Easy Cabbage Pork Stew

What's the Secret Ingredient in this Family Favorite?

Elisabeth sent in this recipe for a delicious easy Cabbage Pork Stew - watch for the surprise ingredient. It's a family favorite!

She says that all 5 of the children loved it - and the 4 and 5 year olds asked if they could have it every night!

I just might be stopping in for some, too.

Adding green cabbage to soups, stews and stir frys is not only economical - it's delicious sweet flavor is enchanting plus it's full of good-for-you nutrients.

One of the secrets to getting young children to "like" their veggies is to slice it fine enough that it's comfortable for them to eat - so shredding the cabbage for Liz's Easy Cabbage Pork Stew is just perfect.

This easy recipe, with it's surprise ingredient that stretches your meat/protein budget could easily be doubled or tripled to freeze for another day.

Pork with cabbage is a perfect blend, and with beef so expensive right now, pork is a frugal alternative.

You could thin down the recipe by adding more broth to make a lighter soup to serve with sandwiches or thicken it even more with extra beans. Ideal!

For a busy family, like Liz's, that enjoy outdoor sports and hunting in the wintertime, what a perfect dish this would be to have bubbling in the slow cooker when you return home.

When snowboarders, winter hikers and hunters come in from the cold, they need something hearty and healthy.

This fits the bill.

Easy Cabbage Pork Stew


2 tsp butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1.5 cups sliced celery
1 cup uncooked rice
3 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
6 cups shredded cabbage
1 can pork and beans in tomato sauce
1.5 cups shredded pork


1. Saute the onions and celery in the butter.

2. Add rice, broth, water, bouillon cubes, pepper, and bay leaf.

3. Bring to boil and cook 15 min.

4. Add cabbage and cook 5 min or until cabbage is crisp tender.

5. Add pork and beans and shredded pork. 

Reheat and serve.

Serving Tip: Grind fresh pepper on each serving and serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.

Thanks, Elisabeth!

Best Pennywise Tip: Buy the pork when it's on sale, cook Easy Cabbage Pork Soup in quantity, and freeze it in meal or serving size portions!

Steve adds:

"I just made that the other day for the first time. I used spicy black bean sauce and minced garlic for my broth and lean pork steak with cabbage. was delicious."

So I guess that means that Fitness Pros like hearty meals, too.

Best Pennywise Tip: If you're out for the day, like Liz's husband, Mike teaching outdoor Long Range Shooting and Survival classes - this a a perfect, warming and filling meal to take along in a thermos. Guaranteed to warm up even the coldest toes. Maybe add in some spicy black bean sauce, as Steve suggests.

Let's see. That's hunters, fitness experts, snowboarders, rock/ice climbers, moms, kids and grandmas and grandpas that rate this recipe high!

Must be good. Really good.


Thanks again to Range Tech Canada for testing this recipe! I like how Mike says in his product review to be prepared for the "what ifs".

That's why we recommend, for winter safety, taking along some hot food in a thermos)

Thanks for sharing!

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