1 lb ground beef (I used turkey)
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 head cabbage, roughly chopped
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2- 8oz. cans of tomato sauce
1- 6oz. can of tomato paste
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
1 bay leaf
In a large skillet, put 1 tbsp oil and brown meat, using a wooden spatula to break up the big pieces. Cook until no longer pink. If using ground beef, drain the fat. Add the onion and cook for a couple minutes. Then stir in the cabbage, rice, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaf.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer over low heat until rice is cooked, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.