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Cabbage roll casserole

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
45 - 55 minutes
Serving Size:


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (500 g) extra lean ground sirloin*
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (28 oz./796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) long grain brown rice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sodium-reduced vegetable or beef broth


  1. In large skillet with lid, heat canola oil over medium. Sauté onions and garlic for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef. Brown for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add cabbage, tomatoes, rice and broth and stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until rice is tender. If preferred instead, after bringing mixture to a boil, bake in oven-proof skillet with lid in 350°F (180°C) oven for about 40 minutes.


*To make vegetarian, use 1 can (19 fl oz; 540 mL) of lentils, rinsed and drained, in place of the sirloin. Simply skip step 2 of the instructions and add the lentils with the other ingredients in step 3.

Reducing the amount of salt in meals is important for managing blood pressure. Canned foods and broths are often high in salt. For heart-healthy options, choose reduced sodium or no-salt-added versions.

Recipe courtesy of, featured in the Canadian Diabetes Association's 2017 Healthy Living Calendar.

Nutritional InformationOne serving: 1 cup (250 mL)
Calories 200
Fat 6 g
Saturated 1 g
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 140 mg
Carbohydrate 22 g
Fibre 2 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 14 g

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