Simple Supper Friday: Turkey Cabbage Stew with Multicolored Carrots

Turkey cabbage stew with roasted multicolored carrots.

Another week of school down (hooray!), and I must say, this week went by extremely fast. I’m okay with that too. As much as I’m trying to enjoy the process, I’m really ready for this term to be over. Being busy definitely helps the time fly by though. Full-time school, part-time fitness coaching, part-time freelance writing, blogging, treat making at the food cart, working on a project with Jason Seib, and life. I may even be taking on another project, which will be determined later today. I might be burning the candle at both ends a tad, but it’s awesome to be a busy little bee. I’m learning so much, especially about myself, and I feel ready for the next big thing.

Meanwhile, the sun is shining bright today and it’s a high of 60 degrees. I’ve already had a chance to enjoy the sunshine a little bit, but I’m hoping to get outside later for a walk. I have tons to do, but 60 and sunny is a great excuse to take a break.

Happy Friday all!


  • 1 lb ground turkey thighs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp fat of choice (I used grass-fed tallow)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2-4 Tbsp chicken broth
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk


  1. While your carrots are roasting (see instructions below), get started on the stew. In a large pan over medium heat, melt your fat of choice. Add the garlic and saute about 20-30 seconds, or until fragrant. Next, add the ground turkey and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Be sure to break up the ground meat a bit with a spatula.
  2. After several minutes, when the meat is nearly done browning, add the cabbage, cardamom, chili powder, broth and coconut milk. Mix well and continue to simmer over medium-low heat for several minutes. Adjust seasonings and liquid as needed.
  3. Once done, serve into bowls and top with roasted carrots.


For the roasted carrots:

  • 1 bunch multicolored carrots (about 5-7 carrots), chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 Tbsp fat of choice, melted (I used a combo of grass-fed tallow and ghee)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375. On a baking sheet, toss carrots with fat of choice, and season with sea salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.
  2. Serve atop of turkey and cabbage mixture.

Yields: 3-4 servings



5 thoughts on “Simple Supper Friday: Turkey Cabbage Stew with Multicolored Carrots

  1. Craving4More February 15, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Looks pretty great!
    I never thought I really liked cabbage until I started eating more of it the last few years. It really is one of my favorites. I think as a child I associated it with corned beef and cabbage (bleh) and super drippy mayo-slathered coleslaw (gag!). Fresh cabbage – that actually tastes like cabbage AND kraut are delicious!
    Take some time for yourself this weekend, my dear. And breathe.

    • paleoinpdx February 15, 2013 / 9:55 am

      Thanks! I was never a big cabbage fan growing up either, for basically the same reasons. I did start enjoying boiled cabbage as I got a little older though (not so much corned beef though).

      Thank you for the nice reminder. You are absolutely right!

  2. J February 16, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Hey, looks good. Wish I had more than one groceery store and actual…food 😦
    Anyway, major life stress now with looming decision….something I need to decide in like 4 hours time 😦 Email me ASAP if you can…I need major advice. But since that likely won’t be in time, I’d love to ask you some other questions….know anyone who ever did ESL training? how to get into? the health (food and otherwise) of those countries like in Seoul, Korea, etc….let me know seriously!!!!

    • paleoinpdx February 16, 2013 / 10:37 am

      Hi Jill, my sister got her master’s degree in ESL (was actually called TESL where she did it…Teaching English as a Second Language). She is fluent in both German and English and is currently working over in Austria (they speak German there) with nursing students. She’s teaching yoga over there too. Her program was in the states, in Michigan, and honestly, I don’t know a ton about it other than what she personally experienced. Have you tried doing searches for programs in Canada?

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