Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

Turkish spiced stuffed cabbage rolls

Perfect dish for entertaining!

Here we have an aromatic twist on a comfort food classic that’s hearty, delicious and simple to make. You can find a wide variety of cabbage rolls across Europe, Asia, and Africa. The type of meat and grain, aromatics and sauce vary depending on the cuisine. Essentially the base recipe is a ground meat and grain filling, wrapped in cabbage and baked in a tomato-based sauce. Our Turkish version includes fragrant spices and the addition of toasted pinenuts. It’s a super healthy and flavourful dish that tastes extra amazing served with homemade yogurt or sour cream.

stuffed cabbage rolls

Instead of adding cooked rice to the filling you can substitute brown rice, cooked quinoa, barley or raw cauliflower rice to make it paleo, keto or SCD adaptable. When grinding your own meat, explore using different meats: beef, lamb, pork, chicken or turkey, or a blend. 

What we love about this recipe, is how the whole thing can be made ahead of time, assembled in parts, frozen or reheated.

stuffed cabbage rolls

Makes: 12 large rolls

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stuffed cabbage rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls

If you need more minced meat recipes for a feast you might like to try this sage and cranberry meatloaf or this one pot Mexican style meatball bake.

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