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Lazy Canadian’s Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

written by Head Health Nutter December 12, 2009

What do you do when it’s cold outside and your Honey brings you home a 5+ pound head of cabbage? It’s cabbage roll time!

Now my Mom taught me the old-fashioned way: roll up the meat, rice & spices into balls, wrap them in cabbage leaves and roast them in the oven with the tomato juice. But my dear, sweet, highly effective hubby suggested I try it the bachelor lazy man’s way.

5 pound cabbageAnd it worked like a dream! Seriously, there was practically no work except for the cabbage debris from the chopping and maybe the dishes.

But, hey, if you cook, it’s only fair that someone else does the dishes. Right?

This recipe will suit those with sensitive taste buds; and for people who like a little more zip, try a little hot sauce or add a little more sea salt!

Lazy Canadian's Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

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Serves: 12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 12 large cabbage leaves, de-stemmed & chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1.36 L Heinz tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcester's sauce
  • 3 cups water, filtered
  • sea salt & pepper (to taste)


  1. In a frying pan, cook onion, garlic and ground turkey until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, bring pot of water to boil and cook cabbage for 3 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Layer ingredients (except tomato juice) in 9 quart crock pot. My combo (4 x’s): cabbage, meat mixture, rice, sugar, lemon juice, sauce and seasonings.
  4. Pour tomato juice and water over layers.
  5. Set timer and enjoy 4 hours later!

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Dee December 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm

WOW, sure wish I could taste the picture! Looks gooood!
I used to do this the labour intensive way too Steph, but now I’m going to try this one out next time I have a pile of people to feed. Just for one or two it would be too much unless I froze the rest, D’ya think it would still be good if I did that, and then re-heated just what I needed for a cold winter’s night? Wouldn’t want to waste one bit of this hearty meal. Thanks!

Head Health Nutter December 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

They turned out spectacularly, Dee! And yes, this cabbage stew freezes really well. 🙂

lynda May 31, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I use napa cabbage (Chinese) instead of regular cabbage; works great and easier to work with.

Head Health Nutter May 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Thanks for the tip, Lynda!

Elizabeth February 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Even easier… put in two bags of shredded coleslaw.

Head Health Nutter February 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Nice tip, Elizabeth. Thanks!


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