Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Easy variation of a popular Eastern European dish.

Have you ever tried stuffed cabbage rolls? When I was little, my mom frequently made stuffed cabbage. It takes some time and energy. You may ask: What is this? Traditional stuffed cabbage, or golubtsi (Gah-loob-tsee) in Russian or Ukrainian culture, is usually these made by stuffing cabbage leaves with rice and meat, then cooking in tomato sauce. In my vegan version the rice is mixed with soy meat or lentils instead.

If you busy like me, I am sure you want to make dishes that are easy and don’t take too much time. These vegan lazy cabbage rolls are much easier to make than regular stuffed cabbage (thus the term “lazy”) and they have a similar taste. Some also call them deconstructed, or unstuffed cabbage rolls So, are you ready to make some?

Lazy cabbage rolls

Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Just like stuffed cabbage rolls, or golubtsy, but easier to make
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 6


  • pan
  • Silicone baking mat


Cabbage rolls

  • 215 g brown rice cooked
  • 115 g green lentils cooked
  • 1/2 onion cubed
  • 1 small carrot shredded
  • 100 g fresh cabbage shredded
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tbsp onion cubed
  • 3 tbsp bell pepper sliced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper


  • Warm the pan to a medium heat and place carrots, onion, and cabbage into the pan
  • Place should I get carrots onion and cabbage into the pan.
  • Cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl
  • Add rice, lentils, flax seed meal, and spices
  • Mix everything well (The mixture should be sticky)
  • Form oval-shaped patties with your hands
  • Bake it at 350F/180C for 20 min


  • Place all the ingredients into pan
  • Coon over a medium heat for 10 minutes
  • Pour sauce over cabbage rolls
Keyword gluten-free, oil-free, wheat-free
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