Philly Cheesesteak Cabbage Wraps: All the Good Stuff, None of the Carbs


Many people are fans of the Philly cheesesteak, however, the calories and fats in one of these sandwiches can make you think twice of getting one. Cabbage wraps came to the rescue, replacing the buns and giving you the option to eat Philly cheesesteak and not gain the extra calories. The cabbage is an alternative for the bread of the sandwich and all of the other ingredients go inside of the cabbage which serves as a wrap. Not only is it low on carbs, but tasty as well.

The sandwich began as an early 20th-century food truck item and since became the most iconic food in Philadelphia. If you want to eat these kinds of food and still keep a healthy diet, then this alternative with low carbs is just for you!

The Original Philly

When you cut the beefsteak in thin-sliced pieces and smother it in melted cheese on top of a long crusty roll you get the classic Philly cheesesteak. People also add fried onions or sweet peppers on the top of the sandwich. It does not matter how you like your sandwich, the natives of Philadelphia and visitors from all over the world can agree that the sandwiches are history for this region.

Pat Olivieri was the one who invented the original cheesesteak in the 1930s. Even though Pat was a hot dog vendor in South Philadelphia, he decided to throw some beef on the grill one day and add it to an Italian roll. A passing cab driver was intrigued by the smell and instead of ordering the regular hotdog, he decided to order a steak sandwich.

After that, the sandwich became very popular and everyone had heard of the delicious steak sandwich. After the success, Pat opened his restaurant which he called Pat’s King of Steaks and it was located on 9th Street.

Cabbage Craze

You can make wraps out of cabbage which becomes a great alternative to remove the carbs from many meals and pack them with some amazing health benefits. Cabbage is a very healthy vegetable, giving benefits from hearth health to digestion.

Health Benefits of Cabbage:

  • Half cup of cooked cabbage contains less than 20 calories, low in fat, and high in fiber.
  • Cabbage contains huge amounts of sulfur and vitamin C.
  • Many cruciferous vegetables alongside cabbage contain sulforaphane, a compound that is regarded and researched for its ability to delay and stop cancer. Additionally, anthocyanin, an antioxidant is also found in red cabbage which has been also researched for its potential to slow the growth of cancer cells.
  • Anthocyanins, as well as other flavonoids in cabbage, can reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease risks.

Philly Cheesesteak Cabbage Wraps

Even though the original recipe of Philly cheesesteaks is very delicious, sometimes people need something lighter from the menu. Whenever you have a craving for Philly cheesesteak, try replacing the roll of the sandwich with a wrap from a cabbage.

With this amazing recipe, you will decrease the intake of carbs and gain the beneficial substances contained in cabbage.


  • 8 large green cabbage leaves
  • ½ large onion sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large bell peppers sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. of skirt steak sliced thinly
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese


  1. Add water to a large pot and boil it. Branch the cabbage using tongs and drip the leaves in the water for 30 seconds. After, place the cabbage on a plate lined with a paper towel to dry them
  2. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers and onions to the pot and season them with salt, pepper, and oregano as desired. Stir the peppers and onions for 5 minutes till they soften or cook them till tender. Remove them from the pot after.
  3. Add the rest of the oil into the pan and add the steak in a single layer. Season the steak as desired with pepper and salt. Each side of the steak needs to be cooked for 2 minutes or until the steak is seared on each side.
  4. Combine the peppers and onion in the pan alongside the steak. After, add the provolone cheese on top of the mixture and cover the pan until the cheese melts.
  5. Scoop the mixture in the center of a blanched cabbage leaf and fold the other end of the cabbage over the mixture. Roll the leaf to form a burrito with one open end.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy cheesesteak wrap!


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