Let it be known to all of you, friends of this little blog, that we all make mistakes. We all come into meal prepping, and life in general, with the best intentions. And somehow along the way, we royally screw up. Perhaps we didn't read the instructions properly and turned a beautiful cake into a pile of mush, a chicken breast into shredded carcass, cabbage rolls into a meat block with cabbage kind of covering it. It's okay! These mistakes are normal and human and if we read the recipe correctly EVERY time, do you think we would have discovered pudding (cake mush) or shredded tacos (chicken carcass) or delicious meat blocks (ugly cabbage rolls)?! Nope. And that's the truth.
So in the vein of accepting our flaws as little deviations to alternate discovery (positivity!), I'm posting this recipe, first introduced to me by fellow Paleo cook and CrossFit athlete, Patrick Fung, flaws and all! Full disclosure: I chose the wrong cabbage, forgot to add tomato paste in the meat mixture, added a bit too much salt, and made these things look as ugly as possible. But I didn't give up on them. And damn, they turned out delicious.
- 1 lb. ground turkey or beef
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes ( optional )
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 12 lg. ( Chinese ) cabbage leaves
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 spaghetti squash or sweet potato mash (optional)
- Combine meat, egg, 2 tbsp of garlic powder, 1 tbsp of tomato sauce, salt and pepper.
- Make cabbage leaves pliable by dropping in boiling water a few minutes.
- Drain leaves.
- Divide meat and put in each leaf. Roll, tuck in ends, set aside.
- Heat up a pan with coconut oil and place rolls, seam side down, close together in the pan.
- Combine the rest of tomato sauce, garlic powder with red pepper flakes and water.
- Pour over rolls. cook about 20-25 mins at middle-low heat.
- Cook spaghetti squash (per this recipe) to pair with the rolls.
- Eat and enjoy!
I want you to try this recipe because it's a quick and hearty meal that you can pair with almost anything: sweet potato mash, spaghetti squash, broccoli, anything! And, let's be honest, it's not the prettiest dish in the world, but it is so delicious! Just do it, make a mess, screw the whole thing up, and take solace in knowing your dish will come out great (or even better than the original recipe)!
7.5g fats/11.1g carbs/14.4g protein/168.7 calories (per 1 cabbage roll out of 5 servings AND including a whole spaghetti squash separated into 5 servings)
Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.