II love the Motha Effing Crockpot! Who's with me?
I mean, hello?! You throw together virtually anything for 4-8 hours and it's done, even if you're not home! Course, you should be home for at least some of the cooking so your house doesn't burn down but shit, man, it does pretty much all the work except for call the fire department if you F it up. I personally believe crockpots will be able to dial 911 eventually but ANYWAY...
Alas, it's almost February and I've said AGAIN ( for the tenth year in a row) that by July-ish, I'll be bikini ready via diet change and exercise. In the last three weeks, I've used a great calorie app called My Fitness Pal and have been watching what I eat as often as I can. Like a drug addict, I definitely slip up but this app allows you to see angles of nutrition you normally wouldn't pay attention to. I've been leaning towards the paleo route and have found some great and simple recipes to rule out all the stuff I love most that is insanely bad for me. What do I mean? Well, I mean fried food, bread, carbs in general and salt. Those are my weaknesses. I've decided to share some recipes I've found weekly and this week is crockpot stuffed cabbage! The pic I added looks a little freaky from cooking all day, but honestly it's a great, low calorie dinner!
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 head cabbage
1/2 head hand chopped ( or ground in food processor) cauliflower
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 chopped onion
1 tsbp olive oil
-Boil cabbage head in pot of boiling water for about fifteen minutes. It will wilt leaving you able to peel the leaves off for rolling. Should be about fifteen pieces.
-Let cool. Some may rip a bit but it's okay.
-Mix beef, pork, and seasonings in a bowl. Set aside.
-Meanwhile, cook chopped cauliflower and onion in 1 tsbp olive oil in skillet till translucent, about five to seven minutes
- Mix cauliflower/onion mix with meat mixture by hand.
-Add generous portions of meat mixture to cabbage leafs and roll placing the open end face down.
-Mix tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes in bowl and pour 1/2 of it it into crockpot.
-Next, add cabbage meat rolls open end down in crockpot adding leftover sauce mixture on top.
-Turn crockpot to low and cook for 8 hours.
-Serve with steamed veggies or moist brown rice.
TIP: Add another can of 8oz tomato sauce halfway through cooking time if you feel it's too pasty. End result will be a little soupy but use a serving spoon with slits to avoid it.
-Adding Frank's Red Hot is yummy to the finished product!
Healthy enough to add wine or gluten free beers!