Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Golumpki) – 145 Calories

21 Sep

Growing up with a Polish background Golumpki was a favorite recipe in our house.  If you are not Polish you would have probably never hear of Golumpki unless you knew a Polish friend.  Golumpki is essentially stuffed cabbage rolls which most people have heard about.  🙂  I recently pinned a recipe for low-calorie stuffed cabbage rolls and when I started really looking at the recipe I realized that 265 calories per roll was not low-calorie to me.  So I decided to modify my good old fashion Polish recipe to make it low-calorie.  Each roll is only 145 calories – That is low-calorie!  2 rolls and 1/2 cup of Betty Crocker mashed potatoes and you have a very filling, complete meal for only 396 calories.  Awesome!!!

So here is how you make these delicious little guys.


  • 20 oz. package of Extra Lean Ground Turkey (I use Jennie-O)
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (I use low sodium chicken broth instead of water to cook the rice in to add flavor)
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large can of V-8 original Juice
  • 9 medium cabbage leaves
  • Seasonings:  1 TBS each – garlic powder, creole seasoning, pepper

Boil rice in chicken broth until cooked. Set aside to cool.

Mix together ground turkey, onions, egg and seasonings.

Add in the cooked brown rice.

Continue mixing until everything is evenly combined.

Get your cabbage leaves.  I boil the head of cabbage to make the leaves more pliable and easier to fold.  This also keeps the leaves from ripping.

Pull the leaves off and set them aside to fill.

I use a ladle to make sure I have the same amount of filling per roll.

Lay out a cabbage leaf and till with one scoop of filling.

Fold the cabbage leaf.  Fold the short sides in.

Then bring the bottom of the leaf up and then the top down over the bottom.  Make sure the top part is the hard stem part.  Place the toothpick in to keep the rolls tight.  Having to toothpick under the stem keeps the cabbage from ripping.

Place all the cabbage rolls in the crock pot.

Cover with 1 can of V-8 juice.  The juice will cook down and into the rolls.

Set the crock pot to high and cook for 3-4 hours.

This is such an easy recipe.  Start them in the morning and let them cook throughout the day.  Just whip up some mashed potatoes and your dinner is complete.

Here is the nutritional breakdown:

Serving size: 1 Cabbage Roll      This mixture will make 9 rolls.

  • Calories  145
  • Carbs  15
  • Fat   2
  • Protein  17

Posted by on September 21, 2012 in recipe


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2 responses to “Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Golumpki) – 145 Calories

  1. Terry Tarte

    September 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Not fair – now I’m hungry!!!!!!!

  2. erpszala

    August 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I’m def doing this one. But cabbage for hubs and peppers for me!


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