This Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it’s a sure to please Easy One Pan Meal without the carbs and grains of typical egg roll wrappers.
Sooooo excited to share a recipe today that has become a fast favorite in our home. It’s a Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe, otherwise known by some as “Crack Slaw”.
“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.
I’ve always loved foods from other countries. You can see some evidence of this on my site in these recipes.
This Egg Roll in a Bowl is the perfect addition to the mix.
The Origin of this Healthy 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 super intrigued. What a concept! 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?
So I just had to make the recipe. It was pretty tasty, but it needed something. So I poked around the internet and found more Egg Roll in a Bowl recipes, then studied a bunch of regular Egg Roll recipes to see what might be good additions to the dish.
So I worked on it (and worked on it and worked on it) tweaking it with different seasonings and such, and made this “Crack Slaw” so many times that my family thought I was a little nutty, but I 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.
Is it Egg Roll or Eggroll?
You can write it either way. It doesn’t matter since both spellings are correct.
So go ahead and spell your Eggroll in a Bowl or Egg Roll in a Bowl anyway you wish. Well, maybe writing eggrollinabowl would be a bit crazy :).
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Nutritional Benefits of Egg Roll in a Bowl
This Whole30 Egg Roll in a Bowl 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!
I’ve also had readers tell me that this cooks well in a slow cooker or the Instant Pot.
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.
This Egg Roll in a Bowl is Special-Diet Friendly
This Healthy Eggroll in a Bowl is already a clean-eating recipe, but it’s easily adaptable for special diets.
Aside from the wrappers, the next ingredient that is of the most concern is the soy sauce component.
This is a Paleo Egg Roll in a Bowl when made with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and with the same modification it also works for the Autoimmune Paleo Diet (AIP). It is also a whole30 Egg Roll in a Bowl when made this way.
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!
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 this with any kind of wrap (these keto / low-carb wraps would be perfect!) you like or over rice, or on top of cauliflower rice for a huge serving of healthy veggies.