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Cabbage Rolls made with Turkey

Diet - CKD, Dialysis, Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Wendy from Ohio.

Portions:  6 servings

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
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 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, pepper, basil, parsley and 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, water, 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.

Nutrients per serving

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

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

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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