If you’re not Polish, you’re probably like what the heck is a Golumpki…right? And also, I know that’s totally not the proper way of spelling if, but that’s what I’m going with! But anyways golumpkis are cabbage rolls stuffed with a meal & rice mixture. Growing up my mom would make them allllll the time for us. And they were delicious! The cabbage rolls cook low & slow in the oven and everything in them comes out super tender and tasty after a good few hours baking away. It’s truly comfort food at it’s finest and I’m obsessed with them! Might not be the prettiest recipe I’ve ever made, but let’s be honest here…the ugly ones are ALWAYS the best tasting!
To make traditional golumpki, you would need to boil the head of cabbage first in order to soften up the leaves enough so you could roll them once filled. Being that I’m still getting used to this whole ‘being-back-home’ deal and my brain isn’t quiteeeeee working well for me, I totally forgot to boil the cabbage ahead of time and really didn’t feel like waiting an extra 45 minutes to do that and then roll the golumpki individually, so instead I decided I’d try making it into more of a casserole bake instead of rolls. Not sure I’ll ever feel the need to go back to the original…though I’m sure eventually I will! But this Lazy Golumpki Casserole was soooooo good. And ooooh, the way it made my house smell. Mouth watering! I honestly couldn’t even deal with having to wait for Nick to get home from work so that we could eat them. I just wanting to take a fork and dive right on in to my Dutch oven that I cooked this in.
Plus, you know I always love when a true comfort food is also healthyyyy! And this Golumpki bake certainly fits the bill for both of those things! Yay! I used a mixture of minced up carrots, onion and celery, along with lean ground turkey and brown rice in order to keep these babies 21 Day Fix friendly! If you follow a Paleo way of eating or just want to cut out the carbs in this dish, I have also made these Golumpki with grated cauliflower ‘rice’ before and they are equally as delicious that way! In fact, I have planned on doing a blend of cauliflower rice & brown rice in this Golumpki bake, but after mixing up all the other ingredients, I realized that I really didn’t have any more room for the extra bulk that the cauliflower would have added, and so I stuck with just doing brown rice!
But seriously, y’all need to make this ASAP! You get a huuuuuuge serving! And for my fellow 21 Day Fix friends, this Golumpki bake makes 4 servings, each one counting as 1 red (ground turkey), 1 yellow (rice) and 1 green (all those veggies!). So it’s an awesome, well rounded meal! If you’re feeling a little extra hungry, just serve it with a simple side salad with a vinaigrette dressing and your tummy will be all set, my friend! Now let’s get you that recipe, shall we?!
Lazy Golumpki Bake
A lazier twist on classic Golumpki. Ground turkey, brown rice & veggies layered between cabbage leaves & baked to create the ultimate comfort food
- 4 stalks celery, minced
- 1 sweet onion, minced
- 4 larged carrots, peeled & minced
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce (optional)
- 1 head cabbage, leaves separated
- 1/3 cup chicken stock
- Salt & pepper
In a large bowl, mix together the minced veggies, rice & ground turkey. Season with salt & pepper and mix again
Stir in the marinara sauce and mix to combine
In a casserole pan or Dutch oven, place 2 layers of cabbage leaves on the bottom. Spread half of the rice mixture on top and then add another 2 layers of cabbage leaves. Repeat.
After the last layer of cabbage, pour the chicken stock over the top and then cover tightly,
Bake at 325 degrees for about 3-4 hours or until cooked through.