Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stuffed cabbage the easy way!

The recipe is for four servings with each being only 288 calories or less, two rolls each.
Preheat oven to 350. 1 hour prep and one hour cooking time.
Ingredients that you will need below:
12 0z of lean chop meat
1/2 cup of uncooked brown rice, long grain if preferred (quick rice works, I actually opened my Success brown rice bag and measured.)
7 1/2 oz. of tomatoes with tomato juice about a half a cup of the juice that is, and eight cherry or grape tomatoes, and I used low sodium V8 instead of tomato juice, canned tomatoes work well too.
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
1 large or two small cloves of garlic.
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried basil
salt and pepper  a wee bit, but can be omitted or added later
1/4 cup of Worchester sauce
8 leaves of Savoy cabbage
15 oz. of Heart Smart or light tomato sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar or Stevia that is what I used

Blanch spines removed cabbage leaves for three minutes in boiling water let dry on paper towels
While browning the meat and saut√©ing the onions and garlic altogether in a skillet, when done drain the fat, not any from our lean beef and then add 1 1/4 cups water and 1/2 cup brown rice to the meat mixture, cover all when it comes to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for twenty minutes.

Meanwhile combine the oregano, basil and Worchester sauce with the tomato sauce and sugar or stevia, and wait for it will be in the bottom and top of the rolled stuffed cabbage

Set up for filling cabbage leaves less than half a cup each roll like egg rolls, seam down into casserole or flat pan with Pam sprayed on the bottom and thin layer of sauce the reserve will go over the top.
Place each cabbage roll in casserole or pan then pour remainder of sauce over it and place uncovered in preheated 350 degree oven for one hour!

Two meals for us, quite filling and enjoyable hope you try it for a change of pace!
Wolfie's at the Bergen Mall in Paramus NJ adjacent to Ohrbach's where I worked while in high school, they also used to served it with mashed potatoes and so we had that too, but not necessary with the brown rice, but the tomato sauce gravy makes it oh so tasty and still not a dietary caloric failure, especially for dinner, still comes in lower than you might expect!

Try it if you haven't had it while vacationing in the Catskills, my Mom was not a great cook so for me to have these types Jewish style of meals they were usually out...sorry Mom, but I still love ya.
Fortunately, going to college in NYC with all those great delis I wanted for nothing, ahhhhhhhhhhh Tradition!

PS raisins can be added to the filling and make it that much more better as we used to say!

Good night to all!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear! 
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