Lazy Cabbage Rolls

4.9 from 18 reviews

Lazy Cabbage Rolls Recipe is so darn easy and flavourful, replaces my Ukrainian grandma’s labour intensive cabbage rolls. SO tasty and EASY!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey, extra lean
  • 3 lbs cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce (I used low sodium)
  • 2 x 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown long grain rice, uncooked
  • 1 1/4 cups water or any stock*
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh herbs (dill, parsley, green onions) & Greek yogurt, for serving


  1. Preheat large deep non-stick skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Increase heat to medium – high, add turkey, oregano and thyme; cook for 10 more minutes, breaking into small pieces and stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat to low – medium, add cabbage, cover and let it cook for a few minutes so it will be easier to stir.
  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, rice, water, salt, pepper and stir well. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 55 – 60 minutes. Do not open!
  5. After check if rice is cooked and if not (mine was) add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm topped with Greek yogurt and herbs.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely, and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in a refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a microwave or in the oven at 375 F for 10 minutes.


*I used water +  organic bouillon cubes.

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