Halupki is a Slovakian stuffed cabbage dish that my family used to have all the time when I was a kid. It frequented our table because it is relatively inexpensive, filling, and aside from the time spent rolling the cabbage leaves with all the stuffing, a pretty simple dish to prepare. Well, when we embarked on the paleo lifestyle this was definitely a dish I didn’t want to miss out on and I thought would be simple enough to find a paleo alternative and I was correct and I found something even better!

Upon a quick internet search I stumbled upon the Paleo Parents version of a paleo halupki and it wasn’t just any halupki recipe, but one that was about to change my life!  Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic but seriously, when you’ve got a lot of hats to wear and an almost-2-year-old running around, you need all the help you can get.  I’m also a bit of a slow cook…okay, I’m REALLY slow in the kitchen, so not rolling cabbage leaves for an hour is a big relief.  Don’t be fooled by our paleo baby’s expression below, this paleo halupki stir-fry is awesome!!  He is just super-serious about his eating time! 🙂

These are the ingredients you’ll need:

3/4 lb. ground lamb or pork depending on your preference
3/4 lb. ground chuck or venison
1 Onion, medium diced
3 cloves minced garlic
1 head of green cabbage, chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup cauli-rice
salt and pepper to taste

We don’t usually have lamb on hand as much as we’d like so we use ground pork and ground beef.  We also use a little more garlic because we love garlic.  For the cauli-rice we use Against All Grain’s recipe from her book because we LOVE it by itself so we normally make enough to snack on while dinner is cooking!  The only other difference, which is personal preference, is we enjoy adding some white vinegar to the pan in the last step as it is simmering.  I just love my cabbage with vinegar so that’s why we do it! 


I hope you’ll give this flavorful, easy recipe a try and let us know how you like it!  Any other Eastern European dishes that are a staple in your household?