Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls are one of my favorite dinners but sadly they include rice which makes them not Paleo diet approved.  They are also fairly time consuming to make . When I’m looking for a quick dinner recipe, I don’t choose cabbage rolls.  Unstuffed cabbage rolls have all the flavor of stuffed cabbage rolls but without all the work.  These unstuffed Paleo cabbage rolls are my version of traditional unstuffed cabbage rolls so that it fits in the Paleo diet.

Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls #15MinuteSupper

Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls

Vegetables from the Brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and broccoli, to name a few) offer some unique health benefits. They are on my own personal superfood list. Cabbage is an amazing source of fiber and at 47, that’s something I try to get a lot of. Cabbage stops bile from absorbing fat after a meal. That lowers the overall amount of cholesterol in your body. Since my husband has high cholesterol, this is something I sneak into his diet regularly. Cabbage contains glucosinolates that have anti-carcinogenic properties. That’s another great reason to add this to your diet.  To get the most benefit from cabbage, you should cook it lightly to maximize the health benefits.

You can prepare this meal in 15 minutes by using pre-cut and pre-shredded vegetables.  If you have more time, chop the vegetables yourself.  I chose Aidells all natural, fully cooked, chicken sausage links since that is the only sustainable sausage available at our small local grocery store.  When I shop at our food coop, I buy local, all natural bulk sausage instead of sausage in link form.  Either way will work but make sure that it is fully cooked to keep the meal under 15 minutes to prepare.

Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls #15MinuteSuppers

Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls #15MinuteSuppers

Saute the cabbage and onions in olive oil first since they take the longest to cook.  Then add the mushrooms and the cooked sausage.

Finish by adding the can of diced tomatoes.  Heat thoroughly and serve.

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Unstuffed Paleo Cabbage Rolls
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 links of Aidells fully cooked, chicken sausage
  • 1 cup of sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 cabbage head, chopped or 1 bag of chopped cabbage
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can organic canned, diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Put olive oil in large pan with lid.
  2. Add cabbage and onions to pan and sautee on medium with cover on about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add mushrooms a sausages (in one inch pieces) and sautee 5 more minutes.
  4. Pour in the diced tomatoes and heat until warmed through.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. These sound absolutely amazing.  I am hosting a little dinner party at the beginning of February and these would be perfect!!! 

  2. That looks really yummy!! I love cabbage rolls. I think I will be making this soon.

  3. I am too lazy to roll up cabbage, so I make unstuffed quite often :). I have never tried sausage or mushrooms in mine, though. I will be giving your recipe a try, soon. This will be perfect for a cold night dinner!

  4. My favorite way to eat a cabbage veggie is brussel sprouts roasted in the oven with a little bacon, onion and salt and pepper. YUM!

  5. Other than coleslaw, I’m not a huge fan of cabbage, but this actually looks and sounds good!

  6. This sounds so good. I definitely want to try this recipe.

  7. That looks like a serious bowl of yum! I love cabbage.

  8. maria @ close tohome says:

    I need to pull out my paleo cookbook again. It is a crock pot one. By the way you have the linky showing up twice.
    Love you to link this up if you have time on #FridayFrenzy for crafts and recipe link up party.
    http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/craft-ideas-and-recipe-round-up-110.html

  9. there’s a little bit of everything in there that everyone should love. I like that each component has a specific nutritional focus too

  10. I love how easy this is to make, and yet it looks super fancy and delicious!!

  11. Oh, I really like this idea! It looks delicious! 

  12. I really don’t like cabbage at all but my husband does.  I bet he would like this recipe!

  13. ok i hadn’t a clue how great for you cabbage was. now i feel like i better start cooking with it more.  

  14. I love cabbage rolls my mother-in-law used to make them just for me because my husband doesn’t like them, LOL. I’ll need to try this for lunch one day.

  15. I am all for an easy version of stuffed cabbage. It is even better that this one is healthy too!

  16. looks great, I am so going to jump on board this Paelo diet, all the recipes look wonderful!

  17. I’m not a cabbage fan, but I’m sure you could substitute spinach, escarole or some other leafy green. Looks delish for a cold winter night.

  18. My husband loves cabbage rolls, so I’m sure he will be in heaven when we try it!

  19. This looks so good! I want to try to make this! Thank you!

  20. Those look really good! I am all for quick, healthy recipes, thanks for sharing.

  21. I love this recipe – it has a lot of my favorite ingredients. :)

  22. This looks delicious and I love cabbage! I like to steam cabbage and then eat it in place of spaghetti with pasta sauce and meatballs or chicken.

  23. Ellen, you’ve done it again! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  24. This sounds so yummy, healthy and quick. Best of all worlds if you ask me!

  25. You are rocking these recipes!! Thank you so much for all the paleo goodness!

  26. We love Aidells sausages too. Cabbage goes good in all sorts of dishes!

  27. Cabbage is one of my favorite foods. I really like how you used it in this recipe. 

  28. I can’t convince myself to do the Paleo diet yet. This recipe looks good. Are you on the diet or just fix recipes every now and then?

  29. That recipe is so colorful and looks great!!

  30. That looks really good, Ellen. My son loves cabbage so I am going to try it for him. 

  31. I love how simple this recipe is and gosh, definitely something I can see my kids enjoying as long as I don’t mention they’re eating cabbage!

  32. Matthew's Mom says:

    I love how quick and easy this recipe is and that it is packed with lots of nutrients thanks to the ingredient list.

  33. Sounds interesting to me. I am not a huge sausage fan, but I would give it a try!!

  34. I’m not a fan of cabbage but that actually looks really really good!

  35. This sounds so good. I will have to make this

  36. This looks really good, I think my hubby would like it too. Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to give it a shot.

  37. Would you believe I’ve never even tried cabbage? That does look awfully tasty, gotta say!

  38. That looks great. I really wish my hubby like Cabbage.

  39. That looks so yummy! I never realized all the health benefits of cabbage! Since I was diagnosed with high cholesterol right before the holidays, this would be a great recipe for us too!

  40. I have some sausage in my fridge. And some cabbage. It might be time to cook up some of this yumminess. :)

  41. Oh I loved stuffed cabbage but never want to do all the steps of steaming and rolling everything up. This looks like a great fix for me!

  42. I would totally try this recipe. I have pinned it for future reference.

  43. This looks great. My Husband will love this recipe. 

  44. I like cabbage, but I have never loved it. I think I need to experiment with it, and try it other ways besides in a boiled dinner. 

  45. Ellen – You’ve really done a fantastic job at mastering Paleo. I’m starting to think I might need to take my va-cay in Vermont so I can go to Ellen’s Cooking School!! My significant other is a huge fan of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, but like you said, the rice is a no-no on Paleo. I’m going to try to make this. I’m not sure if I’ll use chicken sausage the first time because he’s a total carnivore, but it’s a great recipe that can be slightly modified each time it’s made to add some variety.

  46. katherine says:

    I am allergic to sausage but this looks so good!

  47. This looks really delicious and healthy.  And really seems easy to prepare.  What more can you ask for?

  48. What a easy paleo meal! This looks delicious!

  49. That looks really yummy! I pinned the recepy so I can enjoy it when I have everything I need to do it.

  50. That looks great. My hubby loves cabbage. I think he would love this. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  51. Not a huge fan of cabbage but I think I could create a fun variation on this recipe. Thank you! 

  52. I’m not much of a cabbage fan but had to tell you that this recipe looks so delicious!

  53. Delicious! I added some oregano and thyme to spice it up a bit. Thanks!

  54. I need to learn more about paleo cooking. It seems to be the popular trend right now.  Your recipe looks easy and delicious!

  55. I love this idea.. sort of a stir fry without the carbs! I’m not a Paleo person but I think this looks awesome! Thanks!

  56. I LOVE this idea!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  57. Okay, I’m back to this recipe. I haven’t made it yet, but I’m daring myself to make it for my S.O. who hates anything green.

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