These lean stuffed cabbage rolls are filled with Italian flavored ground turkey, spinach and cheese, then topped with a tomato-y marinara.
Well, that was “fun”. Monday afternoon was our first major Mississippi tornado experience. We’ve had many warnings and watches in the 2 1/2 years we’ve lived here, but never anything serious. I actually caught one of our tornados on video. Scary stuff. NEVER want to see that again.
Also on Monday, we were discussing prepping for a 5K race. The same time I started running in the mornings, I also started tracking my calories using an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal. I use another app, Map My Run, to track my work-outs and the two integrate together.
I love both apps! The My Fitness Pal app is amazing. I cannot believe how easy it is to look up the calories of almost everything I eat. It did take a few days to get used to it and figure everything out, but now I am obsessed. Anything I eat, I log it in my daily food diary.
After I downloaded the app and signed up for my free account, it asked me my goals and then calculated how many calories I should eat a day in order to reach my goals. Then, when I run, the Map My Run app automatically records the calories I burned and subtracts it from my daily calories in the My Fitness Pal app.
Maybe I’ll start posting my progress here so you can follow along, and help keep me accountable. So far, after gaining 1 lb during the first week (what!?), I lost 3 lbs during the second week (yes!).
Because I’m so aware of how many calories I’m consuming now, I have been trying to come up with new healthy recipes so I can attain my goals. I’m able to put my recipe into the My Fitness Pal app and it will calculate the calories for me. These cabbage rolls are a great healthy dinner!
I’ve made a version of this turkey florentine as a meatloaf before, but thought it’d be fun to stuff the meat into some cabbage leaves. Totally how we’ll eat it for now on!
- 2-3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil , divided
- 2 small cloves garlic , pressed
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach
- Half of a yellow onion , finely chopped
- 1 medium green cabbage
- 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cups marinara sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13- by 9-inch pan with cooking spray.
In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the pressed garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss in the fresh spinach and allow to cook for 1 minute, then use tongs to toss and cook for another minute. Cook for a total of 2 minutes, until the spinach is welted and cover with the garlic oil. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into small pieces. Set aside to cool.
Wipe out the skillet and heat another 1-2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Using a small sharp knife, cut a circle all around the stem of the cabbage and remove the bottom core. Place the cabbage head into the boiling water. After about 2 minutes, and outside leaf will come loose -- pull it off and out of the water using tongs. After another minute, the next leaf will come loose. Remove and repeat until you have 8 to 10 leaves. Pat the leaves dry with paper towels. Cut out (in a "V"-shape) the thick part of the rib from the bottom of each leaf, but don't cut more than a third of the way into the leaf.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, cooled spinach and onion, Parmesan, mozzarella, Italian seasoning and 1/2 cup of the marinara. Use your hands to make sure it is thoroughly mixed.
With the stem side of the cabbage leaf facing you, place about 1/3 cup of the turkey mixture in the center of each cabbage leaf. Fold the bottom edge of the leaf over the mixture and then fold the sides over and roll into a tidy packet. Place each roll, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish.
Pour the remaining 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce evenly over top of the cabbage rolls. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the meat is cooked through.