I like a recipe that I can make extra and freeze some for a future meal, and that is exactly what I do with my cabbage roll recipe. I make cabbage rolls for an immediate meal, and I put together a freezer bag cabbage roll casserole that I can put in the slow cooker another time. It’s a time saver!

Cabbage rolls can be made with any protein base but I usually use ground beef or ground pork. For this recipe I chose ground pork.

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Cabbage Rolls for Now and Later

Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Sheri McDonald
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Cook time:
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Serves: 6
Making a little extra allows you to make dinner for now and a freezer bag meal for later.
Ingredients
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grated cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a lasagna dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Steam your cabbage head so that you can easily peel the leaves off. I do this with a microwave steamer in 5 minute increments (steam for 5 mins, peel a couple of leaves, repeat).
  4. Cook your rice according to package instructions.
  5. In a separate large saucepan, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic.
  6. Add the ground pork or beef to onions and garlic pot, cook thoroughly.
  7. Add the italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  8. Drain the diced tomatoes (saving the juice in a bowl) and add the tomatoes to the meat mixture.
  9. Mix the rice into the pot with the meat and tomatoes.
  10. Add 1/3 of the can of tomato sauce to the pot, mix well.
  11. Place 1/2 – 2/3 cup of meat/rice mixture to each cabbage leaf. Wrap the leaf around the mixture and place in the lasagna dish. Repeat for 6-8 leaves.
  12. Pour 1/3 can of tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls.
  13. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
  14. Cover the dish and bake for 45 minutes.
  15. Chop up 1/2 – 3/4 of the head of cabbage and put in a large ziploc bag.
  16. Add the remaining meat/rice mixture to the ziploc bag.
  17. Add the last of the tomato sauce and the juice from the diced tomatoes to the ziploc bag.
  18. Place the freezer bag in the freezer to be cooked in a slow cooker at a later date.
The meat and rice mixture prior to wrapping in leaves.

The meat and rice mixture prior to wrapping in leaves.

The cabbage rolls are filled and almost ready to go in the oven.

The cabbage rolls are filled and almost ready to go in the oven.

 

The cooked cabbage rolls coming out of the oven.

The cooked cabbage rolls coming out of the oven.

Cabbage Roll Casserole freezer bag

Cabbage Roll Casserole freezer bag

You will notice a bit of green in my cabbage roll mixture. I added a tiny bit (about a 1/4 of a cup) of frozen spinach just to sneak some extra vegetables into the kids. You can add any vegetables that you want!

Sheri

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