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Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

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Try an eastern European-inspired dish with this easy stuffed cabbage recipe. Load up sweet cabbage leaves with spiced turkey mince and cook until tender. Serve with cinnamon-spiced rice, parsley and yogurt for a healthy dinner the whole family can enjoy. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 413 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 8 sweetheart cabbage leaves
  • 240g turkey breast mince (2% fat)
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 20g dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 250g basmati rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 chicken stock cube, made up to 500ml
  • 10g fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • yogurt, to serve (optional)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges to serve
Basmati rice can always be swapped for long-grain

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 11%
  • Saturates

    1g 7%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    1.3g 21%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 65.8g Protein 23.2g Fibre 5g


  1. Blanch the cabbage leaves in boiling water for 1-2 mins until soft. Refresh under cold running water. Once cool, drain well.
  2. Mix the turkey, breadcrumbs, apricots, half the allspice and crushed chillies, and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  3. Put a cabbage leaf on a chopping board with the base closest to you. Cut away the thick base of the stem. Roll an eighth of the turkey mix into a 5cm sausage shape and place, horizontally, above the cut. Fold in the sides of the cabbage, then tightly roll up from the bottom. Repeat to make 8; set aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 6-8 mins until golden. Stir in the rice, remaining spices, the cinnamon and stock. Put the cabbage rolls on top. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 30-35 mins until the rice is tender and the turkey is cooked. Leave to stand for 5 mins.
  5. Season the rice and fluff up with a fork; garnish with the parsley. Serve with the cabbage rolls, yogurt (if using) and the lemon wedges.

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