As my family grows in size, I am constantly on the lookout for inexpensive recipes. Too many times though, inexpensive equals unhealthy, as in fast food, boxed processed foods, and anything with very little nutritional value. This recipe for Beef and Cabbage Curry is inexpensive, healthy and loaded with delicious flavor! If you’ve never tried curry, you NEED to! You are seriously missing out!
In my search for inexpensive and healthy meal ideas (because I had fallen into a major RUT!), I discovered a new YouTube channel called the Big Family Homestead. The particular video that popped up was this one and their recipe for the Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole is initially what inspired this particular dish.
The thing I love about cooking is that you can customize anything to fit the tastes and preferences of your family! Just because a recipe is written a certain way, doesn’t mean you’re obligated to follow it 100%. As I worked my way through the original recipe the first time, I tasted as I went and quickly discovered that it probably wasn’t something that my own family would love, even covered in cheese. Since the day I made the original recipe, we’ve cut out 98% of processed foods, so their tastes have changed and I think they would like the original now just fine!
As I stood over my casserole dish, and then pondered the contents of my spice drawer, the angels began to sing when my eyes fell on my brand new bottle of curry powder. Curry seemed like a good combination, so I threw a few tablespoons in, mixed well, threw the whole thing in the oven and hoped for the best.
My family ended up enjoying that meal, but I found it to be a bit dry. Having to transfer it to another dish and bake at the end added more time and steps than I wanted. The next time I made the dish, I decided to make it more along the lines of chicken curry, so I added a can of full fat coconut cream and I cooked the whole thing in a large skillet. This created a much creamier sauce, helped to soften the cabbage nicely without baking in the oven, and gave the whole dish a very rich (but healthy!) mouth feel. This time, my family RAVED about the end result.
You can easily customize this for the size of your family, and for your budget. I prefer to purchase grass-fed ground beef from a local farmer, but regular ground beef (or even ground turkey) from the grocery store will do. This is generally enough to feed 2 adults, 3 kids, and have 3 adult portions leftover.
Speaking of leftovers, this is even BETTER the next day!
Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below! I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Also, share with me your favorite healthy, inexpensive recipes. I can’t wait to read your ideas!
What Makes it So Healthy?
Did you know that cabbage is the second least expensive veggie when you compare price per edible cup? Potatoes win the blue ribbon for the cheapest, but they’re loaded with carbs so if you’re trying to avoid too many of those, cabbage is perfect! Cabbage has tons of health benefits, it’s been shown to have positive effects on preventing Type 2 Diabetes and it has cancer preventative properties as well!
Now let’s talk about curry! You can read all about it here, because honestly, it isn’t one spice, but a mixture of spices and it would take all day to list everything you need to know. The components come together to create this amazing powerhouse of health benefits that cannot be denied. Here are a few:
- Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, fights cancer and Alzheimers disease
- Cinnamon: Blood sugar stabilization, soothing to gastrointestinal tract, helps with focus
- Cloves: Highest percentage of manganese found in any food! This helps with bone strength, blood sugar control and fights free radical damage.
- Ginger: Major inflammation fighter!
- Coriander: Antiseptic and antibiotic properties
- Cardamom: Cardiovascular benefits including possible lowering of blood pressure
*Two potential warnings though, talk to your doctor if you take anticoagulants or if you have a history of gallbladder issues before using curry.
- 2 lbs Ground Beef Grass-fed (optional)
- 1 large Cabbage
- 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
- 4 oz Tomato Paste
- 14 oz Full Fat Coconut Cream
- 2-4 Tbsp Yellow Curry Powder or to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
Brown ground beef in a deep skillet or dutch oven. Drain fat unless using grass-fed ground beef, then I leave it in.
Chop cabbage into 1 inch pieces and add to the pan with the browned ground beef.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, coconut cream and seasonings. Stir to mix everything well. (Now you see why I said to use a deep skillet or dutch oven!)
Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the cabbage is soft to your liking. Enjoy!
This recipe makes a lot, it's enough to feed 2 adults, 3 kids and have 3 adult size portions for leftovers. If you need less, use 1 pound of ground beef and a small cabbage. Adjust spices accordingly.
If you are doing THM (Trim Healthy Mama) this is an S meal.