Simple ingredients and 30 minutes are all that stand between you and a steaming hot skillet filled with delicious and low-carb Kielbasa and Cabbage. Packed full of chopped onion, sweet bell peppers, and Polish kielbasa, enjoy this simple kielbasa and cabbage skillet for an easy weeknight dinner or meal prepped for the week!
What is Kielbasa?
Kielbasa. You know, that awkward looking (delicious) sausage thing you see in the market? While writing this post I immediately realized that beyond my basic knowledge that the kielbasa looks like a really long sausage, I had no idea what I was eating. So, what exactly is Kielbasa? Is it sausage?
Well, the short answer is that, yes, kielbasa is sausage. But, really, it’s more complicated than that.
Whenever I can’t find I clear-cut answer, I turn to Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, Kielbasa is a type of sausage originating across modern-day Poland and Ukraine.
So, if something tastes like a sausage and looks like a sausage (kinda), then it must be a sausage
Kielbasa and Cabbage Ingredients
- olive oil
- Italian seasoning
- Polska kielbasa
- sweet bell peppers
- green cabbage
- parsley (to garnish)
With so much love for this Polish sausage, I decided to make extra and use the leftovers in Meal Prep Kielbasa and Cabbage bowls.
This super easy dinner turned meal prep bowls are fast, protein-packed, and full of veggies.
Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet Meal Prep
- Prepare your rice and beans (or other carb of choice)– so guys, there are a million ways you can do rice and beans. Microwavable rice, canned beans, fresh beans soaked, etc. You choose. For me, it simply depends how much time I have. In a perfect world I would always soak and make my own beans and cook my own rice, but I live in the real world so…yeah right. The rice you see here was microwaved, but the beans soaked and cooked.
- Prepare any other ingredients. In other words, if you plan to add sauerkraut, applesauce, or any other fun addition (like baked sweet potato or spaghetti squash) now is a good time to get it ready.
- Cook your kielbasa and cabbage. This makes a really great Sunday or Monday dinner. It’s fast, easy, and the leftovers make easy meals for the rest of the week.
- Eat however much you want and store the rest in meal prep bowls.
- The end.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR EASY MEAL PREP
Meal Prep Bowls: You will need something to store and hold all your delicious kielbasa and cabbage, right? These are my recommendations.
- Glass Meal Prep Containers with 2 Compartments– Having two compartments is perfect if you prefer to keep flavors separate from each other, or you want to prevent a sauce from making something soggy. These glass meal prep containers are freezable, microwavable, and dishwasher safe.
- Glass Meal Prep Containers with 1 Compartment– One giant compartment perfect for Burrito Bowls, Pasta, or this amazing kielbasa with cabbage. These glass meal prep containers are freezable, microwavable, and dishwasher safe.
- For non-glass options, you can try these BPA free Bowls or Single Compartment Containers.
Other recommended items that will help make planning easier and help the environment!
- Plastic cups with lids– these little cups will keep things like salad dressing, sour cream, guacamole, etc. separate from the other food. This is especially important when meal prepping salad bowls as the last thing you want for lunch is soggy lettuce.
- Planet-Friendly Reusable Dipping Sauce Cups with Lids– perfect for salad dressings or dips, these adorable little containers are leak proof and reusable!
- Spork– if you’ve ever wondered where the name of my blog came from…Anyway, attach this to your keychain or backpack and take it everywhere.
- Reusable Insulated Water Bottle– I have several different brands. I have carried the same Kleen Kanteen for years, but I love my Insulated Rtic Water Bottle because it keeps ice frozen forever.
- Silicone Reusable Straw
If you try making this Kielbasa and Cabbage Recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to read your thoughts and feedback and would love to hear your favorite ways to enjoy kielbasa!
For more meal prep recipes check out,
- Chicken Teriyaki Meal Prep
- Protein Snack Packs (Lunch Meal Prep)
- Chicken Fajita Meal Prep Recipe
- Meal Prep: Chicken Shawarma Quinoa Bowls
- Curried Chicken Salad Meal Prep
- Chicken Potato Salad- Meal Prep
- Muffin Egg Cups Recipe (Breakfast Meal Prep)
- Buffalo Turkey Meatballs with Easy Meal Prep Bowls
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MEAL PREP Skillet Kielbasa with Bell Peppers and Cabbage
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 14 ounce package Polska Kielbasa (chopped into large chunks)
- 1 red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
- 1 small green cabbage (chopped)
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 2 cups cooked Yellow Eye Beans (or bean of choice)
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil with the onion and stir. Cook the onion for approximately 7-9 minutes, or until onion is cooked and just starting to caramelize. Stir frequently.
- Add the garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning to the onions and stir to combine. Add the Kielbasa to the skillet. Cook the Kielbasa on each side (approximately 3 minutes), or until heated through. Stir the onions frequently, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to the skillet as needed.
- Stir in the chopped bell peppers and green cabbage and stir to combine. Cover the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, for approximately 3 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir well. Cook until vegetables reach desired doneness.
- In a separate bowl, stir to combine the cooked rice and beans, set aside.
- For the Meal Prep Bowls:
- Using reusable containers with tight-fitting lids, place approximately 1/2-1 cup of the rice and bean mixture followed by a large chunk of kielbasa, peppers, and onion and purple sauerkraut. Repeat this step until the desired number of containers have been filled (this recipe makes enough for 5 meal prep bowls).
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)