Time: 2 1/2 hours
This is one of the best recipes when it comes to true comfort/soul food. Why you may ask? It is like a lazy cabbage roll with a few extra ingredients. I LOVE it because you don’t have many dishes to clean – one pan to fry the ground beef and one casserole dish! I like to make a large casserole dish (double the ingredients below) and then have left overs as it heats up well (for breakfast… with a runny egg OR in a thermos for school lunches). It is extremely healthy with all the vegetables and the flavours are a medley in your mouth, kind of like this piece by Christopher Cross – a medley of some of his best songs.
Music Selection: Christopher Cross – Sailing/All Right/Think of Laura/Arthur’s Theme
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 – 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced in ¼ inch slices
2 -3 medium carrots, peeled and coined in ¼ inch slices
½ onion, thinly sliced and quartered
½ medium head of cabbage, cut in thin slices and quartered
1 can tomato soup
1 ½ c water
1 cup rice
1 lb ground beef
Optional: 1 clove garlic, minced
Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
In large skillet, fry the ground beef (and garlic) until brown. Salt/pepper to taste.
In casserole dish, brush oil on bottom. Then place a layer or two of potatoes on the bottom.
Next, place a layer of onions. Salt/Pepper this layer.
Now place a layer of cabbage. Salt/Pepper.
Then place a layer of carrots. Salt/Pepper.
Sprinkle the rice evenly over the carrots to all the sides and centre of the casserole dish.
Spread the cooked beef over top evenly.
In a bowl, mix the can of soup with 1 ½ cups of water. Pour evenly over the meat. Cover the casserole dish with a tight fitting lid (if you want, you can put a layer of foil over the casserole dish, then put the lid on). Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case it cooks over.
Bake for 2 hours – check to see if rice is done before serving! Scoop to the bottom to get all the layers in each bowl!
tip: you can put this in a crockpot that has a tight lid on high for 2 hours or low for 8 hours!
Breakfast tip – you could put this in a crockpot overnight and have it ready for breakfast OR re-heat the leftovers and put a fried runny egg on top… either way – delicious and healthy!