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Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

January 21, 2015
Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

Big batches of soup are the best this time of year. Especially hearty soups. So, when I did my prepping for week one of the 21- Day Sugar Detox, I knew a stock pot of warm goodness was in order. I gave Adrian two choices, one because I am notoriously indecisive, and two because I like to make sure he has something he likes for work, so he doesn’t make a run for Taco Bell or McDonald’s. The response was a no-brainer for him and he chose cabbage roll soup. He is Ukranian and stuffed cabbage is quite a popular meal in his family, so I gave this recipe the Ukranian name for cabbage rolls, Holubsti. Holubsti traditionally has more rice than meat, but since rice isn’t an option right now, I subbed cauliflower to compensate for the texture and I kept a decent portion of meat for the protein. No one likes a hangry friend!

Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup
 What you need
  • 2 lbs. meatloaf mix
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 10 oz. bag shredded cabbage (~ 4 cups)
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree (check for added sugars)
  • 4 cups organic chicken stock
Make it
  1. In a large stock pot, brown meatloaf mix with the onion and garlic.
  2. Drain excess grease and return to pot.
  3. Add seasoning, riced cauliflower, shredded cabbage, and crushed tomatoes. Stir and cook over medium high, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and let soup simmer for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Paleo Holubtsi (Cabbage Roll) Soup

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  • yum, this sounds delicious! I love cabbage and cauliflower!


    • Cauliflower is so versatile too! I’m using it three different ways this week. 🙂

  • This looks and sounds so good! I love making big batches of soup this time of year. I actually love Ukrainian food and grew up eating a lot of it. I’m vegetarian now, but it’s easy enough to make everything with a couple substitutions.

    • Thanks! That’s cool that grew up eating Ukranian food.I wasn’t introduced to it until I started dating Adrian and hope to explore it a bit more. Maybe you can make a tofu version? 🙂

  • This looks so hearty! All I have been making lately is sweet potato soup, I need to branch out! Do you freeze your soups? I was thinking of starting! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • I was actually kind of back and forth on if this should be considered a soup or stew! And yum, I love sweet potato soup! I haven’t tried freezing soups yet because I usually make enough for my husband and I to take for lunches at work for the week, but we’re planning to buy a chest freezer soon, so I do want to try as well. Let me know how it goes if you start freezing yours! 🙂

  • This is perfect for this cold weekend. Yum!