Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet


As a working mom, I am always looking for healthy meals I can make quickly. I am particularly fond of meals I can cook all in one skillet. Sure, I serve a veggie on the side sometimes, but most of those I throw in the microwave to steam, so they don’t take much time.

Going low-carb has been a challenge for me, because a lot of the one pot meals I have used in the past revolved around pasta or rice–I don’t miss a lot of the carbs, but I really miss risotto!–so I have been searching for some new skillet meals. I have never been a fan of the hunk of meat with side dishes type of meal that low-carb seems to lend itself to. I am beginning to see the appeal of that at times, but I still need some casserole/skillet type meals with more blended, complicated flavors to keep me interested.

I have done a form of thisunstuffed cabbage roll skillet many times as a vegetarian, with mashed potatoes as a base, but it is a great low carb recipe with hamburger and no potatoes. The kids even ate it fairly well, although they didn’t like the tomatoes much.


Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet

1.5 pounds ground beef
1 onion, diced
2-4 cloves garlic
1 14 ounce bag shredded cabbage
freshly ground pepper
1 28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 TBSP dried oregano
1 tsp Mrs. Dash original flavor

Brown the hamburger in a large skillet over medium high heat. Chop the onions and garlic and add to the skillet as you go. Add the cabbage and the salt and pepper to taste, and continue to saute the meat and veggies, stirring often, until the meat is all browned. Add the stewed tomatoes, chopping into bite size pieces if necessary, and all spices. Stir well, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 – 15 minutes, until some of the liquid has reduced and the cabbage is tender.


This is very simple food, but so yummy. I do think next time I will add some olive oil at the beginning to give this a little more fat–the meal was satisfying when we ate, but I was a bit hungry before bed. Also, a chopped bell pepper would be really good, but my kids are not fans of cooked peppers, so I didn’t add one this time.

Anyone else have some great easy low-carb dinners to share?


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