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Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls with Quinoa
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Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls

These Healthier Napa Cabbage Rolls are made with ground turkey, quinoa and homemade tomato sauce – they're the ultimate comfort food!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: polish
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 217kcal


Cabbage Rolls

  • 1 head Napa cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 (680mL) jar marinara sauce


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine ground turkey, garlic, onion, red pepper, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions on the stove, or in a rice cooker.
  • Heat olive oil in frying pan on high, and cook meat mixture, breaking up with spoon. Saute for about 7-8 minutes until meat is fully cooked. Add cooked quinoa, remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large pot of boiling water and using tongs, insert each individual cabbage leaf and submerge in water for a couple of seconds before quickly removing.
  • Add about 1-2 tbsp of meat mixture inside flattened out, softened cabbage leaf and roll up, placing in a large oven safe casserole dish. Repeat this until you fit about 18 cabbage rolls inside.
  • Pour marinara sauce over cabbage rolls, then cook for 15 minutes in the oven. Serve and enjoy!


If you can’t find any Napa cabbage, try making these cabbage rolls with red or green cabbage.
Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Freeze this recipe for up to 3 months then reheat from frozen in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1470IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 3mg