Low Carb Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Published on December 4th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Aerial shot of Cabbage Rolls  in a serving plate

In many cultures, you will find some meat versions and other ingredients rolled into a cooked Cabbage leaf. For example, in Lebanese cuisine, they are called Malfouf, in Poland Golabki, Charuto de Repolho in Brazil, and Cải bắp cuốn in Vietnam. The fillings usually consist of ground meat, herbs, seasonings, spices, vegetables, and grains like rice or wheat. They can be baked, steamed, or simmered in sauce. While there is no evidence of which cabbage roll came first, we can all agree that each has its unique flavor that has kept them around and will continue to keep them around for years to come. This delicious dish inspires this recipe for Low Carb Cabbage Rolls with a low-carb twist. We have chosen a mixture of ground beef and pork seasoned with our green seasoning, some cauliflower rice, and a mixture of fresh herbs and spices. These delicious rolls will then be simmered in a light tomato sauce to round out the flavors. We hope you enjoy our take on a worldwide classic made for a low-carb lifestyle.

How many carbs does a cabbage roll have?

One cabbage roll has 6 grams of net carbs.

Is cabbage keto diet friendly?

Yes, it is. In fact, one cup of raw shredded cabbage contains just 2 grams of net carbs. So it fits quite well into your keto lifestyle. 

Is cabbage good for weight loss?

Yes, cabbage is good for weight loss. One cup of cooked cabbage contains just 34 calories. It's also packed with fiber which helps you feel full, and eat less.

How many carbs does cooked cabbage have?

One cup of cooked cabbage contains 8 grams of carbs, of which 2 grams come from fiber. This amounts to 6 grams of net carbs.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
75 mins
Serves
12-15

Ingredients

Rolls
  • 1 pound Head of Cabbage

  • 1 pound Beef - ground

  • 1 pound Pork - ground

  • 3 Tablespoons Green Seasoning

  • ½ Teaspoon of Cumin

  • ½ Teaspoon of Allspice

  • ½ Teaspoon of Paprika

  • ½ Teaspoon of Salt

  • 4 ounces Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice
  • 5-10 ounces Cauliflower florets

Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 14 ounces Canned Tomatoes - diced or mashed

  • 6 ounces Onion - diced

  • 1 ounce Garlic - minced

  • 2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning

  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

Sauce

Using a large deep skillet, place the oil in the pan and bring it to medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.

Mix and mash in the tomatoes, seasoning, vinegar, and simmer for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and spread into the baking dish.

Cabbage Leaves

Using a large stockpot filled with ⅔ of water, season with 1 teaspoon of salt, then place on a high heat and bring to a boil.

Cut out the core of the cabbage using a small knife and work around the stem, then place it into the pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until the leaves begin to wilt.

Remove the cabbage from the pot and place it into a colander under running water, and once it’s cool to the touch, carefully peel off the leaves of the cabbage, trying to keep them in tack as much as possible.

Cauliflower Rice

Place the cauliflower florets into a food processor or use a box grater to process them into a rain or rice like texture.

Spread them out onto a towel and wring out any excess water then set aside for use in the filling

Filling, Rolling & Baking

Preheat the oven to 400 °F/ 204 °C, place a rack in the middle and prepare a baking dish by brushing some oil inside or using non-stick spray.

Mix the filling ingredients together until all the seasonings are evenly dispersed, and all ingredients are thoroughly combined then divide into 12 - 15 equal portions depending on the number of leaves you have.

Take one blanched cabbage leaf and place a portion of the filling mixture onto the concave end of the leaf then proceed to roll the filling in the leaf and stop when you are halfway up the leaf now fold in the sides and finish rolling until you reach the end.

Place the rolls seam side down in the baking dish of sauce and continue filling and rolling until all are complete.

Once all the rolls are prepared and in the dish cover and place into the oven to bake for 30-45 min then serve warm.

Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart