When you hear the words stuffed cabbage, you’re probably not immediately Googling where to find such a thing. But stay with us—these recipes prove it’s more than a dish you’d find at Grandma’s. For one thing, cabbage has a pretty mild taste that adds more texture and nutrients to your dinner. It’s also loaded with nutritional benefits, from possibly preventing type 2 diabetes to helping with digestions issues. And it’s super low cost compared to other veggies, so you can stock up without breaking the bank. If you’re still not convinced, just think of how much easier it is to stuff a head of cabbage than a pepper… no seeds to avoid here. Try these recipes out, and we bet you’ll be singing cabbage’s praises in no time.
This Russian-inspired recipe is almost like a veggie-filled twist on lasagna. Stuff savoy cabbage with wild rice, onion, mushrooms, and garlic, then spoon over tomato sauce and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Easy as pie.
Mint, garlic, and cayenne pepper add fresh and spicy flavor to this lazy-day casserole, which mixes chopped cabbage with ground beef, tomatoes, onion, and rice.
Asian meatballs that look fancy AF? We’re here for it. Mix a little soy sauce and rice vinegar with pork, rice, carrots, and cilantro, and scoop into Napa cabbage leaves. Brush with hoisin sauce to keep them moist, then bake for a half hour.
While most stuffed cabbage recipes have meat inside, this lentil version works for vegetarians (or meatless Mondays!) and is just as filling. It also uses red cabbage leaves, which are awesomely purple—definitely a win.
This Paleo, nightshade-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipe works for almost any specialized diet, though it does have meat inside. Cabbage leaves are filled with cauliflower rice, onion, garlic, ground beef, kale, and carrots, and topped with a dairy-free cashew cream. It takes a little more work than others but is definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Is there anything easier than making dinner in a Crock-Pot? Since the rest is a breeze, try making one of these at-home tomato sauce recipes in place of the jarred kind.
This recipe swaps out traditional ground beef for ground turkey and adds some cheddar cheese on top (yes, please!). Layering cabbage instead of wrapping it around the meat makes it a super-simple weeknight meal.