for inspiring me to finally try a deconstructed version of stuffed cabbage in my crock...it worked AWESOME!...I only used one head of cabbage though cooked it on high for 1 hr and 4 hrs on low. Also I skipped browning the meat altogether knowing that it was going in the crock for a while..I just mixed the raw meat with the sauted onion and rice and layered it. So easy and it got the thumbs up approval from my polish mom

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  96. Just made this tonight, with lentils instead of ground beef to make it vegetarian. It came out really well! We used a combo of sharp cheddar and pepperjack cheese. I think an extra layer of cheese between the layers will make it perfect next time.

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  97. i am most definitely adding this to my recipe binder....i might just have to bump something off my jan or feb menu calendar to make this before march LOL...

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  98. We tried this exact recipe and it is delicious. It tastes wonderful right out of the oven, and even better a day or two later. A big plus that it freezes and microwaves well for a quick satisfying meal. This is going into my "go to" list of freezable dinners....loved it!

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  99. This was wonderful! I made mine with ground turkey, added some diced carrot, subbed wine for water, and added some vinegar to the cabbage. We have plenty for leftovers... yum!

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  100. Made this last night and it was delicious! So easy, inexpensive, and doesn't taste "healthy". Thanks Gina...your recipes never disappoint. I've managed to stay on plan (WW) and lost weight through the holidays thanks to so many of your recipes.

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  101. Supper delicious! Excellent to make on Sunday and eat during the week for lunch or as a side dish. I added a bay leaf during the simmer process. THANK YOU Gina for your recipes...because of you I know I can do WW long term! You're an inspiration!

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  102. Hi Gina. Just found your blog a few days ago. Love what you do here. thank you for sharing your time and talent. Many blessings for a very happy new year!
    Adrienne

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  103. I made this tonight. I added carne asada seasoning to the meat mixture and added a little water to the cabbage to steam it a little more. I love this recipe and my dear hubby loved it too =)

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  104. Made this over the weekend for my parents - absolutely delicious. We may not make traditional stuffed cabbage anymore!

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  105. I made this on the weekend and my fiancé was RAVING about it. I tweaked it a bit with my favorite cabbage roll spices (cinnamon, allspice) and didn't use quite the same amount of cabbage because I only had one head but it was still great. Lots of leftovers to stick in the freezer for his lunch! I made it without the cheese as he is lactose intolerant, but I am guessing that would have made it even better!

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  106. Hello from Colorado! I am making this right now! It is easy and smells delicious! I have never had stuffed cabbage but when I saw this recipe I just had to make it! Thank you for sharing! I think this is going to turn out GREAT!

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  107. I've made a version of this recipe but found a GREAT shortcut! I use one bag of "pre-bagged coleslaw mix" from the produce section. Then, there's no need to chop the cabbage. Worked out great! Just thought I'd share this time-saving tip. : )

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  108. I made this last night and it was awesome!
    Looking forward to leftovers for lunch today :)

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  109. Summers Love1/11/12, 4:28 PM

    I made this last night, and literally DIED BECAUSE IT WAS SO AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME THANK YOU!

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  110. I made this last night also. It was delish! I did add half of a sauteed green pepper chopped fine to the sauce and 1 pack of splenda. I only used 1 cup of cheese, so it felt less sinful..LOL I also cut it in 8 pieces, which doing the math was almost 9 points. My husband loved it. I divided the 6 portions in half this morning (4.5 pts) and had one for lunch. It is even better reheated! This will be a staple on my WW from now on!

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  111. Made it tonight. It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

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  112. Gina,
    I made this on Sunday afternoon and have been taking it for lunch all week. It keeps getting better!!

    I didn't use the cheese, but I did add some dried cranberries for sweetness. Delicious!! Thanks for your efforts!!

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  113. Little Miss Sunshine1/12/12, 1:16 PM

    I made this last night, it was so tasty! Going into the regular rotation, for sure!

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  114. Made this last night! LOVED IT! Tastes just like my Grandfathers Stuffed Cabbage, minus all the work! Will definitely be a regular in our house

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  115. I made this tonight with the only modification being ground turkey instead of beef. It was delicious! My 5 & 7 year old actually didn't even comment when I put it in front of them (normally one of them complains about a new dish) and my 7-year old gobbled it up. (5-year old ate a little more timidly but she's at "that age"). It's going in the standard rotation!

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  116. This was very good! I halved the recipe, since it's just me.I baked it, then I put the rest in single serve portions that I've frozen. Mmmmm.

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  117. I made this casserole this past weekend and it was very good. Even my grandma, who is as picky as anyones child loved it. Hamburger could easily be replaced with ground turkey. I also took the left over meat sauce with some of the cheese, and a little salsa placed on a fajita flour wrap. It was really good too.

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  118. I made this tonight and my husband absolutely LOVED it. It was wonderful...and I have a feeling the left-overs will be even better!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

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  119. I asked you last week, but you didnt understand my question. The recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked rice. Did you measure 2 cups of dried rice first, and than cooked it & put it into the recipe? Or did you cook a pot of rice, than went and measured out 2 cups of already cooked rice. I am asking, because as you know, there is a big difference in 2 cups of dried rice and 2 cups of already cooked rice. I do understand that the rice needs to be cooked before putting it into the recipe. Thanks, Holly

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  120. To Anonymous. If a recipe says 2 Cups of cooked rice - it means cook the rice & then measure out 2 cups. If it says 2 cups of rice, cooked. Then it means to measure out 2 cups of rice & cook it. Actually I think Gina typically would say 2 cups of uncooked rice & then talk about cooking it in her recipe if she measured the uncooked rice in her ingredients list - at least that's what I've found. Hope that helps! (so in this recipe you'd need to measure your rice after you cook it).

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  121. Gina, I <3 you! My 1 year WW anniversary was this week and I've lost 50 pounds since I started. I certainly couldn't have done it without your awesome recipes.

    This casserole was absolutely awesome. I'm not a huge cabbage fan but my bf grew up on cabbage rolls so I figured we'd give it a whirl. I added saffron (since that's in his family recipe) and left off the cheese. We both loved it! This is totally a keeper in my book.

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  122. This is absolutely delicious!!! Thanks so much for healthy, tasty recipes!!

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  123. So warm and yummy on a cold night. Made it with a 16 oz bag of tri color cole slaw instead of dealing with the cabbage head...because I'm lazy like that. Didn't add the cheese to save on calories and it was delicious...especially with a little sriracha sauce on top :)

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  124. Hello! I've just started WW and this is the first recipe I've made from your site and can I just say YUM!!! (I added some red pepper flakes for a little punch)-I had it every day for lunch since the recipe makes such a good portion and already Im down 3lbs my first week :) I am so happy to have found this site, its going to make cooking at home on WW much easier - thank you!

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  125. Made this last night and followed the recipe as is. Absolutely delicious! My husband was skeptical about the baked cabbage at first, but after one bite, he took that all back! He said, "It tastes like lasagna." So excited for leftovers today!

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  126. I made this recipe and it was great! It is much better the second day so plan to make it ahead of time and reheat.

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  127. This was fantastic!! I altered it only slightly and it was fabulous. Will make it again....for sure!!

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  128. I made this tonight for the first time, and it is amazing! I will defintely add this to my weeknight rotation!

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  129. I made this last night and it turned out great. I love the suggestion from the other comments to use pre-shredded cabbage. I'll try that next time.

    This meal is very good for someone who likes to have leftovers to freeze or eat later in the week.

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  130. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was so good! I used more than a pound of meat so I added a second can of tomato sauce, and to save calories, I didn't use the cheese. I also used a blend of brown, red, and black rice. SO good. My grandmother, Honey, used to make cabbage rolls. This recipe was as good as hers and easier! Thanks!!

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  131. This dish delivered! I used ground turkey, added some red pepper flakes for punch and I had a meal that will carry through my second week of WW.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  132. What can i use instead of meat. Im a vegeatarian

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  133. I am definitely bringing this to a party next Friday.

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  134. Never had this before, so gonna give it a shot for tomorrow's dinner, using soy mince instead of beef.

    Is there any particular type of cabbage? I have some leftover savoy and some spring greens, hope they will be okay.

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  135. Mmmm! Made this tonight, and ohhhhh myyyy it was wonderful!! Even MORE wonderful is the fact that it is gluten-free! Doubled the batch so I have a nice dish in the freezer to take my best friend who has Celiac this week after her surgery. I'm HOOKED. ;)

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  136. Made this tonight. Delicious.Thank you Gina for the great recipes....

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  137. Just made this and it was FABULOUS!! My mom was skeptical because it is a "weight watchers" recipe, but when she walked in the door and smelled/ saw what I was cooking, she HAD TO HAVE IT and LOVED IT!! Absolutely DELICIOUS (like everything else I've made from this site....) Thanks!! :)

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  138. Help! I have everything to make this EXCEPT for thyme! My local grocery store is out and the stuff I had was WAY old so I threw it out, thinking, I'll just buy new!(That's what I get for thinkin!) Should I sub. something or just leave it out?

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  139. I made this casserole last night- it was delicious! Great job Gina! It is the perfect "healthy" comfort food on a cold night. Everyone at our table devoured it, and thought it was really filling and delicious. Highly recommended recipe!

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  140. We made this last week and it was awesome! Also made good leftovers- not soggy, etc!

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  141. Just made this for dinner, was lovely. Although I used soymince to make it vegetarian. Would make it again for sure. We served it with spiced potato wedges.

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  142. I put this together yesterday and had my doubts as I was putting it together because it just looked bland. I cooked it today and all I have to say is YUM! I ended up dividing it into 8 pieces and I ended up eating 1 and a half pieces! This is definitely a repeat! Thanks for all your great recipes!!

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  143. Excellent! We had this tonight and everyone loved it. Thanks Gina, this is a keeper!

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  144. Hi Gina - love your site. Two notes:

    Were we supposed to drain the meat? I did.

    and Even though I did drain the meat, I had alot of liquid pooled in the bottom of the pan so after I got the first row of servings out, I propped one of the short ends of the dish with a cookie sheet and let the juice drain from the other end that still was in tact and then soaked up the juice with paper towels. I repeated that two more times. Today it was very uniform and in tact and easy to cut leftovers from.

    Loved the recipe - very filling.

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  145. I made this dish on Sunday and I'm sad to say that I ate my last portion today! I'm single so I halved the recipe. It's so simple to prepare but so flavorful - I love that I get a hearty serving of veggies in without having to do a separate veggie side dish.

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  146. So glad to read your positive reviews.

    Jenna, it's not a "weight watchers" recipe, just a healthy one!

    Angie, I didn't have anything to drain, but sure if you had liquid or fat, drain it.

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  147. Aliciam I know I was sad to eat my last piece too.

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  148. I made this last night with some not-so-skinny Italian sausage. It took a little longer to make then I thought it would. The results, "Honey, this is the best thing you've ever made for dinner. EVER." Thank you! This will be going in the winter menu rotation.

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  149. I made this and it was delicious! One of favorites!

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  150. This was fabulous! Even my kids went for seconds. It's a keeper. I did use ground turkey 93/7 instead of ground beef. YUM

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  151. After several days of my husband giving me a hard time about my plans to make this dish ("I hate cabbage!), I finally bit the bullet & made it. This was so much easier to do than stuffed cabbage & super yummy. DH actually had seconds! So much for hating cabbage. ;)

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  152. My family loved this! It was even better the next day as leftovers for lunch. I didn't have mozzarella on hand, but I had low fat monterray jack cheese and that was a good substitute

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  153. This stuff was delicious!!

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  154. This was absoLUTEly fabulous! The entire family loved it...to include our 3 grandchildren!

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  155. I made this last night, but I didn't have cabbage and was too lazy to go to the store, so I used kale instead. Both my husband and I loved it - thanks for all your awesome recipes!

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  156. We all loved it!!!! Even my teenager!

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  157. Made last night for dinner; it was yummy! Next time, I will probably use a can of Rotel toms to add some heat. Thanks for another great recipe!!

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  158. I have this recipe bookmarked as well. It sounds really good and your looks amazing!

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  159. OMG!! I made this tonight in anticipation of it being tomorrow nights dinner. I took it out of the over and had to have a few sample bites to see how it tasted. Well needless to say it was AWESOME and I ended up have a small plate of it and started to go back for more and had to refrain myself. I will be making this again and again!

    Gina, would this be easy enough to do in a crock pot and would any changes need to be made to the recipe in order to cook it in a crock pot? Thanks for such a terrific recipe Gina!

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  160. I made this for my whole family ~ THEY LOVED IT!! My 4 year old ate 2 helpings this was a Definate winner!!!

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  161. Gina,
    This is soo delicious!! I am Ukrainian and grew up making and eating stuffed cabbage. This version is the best I've ever had, perfect for my taste. I love it! Thanks for sharing it here with the nutritional information.
    I found your blog a few months ago when searching for healthy food blogs and fell in love. Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes and taking the time to calculate the nutrition data for all of us calorie counters out there!
    -Natalia

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  162. Ok, I went to the store and got all the ingredients to make this but could not find the Hungarian paprika. Can I use regular paprika??

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  163. This is wonderful, comfort food at its finest! I grew up eating stuffed cabbage and like it sweet and sour. My husband contributed the juice of 1 lemon and I substituted chili sauce for the tomato sauce. Hope that didn't mess up the counts too much! It is delicious!

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  164. I love cabbage, but trying to stay away from beef. Trying it this weekend with venison, a leaner alternative to beef. Can't wait to try it!

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  165. If you substitute the low-fat mozzarella for fat-free mozzarella cheese or eliminate from recipe, it fits into the WW Simply Filling plan. Very filling, this recipe is now a staple in my WW plan. YUM!!

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  166. Oh wow, I would be interested in the above poster's version with venison. I am using turkey. I seasoned the meat while browning as I have found this helps add flavor when using turkey (which can be a little bland). I also steamed and blended carrots (about 1 cup) into the tomato sauce before adding it to the pan. I have always done this with my tomato sauces when my son was young. It adds a vibrant color and nice subtle taste. I will skip the cheese, as I have never eaten stuffed cabbages in this manner. The other addition to the sauce is a little sauerkraut. Odd, I know, but this is how a lot of locals make their stuffed cabbage. My kitchen smaells so yummy right now......onto making the cauliflower soup :)

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  167. This was fabulous! We used quinoa instead of brown rice and it was so delicious! Thank you :)

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  168. I made this the other night. Was very delish. Kind of like lasagna with cabbage instead of noodles. Next time I will use turkey meat to make calories even less. I just used one 32oz can fire roasted chopped tomatoes rather than sauce.

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  169. I made this tonight, using the bagged slaw. It was amazing! I had to throw the leftovers in the fridge quickly to stop myself from eating another piece. It seemed bland as I was tasting, but after I baked it, the flavors came together really well. Even my picky 9 year old, who hates all vegetables that aren't peas, cleaned his plate.

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  170. I live in Alaska.. I check skinnytaste every other friday for all of my recipes for the following 2 weeks dinner menu.. That way I can have all of my ingredients at home and not have to travel to town for one thing or another. My recipe box is filling up! Used to be that I had to think and think to plan a menu and could never get enough days filled.. Now I have so many delicious recipes that I have more recipes than days to fill :) I substitute moose for beef and sometimes turkey and you cannot tell the difference! I LOVE how easy your site is and how much easier my life it with it! Thank you!!

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  171. Gina, my grandmother was of Czech descent so I adore stuffed cabbage but can't be bothered to take the time to make it, so this recipe has become our new family favorite! I tweaked it a bit with red pepper flakes the second time I made it because it didn't have enough spice for us. I wanted to make it (and 4 other meals) on my day off yesterday, so I used the bagged coleslaw mix to save some chopping time and it came out great! I also used diced tomatoes with chile peppers and an Italian blend cheese. We love, love, love this dish!!! Thanks so much!

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  172. I made this and it was so good! I just posted it today in my "Your Recipe-My kitchen" post with a link back to you -stop by and see.

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  173. It was super yummy, but one & a half heads of cabbage was a little too much. Next time I will use just one head of cabbage. My son liked it so much that he went back for a third helping!!

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  174. This was so delicious! My two year old ate it by the handful. You have one more HUGE fan right here!

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  175. Made this last night- one to eat one to freeze. It was great. I used spicy tomato sauce and added some saurkraut to the sauce, my husband and I really liked it.

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  176. This looks delish
    Is tomato sauce tomato purée rather than ketchup?

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  177. Made this the other night. It was really good, I used turkey and a spicy tomato sauce. Fabulous!!! I froze one as well. Thanks Gina for the great recipes. This site is a lifesaver for anyone on WW or just wanting to make healthy recipes.

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  178. I was planning on making cabbage rolls for dinner last night since I had a large cabbage to use, when I decided to check your recipes and I found this. It sounded good and easier, well it was a winner! I also used ground turkey and I had leftover white rice I used. Thanks for all the great recipes plus the point values for this lifetime WW!

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  179. lauren from PA3/12/12, 2:35 AM

    Just found your website a week ago, and this is already the second recipe I've tried. This blog is so inspiring, I already have a fridge full of fresh ingredients, and a freezer full of ready to eat, portioned meals. I love cabbage rolls, so this casserole is perfect. Personally, I found one large head of cabbage to be enough, but if you like the flavor - the more the merrier. I also realized too late I was out of dried thyme, but substituted some fresh rosemary I had on hand. Next time, I would add more sauce for my own taste, but overall this recipe and idea were totally killer. thank you so much!

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  180. Love this recipe! I didn't have brown rice when I was cooking this so I subbed Quinoa cooked in chicken broth and it was amazing!

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  181. Do you think it would be ok to use regular paprika instead of the sweet hungarian paprika?

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  182. Mine is currently in the oven, cannot wait to try it - just one thing I realised half way through - maybe my cabbages were way too big? After cutting one half and getting part way through cutting another half, I already had more than sufficient cabbage. I kind of had a cabbage freak out!
    I also think for the amount of cabbage I had I would use more meat/tomato next time as the layers barely covered the cabbage. Not sure if that's the idea or not...
    Loved the reader above who made it more Lebanese style - I was thinking of adding a bit of cinnamon and all spice as well as I'm used to my grandma's boiled cabbage rolls - maybe try next time!

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  183. I just made this and love it. Although time consuming, I'll definitely make it again. I did not have paprika and only used one head of cabbage. I think the next time I'd use the suggested amount of 1-1/2 heads of cabbage. Mine sorta dried out while baking but think it was because I had no foil to cover it. I may try another can of tomato sauce and/or diced tomatoes next time. Regardless, it's one of those dishes you can tweak and make your own or follow recipe to the letter, and you will not be disappointed!

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  184. Making it for dinner, again...so yummy. Lots of leftovers for the week.

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  185. OK is this a crazy idea? I was looking for a stuffed pepper recipe so came to check out yours - which looks good but not exactly what I was looking for. I have a half a head of cabbage left from something else and remembered this recipe. I think I will make this (with just the cabbage I have left all mixed int) and stuff peppers with it. Also using ground turkey and regular paprika.

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  186. We loved this and it's even tastier the next day. A perfect way to use leftover cabbage from St. Patrick's day, and it freezes well!

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  187. Tried this today and it was good. I would leave out the thyme next time as I don't care for that flavor very well.

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  188. Hi Gina! I plan on making this today but I can't find sweet Hungarian paprika anywhere! Any substitute suggestions? I read that regular paprika is completely different..

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  189. I made this last night and it was awesome! Thank you so much. I was looking for something to get me out of the grilled chicken and tilapia stump. I used half of the thyme (as I don't care for it too much) and added a little crushed red pepper flakes to the meat mixture while it was simmering. Gave it a little kick. Again, this was a great recipe and I will definitely recommend it to people.

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  190. I made this on Thursday night w/ ground chicken, it was delicious! Super filling & cheesy....no guilt eating. Love it and I'm spreadin the word. Thank you!

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  191. Made this with ground turkey breast not ground beef. Was awesome! & easy to prep ahead of time; when ready just layer together & bake. Delicious! Surprisingly not much cabbage odor while reducing it either. Hurrah!

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  192. This was delicious. Would have been easier if I already had the cooked rice in the fridge, so it took a little time to get this ready and in the oven. Makes a lot! I will be giving some to a widow from our church for one of her meals! I think she will like it!

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  193. I just made this and I would change one thing. I cooked the meat, sauce, onion mixture for the time instructed and then added the rice. The mixture was rather dry so when I baked the casserole it was like meat and rice on top of cabbage, not really the moist casserole that is shown in the picture. I poured tomato juice on top when i added my cheese. This helped marry the two layers better but I was left with a runny tomato like juice in the bottom of the pan. I'm hoping next time that if I don't cook the tomato sauce down as much as directed, the problem will be solved without having to add juice.

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  194. 6 year old loves it!!

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  195. Me and my family enjoyed this meal!! I made a mistake and added too much rice but I just added tomato juice and it was much better!!! Thank you so much for these recipes!!! :)

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  196. this is so good and fast and easy. Teamed up with bisquit or corn bread!

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