Last updated January 25, 2021 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls

This is a tasty Eastern European dish that combines lean meat and lots of vegetables. Most cabbage roll recipes include lots of rice, added sugar, and other foods that should be avoided on a Candida diet.

For this version I’ve removed the added sugar and used buckwheat groats instead of the rice. The result is a healthy, filling meal that works great on a Candida diet.

Cabbage is a great probiotic food and can also help to heal the gut lining. Reducing intestinal inflammation is a key goal on the Candida diet, and cabbage juice is a well known for repairing and protecting the intestinal membrane.

If you haven’t eaten buckwheat before you might think it’s a grain, but actually it is a fruit seed. Diets high in buckwheat have been linked to lower cholesterol and better control of blood sugars (both good news for anyone suffering from Candida symptoms). It is also totally gluten-free.

I use buckwheat a lot in my cooking. You can use buckwheat groats in a dish like this, or bake healthy cookies with buckwheat flour. I hope you enjoy the cabbage rolls!

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4.45 from 20 votes
Cabbage rolls
Cabbage Rolls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 529 kcal
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 1 lb minced beef or lamb
  • ½ cup uncooked buckwheat groats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Tear 6-8 leaves off the cabbage and cook in boiling water or steam until wilted enough to be flexible. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add the meat, uncooked buckwheat groats, 1 of the onions (chopped), egg, salt and 2 of the minced garlic cloves to a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.

  3. Roll the meat and buckwheat mixture up into the cabbage leaves and put them in a baking dish.
  4. For the tomato sauce, heat 2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat in a medium sized pan. Sauté the other onion, the remaining garlic and the chopped tomatoes.

  5. Place the stuffed cabbage leaves in a baking dish and drizzle with the tomato sauce. Add 1 cup of water and cover.
  6. Bake in the oven 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt.

Nutritious, tasty meals like this are what the Candida diet is all about. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out our Ultimate Candida Diet program. It includes more than 100 tasty recipes for every meal and every stage of the Candida diet.

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  1. Rachel Bortnik says:

    Is there a way I can get your recipe books not on ebooks? I would like to get a hard copy, not online.

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Rachel! Currently it only comes in ebooks, but at some point I will probably look at a printed book too. There are no plans at the moment though.

  2. Soska says:

    5 stars
    Oh yum. This looks amazing! I love all of the coconut you used in this recipe too I’ve never heard of buckwheat groats, I’ll have to look for them on my next trip to the store.

  3. Carrie says:


    Is it possible to use 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa instead of buckwheat groats. I can’t find it where I live. Thanks,

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Yes, give it a try!

    2. Alissa says:

      Carrie, how did these turn out with quinoa?

      1. Marisa says:

        I too would like to know how the quinoa substitute worked out 🙂

  4. Carla says:

    5 stars
    These turned out great. Everyone loved them!!

  5. Bianka says:

    5 stars
    As an Eastern European I was so happy to find your recipe for my candida diet! All I added was a spoonful of paprika to the meat mixture 🙂

  6. Maša says:

    5 stars
    Sarma 😍 I’m so happy to see that there is healthy version, ajvar too. Thanks to you my candida diet doesn’t feel overwhelming 💞

  7. Nanda says:

    5 stars
    Just made these for lunch with ground turkey. I used quinoa instead of the buckwheat groats. Worked great!

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