Monday, January 12, 2009

Cheapo Meal #1: Turkish Cabbage



I know, I know. "Cabbage? Tori, my kid won't eat cabbage!" Well....give it a try. My daughter (6 yrs) actually REQUESTS this one. And my son (4) will eat it, but only if I blend it up in the blender first (after which it looks kind of like cream of tomato soup, see the 2nd photo). This is easy, it's cheap, and (I promise), it's yummy!

Ingredients
1 head of green cabbage (washed, sliced into a few chunks)
1/2 - 1 onion, chopped
1/4 lb. ground beef (or more if you want it meatier, but I just use 1/4 lb)
A couple of big spoonfulls of tomato paste
1 Tbsp. Salt
Olive oil
Water

Directions
Drizzle some olive oil into a pot and heat on medium or a bit higher. Add chopped onions and sautee till they're lighter in color/translucent. Add ground beef and brown it. Add more olive oil as needed to keep things from sticking. Add tomato paste and stir it up a bit. Dump in your cabbage. Now add enough water to cover the cabbage. Add salt. Cook uncovered on medium heat or higher for about 40 minutes, or until cabbage is soft.

Serving
Use ladle to scoop into bowls (including the watery part). For the sensitive ones, or the ones who don't like "things" in their food (like my son), blend it up in the blender first till it's a smooth soup-y texture. We like to eat this with some GFCF bread, toasted or not, to dip in the juices. For the non-CF'ers, this is good with some plain yogurt scooped on top.

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