Today’s quick and easy ground beef and cabbage recipe is made in one skillet and packed with big flavors. It takes just 15 minutes of sautéeing for a budget-friendly and super fulfilling meal that’s loaded with veggies and healthy protein!
Is Ground Beef and Cabbage Healthy?
Yes, it is.
This ground beef and cabbage recipe calls for a hearty combination of 85% lean ground beef, cabbage, carrots, yellow onion, and simple pantry seasonings to enhance the taste. The flavors are identical to cabbage rolls but less demanding to put together and much lighter overall.
This dish also provides an extensive range of possibilities for customization, little clean-up, and low cholesterol (only 57.8mg per serving).
Cabbage is packed with dietary fiber and is a gut-friendly ingredient to add to your diet to keep your digestive system working smoothly. It creates a healthy combination with ground beef and also takes on the spices excellently.
Ingredients for Ground Beef and Cabbage
Meat: Ground beef
Ground beef is a great choice to stretch the budget. It’s easy to flavor, time-efficient, and simple to prepare.
Pork, turkey, lamb, or any other type of ground meat can work just as well for this recipe. All you need to do is brown it quickly with the spice mix until fragrant, then add sauces of your choice if desired.
Vegetables: Cabbage, carrot, onion
Cabbage, carrots, and yellow onions are added for color and texture. Feel free to mix things up and give it a try with any vegetables you have on hand.
To save time spent washing and chopping the whole cabbage head, consider buying pre-shredded cabbage mix in bags instead.
How to Prepare Cabbage
You’ll need about 10 ounces of chopped cabbage for this recipe. Here’s a step-by-step on how to wash and cut it:
Place the cabbage head under running water.
Gently scrub it with your hand to remove dirt, especially those hidden underneath the leaves.
Pat it dry with a paper towel.
Remove bruised and wilted leaves on the outer layer of the cabbage (if any).
Turn the cabbage so that it sits upright on your cutting board. Use a sharp knife and cut it straight down the middle in half.
Take one half and cut it in half lengthwise to create quarters. Make a diagonal cut to remove the core. Do the same thing with the other half.
Continue to cut the quarters in half lengthwise, then chop them into chunks.
Use your hands to separate the cabbage layers.
Gather the cabbage chops into a bowl, set aside, and get ready for cooking.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftover
Leftover ground beef and cabbage can keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. As such, ground beef and cabbage is a great make-ahead option for busy weeknights.
When frozen, this dish can last up to 2-3 months. Before the day of serving, simply thaw it in the fridge overnight.
To reheat, pop it in the oven or in the microwave to warm it through, or give it another round of sautéeing on the stovetop.
What to Serve With Ground Beef and Cabbage
Ground beef and cabbage is already amazing when served as is, but there’s always room to get creative with it. For example, you can serve it over a bed of steamed rice or mashed potatoes. Alternatively, enjoy it with a crusty baguette on the side for more texture.
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Today's quick and easy ground beef and cabbage recipe is made in one skillet and packed with big flavors. It takes just 15 minutes of sautéeing for a budget-friendly and super fulfilling meal that's loaded with veggies and healthy protein!
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté 10 oz raw cabbage, 2 oz carrot, and 2 oz yellow onion for 5 minutes until softened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Continue to add 1/2 tbsp olive oil and sauté 1 tbsp minced garlic for 30 seconds.
Add 12 oz ground beef, 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, and 1 1/2 tsp sriracha to the skillet. Gently break up the ground beef with a wooden spoon as it browns, about 7 minutes.
Return the sautéed vegetables to the skillet. Quickly stir for 1 minute and then turn off the heat.
Sprinkle 2 tbsp chopped coriander on top and give it another stir through the beef.
Taste and season with 2 tbsp chopped scallion and 1 tsp red pepper flakes.
Portion out. Serve hot on a bed of cooked white rice.
Quick and Easy Ground Beef and Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 498Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Vitamin A 2916IU
Vitamin C 29mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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