This Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet is a one pot meal, mimicking those time consuming cabbage rolls, ready to eat in minutes. An easy and delicious weeknight meal.
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls? Say what? You bet!! There is nothing like making a version of a super time consuming recipe quick and super duper easy! Am I right?
My family loves cabbage, and when I make my stuffed cabbage rolls, they practically cheer. I don’t make them very often though, because they do take quite a bit of time.
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Recently, I had purchased my corned beef and cabbage to make on Sunday, and then decided to push it back a week so my son and our “5th child,” my daughter’s boyfriend, would be home from college. They both love that meal. So, I popped the corned beef in the freezer and the cabbage in the fridge. Late Sunday night, I got an email that my youngest son would have an impromptu soccer practice Monday night. Monday was already shaping up to be a crazy busy day, and I was trying to think of something I could make in a short amount of time, using the cabbage was a bonus. I have seen different versions of this meal over the years, and had planned to try it when I made this Inside Out Cabbage Roll Soup, (also a wonderful recipe) and I decided Monday was the day!
I asked the family as we ate, “so what do you think? Is this recipe a keeper?” My husband replied “I think I actually like this better than cabbage rolls.” SCORE —a keeper indeed!
See, typically that doesn’t work in my favor. Usually, I am never quite lucky enough to have the easy one pot meal that is done in minutes be the chosen one over something that takes me hours to make! Hence the reason why I don’t gamble. If given a 50/50 chance on something, I always lose. I always figure money that would be gambled is probably better spent on shoes or something else anyway!
Ingredients for Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet:
- Lean Ground Beef
- Diced Tomatoes
- Tomato Sauce
- Instant Brown Rice
- Water, Salt and Pepper
It’s silly actually, just how easy this meal is to make.
Brown your ground beef with some onion, (in a pinch, you can always replace a fresh onion with chopped dried onion) and the rest is added in afterwards.
Water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and brown rice are added to the ground beef, stirred together, then top with chopped cabbage. Simmer until the cabbage wilts and the rice cooks.
Serve it right out of the skillet. Less Dishes? Please sign me up for less dishes!!
Easy Weeknight Meals are recipes I can get behind, how about you? In fact, I pride myself on having loads of recipes that make your time in the kitchen well spent. Delicious meals, fewer ingredients, fewer dishes. Plus — it’s keeping us out of the drive thru on those nights it feels nearly impossible to get a decent meal on the table for our family. Skillet Meals are one of my favorites. Being able to make a meal right in one pan, and set it on the table and get to eating, makes my life so much easier.
Some of My Other Favorite Skillet Meals:
- Stuffed Pepper Skillet (one of my most popular recipes)
- Chili Mac Skillet
- Skillet Lasagna
- Skillet Red Beans & Rice
- Kielbasa Fried Rice Skillet
- Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
- Creamy Chicken with Artichokes and Sun Dried Tomatoes
What types of kitchen products make this recipe even easier? A Large Skillet with a Lid is necessary. The cabbage takes up lots of room! I love using my Bamboo Utensils for skillet meals. They actually are my favorite of all of my utensils! Of course a good cutting board and a nice sharp knife will make prep go nice and smooth.
This meal is great if you are trying to add fiber to your diet. The tomatoes, cabbage and brown rice are perfect for that. Brown rice has less carbohydrates than white rice, so using it helps with eating ow carb, too!
I’m hungry! Let’s get to dinner, shall we??
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 1 medium sized head of cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup instant rice (I used Minute Brown Rice)
- 1 - 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 - 8 ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
Brown ground beef with onion in a large skillet. (drain excess grease)
When browned, add tomatoes and tomato sauce, stir.
Add rice and water, stir.
Fold cabbage into sauce. Cover and simmer on medium low for about 20-25 minutes, stirring a occasionally. Rice and cabbage will be tender.
Salt and Pepper to taste, serve right out of the skillet!