Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cabbage Patch Stew

You may have noticed that I've been cooking with cabbage a lot lately.  It's a phase I go through when I'm dieting.  Usually starting when I make a big pot of Crock Pot Low Calorie Vegetable Soup.  Then after the soup is made, I end up needing other alternatives for the rest of the head of cabbage.

This time around, I haven't gotten around to making the pot of soup since I've been trying all sorts of new recipes featuring cabbage.

I saw Debbi's recipe for Cabbage Patch Kidney Bean Stew and it reminded me a little of a one-pot meal I used to make years ago.  I've lost the recipe for that dish, so I'll have to try to recreate it one of these days.  Since I had most of the ingredients for Debbi's recipe, I figured it was the perfect time to throw it all in the slow cooker for an easy dinner!

I only had my cell phone handy, so I apologize for the not so great photo!

Cabbage Patch Stew 
*Adapted from Debbi Does Dinner...Healthy and Low Calorie


  • 3/4 lb. pre-cooked ground beef, frozen (I used 80% lean)
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped 
  • 2 Tbs. dried minced onions 
  • 28 oz. can Italian-style diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup ketchup 
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) kidney beans, drained/rinsed 
  • 2 Tsp. Italian Seasoning 
  • 2 Tsp. Chili Powder 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Place frozen (cooked) ground beef in bottom of slow cooker.  
  • Top with remaining ingredients.  Stir as best as you can. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until cabbage is tender.  
  • After about an hour or so, stir the ingredients again to combine with the now-thawed meat.  

  • Debbi's recipe cooks on low for 4-6 hours, but I threw this in the crock pot before I went to bed and let it cook through the night while I slept.  It cooked for 8 hours and turned out fine.  I also started with frozen meat.  I probably would use the shorter cooking time if starting with pre-cooked meat not from the freezer.  
  • This meal is perfect on it's own but also tasty served over rice or ditalini pasta.  

Total calories:  2260*
6 servings @ 380* calories 

*Calories are approximate and may not always be accurate.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Cabbage is great to use when dieting. I need to do that! So glad you liked this. I love how hearty and low calorie it is! Thanks!

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

This looks delicious. I've been cooking a lot with cabbage lately too and love finding new recipes for cabbage.

Miz Helen said...

I just love Debbi's recipe's and this is a great one. I love the combination of flavor in this recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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