One Pan Egg Roll in a Bowl–Keto, AIP, Paleo, Whole30

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This Egg Roll in a Bowl is a one pan meal that’s super healthy, loaded with veggies, flavorful, and ready in less than 30 minutes! What more could you want?

Whether you serve it on top of rice, cauliflower rice, or eat it on its own, it’s gluten-free and easily adaptable for any special diet. So whether you’re keto, paleo, AIP, whole30, or even vegan, you’ll want to make room for this healthy comfort meal in your rotation.

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5 stars

Thank you so much for this recipe! It is so delicious! I made a double batch thinking I would freeze it for later… uh.. I just ended up eating every day until it was gone.

While it’s tempting to want to be like Martha Stewart where we’re either making our own egg rolls (or even going so far as making the egg roll wrappers themselves), let’s face it. Getting any healthy dinner at all on the table can be a feat, and most of us don’t have time for things like rolling egg rolls.

In fact, I bet if I tried, most of them would unroll themselves, resulting in egg roll messiness.

So I figure why not save time, avoid stress, and go straight for the mess.

That’s what this dish does. It’s the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for Rolling Egg Rolls” dish but it still tastes great.

This truly is one of the best easy meals you’ll ever make, plus you can make it all in just one pan so it’s an easy clean up meal too.

Make it with precut packaged veggie slaw, and even Martha might commend you on your genius time savings skills.

Why You Want This Recipe In Your Life

Do you often find yourself at 4:00 or 4:30 wondering (aka despairing) “What’s for Dinner?!”

Just take my word for it and add this to your recipe box now. Here’s why you should…

  • It’s an easy one pan meal (which means easy cleanup)
  • It’s super healthy–loaded with veggies
  • It’s so good you just might find yourself fighting your family over it. It’s happened here!

Bonus–it also makes great leftovers and even tastes great cold. Egg Roll insides for breakfast? Yes, please! Seriously this even tastes BETTER with time.

However, take note that according to this reader, you might have to make a TRIPLE (or quadruple) batch in order to be able to have anything left to freeze.

The dish also freezes well and though I haven’t done it myself, you can even make it in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

It also makes a great side dish if you omit the meat. Any way you serve it up, it’s sure to please.

egg roll in a bowl in a skillet with wooden spoon

My Favorite Pan for This Recipe

Some readers have asked me what kind of a pan I use for this dish. This is the pan I use each and every time.

I use it for all sorts of healthy recipes, such as my Honey Bunches of Oats Coconut Chips, Healthy Chili Mac, and Caramelized Coconut Chips.

I Recommend
Cuisinart MultiClad Stainless 5.5-Quart Casserole

Cuisinart MultiClad Stainless 5.5-Quart Casserole

This pan is light and heats up fast. It’s also wider than most so you can cook more at one time.

So now that I’m writing how much I LOVE this pan, I think I need another one–or two.

Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make this dish. For measurements and more details, see the Printable Recipe Card below.

Directions

Here are basic instructions for this recipe. For more details, please see the Printable Recipe Card below.

  • Place meat in pan and cook.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and sesame oil. Cook until lightly browned.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Add spices, sweetener, red pepper, wine, and broth to the pan. Stir.
  • Add cabbage and stir.
  • Cook until the cabbage slightly wilts.
  • Add carrots and cook until soft.
  • Add tamari and adjust flavorings as desired.
  • Serve.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.
egg roll in a bowl with chopsticks

How to Serve

This dish is great on its own, but we love serving it with cauliflower rice for a low-carb meal. Of course it’s great on regular rice as well.

You could also put this in wraps and eat it temaki style, or in gluten-free egg roll wrappers for fun (without having to roll them up perfectly, of course). These keto / low-carb wraps would be a great too.

Topping Suggestions

I’ve put some of this Dairy-free Ranch on this dish and it’s tasted great. But this Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce is a amazing drizzled on top.

You can even combine the two, or just drizzle some of both.

Some readers have added scrambled egg, while others have added fried noodles (gluten-free or regular). So many great options!

Special Diet Options / Substitutions

This Healthy Eggroll in a Bowl is already a clean-eating recipe, but it’s more than just that–it’s easily adaptable for special diets.

  • Keto: Substitute additional cabbage or another low carb veggie for the carrots and make sure to use soy sauce or tamari and not the coconut amino option.
  • AIP (autoimmune protocol) or Paleo: Substitute coconut aminos for the tamari. Use coconut sugar or maple syrup (read Choosing Maple Syrup) or honey for the sweetener.
  • Vegan: You can make this dish vegan simply without the meat or you could add a legume of your liking and in place of the broth use a vegetable broth like this one. Here’s my Vegetable Broth Mix for a DIY option. If you choose to use a broth that contains sodium, you may want to reduce the salt in the recipe.
  • Gluten-free: This recipe, as written, is a gluten-free egg roll in a bowl as long as you use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, or the coconut amino option.
  • THM: If you’re on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this is an S, E, or FP.  It’s an S with beef or pork, and E or FP with lean chicken or turkey.  Served with rice, it’s an E.
    In my opinion, this recipe tastes best as an S. However, you can use lean meat and reduce the fat to 2 teaspoons, and use fat-free broth to make it an E and of course you can add extra carrots if desired, but you might want to add a bit more broth. With rice, it’s a crossover. With cauliflower rice, or plain, and with beef or sausage, it’s an S.
  • Beef Alternatives: For the ground beef, you can substitute ground or finely-chopped chicken, or pork. I HIGHLY recommend using quality meat–grass-fed if possible.
  • Tamari Alternatives: You can substitute either soy sauce or liquid aminos for the tamari.

Recipe Notes

  • Sesame Oil: Yes, you can use another oil, but it just won’t be the same. Trust me. For sesame oil, you want to buy a raw version, since cooking with toasted sesame oil makes the oil bitter. You would only want to buy toasted sesame oil if you would like to drizzle it on top of the egg roll after cooking it.
  • Cabbage Buying Tip: One medium head of cabbage yields about 8 – 8.5 cups so plan accordingly.
  • Soy Sauce / Tamari Tips: Personally I like tamari more than soy sauce. Tamari is richer tasting and has less gluten than regular soy sauce. You can even buy gluten-free tamari, which is the best of both worlds! Since soy is almost always GMO, if you’re going to use soy sauce, I recommend choosing organic soy sauce.
  • Homemade Broth: If you’d prefer to make your own broth, see Homemade Broth Tips.
  • Sweetener Alternatives: Instead of stevia, you can use 4 tablespoons of almost any other sweetener.

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Egg Roll in a Bowl – low carb, gluten free, AIP option

This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it’s an Easy One Pan Meal without the grain wrapper!
4.95 from 118 votes
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: Egg Roll in a Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Adrienne

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds sausage or ground beef (turkey, chicken or game meat can also be used)
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped / minced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unrefined sesame oil (use another oil for AIP)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger (powdered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/16 teaspoon stevia extract (optional – See Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper (optional. Omit for AIP and adjust to taste.)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine (omit or substitute more broth for AIP)
  • 1/3 cup beef broth (see vegan option above)
  • 9 cups shredded cabbage (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • 4 teaspoons tamari (or to taste – see substitute options above)
  • Green onion for garnish (optional)
  • Cauliflower Rice (or rice)

Instructions

  • Place meat in large pan and cook until browned.
  • On medium high heat, add the onions, garlic, and sesame oil. Cook until lightly browned.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add spices, sweetener, red pepper, wine, and broth to the pan and stir well.
  • Add the cabbage and stir to coat.
  • Cook, stirring frequently until the cabbage slightly wilts.
  • Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Add tamari to taste and adjust flavorings as desired.
  • Serve plain or over rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.

Notes

  • Sesame Oil: Yes, you can use another oil, but it just won’t be the same. Trust me. For sesame oil, you want to buy a raw version, since cooking with toasted sesame oil makes the oil bitter. You would only want to buy toasted sesame oil if you would like to drizzle it on top of the egg roll after cooking it.
  • Cabbage Buying Tip: One medium head of cabbage yields about 8 – 8.5 cups so plan accordingly.
  • Soy Sauce / Tamari Tips: Personally I like tamari more than soy sauce. Tamari is richer tasting and has less gluten than regular soy sauce. You can even buy gluten-free tamari, which is the best of both worlds! Since soy is almost always GMO, if you’re going to use soy sauce, I recommend choosing organic soy sauce.
  • Homemade Broth: If you’d prefer to make your own broth, see Homemade Broth Tips.
  • Sweetener Alternatives: Instead of stevia, you can use 4 tablespoons of almost any other sweetener.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: You might want to adjust the amount of red pepper down, depending on your taste and how hot your pepper flakes are.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5648IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg | Net Carbs: 8g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

I’m sure this Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl will be a dish that you’ll want to add to your family’s menu often.

More Easy Healthy Meals

Gluten-free Chili Mac

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Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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Easy Indian Lentil Curry

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Ground Beef Curry 

ground beef curry (Pakistani Kima) in bowl with spoon

Korean Fried Cauliflower Rice

korean cauliflower rice on white plate with chopsticks

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511 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! Working hard on weight loss and this was the perfect meal for a healthy dinner. I just wanted to clarify, the nutrition facts would be for one portion, correct. 37g protein seems like a lot but everything seems like a single serving amount. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi there! So glad you liked it! The nutrition information is a tough one. We used information from 2 databases and according to them, it’s correct. The only problem we found is that they seem to be conflicting on whether the beef is cooked or raw—if you are concerned, please use a calculator that you are comfortable with. Thanks again!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I have never measured the whole dish–I just say that it’s 4 servings since it uses a pound of meat. Hope that helps!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this last night with a few substitutions and it was delicious! I left out the tamari (didn’t have any) wine and sweetener. I cut down on the carrots, I am diabetic. I will definitely be making this again, but with Tamari. I still don’t know what AIP is, I never got an answer.

    1. Hi there -so glad you liked it! Just responded to your other question. Sorry I’m buried here and was out almost all day yesterday :). You might be interested in joining our Healthy Living Community. We’d love to have you!

    1. Hi there. Sorry for the delay. I just added that to the post – it’s autoimmune paleo or autoimmune protocol. Hope to get a post written about it.

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! It is delicious and easy to make. It’s one of my go-to’s for busy weeknight dinners. Thank you!

    1. Sooo glad to hear it! I’ve been making it a LOT recently since I got a ton of organic cabbage just before this virus thing hit!

  4. 5 stars
    I love, love, love this recipe! Served it on rice. I used fresh ground pork and bagged coleslaw which had the carrots, etc included. Easy peasy! I love ginger and garlic so doubled up on those and I have an “Asian seasoning” I picked up at Costco that I used in place of the stevia, I dislike sugar substitutes. This is so yummy, I’ll make it again and again!

    1. Ooooh…what is the Asian seasoning? Soooo glad to hear it. We are making it all the time right now b/c we have a lot of organic cabbage that I bought just before this virus broke out. Thanks again!

      1. 5 stars
        Its called “Simply Asia” Sweet ginger garlic seasoning. Ingred: ginger, toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds, sea salt, unrefined sugar, garlic, dry red bell peppers, toasted coconut, soy sauce (dry?), onion and natural flavor(?).

  5. Does the nutritional value include rice? Doesn’t seem so. I made this tonight but excluded stevia, wine, crushed red pepper and tamari. Used coconut aminos and jalapeños instead. I skipped rice/cauliflower rice and it was DELICIOUS! I used fresh ginger instead of powder. I didn’t make enough lol. But, I’m wondering how to figure out the true nutritional value for the exact ingredients that I used. Is there an app that anyone uses ?

    1. It does not include rice :). People use all kinds of different apps and they all have their pros and cons. We might be making this again tonight! I have a LOAD of cabbage that I bought just before this all happened (virus stuff).

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for all of the suggestions for modifications. I omitted the sweetener and it was amazing with the pepper flakes.

    1. You are so welcome! I’m SOOO glad you liked it and that the suggestions were helpful. I’m trying to do that more and more so that almost everyone can try all of my recipes. That means so much that it helped you! Feel free to ask for help w/ a recipe anytime!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this twice so far. First time it was amazing and my 4 year old said it was his favorite and asked if I would make it again. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time he has ever said that. I did add Chili Garlic sauce though. Now I am on AIP so couldn’t add the Chili Garlic sauce and felt it was just missing that spice. Either way it is really good, great for AIP and great to add leftover chicken to make a super quick meal. I also added some cut up broccoli which was great.

    1. No way–that makes me so happy!!! Give him a hug for me! Wish I could sit down for a meal of this with you all!! Chili Garlic Sauce sounds amazing.

      Thanks again! More recipes in the works! I haven’t been writing in awhile due to loads of life issues, but I’m at it again thankfully.

    1. So glad to hear it–this made my day!! Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your experience :).

  8. Fixed it for my grandkids… everyone loved it… did not serve it with rice…I may have added more garlic and sesame oil… since I love those.

    1. I think adding more garlic and sesame sounds perfect…in fact one of our boys always adds extra sesame. Thanks for coming back to tell me! I hope to have some more recipes up soon!

    1. So glad to hear it! Thanks for this–it always means a lot when people like your recipes! We worked hard on this one!

  9. It was delicious but it was definitely missing something. I had a ton of cabbage from my CSA. All of my other veggies were fresh from CSA as well, it was a great way to use cabbage that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have used. However, it just didn’t hit the spot. My husband ate it on a tortilla with siracha and crispy hatch peppers. Said it was delicious. I ate it on brown rice…just was missing something. Overall, delicious, and though we enjoyed it and will enjoy the leftovers, I probably won’t make it again.

    1. Hi Megan! Thanks for the (mostly high) compliment! I wonder if your disappointment might be due to your eating it on rice–did you maybe eat it w/ a lot of rice? I’m thinking that of course since rice is bland and a tortilla, while bland, is typically less grain plus your husband had more flavor on it that that might be the case? Otherwise I’m a little surprised since almost every review is a 5 star. Of course not every recipe is for everyone, but perhaps that is it? Thanks again!

      1. We tried it and felt like it needed more which is why we added rice and had it on a tortilla. Like I said, very delicious just didn’t feel like a full meal.

        1. Hi there. Got it–so it wasn’t that it wasn’t tasty–you just wanted more food. You could always have another serving :). Thanks for reading!

    2. Hi! I have to agree with Megan that I found something to be missing with this recipe….. to be fair though I’m on AIP (so I ate it just as is – not on rice or anything) so I probably eliminated most of the things that contain flavour lol! Also I ran out of ginger during this recipe so I probably also had less ginger than I should have. So therefore I can’t fault the recipe at all as I’m sure it’s 5* with all of the ingredients included haha! However I wanted to reply and comment that during my second bowl I added about 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar and that seemed to be the thing that was missing (for me anyways!) Just a suggestion for something to try!

      1. Hi there – well, to be fair, I don’t think I approved her 2nd comment yet, but it sounds like it was just that she wanted more food and not that the recipe wasn’t good. I’ll check to see if that’s the case. I am swamped here and behind on some things :). I’m actually making it right now. Make it the right way and tell me what you think :). What things did you omit? Thanks for reading!

        1. Hi Adrienne – thanks for your reply! I had to omit the pepper, red pepper flakes, wine, and stevia (though I added maple syrup instead!) I can’t have those on AIP. Also I used coconut aminos instead of tamiri which also changed the taste, and ran out of ginger so I only had half the amount! I mean I’m saying it was delicious (I had three bowls last night, and am having one for breakfast this morning lol) but it was missing some zing without all the spices and the apple cider vinegar gave that to me cause I can’t have the rest!

          1. You are so welcome! I am eating more today as well! I actually don’t have wine right now, but I do use stevia as it doesn’t seem to bother me, but any sweetener should be fine. I’m so glad you liked it and ACV is a great idea! How much did you use?