Sooooo excited to share a recipe today that has become a fast favorite in our home. It's my Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe.
“Egg Roll in a Bowl?” you say. “What's that?”
To which I respond, “One of the best easy meals you will ever have.”
Seriously. You take all of the goodness of an egg roll and remove the outer wrapper and you've got a huge bowl of goodness.
Plus you can make it all in just one pan.
Easy meal clean up. You're welcome.
I've always loved foods from other countries. You can see some evidence of this on my site in these recipes:
And by adding this Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe to the mix the international repertoire of my site gets filled out a bit.
The Origin of Egg Roll in a Bowl
I found the inspiration for this recipe about a year or so ago. Someone had shared a recipe for Egg Roll in a Bowl in a Facebook group and I was intrigued. I'd always loved egg rolls but hadn't had one in a long time due to our going gluten-free and even leaning grain-free.
Too many carbs in those egg roll wrappers, you know?
Anyhow, I made the recipe and enjoyed it a lot, but it needed something. So I poked around the internet and found more recipes, plus I looked at other Egg Roll recipes to see what might be good additions to the dish.
So I worked on it, tweaking it with different seasonings and such, and ended up with a recipe that's a real winner in our home.
This recipe is great not only because of it's great taste, but also because it works for so many special diets.
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Aside from the wrappers, the next ingredient that is of the most concern is the soy sauce component.
This dish can be paleo when made with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and with the same modification it also works for the Autoimmune Paleo Diet (AIP).
The other issue with soy is that it's almost always GMO, so if you are going to use soy sauce, please choose an organic soy sauce.
Now, if you're only gluten-free, then gluten-free egg roll wrappers are a great option. But if you're strictly, or leaning low-carb, then they're not an option.
Of course, you could serve it with any kind of wrap (these keto / low-carb wraps would be perfect!) you like or over rice, if you like, or on top of cauliflower rice for a huge serving of healthy veggies.
Nutritional Benefits of Egg Roll in a Bowl Ingredients
This recipe is rich with loads of healthy ingredients including:
Cabbage: cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable. The whole family of cruciferous veggies have loads of health benefits including being rich in vitamins and folic acid and minerals such as iron, potassium, and selenium.
Note – some say that cruciferous vegetables might be problematic for the thyroid.
Carrots: full of beta carotene and vitamins. You can read more about the health benefits of carrots including an apparent reduced risk of cardio vascular disease.
Onions: loaded with polyphenols, flavanoids including quercetin (note that more are in the outer parts of the onion – see more about this in my Baked Onion post)
Garlic: contains lots of selenium, which is important for many things included thyroid health. Might help regulate fat cells, improve iron metabolism as well as having cardiac benefits. (Source)
Another Great One Pot Meal for Busy Families
If you're like me, you're busy. You often find yourself at 4:00 or 4:30 wondering “What's for Dinner?!”
I already have some recipes on my site that are perfect for getting dinner on the table in a flash including Super Fast Lentils, Homemade Hamburger Helper, Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets, Gluten-Free Chili Mac (and more easy recipes), and more.
But I could always use more easy meals as I'm sure you could too.
The leftovers of this dish are great! This Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is fast and the leftovers are delicious. We even like eating it cold. Egg Roll insides for breakfast–YES!
The dish freezes well. I haven't frozen and reheated it myself yet, but many readers have tried it and told me it worked great!
You can even serve it as a side dish by omitting the meat. Served either way, it's a great way to get more veggies into everyone in the family.
If you are 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. Serve with rice, if you like for an E. In my opinion, it tastes best as an S. Use lean meat and reduce the fat to 2 tsp, and use fat-free broth to make it an E and of course you can add extra carrots if you like. You might want a bit more broth but I think it's fine without doing that.
I've also had readers tell me that this cooks well in a slow cooker or the Instant Pot.
For those on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan, this meal can be any type of fuel. With rice, it's a crossover. With cauliflower rice, or plain, and with beef or sausage, it's an S.
For keto, sub in more cabbage or another low carb veggie for the carrots.
For AIP or Paleo, use coconut aminos for the tamari / soy sauce.
For a vegan option, omit the meat (obviously!) and use a vegetable broth like this one. Here is my Vegetable Broth Mix for a make-your-own option. If you choose to use a broth that contains sodium, you may want to reduce the salt in the recipe.
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.
Watch the Video to see how easy this dish is to make!
This 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!
- 1 1/2 lb ground beef (or ground or finely chopped chicken). Pork can be used as well. Omit for vegan or for a vegetable side.
- 2 med onions, finely chopped / minced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp organic unrefined sesame oil (see notes for why to buy unrefined sesame oil). Use another oil for AIP.
- 1 1/2 tsp organic ginger (powdered)
- 1/2 tsp organic black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 1 tsp organic garlic granules (or 4 cloves garlic) (see how to make Homemade Garlic Powder)
- 1/2 tsp natural salt (Real Salt and Celtic Sea Salt are great options), or to taste
- 1/16 tsp organic stevia extract (or 4 T other sweetener) (optional)
- organic crushed red pepper to taste (optional. Omit for AIP)
- 2 Tbsp organic white wine (omit or substitute more broth for AIP.)
- 1/3 cup organic beef broth (see Homemade Broth Tips) (here's Homemade Vegetable Broth Mix for a vegetable broth option)
- 9 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
- 4 tsp organic tamari, organic liquid aminos, organic soy sauce, or organic coconut aminos or to taste
- Green onion for garnish (optional)
- Place meat in large pan and cook until browned.
- On medium high heat, add the onions 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.
I'm sure this will be a dish that you will want to add to your family's menu often.
Can't wait to hear what you all think about it!
What's your favorite one pan meal?