Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  151
  • Protein  15 g
  • Carbohydrates  7 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  46 mg
  • Sodium  194 mg
  • Potassium  442 mg
  • Phosphorus  168 mg
  • Calcium  50 mg
  • Fiber  2.0 g

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage

Sticking to a kidney diet isn't easy. But limiting phosphorus, potassium and sodium doesn't mean you have to limit flavor. DaVita renal dietitian, Sara from California, knows how to whip up a tasty, kidney-friendly meal and you can too using her recipe for Turkey Stuffed Cabbage.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe created exclusively for by DaVita dietitian Sara, RD, CSR, CDE, from California.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 cup or 1/6th cabbage


    • 1 medium-head green cabbage
    • 12 ounces ground turkey, 7% fat
    • 3 ounces turkey sausage
    • 1/4 cup onion, minced
    • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, minced
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® extra spicy herb seasoning


    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Remove core from cabbage and cut out 3 cups of cabbage from the inside to make a cavity for stuffing.
    3. Combine turkey, sausage, onion, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and herb seasoning in a bowl. Mix well then stuff into cabbage.
    4. Insert 4 to 5 toothpicks around outside of cabbage to anchor it. Place with stuffed end up into a deep, ovenproof pot. 
    5. Pour 1/2-cup water into bottom of pot, cover with a lid and bake 45 minutes or until ground turkey temperature reaches 175° F. 
    6. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into 6 equal servings.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 2 meat
    • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Make coleslaw out of the leftover cabbage that was removed to make the cavity for the turkey stuffing.
    • Select spicy hot turkey sausage for more flavor.
    • Sausage is higher in sodium and phosphorus that many other meats. When used in small amounts, it may be included in recipes that meet the goals of a kidney diet. 
    • Divide leftover sausage into 1-1/2-ounce portions and freeze for later use.

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