diabetic-friendly low carb cabbage rolls

Easy to make, healthy, Low Carb Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls are an old polish tradition. Although I do not have Polish heritage, I think I’ve finally mastered my own version of diabetic-friendly low-carb cabbage rolls. Another perfect addition to our diabetic-friendly recipes.

Cabbage rolls are delicious comfort food that is perfect when you just want to have a simple meal with little cleanup. We use cauliflower rice in our recipe, which is a must-have for every diabetic-friendly kitchen.

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DIABETIC low carb cabbage rolls recipe
Low carb cabbage rolls – easy to make

Many recipes call for the standard green cabbage. I have tried a few different types of cabbage and I find that Savoy cabbage is the best for rolling. The leaves are thinner and much more pliable. They are ideal for rolling.

You could also use Chinese cabbage, but they are much more expensive (at least near me).

The Savoy cabbage leaves are thinner, they don’t require cooking for long periods before rolling. Using a standard green cabbage head requires cooking much longer to make them easier to roll. My husband’s grandmother used to cook the head all afternoon to get the leaves to roll easily.

This recipe for low carb cabbage rolls, calls for 12 large leaves. I usually boil the entire head (remove the core first) and use a few extra leaves as a base in the baking dish for the cabbage rolls. The remainder of the head I chop for soup.

Savoy Cabbage

Traditional cabbage roll recipes usually end up with a calorie count of around 400 – 425 and 35-40 grams of carb per serving. This recipe for low carb cabbage rolls brings the calories down to 297 calories and 12 grams of carb per serving. For us diabetics trying to keep our blood sugars in the normal range, this is a true bonus!

In this recipe for low carb cabbage rolls, I use riced cauliflower in place of regular rice. My family doesn’t even notice any difference in the taste, and actually prefers this recipe to the rice version. These low carb cabbage rolls end up juicer than the rice version.

If you are not a cauliflower lover, don’t worry, there is no strong cauliflower taste. You can buy frozen riced cauliflower in the supermarket. I find it a bit pricey for what you get.

You can grate the cauliflower with a grater or put it into a food processor. You will get about four times the amount for the same price. You can buy a large head of cauliflower and just use what you need for this recipe and save the rest of the head for another meal. Who doesn’t love to save money?

Kitchen tools needed for this recipe for low carb cabbage rolls

Grocery list for Low carb cabbage rolls recipe

  • ground beef
  • head of cabbage
  • riced cauliflower
  • onion
  • mushrooms (canned)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • tomato sauce
  • Splenda

Recipe for Low carb Cabbage Rolls

low carb cabbage rolls

Low carb Cabbage rolls

easy to mske, diabetic friendly versaion of Cabbage rolls
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 18 large cabbage lraves
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beed
  • 1 1/2 cup riced cauliflower
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 4 oz can of mushroom pieces, drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15 oz can of tomatoe sauce
  • 1 tbsp Spleanda sweetener
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 ybsp water


  • Preheat oven to 375°f.
  • Using a sharp knife, remove the core from the cabbage.
  • In a large pot, bring enough water to a boil.to completely cover the cabbagwe
  • Reduce heat to simmer and simmer tfor at least a half an hpour.(make sure cabbage is not resting on the bottom of the pan, it should be floating)
  • While the cabbage is simmering, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef and chopped onion.
  • add the salt, pepper and garlic powder and mix thoroughly.
  • Stir in riced cauliflower and mushroom p[ieces and combine well.
  • Once the cabbage is cooked, remove the outer leaves with tongs and continue to simmer until you have removed enough leaves for thr recipe.
  • Spray teh baking dish with non stick cooking spray and line with 6 cabbage leaves.
  • On a flat surfave place a cabbage leaf and fill with 2-3 tavlespoons of the ground beef misture.
  • Tighly roll the cabbage roll and place , seam side down into the lined baking dish.
  • Repeat for the rest of the cabbage rolls.
  • in a small mixing bowl,combine tomatoe sauce, lemon juice, splenda and water and mix well.
  • Spread the sauce over the cabbage rolls and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bate at 375°in the oven for 50 minutes
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Tips for boiling the cabbage

  • Always core the cabbage first. Use a sharp knife and cut a triangular or cone shape around the core. The core should then pull out. Use a fork to help hold the cabbage while coring.
  • If you have cut enough core out then the leaves will easily come off
  • Use a meat fork to submerge and lift your cabbage out of the boiling water.

Choosing your cabbage

The easiest cabbage to find is the standard green cabbage or red cabbage. Many recipes use green cabbage for the cabbage rolls. I have used them many times but find the leaves much thicker and less flexible. If you are using the standard green cabbage, make sure you remove the veins in the leaf before rolling. you can just cut a V in the leaf on both sides of the vein and remove it. This will make them easier to roll.

The best cabbage I have found t=for cabbage rolls is either Savoy cabbage or Napa cabbage. Nappa is a type of Chinese cabbage, and the leaves are thinner and easier to remove. The downfall to both Savoy and Napa is that they are both a little more expensive than the standard green cabbage.

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Nutritional information for low carb cabbage rolls

Serving size is 2 cabbage rolls.

How to make Cauliflower Rice

Using a grater:

Remove the leaves from the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into large chunks. Using a box grater, grate the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces.

Using a food processor:

Remove leaves from the cauliflower and wash. Cut into chunks nf place into a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower until it is in rice-sized pieces.

How to store your homemade cauliflower rice

Place in an airtight container or ziploc bag and keep refrigerated for 3 to 4 days, or freeze in ziploc bags for up to 2 months.

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