Easy Peasy Cabbage and Rice Casserole with Chicken Meatballs
Easy Peasy Cabbage and Rice Casserole with Chicken Meatballs is a better for you spin on a classic. This one-dish recipe features tender, and flavorful cabbage, and rice baked with tomato sauce and spices finished off with tender baked chicken meatballs. This tasty recipe post is sponsored. All views expressed are that of our own.
Are you looking for a casserole dish that is not loaded with tons of calories?
Do you want a one-pot meal that is ready in 90 minutes?
If so, this Easy Peasy Cabbage and Rice Casserole with Chicken Meatballs is for you!
This cabbage and rice casserole is easy to make and has lots of flavors. It is a winter comfort meal that is not loaded with tons of cheese which is rare. I admit I do love cheese but I am trying to make grains, and veggies the stars of my recipes.
With the start of the New Year, I am putting my best efforts forward to commit to eating cleaner, better for me foods. I am not looking for a crash diet but want to be able to prepare fairly easy meals for my family that have lots of flavor.
That is why this Easy Peasy Cabbage and Rice Casserole with Chicken Meatballs is such a win! I have always loved cabbage and rice since my Mother in Law used to make it religiously when Jared and I were younger. It was a simple, but tasty casserole that filled our bellies with wholesome goodness.
I wanted to add some trimmer protein to my cabbage and rice casserole so what better way to dress it up than with some Al Fresco All Natural Chicken Meatballs?
Made with lean, skinless chicken meat, Al Fresco Meatballs contain 50% less fat than beef & pork Italian meatballs. They are also pork-free, and gluten-free.
The best part? They are available in Tomato & Basil & Teriyaki & Ginger.
For this tomato-based cabbage dish, I found the Tomato & Basil flavored meatballs to be the perfect match. These meatballs are fully-cooked so I only added them to my casserole during the last 30 minutes. They are slightly sweet and provided the perfect amount of meat.
I am not a fan of meat-heavy dishes so the balance between the tomato, cabbage, rice, and meatballs was perfect for us.
Get the printable version of this Easy Peasy Cabbage and Rice Casserole with Chicken Meatballs below!
1 package of Al Fresco All Natural Tomato Basil Meatballs
6 cups of chopped cabbage (about a 2 1/2 lb cabbage) * do not use the core of the cabbage (safely cut around it)
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 tsp of Italian herbs
1/2 tsp of black pepper
(2) 28-ounce cans/jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of quick cook rice
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray.
Add rice to the bottom and one can/jar pasta sauce.
Top with cabbage, and then diced tomatoes.
Finish off with additional can/jar of pasta sauce, and spices.
Bake for 1 whole hour at 350 with the dish covered in foil
Remove foil, stir well, and add pre-cooked meatballs to the top.
Bake for 30 minutes uncovered.
Learn more about Al Fresco All Natural Chicken products on their official site.
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