Stuffed cabbage rolls

On our constant search for healthy, quick and affordable meals we’ve been longing for some guilt free comfort food. Here’s a recipe for guilt free stuffed cabbage rolls. Packed full of low fat protein, vegetables and healthy whole grains, this recipe is sure to sooth those winter blues while keeping you on your journey to a slender, spring sista!

You will need

1 head of cabbage
1 pound lean 93/7 ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 small onion
1 small green bell pepper
1 clove garlic
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
seasonig blend
dried herbs
1 cup pearled barley
2/12 cups barley
raisins (optional)

Prepare your barley
Bring 1 cup pearled barley and 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil.Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 45min or until water is absorbed and then set aside.

While the barley is cooking boil enough water to place your whole head of cabbage

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in. Rrmove the core and boil for 10-15min turning the cabbage occasionally. This will make it easy to remove the leaves without ripping them. As you get deeper into the cabbage and the leaves begin to get to tough to remove place the cabbage back in the water for a few minutes to soften. Place the leaves in a strainer and set aside.

Once the cabbage is prepared and draining, saute your onion and bell pepper with a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat just until soft, about 5 minutes. Then add minced garlic and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Now mix your beef, pork, barley, and seasoning all together. This is the seasoning blend I used.

Now its time to prepare the rolls. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Tak a cabbage leave and reboe the thick stalk. Add your desired amount of meat and roll up while tucking in the sides. Place seam side down nestled in a even layer in baking dish.

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Once your pan is full and you want them to be snug. Pour the whol can of tomatoes spreading them evenly over the rolls. Sprinkle with more of the seasoning bend. Sprinkle a handfull of raisins or more to taste over the top. They add a nice bite of sweetness to the dish but can be ommited. Sprinkle some dried oregano over the top and cover with foil. Cook for 40 minutes. YUMM!!!!!

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