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Quick Beef and Cabbage
This quick beef and cabbage recipe will be on the table in 30 minutes or less. It’s the perfect weeknight meal… quick, easy, inexpensive and flavorful. What more could you want? Made with a handful of ingredients you likely have on hand, plus a plan for making it a complete meal and getting it on the table for your family quicker than you could call out for take out.
This is one of those recipes that I almost hate to publish because it’s so simple. Simple recipes like this always make me wonder what constitutes a recipe. How many ingredients do you need to call something a recipe? Ok, enough of my babbling.
I’m sharing this with you because I want to let you in on a little secret. I know that the life of the food blogger seems horribly exotic and you must think that we eat fancy and complicated recipes every day. And I’m sure that some of you have even secretly wished that you could move in with one of us to experience all of these amazing dishes. Now, there are days (when recipe testing or working on cookbooks or preparing to release something for the holidays) when we serve our families 3 course meals with dozens of ingredients. BUT… more often than not, this is the dish that you’ll see on our tables.
And why you might ask…
Well, let’s see. It’s ground beef and cabbage and onions and it can go from ingredients to dinner table in less than 30 minutes. That means that this beef and cabbage dish and others like it are quick, simple and cheap. These are three great attributes of any recipe in my humble opinion. Yes, the dish with the 4000 steps and ingredients that you have to look up online are fun once in a while, but just like you, we bloggers are short on time and money and simply want to make sure that our loved ones get some nutrition in them and have it taste good to boot.
And this recipe is just the ticket. In fact, this recipe, or a version of it, appears on our menu almost every week. My hubby and I both love the flavor. I love the fact that it’s full of fiber and nutrients from the cabbage. I also love the ease and simplicity and the time it allows me to spend with him, or to spend with you here in blog world. And he loves that I’m frugal with our grocery budget, especially after the holiday spending frenzy that was our Christmas trip to Bangkok. Score! A dish that meets all our needs.
If you too are watching your food budget these days, check out this whole post on budget friendly AIP.
And, if you need some other recipes that will save you time in the kitchen, check out this post on 30 minute meals that are perfect for the weeknight craziness.
If you have 30 minutes you can get this dinner on the table. Here’s the plan:
- start this recipe
- while the cabbage cooks, toss a couple of sweet potatoes in the microwave (don’t forget to poke some holes in them)
- once the ground beef goes in, toss together a quick salad – baby spinach, romaine, 2 cucumbers, 1/2 red onion, an apple and a splash of balsamic and olive oil
- plate the salad and 1/2 a sweet potato on each plate and add a big scoop of this quick beef and cabbage.
- DINNER IS SERVED!
It’s dinner time…
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 medium head cabbage
- 2 red onions
- 1 TBSP garlic powder
- 1 TBSP herbs d'provence
- 1 tsp pink himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1 pound ground beef
- ¼ cup water
- heat olive oil over a medium heat in a large skillet or heavy bottomed large pot
- thinly slice cabbage (cut into quarters around the core and slice as thin as you can). Add to the pot as you slice
- thinly slice onions and add to pot
- allow cabbage and onions to sauté until beginning to caramelize while stirring occasionally for about 12 minutes
- add apices and stir to combine and allow spices to cook for 1 minute
- add ground beef and balsamic vinegar and cook (stirring occasionally) until beef is cooked through (about 10 minutes)
- in the last few minutes of cooking, add ¼ cup water and simmer until water cooks off
- serve with roasted vegetables and a salad for a complete meal