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If you’re a busy homeschooling mom like me who sometimes has a hectic schedule and needs a nutritious meal on the table fast, then this Unstuffed Cabbage-Malfoof might become your newest favorite recipe.
This is my go-to recipe on busy days, although I have a quick way to make Stuffed Malfoof with an instant pot. The combination of succulent ground beef, fluffy rice, tangy spices, and tender cabbage is tempting.
The juices from the beef ooze out into the rice and combine with the cabbage to form a delicious, hearty, savory meal that everyone will enjoy!
Easy Quick Unstuffed Cabbage-Malfoof!
This simple casserole dish is one of my family’s favorite dinner dishes, and it’s excellent for a quick meal. My passion for creating unstuffed cabbage is inspired by my childhood recollections of cooking with my mother.
She used to make the famous stuffed cabbage rolls and transform the leftover cabbage into this delicious casserole which for me tasted even better!
It’s the simplest, quickest version I’ve come to enjoy. There’s no need to cook the rice ahead of time or sauté anything!
Everything is literally tossed in one pot and baked until tender, making this an EASY one-pot dish! And the leftovers are just as tasty!
A Simple Version in the Fraction of Time and Effort!
Being a busy mom who loves to prep healthy meals that come together quickly made me choose the easy route and go for unstuffed cabbage sometimes.
I usually prefer healthy options that don’t require a lot of time or effort to prepare and at the same time, delicious dinners that my girls and husband will enjoy.
The cooler weather of autumn also means a return to some traditional comfort foods, and this Unstuffed Cabbage-Malfoof recipe is definitely one of them! This dish is also known as unstuffed malfuf, malfouf, or chopped cabbage recipe.
One Pot Meals-A Great Choice for Busy Moms!
One pot meals are meals in which all (or almost all) of the ingredients are cooked in one pot.
They may not always be the fanciest, prettiest, or most stunning dishes, but they are the ones that are most likely to become a staple in your family’s meal rotation. They’re designed for both busy weeknights and long weekends.
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, for example, are a meal that our kids will remember eating together at the dinner table.
You can spend more time with them because meals like these don’t need hours in the kitchen prepping dozens of ingredients ahead of time or cleaning up a mess afterwards.
A Super Easy One Pot Dish!
Impressive Health Benefits of Cabbage
- Cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- It contains insoluble fiber, which keeps the digestive system healthy by providing fuel for friendly bacteria.
- Cabbage contains potent pigments known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- It is high in soluble fiber and plant sterols. These compounds have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
- Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K1 which is critical for blood clotting.
Top Tips for a Great Unstuffed Cabbage-Malfoof Recipe
You can add more lemon juice, pepper, or salt to the broth, but I do encourage you to taste before you simmer.
After you assemble the cabbage, rice, and broth in the pot, put the pot on high temperature. Mix everything gently so that you don’t break up the rice and let it boil for 1-2 minutes. Simmer then cover it. This way it will finish much quicker.
If you see some little water at the bottom of the pot it’s okay. Just keep it on the stove top. The rice will absorb excess water.
If you don’t have time to boil the cabbage, you can freeze it. The next day when it thaws out, cut it into cubes and follow the recipe as is.
Frequently Asked Questions
Green cabbage is best, but look for ones with soft, wide leaves and few stems on the outer layers. They’re not always easy to find, but they’re a lot easier to work with than the typical green cabbage. Savoy cabbage works here as well.
Of course, yes. Simply leave out the ground beef in the stuffing recipe. You can also make a veggie-based filling with parsley, tomatoes, mint, and shallots in addition to the rice.
I don’t recommend using brown rice in this recipe. Brown rice requires more cooking time than white rice. The extra cooking time may cause the cabbage to overcook. If you do decide to give it a shot, instant brown rice might be your best choice.
The rice goes in raw.
Inside-out Cabbage Rolls
Ingredients for Unstuffed Cabbage-Malfoof
In this recipe, pieces of chopped cabbage are added to ground beef and rice. You get all the taste of fresh cabbage, tender beef and tangy sauce in each bite without the hassle of rolling up individual cabbage rolls!
- cabbage/ chopped
- ground beef
- cups short or medium grain rice
- onions /cubed
- garlic /minced
- seven spices or all spice
- black pepper
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- warm water
- bouillon cubes
- seven spices or all spice
- tablespoon garlic powder
A Lip-Smacking Experience!
How to Assemble this Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe
Boil 2 heads of cabbage until they get soft (about 30-40 minutes). Once done, strain then cut around the root of the cabbage. Cut cabbage in half then cut in slices vertically then horizontally to chop into cubes.
In the large pot you will be cooking in, mix the rice, ground meat, cubed onions, seven spices, sumac, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, oil and lemon. Then, add the cubed cabbage and mix well.
Pour the broth mixture over, mix over high heat for a good 5 minutes. Cover then simmer for 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix all broth ingredients and set aside.
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- 6 cups warm water
- 3 bouillon cubes
- ½ tablespoon seven spices or all spice
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Boil 2 heads of cabbage until they get soft (about 30-40 minutes). Once done, strain then cut around the root of the cabbage. Cut cabbage in half then cut in slices vertically then horizontally to chop into cubes.
- In the large pot you will be cooking in, mix the rice, ground meat, cubed onions, seven spices, sumac, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, oil and lemon. Then add the cubed cabbage and mix well.
- Pour the broth mixture over, mix over high heat for a good 5 minutes. Cover then simmer for 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, mix the ingredients, set aside.
- You can use ground lamb instead of ground beef.
- Avoid using brown rice because it takes longer time in cooking.
- You can cut the recipe in half.