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It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from vacation, and I’m still relishing the switch from bland food to flavorful spices. Right now, I can’t get enough of this low carb crack slaw recipe, also known as paleo egg roll in a bowl!
This is just about the easiest healthy dinner ever. You can have it on the table in just fifteen minutes. It’s a one-pan meal, too.
What is Crack Slaw or Egg Roll in a Bowl?
If you haven’t heard of crack slaw or egg roll in a bowl before, it’s basically just a stir fry with beef and cabbage. It reminds me a bit of my favorite chicken cabbage stir fry recipe.
I’ve seen crack slaw recipes all over the Internet, but have no idea where the origin comes from. All I know is, it’s a delicious low carb cabbage stir fry and you’re missing out if you haven’t tried it yet…
It’s no secret that stir fry recipes are my favorite. They were the beginning of my healthy cooking journey, and so they are near and dear to my heart.
Besides, what better way to use up random veggies you have than a good stir fry?
But this one… oh my goodness, you guys. It’s so, so good… I think it’s my favorite of them all! And it’s surprisingly addictive, hence the name “crack slaw”.
It’s almost hard to believe that something so good for you can taste this delicious. And that’s exactly why I’m excited to share it with you.
You may already be familiar with an easy crack slaw recipe like this and not even know it. It often goes under another name, egg roll in a bowl.
This alternative name is perhaps more intuitive, since it’s exactly how it sounds. This dish is just like an egg roll, without the wrapper.
Don’t worry, you won’t even miss it…
Crack Slaw – A Keto, Paleo & Whole 30 Meal
Many paleo or low carb swaps for traditional high carb foods require grain-free or low carb dough, like fathead pizza or keto bread. And yes, I do love these. They are even the most popular recipes on this site.
Gluten-free bread-like replacements are delicious and certainly healthier than their wheat counterparts. But, they should not be the entire basis for a low carb diet.
In my eyes, the whole point of a low carb diet is to focus on real food. Unprocessed meat and vegetables should be your staples.
They are the healthiest aspects go going grain-free, low carb, or paleo. That is where you will get the highest nutritional value.
And this is why I love keto crack slaw so much. It’s the ultimate low carb, paleo, and whole 30 meal.
The best part is, it’s naturally that way. It’s not contrived. You don’t need any specialty ingredients, and it skips the heaviness of nuts and dairy.
It even works for almost any diet (except vegetarian, of course). In addition to keto, low carb, paleo, and gluten-free ways of eating, an egg roll in a bowl is also perfect for Trim Healthy Mama, 21 Day Fix, Weight Watchers, and the Whole 30.
Oh, and did I say it’s absolutely delicious?
How To Make an Egg Roll in a Bowl
This egg roll in a bowl is Chinese food (or at least Chinese American food) at its finest – and healthiest, not to mention easiest. Forget the cornstarch, flour roux, sugar, and rice that are all often found in Asian dishes. You don’t need these!
The ingredients for crack slaw are common and simple. They also store well, which is wonderful if you like to meal plan on a weekly basis.
You can schedule this easy low carb cabbage stir fry for dinner at the end of your week. All the ingredients will still be fresh enough to make it by then.
To start, saute the garlic and fresh ginger in some avocado oil, until fragrant. I chose avocado oil for its neutral taste and benefits, but any oil or even butter will do just fine.
There is some flexibility in terms of the ginger, too. Feel free to use fresh or ground as you see fit. I like to use fresh ingredients when I can.
But, in the case of ginger, the ground version is actually a lot more potent. You can definitely use that instead of fresh if you really like a concentrated ginger flavor. Or, just use even more of the fresh kind! The recipe is not fussy.
Next comes the meat. I opted to make my keto crack slaw with ground beef. Any kind of ground meat will do! It’s not uncommon to see egg roll in a bowl made with pork or chicken. You could even use ground turkey.
Saute your ground beef, or whatever meat you are using, along with the garlic, ginger, sea salt, and black pepper. Use medium-high heat, so that you get some nice browning.
Once the meat is cooked, add the main ingredient – cabbage! Reduce the heat and toss the cabbage with some coconut aminos. Stir fry it for about five minutes, until the cabbage is nice and tender.
In this recipe, I used shredded coleslaw mix for the cabbage. I pretty much use that any chance I get, because it’s so convenient. (Did you see it in my Crock Pot cabbage soup this week?)
If you are looking to save money, or if you don’t want the carrots found in coleslaw mix, a head of cabbage is just fine. Just chop it up and toss it in. You need about four cups, either way.
At this point, the cooking part is done. Turn off the heat and stir in the toasted sesame oil. You definitely want to do this last, only after removing from heat.
Don’t cook with the sesame oil! The reason is that toasted sesame oil has a very low smoke point, and will release carcinogens if you cook with it at high heat. We don’t want that!
Toss your everything with some fresh sliced green onions, and you’re good to go. You can even throw in some sesame seeds, if you’re so inclined.
So, are you ready to make some yet? Once you’ve made an egg roll in a bowl, I can almost guarantee you’ll be making it again and again. It’s one of my favorite low carb dinners for busy nights.
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Low Carb Crack Slaw Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe
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- 1 tbsp Avocado oil
- 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 3 tbsp Fresh ginger (minced or grated; or use 3/4 tsp ground ginger)
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper (or more if you want it spicy)
- 1 lb Shredded coleslaw mix (~4 cups)
- 1/4 cup Coconut aminos
- 2 tsp Toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup Green onions
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- Heat avocado oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger. Saute for about a minute, until fragrant.
Add ground beef. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium. Add the coleslaw mix and coconut aminos. Stir to coat. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the toasted sesame oil and green onions.
Serving size: 1 cup
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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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