Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  219
  • Protein  17 g
  • Carbohydrates  26 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  96 mg
  • Sodium  112 mg
  • Potassium  581 mg
  • Phosphorus  190 mg
  • Calcium  80 mg
  • Fiber  3.5 g

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

DaVita renal dietitian, Wendy from Ohio, shares her kidney-friendly recipe for Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey. Try this cabbage-wrapped dish and treat your family to something new.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita® dietitian Wendy from Ohio.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 2 cabbage rolls


  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (divided use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1-1/4 cup water (divided use)
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 


  1. Carefully remove 12 cabbage leaves from a whole cabbage and wash them.
  2. Boil a large pot of water. Add cabbage leaves and cook for 2 minutes to soften. Drain and set leaves aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, rice, onion, eggs, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, basil, parsley and 1/4 cup water.
  4. Place 1/4 cup of the turkey mixture on the cabbage leaf and fold sides of leaf over turkey mixture.
  5. Place rolls close together, seam side down in a baking dish.
  6. Combine tomato paste, lemon juice, 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and sugar to make a sauce. Top cabbage rolls with sauce. Cover and bake at 375° F for 1-1/2 hour. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 2 vegetables, medium potassium
  • 1 high calorie 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Cabbage rolls can be cooked in a slow cooker on low setting for 6 to 8 hours instead of baked in the oven.
  • If you are following a low-potassium diet, be aware 2 cabbage rolls are equal to 2 vegetable servings. Consuming extra servings of fruits or vegetables can cause high potassium levels.

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Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

TiaEmi8 says:


are there any recipes for 1 o 2 persons. These large recipes are overwhelming to divide.

Mar. 29, 2014, 4:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Greg__ says:


Used ground beef & cooked rice cause that's what I had. Half browned, then drained, beef first since it had 20% fat. My husband rated it 6 (of 5) stars!

Sep. 21, 2013, 1:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

vallance says:


Added chopped green red and yellow peppers and a basil leaf and a little garlic. Fun to make.

May. 29, 2013, 10:16 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

shall64 says:


We are having a family dinner and decided to make this. Only thing is what would you recommend for side dish as well? Dietitian comment: I think a nice sourdough roll or a piece of crusty french bread would compliment this dish. A low potassium dessert could also be included-[INVALID]s, pie or cake or you could go with a low potassium fruit such as fresh berries.

Feb. 21, 2013, 1:23 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Syble says:


I used very lean hamburger for this recipe, because I didn't have any turkey, used 1 small can tomato sauce(low sodium) instead of tomato paste, added a little garlic powder and a teaspoon of Mrs.Dash,used only one egg,and cooked it in a slow cooker for around 4 and a half hours on high setting.They were "Excellent", we loved them and will make them again, since this made twelve, we had 2 apiece this evening and I froze the rest, so we will have two more meals already made, Wonderful!!

Jul. 27, 2012, 5:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

djack44 says:


I haven't tried this yet..but I do plan on it..I am new and just seeing this for the 1st time..I am curious to know if the sugar that this recipe requires makes this taste sweet at all? Can it be ommited without ruining the taste? I can't post without rating so I will give it 5 starts because it sounds so good. Moderator comment, You can omit the sugar without making a big change in the taste. It will still be tasty!

Apr. 03, 2012, 3:31 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

moonglow says:


I made the cabbage rolls and instead of tomato paste I used canned red peppers. It cuts down on the potassium

Jan. 23, 2011, 5:43 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Mary Rath says:


I just made Lo Main chicken it was great

Sep. 07, 2010, 4:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Dawn Schulz says:


I made these for my dad he loved them:) I baked them and portioned them out and froze them. they reheat great!

Jun. 09, 2010, 9:36 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

lewislh says:


Good but not great (but I'm not crazy about cabbage rolls!)

May. 21, 2010, 4:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Gale H. says:


This sounds terrific, can't wait to try it.

Jan. 04, 2010, 9:41 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

henipeni says:


really, really good. I used left-over cooked rice and low sodium tomato paste. Also, I, too, used the slow cooker..on low for 4 hours. Served it with boiled new potatoes (the tiny ones) We didn't have a dessert because by that time, dinner, I had used up my limit of P and K.

May. 28, 2009, 8:07 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

randolph says:


This was excellent - I used the "crock pot" to do my cooking, and "low sodium" tomatoe paste - my husband and I both loved them. I made " Southern-style Cornbread--Low Phosphorus" to go with it - the cabbage rolls were moist and flavorful - thank you - we will be making them again.

Jul. 20, 2008, 3:10 PM - Inappropriate review?

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