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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Recipe Swap Wednesday-Cabbage Stew

I originally found this recipe in a gluten free slow cooker cook book, but of course I've made some changes to suit our family.  This has been the most requested meal for the last couple of months, only recently to be replaced by my new macaroni and cheese recipe (soon to come).

The first time I made it I just happened to forget about how my husband doesn't like cabbage soup and my girls didn't like the cabbage casserole I had made last year.  Until I was cooking the meat and chopping up the cabbage.  Needless to say, I was a tad bit nervous about how well received it would be.  I was pleasantly surprised (and ridiculously relieved) at how much everyone loved it.  It was even requested as one of the birthday dinners for Babs birthday.  It's that good.

Cabbage Stew
1 1/4 lbs ground beef (i may not have used that exact amount)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes (I used a home canned quart of tomatoes)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1.5 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic (When I was in a hurry I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
2-3 medium carrots, sliced
3/4 cup brown rice
1 32-oz package of beef broth
Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a medium stock pot or large frying pan over medium heat, cook the beef and onion; cook until onion is soft and meat is browned throughout.  Drain off the fat.  Stir in the tomatoes, bouillon, sugar, Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper.  Mix well and set aside.

2. Place the chopped cabbage and sliced carrots in the slow cooker crock.  Sprinkle the rice over the cabbage.  Spread the beef mixture over the rice, do not stir.  Pour the beef broth over all, do not stir.

3. Cover and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.  Stir the soup well before serving.  Garnish each portion with shredded Parmesan if desired.

Disclaimer: Honestly, my children already really like vegetables.  I've been very lucky in that aspect and because they are also willing to try new recipes.  This recipe is not guaranteed to turn vegetable haters into vegetable lovers.  But it is super yummy so it's worth a shot!

If you have a yummy recipe to share with me, leave a link!  I'm always looking for yummy new recipes to try!



Messy Musings said...

hummm... sounds really good, except that tomatoes and I don't get along very well (it's a hate / hate relationship). wonder what I could substitute for them? will have to ponder on that.

so glad you found something healthy the whole family can enjoy! :o)

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