Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew

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Looking for lower carb recipes? Look no further! We’ve found this tasty alternative to high-carb stews by Kristine Fretwell, host of Busy, But Healthy. Here’s what Kristine has to say about her fabulous Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew:

Hey everyone at SkinnyMs.! I’m super excited to share one of my favorite slow cooker recipes with you! It’s my recipe for slow cooker lower carb cabbage stew.

Growing up, cabbage rolls were a regular staple in our house. With my grandma being part Ukrainian, she made them quite often, and we certainly didn’t object! She was an expert at making them. Tightly wrapped to perfection, all uniform in size and drizzled with a delicious tomato sauce.

Fast forward to me as an adult…I’ve made cabbage rolls numerous times, but I don’t have the patience (or skill) to make them like my grandma did. Let’s face it, being a busy working mom, I rarely have the time! That’s why slow cooker methods are so amazing! It has all the flavor, but without all the fuss! I also lowered the carb content by not using brown rice. By using lower sodium stock and tomatoes, it also lessens the salt too! I find it just as satisfying without the rice, but if you’d like to add it, by all means, go for it!

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Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew

Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew

Yields: 6 Servings | Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cup | Calories: 242 | Fat: 13 g | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 17 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3 |

Sodium: If you use "no salt" added items for tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes & chicken/beef broth, it's 143mg sodium per serving.


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef (could also use ground bison or moose)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can low sodium (or no salt added) tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon gound black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped


  1. In a medium pot, brown beef & onions. Place everything in slow cooker (except meat mixture and cabbage) and mix well. Add beef mixture, then cabbage. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.

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17 Comments on "Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew"

  1. trudefaith  February 3, 2012

    I love this stew! I did add 1/2 cup of brown rice and 1 tbsp of honey. AMAZING thanks for the recipe

    • Skinny Ms.  February 3, 2012

      Trudefaith, Great! So glad you like it.

  2. Tina  February 3, 2012

    New to using the slow cooker and I have a couple questions. Would diced tomatoes work instead of stewed and would they need to be drained? Is everything stirred together once the meat and cabbage are added or are they left to cook in layers? Looking forward to making this and appreciate any help. Thanks!

    • Skinny Ms.  February 5, 2012

      Tina – Yes, you can switch the tomatoes and use them according to instructions. You can stir or not, but minimize the amount of time the lid is off any way you can.

  3. Debra  February 19, 2012

    I made this today and it was delicious! I substituted ground turkey for beef. :)AND the hubby liked it too!!

    • Skinny Ms.  February 20, 2012

      Debra – That's fantastic!

  4. Jillijo  September 1, 2012

    I prefer the rice, what kind of rice and is it uncooked??

  5. Patti  February 6, 2016

    Hi, I was wondering if you can use red cabbage in this recipe?

  6. Emily  February 8, 2016

    Can I cook this on the stove instead of slow cooker? How would I make the adjustments?

    • Gale Compton  February 9, 2016

      Emily, Sure! I would recommend cooking the meat as instructed, then adding the ingredients to a large pot, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer or low-boil. Cooking approximately 1 hour or until desired consistency. 🙂

  7. mickey  October 30, 2016

    can brown sugar and viniger be added,if so how much

    • Nichole Furlong  October 31, 2016

      Yes, you can add both to this recipe. A 1/4 cup of each should be plenty. Keep in mind this will change the nutritional information.

  8. Starr Lacey  May 6, 2019

    I use cauliflower rice to reduce the meat content. Nobody notices the difference!

    • Nichole Furlong  May 8, 2019

      Great tip!

  9. joanna  July 10, 2019

    I have a problem with this dish…cant stop eating it:) Yummy!!!

    • Erin Milller  July 11, 2019

      Hahaha! We’re so glad that you love it! 🙂 Thanks Joanna! 🙂


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