Sara B’s Nutrition Bites #1 and Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I am making a new addition to my blog today!
In conjunction with my healthified recipes, I will be giving short and sweet Nutrition Bites based off my Sara B Principles to a healthy lifestyle!
This should be a nice side to the delectable dishes!

Principle #5 Clean Eating=Less is Best
of course, with food, the closer to nature = the less ingredients = more nutritious.
for example oatmeal…only ingredient OATS! Eggs..Eggs! Apples…Apples!
However, in those time where you do buy packaged foods…cereal, bread, pasta sauce, granola bars… here are
4 Ingredients to limit or avoid in packaged foods
1. Hydrogenated Oils aka TRANS FATS…never ever should you eat something with this in it…NEVER!
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup aka HFCS…avoid! Don’t believe those snazzy commercials “but it’s corn”…right
3. Bleached or enriched flour aka it’s a white starch…even if on the front of the package it say “wheat” it’s manufactures sneaky way of tricking the consumer…instead the first ingredient must say whole wheat or whole grain.
4. Sugar…this can be tough to do with soo many products having sugar. At least make sure it’s not in the first 5 ingredients. When cooking try to use honey or agave nectar in replacement of sugar…they are a more nutrient dense foods meaning they offer vitamins and minerals!

Phew…that was a lot to digest 😉

RECIPE TIME!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Ingredients:
1 C brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice…brown and wild rice flavor..good spices)
1 medium head green cabbage
1 lb extra lean ground beef or turkey breast
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded, cored and diced
1 tsp rosemary …you could use dried oregano for a different flavor
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 C whole wheat bread crumbs
2 large egg whites
Instructions:
Cook rice according to directions.
Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil. Pour water over cabbage head in colander. This will help loosen the leaves. (May need to actually soak it as I had a hard time removing them)
Remove 8-9 leaves and set aside. Chop the rest of the cabbage up for a stir fry, soup…
In large skillet, saute meat until no longer pink. Add onions and cook till no longer translucent. Add tomatoes, spice, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Saute for 2 minutes.
remove from heat. In large bowl mix rice, bread crumbs, and egg white together. Then add meat mixture together.
Stuff cabbage!

Demo from Clean Eating Mag
Place 1/2 cup of mixture in cabbage. Fold edges in and roll. Secure with toothpick.
Bake at 375F for about 45 minutes

I had a bit of trouble removing my leaves so I made open faced rolls 🙂 tasted just as good!

This is what they should look like..compliments of Clean Eating Magazine

Although mine were not as pretty…they tasted amazing…this recipe is a keeper according to my taste panel of one…Jeremy!

soon to come…more Italy food pics and Veggie Hash

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good