Unrolled Cabbage Stir Fry (Stew)

cabbage stir fry

If you enjoy the taste of cabbage rolls but, like me, are too busy to assemble them, you’ll love this quick and easy stir fry! It has all the flavour with only one pan to clean up. The consistency is almost like a hearty cabbage stew. Even my toddler loves this!

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 large head green cabbage, chopped in thin pieces
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup whole wheat couscous (or rice or quinoa)
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook couscous according to package directions.

In a large nonstick pan on medium high heat, cook ground beef with onion and garlic until meat is almost fully cooked. Add mushrooms if using and continue to fry until meat is browned. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for one hour.

Serve in bowls with freshly baked bread.

NOTES: Rice or quinoa could be substituted for the couscous if you prefer. I just like to use couscous because it has a fine consistency that blends well with the other ingredients, stretching the dish without being too conspicuous. (I use it instead of rice in my stuffed peppers too and always get compliments!) I added mushrooms on a whim because I love mushrooms and had some that I wanted to use up, but you can leave them out if they’re not your thing.

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