I love cabbage rolls. My grandpa used to make them and everyone would fight over who got to bring the leftovers home. Recently, I came across his recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls (or holubky) and decided to recreate it! His version is pretty healthy, I just had to omit a few ingredients, but it really didn’t affect the dish! I also don’t have much time to go through the process of stuffing cabbage rolls, especially since I have to cut them all up for my kids anyway, so I decided to make it into a casserole of sorts, or as I like to call them unstuffed cabbage rolls.



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • • 1 head of cabbage, cut into large chunks
  • • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • • 1 carrot, diced
  • • 1 (14.5)can diced tomatoes, drained
  • • 1 small can tomato paste
  • • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • • 1/2 head of cauliflower made into "rice"
  • • 1 tsp or so of salt and pepper
  • • 1 1/2 tsp "everyday seasoning" from trader joes
  • • 1 tbl ghee or oil


  1. • Preheat oven to 375°. While the oven is getting hot, take your cabbage and cut it into chunks. Blanch the cabbage. (To blanch stick in a pot of boiling water for about 4 min, then remove and stick in an ice bath) Remove from ice bath and place on paper towel.
  2. In a large skillet heat up oil or ghee. Add carrots and onion and cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add in ground beef and once it’s cooked put in diced tomatoes, tomato paste. Mix well. Turn to a simmer.
  4. While the meat is simmering, make cauliflower into “rice” (or you can buy pre made cauli-rice) Place in with meat and stir around.
  5. Take your cabbage and chop it up then combine with meat.
  6. Place in a large casserole dish and bake for about 15 min.
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I know it seems like a lot of steps, but start to finish it takes about 30 min. And so totally worth it.

Whole30: yes
Paleo: yes


  1. Tanya Lovelady says:

    We do not have a Trader Joes —
    What “everyday seasoning ” would I use?
    I looked at some I have and they are not Whole30 compliant–
    Thank you!

    • Pretend it's a Donut says:

      Yes you can. Throw everything in except for the cabbage. Cook on stew setting and manually release pressure. Then add in cabbage, close back up, and set on manual for 0 minutes. And again, manually release pressure!

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