Chicken, Turkey, Fowl and Egg: Chicken, Turkey, Fowl Casseroles: Turkey Kielbasa with Cabbage, Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Polka song and dance culturally surround this home-cooked dish! And, as a Recipe Makeover, it has far less calories, fat and sodium than traditional Kielbasa.
Per serving: 163 calories, 11g fat, 2g sat fat, and 500mg sodium.
Saves: 282 calories, 20g fat, 9g sat fat, and 2300mg sodium!

Author: National Turkey Federation
Date: March 22, 2013

Serves: 6 person(s)
Yield: 6 x approx. 1-1/2 cup servings

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins


    This turkey kielbasa Recipe Makeover lowers the calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium by replacing regular kielbasa with turkey kielbasa and by eliminating the beef broth. Replacing regular potatoes with sweet potatoes and apples, this makeover perks up an old favorite.
  Recipe Makeover

    1 bottle (12 oz) dark beer or ale
    2 Tbsp Dijon-style mustard
    1/2 tsp caraway seeds
    6 cup coarsely shredded cabbage
    1 lb turkey kielbasa or smoked turkey sausage (low-sodium), cut on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces
    1 Granny Smith apple (or Braeburn or Winesap), cut into ¼ - inch wedges
    1 can (16 oz) sweet potatoes, drained, cut into 1½ - inch cubes

  Traditional Recipe

    2 medium potatoes (such as russet), peeled and diced
    1 medium head cabbage, chopped
    1 large onion, sliced
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/4 tsp caraway seeds
    1 1/2 lb smoked kielbasa, cut into 1½ - inch cubes
    1 can (14 oz) beef broth


    In a large deep skillet over high heat, combine beer, mustard and caraway seeds. Bring to boil. Add cabbage, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until cabbage is crisp-tender.

    Add turkey kielbasa, apple and sweet potatoes. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until apple is crisp-tender and all ingredients are hot.


    If using regular turkey kielbasa or turkey sausage, sodium = 798 mg.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:263 cals545 cals
Kilojoules:1,101 kJ2,281 kJ
Fat11.0 g31.0 g
Carbohydrates27.0 g36.0 g
Protein14.0 g29.0 g
Cholesterol51.0 mg115.0 mg
Sodium500 mg2,800 mg
Saturated Fat2.0 g11.0 g
Fiber5.0 g7.0 g
Calcium118.0 mg115.0 mg
Total Sugars11.0 g8.0 g

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