Last time I made cabbage rolls, I kinda freaked out….as in a “where have you been all my life?!” sort of freak out. It inspired me in a big way, because the possibilities seemed endless! So, here is my first “possibility!” I thought of it all by myself, yay me!!
The flavor of this was surprising…it was mild, but so satisfying and delicious. I just love the amount of protein in these! Now I don’t know about you, but part of my “eating experience” is the way it feels to bite into the meal. Well this…was definitely a happy teeth meal! It’s like a giant meatball…crammed with quinoa which is extra protein for extra satisfaction…wrapped in a veggie!! Man!! It’s wonderful! These ones I made in the crock pot. But I have this feeling they would be just as good or even better cooked in the oven. It’s amazing the different flavors you get when you cook it in the crockpot versus the oven. The flavor was great in the crock pot. I want to know what it would be like to cook it in the oven! So if you try it that way, let me know how it turns out!!!
Okay!! Are ;you ready for pizza…cabbage roll style?! Or cabbage rolls…pizza style?! Whichever you prefer hehe.
So, here’s what you need:
Sauce: (Why yes, yes this is Budget Savvy Diva’s Pizza Hut Copy Cat Pizza Sauce, sub agave! That lady makes wonders happen in the kitchen!)
- 2 Cans Tomato Sauce
- 1/4 C Water
- 1 tsp Agave
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/4 tsp Dried Basil
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (or more…if you like it extra garlicy like I do :D)
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Head Cabbage (At least 10 leaves)
- 1 lb Turkey Sausage
- 1/4 C Green Bell Pepper, Diced
- 1/4 C Red Onion
- 1/4 C Dry Quinoa
- 1/4 C Almond Milk
- 1/4 C Olives, Sliced
- 1 Egg
And here’s how you do it:
- First, you gotta get your sauce started so it can simmer and get all the flavors to their full potential. Just dump it all in a sauce pan, stir it up, bring it to a boil, then turn it down and simmer while you prepare the rest.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the whole head of cabbage. Boil for 2-4 minutes, until it is tender.
- Meanwhile, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl with your hands, like you’re going to make a burger or meat balls!
- Drain cabbage leaves and cool just long enough to be able to handle.
- One at a time, pull a leaf off of the head of cabbage and lay out on your work space. Take a 1/4 C of the filling and form into a meatball shape at the end of the leaf. Roll it up and tuck in the ends, like a burrito.
- Repeat with the rest of the leaves and filling. Stack them in your crock pot (or a dish if you are trying to oven method to let me know how it goes!). Pour the pizza sauce over top, and cook on low for about 8 hours. Make sure you use a 4 quart crock pot, they will probably burn in a larger pot.
Make sure it’s all smothered, then turn it on low for 8 hours. Your house will fill with wonderful smells!!! Now I will show you pictures of after it is cooked! Unfortunately, things cooked in a crock pot are a little hard to take pretty pictures of. But I did my best, so check it out!!!