Whole30 Roasted kielbasa and Cabbage

Posted by Karin on June 2, 2020
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Made with simple ingredients and ready in minutes, this Whole30 Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage is a healthy and kid-friendly recipe the whole family will love! Make it ahead of time for quick meal prep or an easy weeknight dinner! 

Healthy Dinners Made Easy

With home renovations taking place, three growing boys, and a brand new puppy, it’s no secret that I don’t have a lot of time on my hands, and spending hours in the kitchen chopping, dicing, sauteing, and more just isn’t an option. It can be tempting to opt for takeout or fast food. However, while my schedule has shifted, my priorities have not. While I’m sure my boys would be thrilled with eating chicken nuggets and pizza, I would not. 

So, in an effort to keep all of our health and nutrition in check, I’ve had to come up with new and creative ways to get food on the table fast. With recipes like these Paleo Playdate Bites, Yogurt Bark, and Rise and Shine Prosciutto Egg Cups, breakfast and snack times are a breeze. What I find most challenging is creating nutrient-dense dinners everyone will eat without spending hours in the kitchen. 

Luckily, through trial and error, I’ve come up with a few go-to recipes to keep on hand for those nights when you need something as quickly as possible, and this Whole30 Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe is one of my favorites! I promise, once you make this meal you’ll question why dinner ever took so long in the first place.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking! 

Ingredients and Alternatives for Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage

To keep things as quick as possible, I kept the ingredient list for this roasted kielbasa and cabbage recipe short and sweet. I’m even providing you a few alternatives to save you running to the store! To get started simply gather the ingredients below. 

Kielbasa – I love kielbasa for this recipe due to it’s rich garlic flavor, but any sausage you prefer would work as well. 

Bell Peppers – For this recipe, I recommend using red, orange, or yellow bell peppers to incorporate more nutrients and liven up your dish. In a pinch, green peppers would work as well. They just wouldn’t be quite as sweet. 

Yellow Onion – Due to the sweetness of yellow onion, I would not recommend substituting them for red onions. However, you could add onion flakes or chives in its place. 

Lemon – If you don’t have fresh lemon juice on hand, use lime juice instead. 

Olive Oil – I like to use olive oil due to its immense health benefits, but feel free to use any you prefer such as avocado oil. 

Caraway Seeds – If you don’t have caraway seeds on hand, swap them out for fennel. 

Cabbage – The star of the show, the cabbage in this recipe absorbs the flavor from the kielbasa and yields an incredible flavor! While all cabbages work for this meal, my favorite is green cabbage is the best to use as it tastes even sweeter after it cooks. 

Seasonings – For this recipe, I used garlic powder, salt, and pepper. However, feel free to adjust the seasonings to your preferences. 

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What is Kielbasa?

If you’re unfamiliar, kielbasa is a type of lightly smoked pork sausage that originates from Poland. It has a strong garlic taste and is often flavored with cloves, pimento, and marjoram. Traditionally, they’re eaten in a variety of ways from being included in soups, served with sauerkraut, or sliced for sandwiches. To learn more about this sausage and find great recipes using it, be sure to take a look at this great article as well. 

Health Benefits of Cabbage

Not only is it incredibly tasty, cabbage is full of health benefits making it a win-win in my book! For instance, it’s a great source of vitamin B6, folate, antioxidants, and fiber. As a result, including it in your diet can help reduce inflammation, improve your digestion, boost your heart health, lower blood pressure, and more! 

How to Make Whole30 Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage

Quite a few years ago, I tried my first cabbage steaks, and I was instantly hooked! I couldn’t believe how flavorful they were, and I knew I wanted to introduce them to my children. Lucky for me, they are low carb, cook in no time, and take on the flavor of pretty much whatever you cook them with. So, I figured, why not add them to a Whole30 sheetpan meal? 

All you have to do is preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, add sliced onions and peppers to one side of the tray and the cabbage wedges to the other. 

*Pro-Tip: Make sure to spread the veggies evenly across the tray. You don’t want them to overlap, or they won’t cook evenly.

In a small bowl, whisk together the liquids and any seasonings you’re using, and brush it over the veggies. 

Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes before adding the kielbasa, making sure to gently mix it in with the peppers. Then, place the baking sheet back in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges of the cabbage begin to crisp. 

To finish, season it with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice to taste! 

Serving Suggestions

One of the great things about this kielbasa recipe is how versatile it is to serve. Personally, I like to eat it in a bowl. However, it’s also amazing served over rice or cauliflower rice or used in sandwiches. 

Meal Prep Tips

With quick and easy cleanup, this Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe is perfect for meal prep! Once it’s done cooking, place it in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. However, I would not recommend freezing this meal as the cabbage would become soggy. 

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Of course, if you make this or any of my other recipes, please tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations, connect, and share your page. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. Stay tuned for new recipes, easy meal plans, decoration tips, and more every week!

How will you serve this Whole30 Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage? Let me know in the comments below! 

In the meantime, enjoy!

Karin

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Whole30 Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 3 medium bell peppers (or 2 large peppers) chopped in large pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped in large pieces
  • 1/2 large lemon juiced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds you can sub fennel
  • 1 head of cabbage cut into 8 wedges
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment
  • Place peppers and onions on one side of the tray, and cabbage wedges on the other
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic power, caraway seeds, lemon juice, and salt and pepper
  • Brush the mixture over the cabbage wedges and peppers (you may need to use your hands to fully coat the peppers)
  • Roast for 20 minutes, then carefully remove from the oven, and place kielbasa on the side with the peppers, gently mixing in with the peppers
  • Place back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes, until edges of the cabbage begin to crisp
  • Remove from the oven, salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a more lemon-y flavor, you can squeeze addtional lemon juice accross the pan
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