Saucy Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe

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I've been trying to incorporate more whole grains into my family's diet. This saucy bulgur dinner has all the southwest flavors they love. —Marcia Doyle, Pompano, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can (46 ounces) reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1 cup instant brown rice
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 253 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until cabbage and rice are tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Beef and Cabbage Dinner in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p49

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ahmom User ID: 3426126 125321
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"This tasted almost like my mom's stuffed cabbage rolls!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 120053
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"This is way too sweet. Would cut down or cut out the brown sugar. Also, would use a jar of spaghetti sauce for more flavor. Too bland in spicing. Moving on..."

dhooie User ID: 1748954 125320
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Not sure where the "buger" in the description comes from, since there is none in the recipe.  It was a little bland and actually needed salt--which is unusual for me to say.  Tomato juice must've been too low in salt.  I also mixed the spices and tomato paste in the tomato juice since it would have been difficult to mix in the pot before the cabbage cooked down.  It was actually a bit bland even though it sounded yummy.  I added a little hot sauce which helped, but is not the solution.  I think I'd change my rating to a 3 star until I figure out how to yumm this up."

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