This Keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is a healthy and delicious alternative to takeout Chinese. It’s so good “as is” that anyone who likes Asian food will enjoy it, even if they don’t follow a low carb lifestyle!

overhead image of a bowl filled with keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl

My family’s favorites when we order Chinese takeout are Mongolian Beef, Eggrolls, General Tso’s Chicken, and Moo Shu Pork. When I started following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating, I realized that ordering these options would not be “on plan” because they contain high quantities of sugar and corn starch. We’ve also been trying to eat out less often to save money.
white bowl of Mongolian Beef Egg Roll In a Bowl on striped place mat with chopsticks on folded napkin

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The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook‘s  Eggroll in a Bowl recipe is a regular choice on my meal rotation. It was my “go to” meal when we were in the mood for Chinese food. But after a while, the family started asking for some of our takeout favorites.

I went to my friend Google to find a THM recipe for Mongolian Beef and discovered this one. It’s delicious! I serve it with brown rice and steamed vegetables for my family. And I eat it over konjac noodles or steamed vegetables as a keto-friendly S meal.

Meal Plans Can Be Flexible

One evening we were in the mood for Chinese food but it wasn’t on my meal plan. While I am a meal planner, I’ve learned over the years that sometimes you have to be flexible! You can always make a different meal using ingredients you have on hand.

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Could I modify the Mongolian Beef recipe and combine it with the Eggroll in a Bowl recipe to create something new? I made some tweaks and additions and Keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl was born!

As written below, this is an S meal for those following the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating. It’s perfect for any type of low carb or keto diet.

However, with some minor tweaks, you can make this dish as a THM E meal or FP meal. See the recipe notes for these modifications. You can also prepare this meal with no special ingredients (NSI) if you use xanthan gum instead of glucomannan powder.

How to Make Keto Mongolian Beef Eggroll in a Bowl:

Ingredients needed to make keto mongolian beef egg roll in a bowl lined up on the counter.

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Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (you can use refined or unrefined)
2 pounds 93/7 ground beef
1-2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 medium yellow onions
3 Tablespoons minced garlic
3/4 cup reduced sodium Gluten-free soy sauce or liquid aminos
3/4 cup water
6-8 Tablespoons Pyure (get sweetener conversions here)
1/2 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon glucomannan powder or xanthan gum
1 large head green cabbage, halved & cored and sliced in thin strips
1 cup grated raw carrot
6-8 green onions, thinly sliced

How to make it:

Prep work:

Halve and core the head of cabbage. I used to buy pre-shredded coleslaw mix to make low carb egg roll in a bowl because it was easy. But then I noticed that a head of cabbage was 68 cents compared to two bags of coleslaw mix at $2.39 EACH!

So I learned how to chop cabbage which turned out to be super easy. Definitely worth saving over $4 each time I make it.

You core a cabbage by cutting that center stalk out. Come in at an angle with your knife (kind of like you’re making a triangle). Then lift the thick stalk right out.

Head of cabbage chopped in half

Next, slice the cabbage into 1/4-inch wide strips. I like to cut those strips in half to make it easier to eat: otherwise, those long strips of cabbage are like spaghetti.

If you like twirling your cabbage, then go ahead and leave those strips long! But if you enjoy trying your hand at chopsticks, be sure to cut the strips in halves or even thirds.

thinly sliced head of cabbage on a cutting board

Peel and chop your onions. For this recipe, I prefer cutting my onion in half (root to the stem) and then slicing short ways to make little strips instead of longways that would make half rings. It all goes back to keeping the strips similar in size and shape to the cabbage.

halved onions with knife displaying a method for chopping onions

a pile of sliced onions on a cutting board

Next, grate your carrots. I use the large holes on my cheese grater, and I grate it onto parchment paper for easy transfer to the pot.

grated carrots on parchment paper for easy transfer

On the stove:

Now that your veggies are prepped, it’s time to begin cooking your keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl.

Preheat a large pan (I use a 5-quart Dutch oven) over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp coconut oil. Once the oil has melted and the pan is hot, add your ground beef and brown it.

ground beef browning in a stainless steel pot with a wooden spoon

After the ground beef is brown, chop it up into really fine pieces. I’m partial to my Pampered Chef Mix ‘N Chop, but you can just use a spatula or spoon.

browned ground beef in a stainless steel pot being chopped into small pieces

Now, reduce the heat to medium, then add the chopped onions, fresh ginger, and minced garlic.

If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, or if you want a super quick alternative is ginger paste. I’ve found that ginger paste isn’t quite as flavorful as freshly grated ginger so I tend to use a bit more to get the amount of ginger flavor I like. In a pinch, you can also substitute 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, but it will not taste the same as it does with fresh ginger.

Sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onions are tender. It’s going to smell SO GOOD! There’s nothing like the smell of garlic, onions, and ginger!

drained and chopped browned ground beef with chopped onions added in a stainless steel pot

Add the soy sauce or liquid aminos, water, Pyure (click here for sweetener substitutions), molasses, and sesame oil and give it a good stir.

For those of you watching your carbs, don’t be afraid of that blackstrap molasses! The amount used here is only 1 carb total so divided over 6-8 servings it has a nominal impact to your carb count, however, it does add a great flavor profile.

Heat the mixture until the liquid starts to boil. Then sprinkle the top with the gluccie or xanthan gum (be sure to just sprinkle it over the whole pot so that it doesn’t clump up!) and stir it in.

mixture of browned ground beef, sauteed onions, and sauce being stirred with a wooden spoon in a pot

Add the cabbage and carrots to your pot. This is why I use a large pot: raw cabbage takes up a lot of space!

If your pot is smaller than mine or if your head of cabbage was larger, just add as much cabbage as you can fit, then add the rest once it starts to wilt and lose its volume.

sliced cabbage and shredded carrot added on top of the ground beef mixture in the pot

Stir in the cabbage and carrots so they’re coated in the sauce. It’s only going to cook for 5-7 minutes, so try to get as much of the sauce’s flavors into the vegetables as you can.

ground beef, onions, and sauce mixed in to the sliced cabbage and shredded carrots in the pot

Cover your pot and cook the cabbage for about 5 minutes until the cabbage is wilted. Give the whole thing a good stir about halfway through.

Pot with a glass lid on top

While the cabbage is cooking, cut the white tops off your green onions and then slice them up. I like them pretty thin when I use them as a garnish.

finely sliced green onion tops on a cutting board

Once the cabbage has wilted, check your seasonings and adjust them to your family’s taste. Your family can always add more red pepper or garlic or ginger to their individual servings.

keto mongolian beef egg roll in a bowl in the pot after the cabbage has wilted.

Scoop up your Keto Mongolian Beef Egg roll in a Bowl mixture into a bowl and top with the sliced green onions and just try not to go back for a second helping!

The best part is: there’s no guilt if you want more because this meal is so healthful with all that cabbage.

plated keto mongolian beef eggroll in a bowl

I often serve this with some sautéed sliced mushrooms. If everyone in your family likes mushrooms, you can add them when you add the onions. This is a great way to add some more veggies to your meal!

I think this dish is perfect as it is, but if you want more substance to your meal you can serve it over steamed cauli-rice or konjac noodles (I like Miracle Noodles and THM’s Noodles) which are both great options for THM S meals or keto meals.

To make this dish a THM Fuel Pull (FP) meal

  • omit the coconut oil and spray your pan with coconut oil cooking spray
  • use ultra lean turkey (96% fat-free) or drain your ground beef and rinse it thoroughly in hot water to remove excess fat
  • reduce the amount of sesame oil to 1 Tablespoon to keep the total amount of fat per serving under 5 grams

To make this dish a THM E meal:

  • omit the coconut oil and spray your pan with coconut oil cooking spray
  • use ultra lean turkey (96% fat-free) OR drain your ground beef and rinse it thoroughly in hot water to remove excess fat
  • reduce the amount of sesame oil to 1 Tablespoon to keep the total amount of fat per serving under 5 grams
  • serve over steamed brown rice, or quinoa or offer it with a serving of fruit like sliced oranges or pineapple on the side

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Mongolian Beef Eggroll in a Bowl - THM: S with E and FP options

A healthy twist to the popular Chinese restaurant dish, Mongolian Beef. The recipe as written is a Trim Healthy Mama (THM) S meal and is keto-friendly. Follow the modifications in the notes to prepare as a THM E or FP meal.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Keyword: gluten free, keto, low carb, NSI, sugar free, THM, Trim Healthy Mama
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil refined or unrefined is fine
  • 2 lbs 93/7 Ground Beef
  • 2 medium Yellow Onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated can substitute 1 tsp ground/powdered ginger
  • 3 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce or Liquid Aminos
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 6-8 Tbsp Pyure
  • 1/2 tsp Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Glucomannan Powder or Xanthan Gum
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 small Head of Green Cabbage, halved & cored, thinly sliced can substitute 2 14 oz. bags of shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 cup Grated, Raw Carrot
  • 6-8 stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat a large pan (I use a 5-quart Dutch oven) over medium-high heat melt 2 Tbsp coconut oil. Brown the ground beef and chop into fine pieces.
  • Reduce heat to medium, and add the chopped onions, ginger, and garlic. Sautée for about 5 minutes, until the onions are tender.
  • Stir in the soy sauce or liquid aminos, water, Pyure, molasses, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. Heat the mixture until the liquid starts to boil. Then sprinkle with the gluccie or xanthan gum (be sure to just sprinkle it over the whole pot so that it doesn't clump up!) and stir it in. The sauce will begin to thicken. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. If you want the sauce a little thicker, slowly sprinkle and whisk in up to 1/4 teaspoon more glucomannan or xanthan gum.
  • Add the cabbage and carrots on top of the meat mixture.
  • Cover your pot and cook the cabbage for about 5 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the cabbage is wilted.
  • Remove from heat and serve with the green onion garnish.

Notes

To make this dish a THM Fuel Pull (FP) meal (which means it's both low fat and low carb), omit the coconut oil and spray your pan with coconut oil cooking spray then either substitute ultra lean turkey (96% fat free) or drain your ground beef and rinse it thoroughly in hot water to remove excess fat. Reduce the amount of sesame oil to 1 Tablespoon to keep the total amount of fat per serving under 5 grams. You can serve it with steamed cauli-rice or konjac noodles (see links above).
To make this dish a THM E meal, omit the coconut oil and spray your pan with coconut oil cooking spray then either substitute ultra lean turkey (96% fat free) or drain your ground beef and rinse it thoroughly in hot water to remove excess fat. Reduce the amount of sesame oil to 1 Tablespoon to keep the total amount of fat per serving under 5 grams. Serve it over steamed brown rice, or quinoa or offer it with a serving of fruit like sliced oranges or pineapple on the side.
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Please note that we are not medical or nutritional professionals. This blog contains our own opinions and experiences and should not be taken as any sort of professional medical advice. Before beginning any new diet regimen you should consult with your personal doctor. We include nutrition information for our recipes as a courtesy to our readers. It is calculated using WP Ultimate Recipe and we remove erythritol and xylitol from the final carb count because that is how THM calculates carbs. Information provided on this blog is accurate and true to the best of our knowledge but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes because we are human. We make every attempt to be as accurate as possible with the nutrition data supplied but you should independently calculate nutritional information on your own if  you have specific dietary restrictions before relying on ours. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 78.4mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 5.6mg

2 Comments on Keto Mongolian Beef Egg Roll in a Bowl


  1. Loved this! So good! I left the pepper flakes out for my family and sprinkled some on mine (yum!) And also cut back on the sweetening as I knew my family would think it’s too sweet, 2 tbs was perfect for us.

    I’ve got leftovers, thankfully! That’s what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe!

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