Lazy Cabbage Rolls for $4.30

Want the taste of cabbage rolls without the hassle of actually rolling the cabbage? This recipe for lazy cabbage rolls is a great solution for those who love the dish but don’t have the time to make it the traditional way from scratch. Essentially a cabbage roll casserole, this hearty alternative only takes a little over thirty minutes from start to finish. The total for this recipe came out to $4.30!

This recipe is part of our “Feed a Family for $5.55” series. The price of this recipe does not include items from our list of pantry basics.

Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Prep. Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

A simple take on cabbage rolls with an end result that’s more like a casserole and ready in just 30 minutes.


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced ($.50)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($.15)
  • ½ package ground turkey ($1.00)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ shredded cabbage ($.35)
  • 1 tbsp Paprika (optional)
  • Rice ($.40, pre-cook 1 c)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes ($1.84)


Preheat oven to 350F. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about three minutes. Add ground turkey and garlic then continue browning. Add salt and pepper, and paprika (if using). Before turkey is completely cooked through, add shredded cabbage. Depending on the size of the skillet, you may need to remove meat and onions and add a bit more oil to sauté the cabbage separately. Toss meat and cabbage mixture with cooked rice in a large bowl. Spray large, shallow oven-proof dish with Pam and fill with meat/cabbage/rice. Pour cans of tomatoes over top. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes.

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