It’s Not Meatloaf! Part One!

Looks like it but it is Meatless Stuffed Cabbage – European Style, and it is loaded with nutritional benefits!

Being Hungarian, sometimes I yearn for the comfort dishes I grew up with.  And one of my favorites was stuffed cabbage, which is traditionally made with a combination of pork and beef.  I’ve done it with ground turkey and or chicken, but it just isn’t the same.  Plus, in an effort to eat less red meat and more vegetables, I thought I would try something different.  It turned out to be so delicious and comforting, but when I did a little research on the ingredients I found out it was loaded with amazing benefits for my body!

These little rolls contain cabbage, sauerkraut (that’s the European part), fire-roasted tomatoes, fresh onion, parsley, garlic, pearl barley, mushrooms and diced walnuts plus tomato juice, very little salt and plenty of herbs and spices.  Packs a punch! Just look:  Cabbage is a super food and is known to lower cholesterol, contains Vitamins A,C, K and Calcium & Iron.  Very low in sodium and a great source of fiber.  Also cabbage helps with blood pressure (very low in sodium) and blood sugar.

Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage.  The fermentation process supplies probiotics that help improve your digestion.  This feeds the good bacteria in your tummy, which does improve your overall digestive health.

Tomatoes contain carotenoids: alpha & beta carotene, lutein and lycopene.  They are rich in Vitamins A, C & E and are rich in  potassium (which we don’t really get enough of).  When tomatoes are eaten with healthy fats (olive oil, nuts) the body absorbs the phytochemicals (found in cabbage) more efficiently.

Walnuts are a rich protein source – 1 ounce contains 4 grams.  Walnut are an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids and 2 gram of fiber.  Helps you feel more satiated.

Mushrooms reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some types of cancer.

Barley is known for helping to reduce total cholesterol and the LDL cholesterol (known as the bad cholesterol) plus lower triglycerides and increase the good HDL cholesterol.  Can lower blood pressure also.  It is a great source of fiber too.  (If you are gluten intolerant, you can substitute rice or quinoa).

As you might have noticed I have garnished the roll with sour cream!  You can substitute Greek Yogurt, but Hungarians use sour cream (and paprika) on everything!

This recipe has a few steps and I will post the actual recipe in a day or so.  Just wanted you to see that by being a bit creative you can make over a delicious, favorite comfort food without sacrificing taste.

In my book, Is Gluten Free For Me – Second Edition, I have a lot of wonderful, healthy recipes like this,  plus many inspiring Bible verses, healthy info and wonderful pictures – you can purchase the book here:

In the meantime, take care of the wonderful body God has given you!  He purposed you to serve Him.  And you need to be healthy to do that!

Blessings and love,

Joyce Goodman


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