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  • Writer's pictureDawn Hames

Savoury Burger, Cabbage And Tomato Casserole

We are busy with spring work on the farm, getting the equipment ready, and seeding. I am always on the lookout for time-efficient cooking ideas. I think I just found a new go-to dish that is super easy and fast to make. Plus, it tastes amazing, a bit like lasagna without the big time commitment. All the ingredients in this recipe are so healthy. It is faster to make than chili and is much lower in carbs. I used beef hamburger, but you can use any kind, however, if you use pork burger, fry the burger first and then add the water to ensure that you have reached a high enough temperature to cook pork. Onions are a great source of the nutrient quercetin, and the good news is that cooked onions retain this beneficial nutrient, undamaged by the heat. Quercetin is a flavonoid that may inhibit the growth of certain cancers. Quercetin has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, and be protective of the cardiovascular system. Onions are a natural source of both quercetin and chromium, which both assist in blood sugar control. Onions and garlic contain sulfur compounds that work to detox our bodies by binding to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium and then escorting them out of the body. A University of Otago study in New Zealand found that the isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower can cause cancer cells to destruct. Tomatoes contain many important vitamins and antioxidants including lots of lycopene, vitamin C and vitamin A. Lycopene is what gives the tomato its red colour. Lycopene helps prevent prostate, lung, and stomach cancer. The lycopene in tomatoes retains its potency and benefits, even when cooked. Italian seasoning is a mixture of herbs like oregano and rosemary, known for their anti-fungal and immune-boosting properties. As you can see, this is a one-pot dish, a stove-top casserole, full of amazing natural health benefits. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do. Happy Spring and Happy cooking!

Savoury Burger, Cabbage and Tomato Stove Top Casserole

1 pound ground burger

1 large onion chopped

1 1/2 cups water

3 cloves garlic, minced

8 cups cabbage, sliced

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 cans of diced tomatoes, 540 ml

2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cheese, sliced (optional)

Cook the burger in the water, add the onion and garlic, and simmer for 5 minutes, add the canned tomatoes, cabbage, and seasonings, and cook until cabbage wilts. While the mixture is hot and fully cooked cover the top with sliced cheese, turn off the heat, and put the lid on for the cheese to melt. Serve as is in bowls or serve with garlic toast, or on pasta, rice or mashed potatoes and a side of salad.

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