Turkey & Cabbage Thyme
Time Required: 20 (40 total)

Cabbage, ground flax, and whole grain rice make it rich in Vitamin K, anti-oxidants and fiber. I’ve updated the recipe since making the video to include some great time savers, so one difference you will see is that I now cook the onions with the meat instead of the cabbage so that you can make extra meat sauce alone to use in MEAL EXTENDER (see bottom) ideas later. Just double or triple everything except the cabbage and rice and freeze in ziplocks.  Don’t forget to add the extra ingredients to your shopping list!


1/2 onion -- chopped 1/4" by 1 " pieces
1 lb(s) ground turkey
2 garlic clove(s) -- crushed
14 oz(s) crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup(s) flax seed -- ground to meal; OPTIONAL
1/2 cabbage -- cut thin and 1" long
1 1/2 cup(s) brown rice -- uncooked, or wild rice, quinoa


Prep Work:  Chop onion and cabbage; store separately.  Make rice.

1.  Place rice in small pan with 3 c. water.  Bring to boil and the simmer 20 min. w/ lid on.

2.  Saute onion in large skillet or cooking pot w/ frying oil or butter at medium heat for approx.4 min., or until it begins to soften.  Add turkey and brown just until no longer pink.  Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, paprika, sugar, salt and optional flax meal.  Cover and simmer 15 min.

3.  In a separate skillet add 1 Tbsp. oil or organic butter and saute cabbage with a sprinkling of salt until tender.  Or add a frozen vegetable like peas, broccoli or cauliflower to the meat instead if you don’t want to add any cabbage!

4   Serve meat over rice topped with cabbage.  Salt and pepper according to taste.

MEAL EXTENDERS:  Make extra meat sauce ( step #3) and freeze in approx. 1 lb. sections in ziplocks to make the following entrees:

1.  Add some broth along with frozen or leftover vegetables to make a hearty soup.

2. Put some leftovers in a quesadilla with cheese and a little salsa to spice it up.

3. Use as protein source for OTL “Refrigerator Black Bean Burritos”. 

4.  Add to some bottled, organic spaghetti sauce to eat over whole grain pasta.

HEALTHY EXTRAS:  Add a few Tbsps. of nutritional yeast for more B vitamins, and/or more flax meal for fiber and heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.  Add 2 tsp. chili powder for a spicier taste. 

SERVING SUGGESTION:  For a fresh side dish serve a veggie platter of cut vegetables like carrots, radishes, cucumber, jicama with a small bowl of salad dressing for dipping.
“Without sufficient intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients, regulation of our inflammatory system can become compromised, and we can experience the problem of chronic inflammation. Especially when combined together with oxidative stress, chronic inflammation is a risk factor for development of cancer. The anthocyanins found in red cabbage are well-documented anti-inflammatory compounds, and make red cabbage a standout anti-inflammatory food for this reason. However, all types of cabbage contain significant amounts of polyphenols that provide anti-inflammatory benefits.”  whfoods.com- “cabbage”

  (adapted from fruitsandveggiesmatters.org)


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