Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Ok, I GET IT! You hear cabbage and think, ‘Next’. GIVE THIS ONE A SHOT! It is really good!! I told Basili (my husband) we were having Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls and he kind of scoffed at the idea of cabbage rolls and told me he would order a pizza if he didn’t like them. Challenge accepted. He tried it and proceeded to have a second bowl! I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed them too! Even Noah, our 1 year old, was asking for more!

What I like even more than the taste was that this recipe was SO simple! It is a one-skillet meal and was really quick! I did prepare some brown rice for Basili, so that required a separate small pot. 🙂 I topped this dish with some cheese and BOOM, dinner.

Based on a readers comments, I made this recipe again and reduced the amount of salt I added to the dish – it was even MORE delicious because I didn’t feel like I had consumed a bunch of sodium afterwards. I went ahead and adjusted the salt amount down to 1/2 teaspoon. As always, season to YOUR liking. 🙂

This one is a winner, for sure!

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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Serves 6
Such an easy and satisfying meal! My family really enjoyed this. It is a recipe FULL of flavor and lots of meat and veggies!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 1/2 large or 1 small head of cabbage, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  5. 1 tsp pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1 tsp oregano
  8. 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  9. 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  1. In a 12" skillet, brown beef on medium high heat. Stir in chopped onions and cook until onions are translucent and beef is cooked through. Drain and discard grease. Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and spices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 30 minutes. Simmer until cabbage is tender.
  2. Top with cheese after plating to control the amount of cheese you are eating.
Serving Suggestions
  1. Serve over brown rice, topped with cheese.
21 Day Fix Counts
  1. 1 Red, 1 Green for 1 1/2 cups + 1 blue for cheese (depending on how much you use)
  2. Optional - 1 yellow for brown rice
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  1. Jodie combs

    What is 1 serving of unstuffed cabbage rolls ?

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Hi Jodie! I measure out 1 1/2 cups and call it 1 green and 1 red. Then I top with 1 blue of shredded cheese. 🙂 This recipe serves about 6. Enjoy!

      1. Jodie

        Thank you! I have made this several times. I absolutely love it!

  2. Amanda humke

    Made this tonite. Start 21 day fix tomorrow. It was great. First time kids tried cabbage. I will omit the salt next time and just season to taste at the end. Will make again. Very filling. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Thank you Amanda! 🙂 I made this last night for my family and cut the salt in half and enjoyed it much more too! 🙂 I have updated the recipe to reflect that! Love getting feedback! 🙂

  3. Lisa

    What if you replace with ground turkey? I dont eat Red meat ? really

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Oh yeah!! Absolutely would be fine! :). Enjoy!

  4. Jen

    I made this tonight and my husband came in so excited at what he thought smelled amazing. It even convinced my oldest son that cabbage isn’t so bad- he was pouting all the way to the dinner table. Thanks for sharing all your great recipes!!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      This made me laugh! (about your son) because Basili had the same reaction! haha! I am so happy you are enjoying the recipes! 🙂 xoxo Angela

  5. I am starting round 1 of the 21 day fix tomorrow! I made this recipe tonight for lunch this week. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      That is awesome! Best of luck to you as you begin the 21 Day Fix! You are going to rock it!

  6. marlyne

    Could you use ground chicken?

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      I would think any kind of ground meat would work well in this dish – let me know your thoughts after you try it! 🙂 Angela

  7. Allyson

    Hi Angela, love your recipes! Wondering how this one re-heats? I want to make it to have as lunches for the week 🙂

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Hi Allyson! Thank you! I actually just had this one as a snack (there wasn’t a lot left because B took another portion to work!) but it reheats great! It may even be better the next day, actually. 🙂 Enjoy! 🙂

  8. Jessica Moeller

    This is AMAZING! My 21 day fix family and I recipe swap, and this one was highly recommended!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      One of my favorite dishes! This one always makes good leftovers too! 🙂 Enjoy! 🙂

      1. My man and I are both doing the 21 day fix. So I was wondering do I have to make my portion of meat separate? I don’t know how much to put on my plate…

        1. Angela Dimitrelias

          Hi Sophia! For this particular recipe, it calls for 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef – so this will give you roughly 6 red servings – so you will eat 1/6 of the food in the skillet. If it makes it easier, do 1 pound of ground beef and divide your pan into 4ths. I actually made this tonight. 🙂 Make sure the meal is mixed well before serving. The way I make my recipes, things MAY not be measured EXACTLY to a T – BUT I can tell you that this is part of my lifestyle – this is how I cook for my family AND myself while staying accountable to the nutrition part of the program. And it has been working. 🙂 I hope this helps!

  9. Marloes

    To make it vegetarian, can I just leave out the chicken or should I better replace it with something?

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Hi Marloes, to make it vegetarian, you would leave out the beef and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. I am not vegetarian, so I am not familiar with the tastes/textures of the meat substitutes, but I would think you could add the veggie crumbles and or some chopped zucchini, too.

  10. Kelsey

    Just made these tonight, loved them! I tried an unstuffed cabbage roll recipe before but it wasn’t 21 day fix approved and I found this one and we like it so much better! Thanks so much for posting, love your recipes 🙂

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Thanks so much! I am so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

    2. rosemary maglienti

      great recipe. If I made it vegetarian, i’d pop in a can of black beans for a little protein…..

  11. ashley

    REally good!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      thank you! 🙂 We had them again tonight, too!

  12. Teasha Mckinley

    I’m new to the 21 day fix, in the book I received it didn’t seem like you should use canned items, for example the canned chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. How does these items effect the container counts? Will this impact results since they are not quite whole food/clean? Sorry for the totally nube question.

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      That is an awesome question, Teasha! Welcome to the 21 Day Fix, by the way! Fresh is always best, of course. Canned and frozen are fine too – now I will say this, the ONLY canned items I buy are no salt added tomatoes/tomato sauce, low sodium broth and low sodium beans. The only reason you want to avoid canned is because of the salt content. This is how I eat daily, and I have had wonderful results with the program. 🙂

  13. I added some chili powder to the recipe. Tasty!! Thank you for sharing!!

  14. Theresa

    I was a little unsure but this was a fantastic dish. I skipped the cheese and rice (oops) and enjoyed every bite. I will make this again fix or no fix.

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      I am so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  15. LKim

    Love your recipes. You are definitely a Pinterest 21 Day Fix fave!

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      Aw thank you!! 🙂

  16. Courtney

    This was great! Gave it a twist by using Rotel tomatoes and reducing some of the cheese and topping with fresh avocado. Yum!

  17. Cassandra

    you can also use turkey sausage 🙂

  18. Jessica

    My 1 and 2 year old loved this! Thank you. Your website has made 21 fix dinners so much easier to plan and enjoy.

    1. Angela Dimitrelias

      I LOVE hearing this! 🙂 Thank you for telling me!

  19. Stephanie

    Would this freeze ok?

  20. Stephaine

    Can I make this ahead and freeze it?

    1. bkdimitrelias@yahoo.com


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