Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sausage and Cabbage Un"rolled" casserole

Jennie-O contacted me about making a healthy recipe using their Jennie-O turkey products. I agreed very quickly as I love to try new products and I already knew I could substitute turkey in the place of ground beef. They sent me coupons for free products and I set off to the kitchen.
 Did you know that you can reduce fat, calories and improve your health by switching to turkey instead of beef? Well, several years ago I started replacing ground beef with ground turkey. No, ground turkey does not taste like beef nor do you think you're eating Thanksgiving in every bite. However, I can tell you, when seasoned properly you can use less salt and increase the flavor plus reduce the fat in your favorite recipes.
One recipe I enjoy is cabbage rolls. Now, they are a pain in the butt if you don't have perfect cabbage leaves. You need to steam them, cook the filling, roll, bake and so on. So one day I thought what if I take the ingredients and throw them into a casserole? Genius! HERE is the original recipe: LINK
And this is the new fat calorie reduced recipe!
Sausage and Cabbage Un"rolled" Casserole
1 lb turkey sausage
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
cook the sausage and spices until done. IF you do not have a nonstick skillet, add a TBSP of oil because turkey is very lean and the meat will stick at first. I cooked mine until dark brown and a little crispy. 
Now add: the rotel and water. In a 13 x 9 pan add cooked rice, the chopped cabbage, pour the meat mixture on top and sprinkle with cheese.
2 cups chopped cabbage
1 can roasted tomato Rotel
3 cups water
2 cups cooked rice
13x9 pan
cabbage, chopped into 1 inch pieces
tomato meat mix
sprinkle with 1/2 cup Italian finely grated cheese
Bake 350 for 20 minutes, then 400 for 20 minutes
allow to cool, serve with a salad or other veggie of your choice

Jennie-O is a sponsor for The Biggest Loser and they have wonderful recipe to help the contestants to lose weight without loosing flavor. On their site they have wonderful recipes like this: LINK to recipes
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Chilaquiles

Serves 8
Prep time 20 mins
Total time under 30 mins



2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 roasted red bell pepper
1 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce, if desired
salt and pepper, if desired

1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Mild Turkey Breakfast Sausage Roll
48 baked corn tortilla strips
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
¼ cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium avocado, died or ½ cup guacamole, if desired


In bowl of food processor or jar of a blender purée all sauce ingredients until smooth. Pour into a 2 quart sauté pan, simmer sauce, stirring, 3 minutes and season with salt and pepper, if desired.  Keep warm. (Sauce may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.) Yield 6 cups.

Cook turkey sausage as specified on the package.  Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.  Set aside.
Assemble Chilaquiles in shallow dishes or soup bowls. Crumble 6 tortilla chips into each bowl.  Top with ¾ cup very hot sauce. Sprinkle with ¼ cup turkey sausage crumbles.  Garnish with onion, feta cheese, cilantro and avocado, if desired.
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  1. Delicious looking recipe, Dawn. I have to admit that I've never tried turkey sausage, but your recipe gives me a good reason to buy some.

  2. Wow, delicious looking recipes. I've never tried turkey sausage before, guess I need to buy some.

  3. Hi Dawn! How great to see you at Thriving on Thursdays last week. I love cabbage rolls but it can be a little time consuming rolling them. I'd love to try this recipe. It looks delicious. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party. Don't be a stranger!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  4. ohhh i bought cabbage the other day to make rolls but haven't yet so now I can try this! nom nom sounds a lot easier and just as delish!! thanks for this unrolled cabbage casserole recipe!