Cabbage and Beef Bowls–A Delicious Comfort Food Meal

When I was a kid, my friend and I would go to lunch at a local deli and she would always order cabbage soup.  We were like 16-years old and she was ordering cabbage soup–like a 90-year old.  I never understood what she liked about it.

But now I am 52-years old and my taste buds have totally changed.  I like sugared fruit-shaped jelly candies and hot fruit compote, which I think are very older person things to like, and I love cooked cabbage.

Cabbage is fantastic for digestive health, is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants that help protect against harmful free radicals and it contains a high amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

This dish is real comfort food.  It’s not hard to make and it contains practically a whole head of white cabbage.  It’s sort of like a non-sweet version of stuffed cabbage but loose and free in a bowl.

Try it.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Cabbage and Beef Bowls

Total comfort food!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Entrees
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 t. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. 90% lean grass-fed ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 T. oregano
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 8 oz. low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 1 cup low-sodium grass-fed beef broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 head small white cabbage cored and chopped
  • extra salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.  Add olive oil.

  2. Add ground beef and salt.  Cook for about 5 minutes until browned, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.

  3. Add onion, carrots, garlic, 1 Tablespoon of oregano and pepper.  Stir.  Cook 10 minutes.

  4. Add tomato sauce, water, paprika and broth.  Stir.  Bring to a simmer.  Cover and cook on medium-low for 25 minutes.

  5. Add the cooked rice and cabbage and cook an additional 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

  6. Add 1 Tablespoon of oregano, 1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning , garlic powder, onion powder and more salt to taste. Add more broth if the mixture looks like it's too dry (it should be a little bit saucy).   Let cook for 5 minutes more.

  7. Serve and enjoy!


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