Meatball-Stuffed Cabbage


Meatball-Stuffed Cabbage

EDR Meatball Stuffed Cabbage
45 Min

Meatball-Stuffed Cabbage is so good, and so easy, that there's no reason to reserve it just for special occasions. This makes a hearty warm-you-up main dish and a great appetizer, too!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded (12 to 14 cups)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar light spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 gingersnap cookies, crumbled

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, and pepper. Using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture for each, form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

  2. Place half of the shredded cabbage in a large pot, then add the meatballs. Spoon the cranberry sauce over the meatballs, then add the remaining cabbage. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the mixture; DO NOT STIR.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir gently, being careful not to break up the meatballs. Simmer for 25 more minutes.

  4. Add the lemon juice and cookie crumbs; mix well, and simmer for 15 more minutes.


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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 213
  • Calories from Fat 69
  • Total Fat 7.6g 12 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.6g 13 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 10g 20 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 43mg 14 %
  • Sodium 417mg 17 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 27g 9 %
  • Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14 %
  • Sugars 19g 0 %

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I trusted it would be good, but I never imaged it would be so good!

I trusted the recipe would be good, but I never imagined it could be soooooo good!

This sounds and looks very good to me! Thou, I love the whole cranberry, other members of my family do not. Would it be possible to make this dish using just the cranberry sauce?? I don't see why not, but, just thought I would ask. Thank-you for all the wonderful dishes you share with us and keep up the good work!

Hi there! Yes, you can make this dish with just the cranberry sauce. Enjoy!

Could you make it with turkey instead of ground beef?

Absolutely! We do suggest adding a little onion powder or garlic powder to the meat, since turkey tends to be more bland than ground beef. Enjoy!

The important number is the 27 grams of CARBS. The sugar and fiber listings in the unbolded letters simply identifies where part of the 27 grams of carbs came from. Note that the % of daily intake for a 2000 calorie day is "0". That's because that figure is included in the 9% daily amount of the bold lettered Total Carbohydrates as is the Sugar and Fiber. It seems to me that a main dish of only 27 grams of carbs is pretty darned good.

I would change out the canned cranberry sauce and spaghetti sauce and make my own that is sugar free or at the very least reduced and without all those preservatives. Happy cooking!!

All of our recipes adhere to the ADA's nutrition guidelines, which recommend less than 60g of carbs per meal. If you ate this for dinner with a helping of healthy green vegetables, you would have a balanced meal that falls well within the ADA standards.

21 g of sugar per serving is very high isn't?


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