The adjustment to eating real food can be a shock to the food bill, but this recipe is the exception. This is one of my go-to recipes because it is fast and inexpensive to make. Even my one year-old will eat cabbage when I make it this way!
I love this beef and cabbage stir-fry recipe because it comes together quickly and easily and only gets one pan dirty! It is a healthy version of Hamburger Helper and it packs a delicious punch of nutrition.
TIP: Let the children help prepare this stir-fry by letting them cut the vegetables. Even really little ones can use a crinkle cutter to safely cut veggies. I find that my kids are more likely to eat a recipe if they help prepare it and it keeps them busy and happy while I cook. (This is the crinkle cutter we have)
There are also a lot of variations to this recipe:
- Add cumin, chili powder, and salsa to make a Mexican version
- Add fermented soy sauce or coconut aminos and ginger to make a Chinese variation
- Add a dozen eggs after it is cooked and bake to make a casserole
Another simple one-pan recipe that is a favorite at our house is Pakistani kima, which also uses ground beef as well as sweet potato and green beans as the vegetables and seasons with a hint of curry.
The herbs and spices I use for this recipe and many others can be found on my resources page.
Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry Recipe
- In a large skillet or wok, brown the ground beef.
- When the beef is almost completely browned, add the sliced onions and grated carrots.
- When onions and carrots are starting to soften, mix in the cabbage and all the spices.
- Cook about 10 more minutes, stirring often until cabbage starts to soften.
- Top with salsa or sour cream if desired and enjoy.
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