Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls with Quinoa
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5 from 2 votes

Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls with Quinoa

These Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls are baked in the oven with a simple, homemade tomato sauce, and are a rich, satisfying meal perfect for family gatherings.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Servings: 4 -6


Cabbage Rolls

  • 1 head Napa cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 red pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 green pepper finely diced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 bouillon cube of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jar crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine ground chicken, garlic, onion, peppers, mustard, bouillon cube, salt and pepper as a giant mix. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in frying pan on high, and cook meat mixture, breaking up with spoon. Once browned, add about 1/4 cup of water and continue cooking. Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions. When finished, combine quinoa and meat mixture and set aside.
  • In large pot on boiling water and using tongs, insert individual cabbage leaves and submerge in water for a couple of seconds then place in ice water.
  • Once finished, put about 1-2 tbsp of meat mixture inside flattened out, softened cabbage leaf and roll up, placing in large oven safe casserole dish. Repeat this until you fit about 16 cabbage rolls inside.
  • Cook the tomato sauce by heating olive oil, and cooking crushed tomatoes with garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over cabbage rolls.
  • Cook for 15 minutes in the oven, remove and serve immediately!