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Close up shot of unstuffed cabbage roll bowl. Cabbage and turkey are mixed with a tomato sauce and served over rice. Gold fork is resting inside white ceramic bowl.

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These unstuffed cabbage rolls taste just like the traditional recipe with a fraction of the effort. Packed with vegetables and flavor, it’s the perfect weeknight dinner.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (I like fire-roasted)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 head (about 7 cups) shredded green cabbage
  • cauliflower rice (or regular rice), for serving
  • fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and once hot add turkey, onion and garlic into the Dutch oven until browned and crumbly, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, apple sauce, cinnamon, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat, and simmer until cabbage is tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir over warm cauliflower rice or your favorite rice. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Jewish


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe with cauliflower rice
  • Calories: 291
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 575mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

Keywords: unstuffed cabbage rolls