What do these two keto lunch recipes have in common? The essence of each of them is stuffing the leaves with juicy and fatty meat. Cabbage rolls keto and keto dolma are ideal for a hearty meal. They will saturate for a long time and give you strength to continue to go to perform the feats of the day!
Keto cabbage rolls
An amazing dish that came to us from Eastern Europe. As a rule, it is prepared from minced meat and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves. However, there are many variations. For example, “minced” vegetables are used, or buckwheat is added instead of rice.
It is worth noting the variations that have become traditional in certain countries. In Ukraine, stuffed cabbage is cooked with corn grits, buckwheat and bacon. Sometimes minced meat is wrapped in beet leaves.
In Belarus, in stuffed cabbage instead of rice usually put barley. A popular filling in this country is considered to be mashed potatoes.
But all this is of course not suitable for keto cabbage rolls. As cereal has too many carbs and prohibited on this diet. So for the preparation of keto cabbage rolls, we will use only vegetables and meat.
For 7 keto cabbage rolls
- 500 grams of minced meat
- 200 grams of cauliflower
- 200 grams of cabbage leaves
- 3 large garlic cloves
- Spices and salt
- Butter or oil for frying
Wash the cauliflower and separate the stems from the inflorescences.
Fry florets until golden brown in oil (or butter). Cauliflower replaces the rice in the keto cabbage rolls. See here detailed keto rice recipe.
Next, mix the minced meat with spices and salt.
Peel and chop the garlic, add it to the minced meat.
If your macros balance allows, you can add some fried onions to make the keto dinner recipe more flavorful.
Mix the cauliflower with the minced meat and the filling is ready.
Next, you need to wrap portions of the mince in cabbage leaves and form keto cabbage rolls. To do this, put the leaves on the surface for cooking and put the minced meat in it. The amount of filling depends on the size of the sheet, but the average will be slightly less than your fist. The main thing is to tightly wrap the minced meat in a cabbage leaf, it should not fall apart.
Do all this with the remaining ingredients. The result should be 8-7 keto cabbage rolls.
Put them in a saucepan and place in a preheated 150-180 degree oven for about 40 minutes. For this time the meat should get prepared, and the cabbage become soft.
You can also cook keto cabbage rolls on the stove. But this should be done on a small fire and with adding a bit water. So the cabbage won’t burn on the bottom.
For 1 keto cabbage roll
Energy value-200 calories
- P: 12 gr
- F: 15gr
- C: 3 gr
Keto dolma (keto stuffed grape leaves)
Keto stuffed grape leaves are another great recipe for keto dinner idea. It is native to the Middle East. The dish is popular in a really large area. So dolma or keto stuffed grape leaves are quite common in Transcaucasia, the Balkan Peninsula, Central and Central Asia, Africa.
Grape leaves and cabbage are usually used as the cover for dolma. There are also variants of stuffed vegetables or apples. Filling for dolma consists of minced meat and cereals, nuts or onions can also be added.
As you can see dolma is very similar to stuffed cabbage.
Some detail about the recipes of dolma in the kitchens of different peoples is written in the Wikipedia page.
Recipe for 10 small servings of keto stuffed grape leaves.
- 500 g minced meat (beef or pork)
- 1 egg
- 200 grams grape leaves (20 leaves medium)
- 50 g tomato puree
- Salt, pepper
- Glass of water
The keto stuffed grape leaves recipe starts with mixing the mince with spices and an egg. Divide the filling into 10 parts.
Then put two grape leaves on a cutting board so that their edges overlap each other. Put the minced meat on the leaves. Then roll everything up like a roll.
Put the keto stuffed grape leaves in a saucepan and pour half a glass of water. Simmer under the lid on low heat for about 30 minutes. It is better to periodically check their condition with a fork.
Prepare tomato puree in the second half of a glass of water. Pour it over keto stuffed grape leaves and cook until all starts to boil. Then turn off the heat and serve keto dolma.
On 1pc of the keto stuffed grape leaves
Energy value – about 92 kcal
- B: 3 gr
- W: 8gr
- C: 2gr