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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 a homemade tomato sauce that's hearty and delicious - it's the ultimate comfort food!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: polish
Keyword: cabbage rolls, ground turkey, napa cabbage, quinoa, tomato sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Taylor Stinson


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!


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