I think we can all agree feeding our kids can be a huge pain in the ass sometimes. I don’t mean the actual act of giving them food. I actually love cooking and am a big dork with all the mommy stuff. What I mean is picky, annoying, whiney children. Example…Collin loves red sauces on his pasta but not necessarily cream sauces. Clara loves cream sauces, not red. Cam is definitely hit or miss. Some days she loves everything, other days she won’t eat anything. And don’t even get me started on the fact she doesn’t like pizza, cake or pie. Ummmm, weird…
So when I come across a new recipe that is actually a hit with ALL the kids, I celebrate. It’s like my freakin’ birthday. I want to shout it from the rooftops even though I’m the only one in the world who gives a damn.
So yesterday I got lucky with dinner. Not only did the kids eat all their food, but they got seconds and requested that I keep it on the menu. Yippee!! And the best part…it was a cabbage recipe. Yep, cabbage!
So I decided to go ahead and share it since it’s absolutely yummy and I deserve a freakin’ prize for making something ALL the kiddos like.
Make it, eat it, LOVE IT!!!
“Stuffed Cabbage” Strata
(adapted from Biggest Loser Family Cookbook)
Olive Oil Spray
1 pkg of center-cut thick bacon, cut into 2″ pieces
1 1/4 cup minced yellow onions
1 cup uncooked instant brown rice (I actually used leftover long grain & wild rice, 1.5 cups cooked if you want to try)
1 head of red cabbage, shredded
1 pound ground beef, extra-lean
salt, season to taste
ground black pepper, season to taste
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup hot water
*Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly spray 9×13 casserole dish or baking dish with the olive oil spray.
*Cook rice according to directions, set aside.
*Cook bacon until almost crispy. Let drain on paper towel lined plate.
*Brown ground beef in skillet. Add salt and pepper to your liking and add onion & garlic powder.
*Add minced onions and cook together with ground beef for about 3-4 minutes. Add cooked rice. Stir to mix together.
*Spread half the shredded cabbage in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
*Top with the ground beef & rice mixture, forming an even layer. Pour 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce over the the mixture.
*Spread remaining cabbage evenly over the ground beef & rice. Lay the bacon pieces evenly on top of the cabbage.
*Pour remaining tomato sauce & hot water over food.
*Cover the dish with foil, bake for 45 minutes.
*Uncover & bake 10 minutes longer, or until the cabbage is tender & food is heated through.
*Let stand 5 minutes.
*Serve and enjoy!