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chopped cabbage, ground beef and tomatoes in iron skillet
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Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls the easy way! Unstuffed cabbage rolls make a delicious and filling low carb meal-ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with rice for a family friendly meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Calorie
Servings: 4
Calories: 280kcal


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with herbs drained
  • 8 oz low carb marinara
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chopped cabbage


  • In a large skillet, heat oil then add onions and saute 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and ground beef.
  • Brown ground beef, drain fat, then add tomatoes, marinara and seasonings. 
  • Add cabbage and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook about 15-20 minutes or until cabbage softens. Adjust seasonings. 
  • Serve as is for low carb meal or add a side of rice for a family friendly meal.


Expert Tips:
  1. Brown your ground beef in batches for best flavor. Too much ground beef in the pan will cause steaming rather than browning.
  2. Don't like white or yellow onions? Choose a milder substitute like green onions, leeks (or even onion powder).
  3. Be sure to taste before serving to adjust salt and pepper.


Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 34.9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4.8mg