[Crocktober!] Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls

Growing up, I hated the traditional cabbage rolls  but as I’ve said before, it could be that no one cooked them right.  I just remember the cabbage being limp and mushy yet somehow to tough to chew through. I’d take them apart and eat the filling sometimes but I really hated the chunks of diced peppers and onions in the rice/meat mixture (I think the onions & peppers weren’t sauteed or cooked? They were always a bit crunchy) . Let’s not forget whatever that sauce is on top of them. It may have been just tomato soup out of a can. I’m not sure. Anyway, cabbage rolls were gross in my book.

I call my version “Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls”. It’s more like a stew. There’s no fussing with rolling any sort of mixture up into a cabbage leaf and the cabbage is in small, bite-sized pieces but doesn’t overwhelm the dish. One of my kids claims to not like cabbage but she ate 2 bowls of this and loved it.


Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls

Use This Stuff


  • half a head of cabbage, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 1 green pepper,diced
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 lb of ground turkey OR 1-2 cups of black beans
  • water
  1.  Saute the peppers ,onions and ground turkey in a small but of oil. You don’t have to do this if you’re trying to save time …I just prefer to do it . Cooking the meat first also  reduces fat . Either way, put the onions,peppers & meat or black beans into the crock pot.
  2. throw in the rest of the ingredients  with about 2 ½ cups of water or enough to nearly cover all the ingredients in the crockpot.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 3-4 on high.
Song to Sing While Cooking
Teenage Fanclub’s “The Cabbage”, which as far as I can tell isn’t really about cabbage unless I’m missing something. It bothers me every time I hear the song. Why is it called The Cabbage ? I really want to hear the backstory on that one.

Say it

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