Monday, January 21, 2013

Lazy Cabbage Rolls - New Recipe #1

The further into this four month gluten-free trial I get, the more challenging I find it is to come up with a variety of tasty meals that I can eat. I have a few good basics down but I have been trying to branch out more and attempt new recipes. One of my 13 goals for 2013 was to try 10 new recipes and so thanks to Pinterest, I have been bookmarking recipes that look good and worth my time to make.

Over a month ago now I purchased a cabbage from our local farmer's market with the intention of making Lazy Cabbage Rolls. Each week I put it on our menu plan but each week it got pushed back to the next one. Last week I decided it was finally time to chop up that cabbage before it went bad and I had to throw it out.

Since the recipe called for a 16 ounce bag of coleslaw mix, I only chopped up half the cabbage. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the other half of it though, any suggestions are welcome.

I gathered most of the necessary ingredients, including two jars of homemade tomato sauce, so that they would all be handy when I had to add them to the pan. Although I do confess, one of the jars of sauce was actually from our batch of failed salsa. I am determined not to waste any of it so I have been trying to mix it into random recipes here and there. It has a very distinct flavour to it though so I may need to start diluting it a little more. It's just sweeter than normal sauce.

I fried up the ground beef with the onions and garlic and then added in the cabbage, rice, tomato sauces and spices.

Once it was all mixed together, it had to simmer for 20 minutes, or so the recipe said. By the time it was all said and done though, it was closer to 40. I'm not sure if it was because my sauces weren't liquidy enough or if the recipe was just wrong. Either way, I was getting impatient by the end.

I'm not going to post any finished pictures of the recipe because all the ones I took do not look appetizing. At all. I wasn't overly pleased with how it turned out, it just had an odd flavour to it. I do realize that it could be my fault for putting in my sweet burnt salsa though so I'm not going to completely write off the recipe. And to be fair, I enjoyed my leftovers the next day a lot more than that first meal.


  1. Cabbage is delicious as a snack (i grew up in a strange cabbage-eating house). But otherwise you can make a great soup! I sometimes make a chicken/potatoe/veggie soup and it takes a bunch of cabbage

  2. Casey, thanks for the ideas! I don't think I like it enough to just eat it plain but I may try whipping up a soup with it.

  3. I love cabbage, and it's excellent in soups. (Actually, that's all I ever do with it)

    But you can also cut it into big slabs, drizzle some olive oil over it, season it up, and roast it in the oven.

  4. Lainie, thanks for the idea of roasting the cabbage. That actually sounds pretty good and I may give it a go.

  5. Okay, this sounds insanely yummy even if it didn't turn out quite right for you.

    I'll jump on the soup band wagon. You can also add it to stirfries at the last second (to soften it up, but not so much that it's not crunchy still) and not use rice.

  6. Stasy, it was decent and like I said, I think it was my fault for putting in my weird salsa. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out.

    And thanks for the cabbage suggestions!