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Low-Carb Cabbage Roll Casserole

Substituting cauliflower rice for white or brown rice is what makes this a low-carb Cabbage Roll Casserole.

I promise you’ll never even miss the rice. The flavor is spot-on and completely delicious low-carb dinner!

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I’d been hearing a lot about cauliflower rice, but it took me a long time to jump on the bandwagon.

Then, one night decided I’d give it a go as I played around with my idea for this keto deconstructed cabbage roll casserole and the results were fantastic!

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

What makes this recipe keto?

Cauliflower has got to be the most versatile of ingredients when cooking and eating keto.

It can be used as a substitution for so many things when you’re watching your carb intake, such as potatoes (check out my recipe for Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Mashers), wheat products (as in pizza crust, from this recipe I found on Pop Sugar), and, of course for rice, as in the recipe I’m sharing with you today.

Can this keto main course recipe be frozen?

Yes! I suggest making and baking the entire casserole and allowing it to cool completely before freezing.

Wrap well in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

To cook from frozen, please the casserole in a preheated 350-degree oven, covered, for 60 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 15 minutes, if needed, to heat through.

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Recipe notes and tips for making homemade cauliflower rice:

  • Making cauliflower rice is super easy as long as you follow a few simple suggestions. All you’ll need is a nice, healthy head of cauliflower cut into small florets (approximately 2″), and a food processor.
  • I found that the smaller I cut the florets, the easier it was for my processor to turn the cauliflower into fine crumbs.
  • The other thing I found made it easier was to not pack the processor too full.
  • Working in smaller batches and not overstuffing was the key to my successful “ricing.”

What about using store-bought cauliflower rice?

Brilliant idea!

You can now purchase cauliflower which has already been “riced” in the frozen vegetable section of the market. Look for it if you don’t own a food processor, or if you’re short on time.

Below are the easy step-by-step photo instructions for making keto cabbage roll casserole;

  • If making homemade cauliflower rice, cut the cauliflower into 2″ pieces and pulse in a food processor to form a rice-like consistency.
  • Saute the cauliflower rice in a large skillet along with the butter and olive oil.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet along with the chopped onion. 
  • Saute over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the garlic, teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  • Continue sautéing until the cabbage wilts down in the pan, and all the flavors have combined (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Remove the cabbage mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the same large skillet, brown the ground beef over high heat until no pink remains.
  • Stir in the precooked bacon and the remaining salt and pepper.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the browned beef to the bowl with the cabbage mixture and stir to combine.
  • Spray a 1½ quart casserole dish with the olive oil spray and spoon the cabbage/beef mixture evenly into the dish.
  • Cover the casserole dish with a lid (or use foil) and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, add cheese if desired (not shown), and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.

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“Mashed cauliflower is mixed with cream cheese, butter, cream, garlic and horseradish sauce for an extra zip of flavor! Even if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I hope you’ll give this recipe for cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Casserole a try because I believe it will make you (or someone you love) a cauliflower convert.”

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“This original Kudos Kitchen recipe for Speedy Keto Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms is my fast and speedy riff on a traditional chicken Parmesan…with a keto twist!”

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  • Un-Stuffed Low-Carb Cabbage Roll Casserole (pictured below) this is the place!
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy and delicious low carb dinner recipe.

Yield: 8

Low Carb Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Substituting cauliflower rice for white or brown rice is what makes this a Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole. I promise that you'll never even miss the rice. The flavor is spot-on!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 2" florets and riced (in batches) in a food processor
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ head green cabbage, cored, and cut into shreds
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped (your favorite variety)
  • 3 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1½ teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5-6 slices bacon, precooked and crumbled
  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned
  • olive oil spray
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan with high sides, melt the butter and olive oil over medium/ high heat. Add the riced cauliflower and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, shredded cabbage, precooked bacon, garlic, teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Continue sauteing until the cabbage wilts down in the pan, and all the flavors have combined (approximately 10 minutes).
  4. Remove the cabbage mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. In the same large skillet, brown the ground beef over high heat until no pink remains. Stir in the remaining salt and pepper.
  7. Add the browned beef to the bowl with the cabbage mixture and stir to combine.
  8. Spray the casserole dish with the olive oil spray and spoon the cabbage/beef mixture evenly into the dish. 
  9. Cover the casserole dish with a lid (or use foil) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid, add cheese if desired (not shown), and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.

Notes

As a time saver, this casserole can be made ahead and refrigerated before baking and serving.

If refrigerating, make sure you bring the casserole to room temperature before baking or increase the baking time by half.

tools and equipment:

large casserole dish, large skillet, chef's knife, cutting board, food processor,  large bowl, wooden spoon or spatula, measuring spoons, measuring cups

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 380Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 94mgSodium 1108mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 26g

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s low-carb and delicious Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Tuesday 5th of May 2020

This looks delicious! PS - thanks for linking to my keto peanut butter cookies recipe!

Renée

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

My pleasure!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I tried your recipe last night and loved it! Can't wait to make it again!

Stephanie Pass

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

This looks wonderful. I am always looking for more low carb recipes.

Sophie Heath

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Loved this healthy recipe! It was a fun to change it up while on this diet. Must try!

Rai

Monday 30th of September 2019

This casserole recipe looks so good and tasty! I can't wait to try this someday. Thanks a lot for posting!

Renée

Monday 30th of September 2019

You are more than welcome! I'm so thrilled you like this recipe! Enjoy!!

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