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One Pot Meal [UPDATED]

Published 7:23am Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated 7:23am Monday, February 27, 2012

This one pot meal isn’t pretty, but sure is tasty!

A favorite dish from my childhood was meatballs with rice wrapped in cabbage and baked in tomatoes. My mother called it “Pigs in a Blanket”. I never questioned the name, later realizing the  whimsical misnomer was a ploy to encourage three finicky children to consume something with vegetables. Attempts to recreate this dish resulted in frustration at how time-consuming it could be: cook the rice… boil the cabbage… form the meatballs with HOT rice, then wrap in HOT cabbage. Just not fun.

This recipe presents all the flavor of the meatballs wrapped in cabbage without the nuisance. Don’t be put off by the fact that the beef isn’t browned first – skipping the step makes the dish easier to prepare and the savory meat juices add to the flavor.

One pot meal

6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 tsp salt
1 pound ground sirloin (I used diet lean 96% ground beef from Premier Meats)
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 (14 oz) can diced fire roasted tomateos
1 (14 oz.) can reduced sodium beef broth
1 (15 oz.can black beans, rinsed and drained,
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp smoky paprika

One Pot Meal

Preheat oven to 350.
Place all ingredients in Dutch oven or large baking dish.
Cooked covered 40 min. Stir and continue cooking until rice is tender and liquid absorbed, about 30 minutes more.

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