Egg Roll in a Bowl Keto Recipe

It’s just like eating an egg roll, minus the wrapper because it’s keto-friendly!

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Egg roll in a bowl is everything I dream of: juicy, sesame-soy pan fried pork with tender crisp gingery garlic cabbage and just a hit of spice. It’s just like eating an egg roll, minus the wrapper because it’s keto-friendly!

I love love love egg rolls/spring rolls – that crispy crunchy chew and the meaty, savory juicy filling. I even love the bits of vegetables. What I don’t love is the fact that I can eat dozens of spring rolls in a row. Thus, this egg roll in a bowl! I’m back on the keto train and this is one of my most satisfying low carb meals. It’s one pan, it’s fast, it’s packed with protein, and it’s delicious.

I am an egg roll addict. I mean, to be technical about it, I am a spring roll addict. At least, that’s what I grew up calling egg rolls because that’s what they’re called in Chinese – when you translate the Chinese to English they’re spring rolls. Spring rolls, egg rolls, no matter which, they’re delicious so I just roll with it.

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What is egg roll in a bowl

Egg roll in a bowl is essentially an egg roll without the wrapper. Egg rolls usually have ground pork, vegetables, and seasoning wrapped up in a crunchy, chewy wrapper. We’ve ditched the wrapper to make a low-carb, keto friendly meal in a bowl. Usually the vegetables are cut up really small in an egg roll, but here I keep them nice and chunky so they have some heft and chew.

How to make egg roll in a bowl

  1. Brown. Give your meat a nice sear for that delicious maillard reaction.
    Wilt. Add in the ginger, garlic, and vegetables/cabbage and cook just until the greens is tender.
  2. Scramble. Push everything to one side and add the lightly beaten eggs. Cook the eggs to your liking.
  3. Season. Stir in the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Scoop it into a bowl, top it off with some toasted sesame seeds and enjoy!

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I made my egg roll in a bowl with ground turkey but you can use whatever you like and fits into your macros: ground pork, ground beef, ground chicken, even ground lamb. Or, ooh, imagine if you did ground duck?! That would be so luxe.

Is there egg?

This egg roll in a bowl has egg in it! I couldn’t resist adding in eggs because the extra protein makes it even more filling. Plus I thought it just made sense to include eggs since “egg” is in the title. The egg is completely optional, but I love the happy little pops of yellow that it adds.

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Egg roll in a bowl ingredients

  • Ground meat. You can use whatever ground meat you like. Inside classic egg rolls it’s ground pork. I like using a lean ground meat so I will typically go for ground turkey breast because I am always aiming to go below my fat macros.
  • Garlic and ginger. The dynamic duo that will add so much flavor to your egg roll in a bowl.
  • Greens. Cabbage, kale, anything goes as long as it’s leafy. If you’re in a hurry, do yourself a favor and pick up coleslaw mix from the store.
  • Eggs. Extra protein for the win! Plus it gives the egg roll in a bowl a little bit of color.
  • Tamari or soy sauce. Technically tamari is better than soy sauce because soy sauce has quite a few carbs in it. If you’re not strict or are just doing low-carb, go for the soy sauce because it has so much more flavor. I usually use low-sodium soy sauce for the flavor and season with salt so I can up my electrolytes.
  • Shaoxing wine. This is the secret ingredient that will make your at home Chinese food taste just like your favorite Chinese restaurant.
  • Toasted sesame oil. Toasted sesame oil will add so much flavor you won’t believe it. It’s nutty and aromatic and addictive. You can find it in the Asian aisle. You want toasted sesame oil, not the regular stuff.
  • Hot sauce. Add some hot sauce for a bit of kick! I like sambal oelek, which is a chili garlic hot sauce that has very few carbs in it, but go ahead and use your fave.

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How is this a keto egg roll in a bowl?

It’s keto (which is a super low carb diet) because it’s low in carbs and high in protein, which is perfect for fitting into your keto macros.

Egg roll in a bowl macros

Net carbs 3.6 grams
Protein 32.6 grams
Fat 19.4 grams

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TikTok Hot Chocolate Bombs

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What is a hot chocolate bomb?

Hot chocolate bombs or hot cocoa bombs are cute lil balls of chocolate that you put into a mug. When you pour hot milk into the mug, the chocolate melts and magically releases the marshmallows and cocoa hiding inside.

It’s super cute and fun and you can make SO many flavor variations! They sell hot chocolate bombs/hot chocolate balls at the store, but around here I haven’t seen any so I decided to make my own. You can too!

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What you need to make homemade hot chocolate bombs

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How to make homemade hot chocolate bombs

  1. Melt your chocolate. Use the microwave to melt the chocolate melts or chocolate stirring in between until everything is smooth and pourable.melted chocolate | www.iamafoodblog.com
  2. Fill the molds. Scoop some chocolate into the mold and use the back of a spoon or pastry brush to push the melted chocolate around the molds, making it thick enough along the sides and edges. Pop the molds into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set.making hot chocolate bombs | www.iamafoodblog.com
  3. Remove the chocolate from the molds. Gently push the half spheres out of the silicone mold.chocolate domes for hot chocolate bombs | www.iamafoodblog.com
  4. Melt the edges. Microwave a microwave safe plate for a minute, you want the plate to be just hot enough to melt the chocolate. Pick up the empty half of the chocolate bomb and place it on the warm plate for a couple of seconds, just until it melts.
  5. Fill. Add 1 tablespoon hot cocoa powder and mini marshmallows (and any other add-ins you want) to half of the spheres. Pick up another half and melt the edge on the warm plate then push the two sides together to seal.filling hot chocolate bombs | www.iamafoodblog.com
  6. Decorate. Drizzle on some extra chocolate, decorate with crushed cookies, candy, or sprinkles!hot chocolate bombs | www.iamafoodblog.comIf you don’t have a mold, wrap two eggs in saran wrap and dip them in the melted chocolate. Place on a plate and let set. Dip them again (so the shell is slightly thick), then melt the edges, add the insides, and seal.

    What if I don’t have a silicone mold?

    Don’t worry, you can still make chocolate bombs without a mold! You can wrap eggs in plastic wrap dip them and let them set. They don’t end up completely round, but it still works.

    Which mold should I get for hot chocolate bombs?

    The best mold for is a half sphere silicone mold. You can easily push the mold to pop the chocolate out. Silicone molds are cheap (compared to professional acrylic molds) and easy to use. The molds I use are 2 inches, but you can use up to 2.5 inches.

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    What chocolate can I use for hot chocolate bombs?

    I went the easy route and melted down chocolate chips, but you can also use candy melts which are easy to work with but don’t taste as good. There is also chocolate called couverture chocolate which is formulated to be easy to melt and set.

    How can I tell if my chocolate is high quality?

    Take a look at the ingredients. You’ll want a chocolate with 65% or more cocoa. The cocoa percentage that you see on chocolate packaging tells you how much of the chocolate is made from actual cocoa beans. Your chocolate should also have cocoa butter in it, which creates the melting quality of chocolate. Couverture chocolate (as I mentioned above) has a high percentage of cocoa butter, which is why it melts smoothly making it an excellent chocolate for making hot chocolate bombs.

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    Help! My hot chocolate spheres keep breaking!

    If your spheres keep breaking, you want to double check three things:

    • How you melted your chocolate/chocolate tempering.
    • The edges.
    • How long you let it set.

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    How to temper chocolate

    Tempering chocolate is a fancy way of saying melting chocolate, but it’s a bit more than just melting, it’s making sure that it doesn’t get too hot. If you don’t temper chocolate properly, it will melt at room temperature, it doesn’t really hold it’s shape, and it’s as shiny. Here’s how to temper chocolate.

    1. Chop your chocolate. Chopping up your chocolate with a knife makes sure all the pieces are small – smaller pieces means it melts more evenly. If you get couverture chocolate, it will come in wafers, you don’t need to chop this.
    2. Put the chocolate in a heat safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. It won’t look melted but don’t put it in for any longer! Use a rubber spatula to move the pieces of chocolate around. Some of the chocolate will be more melty and you’re going to use that heat to help melt the rest of the chocolate. Once you’ve stirred, it’s time to put it back in the microwave.
    3. Microwave the bowl again for 15 seconds, then remove and stir from the outside in. The outside pieces of chocolate will be more melted than the inside. Use the heat from the outside chocolate to help melt the pieces in the middle. If you have an instant read thermometer, check to see if your chocolate is between 88-90°F. That is the ideal range for tempering chocolate.
    4. If your chocolate isn’t smooth yet, microwave it again for 15 seconds and stir. Keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. It’s best to underheat the chocolate because the residual heat from the bowl and the rest of the chocolate will help you will the melting.
    5. Spoon a bit of your smooth tempered chocolate onto a piece of parchment and put it in the fridge for 5 minutes. If it looks shiny and snaps when you break it in half, your chocolate has been tempered properly!

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    What if I heated up my chocolate too much?

    If your chocolate is bendy and doesn’t snap when you do the test in the fridge, it’s okay! Just add some more chopped chocolate to the bowl with your melted chocolate and stir it until it melts. Aim for 90°F and then do the fridge and snap test again.

    How to temper chocolate on the stove/How to temper chocolate without a microwave

    To temper chocolate on the stove:

    1. Chop your chocolate into small pieces
    2. Make a double boiler by placing a heat proof bowl on top of a small pot. Fill the pot with just an inch or two of water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Turn the heat on to low.
    3. Add 2/3 of chopped chocolate to the bowl and stir, while the steam from the simmering water melts the chocolate.
    4. When the chocolate is smooth and melted, carefully remove it from the double boiler and stir in the remaining chocolate. This will help the melted chocolate cool down to the right temperature, 88-90°F.

    How to fill the molds for hot chocolate bombs

    If you’re having problems with your spheres breaking or not releasing, I have tips!

    • Clean your mold. Use a lint free-paper towel and make sure the inside of your silicone mold is nice and shiny. If there’s lint it in it or any residue it will come out on your chocolate.
    • Use a (clean) paint brush. I used the back of a spoon to push the chocolate around but if you use a paint brush you’ll have a lot more control. Paint the inside of the mold generously, let set for 5 minutes in the fridge, then apply a second coat being sure to paint extra along the edges so they edges are reinforced.
    • Make sure you let the chocolate set enough in the fridge. When the chocolate is set, it will be shiny and snappy and release easily from the molds.

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    Even more tips!

    If you’re having problems with your spheres breaking or not releasing, I have even more tips!

    • Clean your mold. Use a paper towel and make sure the inside of your silicone mold is nice and shiny. If there’s lint it in it or any residue it will come out on your chocolate.
    • Use a (clean) paint brush. I used the back of a spoon to push the chocolate around but if you use a paint brush you’ll have a lot more control. Paint the inside of the mold generously, let set for 5 minutes in the fridge, then apply a second coat being sure to paint extra along the edges so they edges are reinforced.
    • Make sure you let the chocolate set long enough in the fridge. When the chocolate is set, it will be shiny and snappy and release easily from the molds.

    Will it be chocolate-y enough?

    Some of you are worried that there won’t be enough hot chocolate mix inside the the hot chooclate bomb. The outside of the bomb melts down and adds a HUGE chocolate hit. You can also add hot chocolate instead of milk to melt your hot chocolate bomb if you want a double hot chocolate!

    For snowman hot chocolate bombs:

    1. Melt some white chocolate.
    2. Make the spheres as outlined above.
    3. Fill with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.
    4. Seal the hot chocolate bombs.
    5. Pipe on eyes and a mouth with melted chocolate.
    6. Pipe on an orange nose with orange candy melts and enjoy!

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    For peppermint hot chocolate bombs:

    1. Melt some white chocolate
    2. Make the spheres as outlined above.
    3. Fill with peppermint hot chocolate mix and marshmallows.
    4. Seal the hot chocolate bombs.
    5. Drizzle with extra white chocolate.
    6. Sprinkle on crushed candy canes and enjoy!peppermint hot chocolate bombs | www.iamafoodblog.com

      Instructions

      • Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave. Use 15 second bursts, stirring in between until everything is smooth and pourable. It will take about 1-2 minutes.
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      • Scoop some chocolate into the mold and use the back of a spoon or pastry brush to push the melted chocolate around the molds, making it thick enough along the sides and edges.
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      • Place the molds into the freezer for 5-10 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes to set. A couple of minutes into them setting, take them out and brush/spoon extra chocolate on the top edges to make it thicker. Let set completely, then carefully pop the chocolate dome out of the mold and set aside on a cold plate.
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      • Microwave an empty plate for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until warm, but not hot. Take one chocolate dome and place it on the plate for a couple of seconds to melt the edges. Working quickly, flip it around and add 1 tablespoon hot cocoa powder and mini marshmallows and any other add-ins you want.
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      • Take another dome and melt its edge on the warm plate. Join the two domes together into a sphere and hold until sealed. Let set in the fridge or freezer while you make the rest of your spheres.
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      • To serve: Put into a mug, pour on warm milk (or hot chocolate!) and watch the magic! Stir everything up and enjoy.
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Tiktok Tortilla Wrap Hack

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Have you guys seen the tiktok tortilla (aka the tiktok wrap hack) that’s floating around the internets?! I think it’s the most genius way to fold a tortilla wrap ever.

Mike showed me an Instagram reel of someone wrap hacking and afterwards I spent way too long doing a deep dive and watching mesmerizing videos of people wrap hacking all the things. Have you ever thought of putting chicken nuggets in a wrap? Or noodles?! I saw that!

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TikTok wrap hack?

After a little bit of sleuthing, I found out on BuzzFeed that the first person to do the wrap hack was @ellcarter1 on TikTok. The wrap hack is now mega trending and there have been hundreds of wrap hacks popping up!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, the wrap hack is basically the smartest way to make a wrap. You make a cut from the middle of the tortilla down to one edge, fill the different quadrants with fillings, then fold it all up into a neat triangle that can be eaten as is or grilled. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, when I make wraps they burst or split. Because this wrap isn’t rolled, there isn’t any chance of that. All your fillings stay inside the wrap and it’s super easy and neat to eat.

What is the TikTok wrap hack?

The wrap hack is a super simple way to wrap up tortilla wraps! Instead of rolling all the fillings up, the tortilla is folded into quarters, making a compact, triangle shaped wrap.

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Tiktok tortilla: Crunchwrap supreme edition

I especially love that you can infinitely customize the wrap hack! Anything goes. Think: pizza, breakfast, healthy vegetables, sweet stuff. The sky is the limit. For my very first wrap hack I made a crunchwrap supreme: super savory juicy seasoned ground beef, melty cheese, crisp lettuce with fresh tomatoes, sour cream, and crunchy tortillas chips, all wrapped up and grilled up to perfection. SO GOOD. Here’s how to do it!

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How to wrap hack

  1. Lay your tortilla out on a cutting board. Take a knife and make a cut from the middle of the tortilla down to the edge.
  2. Imagine the tortilla being divided up into four quadrants or quarters. Place a different ingredient into each quadrant.
  3. Fold the wrap up, starting from the bottom left quarter, folding it up over the top left, then folding it over to the top right, then folding it down to the bottom right.
  4. Enjoy as is or grill in a panini press or pan.

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How to make a wrap hack crunchwrap supreme

  1. Prep the ingredients: cook off the ground beef with some taco seasoning, shred the lettuce, and chop the tomatoes.
  2. Cut the tortilla: Lay your tortilla out on a cutting board. Take a knife and make a cut from the middle of the tortilla down to the edge.
  3. Make the wrap: Place the lettuce and tomatoes in one quarter, the sour cream and tortilla chips in another quarter, shredded cheese and beef in another quarter, and just cheese in the last quarter.
  4. Fold the wrap: Fold the wrap up, starting from the bottom left quarter, folding it up over the top left, then folding it over to the top right, then folding it down to the bottom right.
  5. Grill the wrap: Grill your wrap in a panini press or place it in a pan and cook over medium heat, flipping once.
  6. Enjoy eating your homemade wrap hack crunch wrap supreme!

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TikTok tortilla: sushi edition

Finally, if you’re loving the TikTok tortilla hack but want to do DIY sushi, try it out with nori! It’s been floating around lately and it’s way easier than rolling sushi at home. Even though seaweed sheets/nori are squares and not round, it essentially works the same way. All you need is a large sheet of nori, some sushi rice, toppings, and a sauce of your choice.

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We went with salmon, avocado, cucumber, sriracha and mayo for a spicy salmon roll feel. To make it, cut halfway through the nori sheet to the center, add your toppings to the different quadrants, fold and enjoy. Feel free to add on some furikake (rice seasoning) or toasted sesame seeds.

I can’t wait to wrap hack ALL the things. What’s on your wrap hack wish list?!

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Instructions

  • Make the taco beef: Brown the beef in a frying pan over medium high heat until browned and cooked through. Drain off any excess fat, if needed. Add the spices and stir in. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
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  • Make the wrap: Lay the tortilla down on a cutting board. Take a knife and cut a line from the center of the tortilla to the bottom edge.
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  • Starting at the bottom left quarter, add shredded lettuce and tomato. To the top left quarter, spread on some sour cream and top with tortilla chips. On the top right quarter, sprinkle on some cheese and add some ground beef. Finally, on the last quarter, sprinkle on some more cheese.
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  • Starting with the bottom left corner and fold it up over the top left.
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  • Then fold it over to the top right.
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  • Finally, fold it down to the bottom right.
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  • Grill in a pan over medium heat until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese melts, flipping once, about 3-4 minutes per side. Enjoy!
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