Another of my wonderful infertile paleo friends, Anna, made this the other night, and I HAD to have the recipe. I have thought of making this before, but hadn’t gone the extra step of creating a paleo modification. Hers looks amazing!!!
This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. This is a traditional Polish dish that my mom and grandmother used to make. It is normally made with rice, fresh onion and garlic, and homemade tomato sauce. But I have simplified it and changed it to make it Paleo friendly. This is what I make when I’m craving comfort food.
Stuffed Cabbage (Polish Golabki)
1 head of cabbage
1 lb. of ground turkey (ground grass fed beef, pork, or bison will work as well)
½ tsp. garlic powder (or use fresh minced garlic instead)
¼ tsp. onion powder (or use fresh chopped onion instead)
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 jar of tomato sauce (I used a Paleo friendly spaghetti sauce)
2 tbs. avocado oil or coconut oil
1. In a food processor, process the cauliflower until it has a rice consistency.
2. Sautee the cauliflower in the oil with onion and garlic until slightly softened.
3. Boil a large pot of water and place the whole cabbage inside the pot. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Then remove from water.
4. Carefully remove one leaf of cabbage at a time using tongs or a fork and knife. Try not to tear the leaves. If the internal part of the cabbage is not soft and pliable enough, place it back in the hot water to cook it more.
5. Let the cauliflower mixture and cabbage leaves cool.
6. In a bowl, combine the raw ground turkey, riced cauliflower, onion, garlic, salt, pepper until thoroughly mixed.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
8. Place a small amount of the meat mixture in the center bottom of a cabbage leaf. Then fold the top and sides around it like an envelope.
9. Place the cabbage rolls in a 9 x 12 glass or ceramic dish with the folded sides down.
10. Add tomato sauce on top, so there is some liquid at the bottom of the dish.
11. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
12. Bake for about 1 hour at 350 degrees.