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    • #343508

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)


      Ingredients:
      1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
      1 tablespoon oil
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1 small cabbage, chopped
      2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
      1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
      1/2 cup water
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1 teaspoon sea salt

      Heat the Olive oil in a Big Skillet (use medium heat) Saute the onions until tender, and then add the ground beef (or turkey) until the meat is browned.

      Add the garlic, cook an additional minute before adding the remaining ingredients.

      (This is the point you would add the rice Bring them to a boil, Cover, reduce the heat and simmer about 25 minutes (or until the cabbage is quite fork tender)

      Yield: Serves 6 to 8

      [note]This recipe adapted from EssentiallyComplete.net
      Photo Credit: EssentiallyComplete as well!
      [/note]

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    • #455119

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

    • #455128

      Glad to see this recipe! I have made it in the past and then forgot about it. It is so delicious and am going to make it today!

      Thanks for posting it.

    • #455135

      Can’t wait to try this…have been wanting cabbage rolls for so long and I just don’t take the time to make them…thanks! I’m new and think I’m going to love this site!!!!

    • #455165

      This sounds like a really great recipe.

    • #455173

      Try using Campbell’s Tomato Soup instead of tomato sauce.

    • #455188

      This sounds yummy and easy! I think I’ll try this tomorrow. Thanks!

    • #455192

      This sounds good and looks simple to make.

    • #455226

      We loved it! We made it tonight. We changed it up a bit though by adding mild rotel.

      Still tasted great and all of it was eaten!

    • #455304

      I can not wait to try this. It looks so good.

    • #455323

      I made this tonite and it came out just as it appears in the photo. It was delicious. I added about a cup 1/2 of cooked rice.

    • #455337

      Can’t wait to try this .one. Definitely on the menu tonight

    • #455351

      Going to try this. Looks delicious

    • #455354

      My mother always made the best cabbage rolls with a mixture of hamburger and rice. This recipe sounds easy and delicious, I think I will try it served over rice!

    • #455360

      Can’t wait to try this.

    • #455381

      I love this stuff it is so good and easy to keep warm until the kids get here

    • #455383
      Beebonnet
      Participant

      This would be delicious served over rice. Isn’t rice often in cabbage rolls?

    • #455397

      If you add green bell peppers and celery, you have cabbage soup. plus add all the spices you want.

    • #455399

      This looks wonderful and we must try it! thanks for sharing : )

    • #455414

      definitely going to try this. new cabbage should be available soon

    • #455417

      Sounds delicious and so simple. I read the directions for a “newbie” but don’t see a link for printing from my iPad. Help!

      Thanks

    • #455426

      Has anyone tried using fresh tomatoes? If so, how much?

    • #455439

      This looks amazing! I make something similar. Instead of 2 cans of diced tomatoes and the spices, I use an envelope of dry onion soup mix stirred together with 1 can of tomato sauce and 1/4 cup water.

    • #455453

      Thank you for the recipe. I too have made it when I didn’t feel like making cabbage rolls. I can remember that it was very delicious.

      It makes me want to go to the store and buy a cabbage and cook some tonight. It will be on next month’s meal plan for sure.

    • #455463

      I made this tonight and it was delish!! I will definitely be making it again!

    • #455490

      Can’t wait to make it.

    • #455493

      low calorie! Making today for dinner.

    • #455511

      I am also new to this site and I am already loving it.

    • #455513

      This thread is word for word and image taken from Essentially Complete. Copy right infringement is not a good thing. Please give credit where credit is due.

      EssentiallyComplete.com You should always ask and get permission before using someone’s words and pictures. Please contact her. Thank you.

    • #455523

      @Cole56 517813 wrote:

      This thread is word for word and image taken from Essentially Complete. Copy right infringement is not a good thing. Please give credit where credit is due.

      EssentiallyComplete.com You should always ask and get permission before using someone’s words and pictures. Please contact her. Thank you.

      i didn’t know that when i shared it, it was listed just like that on a weight watchers group facebook page and they didn’t post any reference/source and i did ask the group if i could reshare and they told me yes so maybe the person that created that site was part of that group!

    • #455624

      This tastes better using Stewed Tomatoes, you can break them up in a blender. I made this 30 years ago for my kids and they loved it. I saw the picture and had to make it today and it is great!

      I made mine with rice, which is how I made it years ago. Wonderful!

    • #455602
      mos
      Participant

      Excellent recipe! I love using cabbage in all sorts of skillet-type meals;-D

    • #455647

      Can’t wait to try this.

    • #455943

      Can anyone tell me how much rice to add to this recipe? Thank you

    • #455962

      This looks delicious, but how much rice do you add and is it uncooked or cooked? The rice didn’t show up on the recipe…..thank you!!!!!!

    • #456012

      1 cup uncooked, I use long grain.

    • #456015

      @SherriLynn69 526740 wrote:

      Can anyone tell me how much rice to add to this recipe? Thank you

      I added a half cup. Seemed to work out fine. I also added 4 pieces of cooked bacon and some Frank’s Red Hot….sooooo good!

    • #456066
      Jennifer Green
      Participant

      I have done similar to this in just doing a layer cabbage roll. Agreed, much easier and just as tasty!

    • #456072

      That’s how Mom made this when we were kids – with Tomato soup…

    • #456102

      I added crushed red pepper flakes and cumin.

    • #456182

      Sounds fantastic. Was recently awarded 4 vouchers for $5 for purchasing farm fresh produce> Definitely going to get cabbage now!

    • #456248

      This sounds really good. I can’t wait to try it.

    • #456251

      Can’t wait to try this one. Looks like it would be good as leftovers too 🙂

    • #456351

      This looks very good. Can’t wait to mach it.

    • #456355
      grandof2
      Participant

      This sounds very good. Will try this soon in my crockpot.

    • #456387

      I made this last weekend and can’t wait to make it again! It was soooooo gooood! I did add 1/2 cup of rice.

      At the end I added a little more water because I love the juice and wanted it a little soupier showered with love

    • #456483

      I believe that I am going to like this site. I am new here. I love cabbage so I know that I will like this recipe.

      I actually caught this recipe on facebook from somebody that posted it.

    • #456498

      Will make this tonight but will make rice on the side and pour this on top of rice.@QueenAngie 513173 wrote:

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

    • #456499

      Delish! But if you use brown rice, cook it first. #LessonLearned

    • #456510

      going to make this tomorrow, yummy

    • #456586

      I can’t wait to try this. I also do not have the time for the rolls, which I have made in the past.

    • #456606

      Going to try this. Cabbage is on sale this week here.

    • #456812

      Sounds good, looks good. Need to try.

    • #456928

      I used brown rice and it took forever for it to plump up, but it was good. Next time, I will use white rice.

    • #456949

      Like trying new recipes. Looks yummy

    • #456958

      Love this recipe and definitely easier than rolling cabbage rolls.

    • #456968

      I love this recipe. I made something just like it in a casserole dish but I called it Cabbage Stew. Just threw all the ingredients together.

      It turned out great instead of spending a day rolling them, this is a great idea!

    • #456979

      Like this dish & Much easier to fix.

    • #456985

      Thanks! I am always looking for recipes my folks will eat. They will love this.

    • #457017

      I have printed out the recipe so that tomorrow I can buy what I need to make it. I live alone so it will be a lot for one but I LOVE leftovers!!!!

    • #457065

      Can’t wait to make it!

    • #457083

      Adding a half of a small can of tomato paste helps cut down on the soupiness too. :lets-eat:

    • #457085

      Looks delicious, must try this one!

    • #457343

      When do you add the cabbage? Making the receipe now and not sure if I should add the cabbage before adding the rice .

    • #457369

      OH Yay! I forgot about this and I have fresh cabbage from the farmers market. Time to try it!

    • #457407

      the aroma of this is making me quite impatient to trying the whole dish!!!! —i have to admit tho i have snuck a few fork fulls already…and it’s mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

    • #457410

      Made them yesterday, yum.
      But the cabbage was still to hard.
      Ate them tonight, tasted even better.
      My daughter said to freeze the raw cabbage..It makes it soft..before I cut it up.

    • #457443

      thanks for sharing… looks yummy

    • #457450

      Just did a “copy & paste” of Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe. I have read on this site that each recipe has a print friendly button, however, I was unable to find it. Can you help?

      Thanks.

    • #457459

      i’ve made a similar. more like Polish Golumkis. no tomatoes with rice and covered w/foil and baked in the oven @ 375 for 1 hr.

    • #457476

      I tried this and it was good but i think next time i will use ground beef instead of ground turkey

    • #457608

      When cooking with brown rice add a cup more of water than what the directions calls for then you can soak it for an hour before cooking.

    • #457615

      I want to try this recipe soon!

    • #457618

      This sounds so good! My mom used to make the actual rolls, which I loved, but am too lazy to do it that way. I can’t wait to try it.

    • #457644

      Good for you and good for the wallet, what could be better?

    • #457653

      We are out in our RV, and I made this last night, and my husband was very happy. I added some carrots, and it was great! Thank you!

    • #457672

      My mom used to put gingersnaps in the sauce of her cabbage rolls, also apple, can’t remember how much, was not a full box because we got to eat leftovers! Anyone ever hear of this or know amt/guess amt to add to this recipe? Hers were the best!

    • #457937

      Can’t wait to try this. It brings back old memories of stuffed cabbage leaves. But much easier.

    • #458184

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).
      ]

      Can you freeze this after cooked?

    • #458499

      This was awesome!!! Even my picky – I don’t eat veggies – husband liked it. And the tomatoes kept us from getting gassy.

      It is very mild so I did add a splash of worchesteshire sauce and a sprinkle of Old Bay but other than that it was yummy. My 12 yr old granddaughter even liked it!

    • #459105

      Im trying it tonight

    • #459709

      I just signed up, how do I print this recipe?

    • #459718
      Liss
      Keymaster

      @CDLOUS4 653775 wrote:

      I just signed up, how do I print this recipe?

      Here are directions
      https://www.budget101.com/content.php/4341-how-to-print

    • #459720
      mos
      Participant

      Liss is Johnny on the spot! LOL! She got to ya before I could…giggle…

      It’s a great, simple recipe. Please let us know how your family enjoys it;-D

    • #459860

      Have made this several times and everytime there is little to no leftovers!

    • #460159

      This looks a lot like the crock pot recipe I have tried. I think I will try this one next time, it cooks up a lot quicker. Thanks for sharing!

    • #461008

      This recipe is very delicious and so easy compared to traditional stuffed cabbage rolls!

    • #461705

      Rice should be added to ingredients and when to add the cabbage. I get it because I am a cook, but for beginners, it is confusing.

    • #461714

      How do I save this recipe please? Rozanne

    • #461720
      mos
      Participant

      Hi Rozanne54…here is the tutorial for saving recipes — https://www.budget101.com/frugal/how-save-favorites-4346/

      Hope this helped…

    • #462013

      makin this for supper today 🙂

    • #462153

      Hi there,

      Thank you for posting this recipe. One question though, the recipe directions mentions rice (I’m assuming cooked rice), how much rice is everyone using for this recipe? Brown or white rice?

      Can’t wait to try this one.

    • #462154
      FreebieQueen
      Moderator

      @MarshaE 903766 wrote:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for posting this recipe. One question though, the recipe directions mentions rice (I’m assuming cooked rice), how much rice is everyone using for this recipe? Brown or white rice? Can’t wait to try this one.


      If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c. of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)”

      doesn’t matter what kind

    • #462162

      We had this for supper tonight and loved it. Comfort food at its best. It was easy to put together and didn’t take long to cook. I could make it even easier by having packages of pre-browned hamburger or ground turkey with onions in the freezer, and making some extra rice a couple of days in advance for a quick weeknight supper.

      Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

    • #462166
      mos
      Participant

      MarshaE…cooking ahead….I love it! I push it every chance I get! Keep it up;-D

    • #462384

      @MarshaE 905022 wrote:

      We had this for supper tonight and loved it. Comfort food at its best. It was easy to put together and didn’t take long to cook. I could make it even easier by having packages of pre-browned hamburger or ground turkey with onions in the freezer, and making some extra rice a couple of days in advance for a quick weeknight supper.

      Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

      My thoughts exactly.. I plan to make ahead also! I made this today and oh my goodness it was delicious!

      I read comments that it could use a bit more seasoning so I added a bit more of this and that and was rewarded with a wonderfully zingy dish!

    • #462389

      Do I drain the grease from the ground turkey before I add the other stuff??

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)


      Ingredients:
      1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
      1 tablespoon oil
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1 small cabbage, chopped
      2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
      1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
      1/2 cup water
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1 teaspoon sea salt

      Heat the Olive oil in a Big Skillet (use medium heat) Saute the onions until tender, and then add the ground beef (or turkey) until the meat is browned.

      Add the garlic, cook an additional minute before adding the remaining ingredients. (This is the point you would add the rice Bring them to a boil, Cover, reduce the heat and simmer about 25 minutes (or until the cabbage is quite fork tender)

      Yield: Serves 6 to 8

      [note]This recipe adapted from EssentiallyComplete.net
      photo credit: essentiallycomplete as well!
      [/note]

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    • #462396
      mos
      Participant

      No need to drain if using ground turkey…not enough fat content.

    • #461163

      @QueenAngie 513173 wrote:

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

      Could you tell me if you are suppose to drain hamburger after cooking the recipe doesnt state that you are suppose too.. Thanks

    • #463183
      mos
      Participant

      Mamado65…you will need to drain if using beef.

    • #464232

      Making this now can’t wait for it to be done.

    • #464244
      mos
      Participant

      You will enjoy! Lazy gal’s version of stuffed cabbage rolls! LOL!

    • #464653

      This is so quick and easy. I added Tumeric and Cinnamon to the hamburger. Makes it healthier and great flavor.

      Used shredded cabbage too. Hubby loved it. Saved to favorites.

    • #464654
      mos
      Participant

      Adding turmeric to anything is good…giggle… i would recommend storing your turmeric in the fridge as heat impacts its efficacy;-d i even add it to my egg salad. i make it extra creamy…sometimes i’ll spread it on triscuits and sometimes i’ll eat it with a spoon, like i would pudding for breakfast!

      and i always add minced jalapeno…i like things spicy! lol!

    • #465101

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)


      ingredients:
      [/note]

      very yummy recipe and super easy to make. my husband who usually won’t eat a lot of foods with tomato sauce even liked it.

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    • #465102
      mos
      Participant

      candiland225, I’m so glad that you’re DH liked it! Maybe you can get him to like some of the other recipes here that he may enjoy. Please peruse all the recipes here…there are so many great ones…experiment and have some fun!

      Let us know what you try and how he likes them…we want to know about success stories and failures! If something doesn’t work we want to offer options that may succeed;-D

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