Egg Roll in a Bowl

Or in our case on a plate. A plastic plate.

Taken with the food photo function on my Samsung 10.

While we we’re staying in Okinawa, Japan last year I discovered chopped bags of onion, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers.

Japan is a great place to be if you want to eat healthy. The convenience stores are stocked with grab and go meals of seaweed wrapped rice, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, etc. Not the standard American style convenience store that consist of chips, chocolate, soda, alcohol and cigarettes. Sure you can find these things but they are not displayed front and center, to their credit, the healthy stuff is.

Each time we visit a new country I always scour the internet for recipes that are in line with what’s available in that particular location. While in Japan my Pinterest feed showed me a recipe for Egg Roll in a Bowl. Perfect.

Shopping in a new country can be intimidating when you can’t speak the language

Whole30 reset is a perfect time to revisit this amazing dish.

The traditional recipe uses soy sauce which is off limits so I was pretty stoked to find a Whole30 friendly version in my quest to keep us well fed and happy. And it can be done in my Instant Pot using the sauté mode. I had to chop my own veg but even still this recipe comes together in less then 30 minutes.

A Shop on the famous Kokasai street in Naha, Okinawa


2 Tbsp. olive oil divided

1 lb.  beef 

1 ½ cup sweet onion finely diced

1 cup carrots shredded

½ tsp ginger minced

3 cloves garlic crushed

¼ cup chicken broth

5 cups cabbage cut into ¼-inch shreds

2 Tbsp. coconut aminos

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

½ tsp. salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper to taste

Toasted sesame seeds optional

Green onions optional


  1. Over medium heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and add ground beef. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until beef is cooked through.
  2. Push beef to the side of the pan and add onion and other tablespoon of oil. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add shredded carrots, garlic, and ginger and saute for 2 minutes. Stir the vegetables and turkey together.
  4. Add chicken broth, cabbage, coconut aminos, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  5. Sauté for 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender crisp.
  6. Just before serving top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
Kevin loved trying every possible intriguing drink from the multiple vending machines that are on every corner in Japan.

Kevin absolutely loved the Egg Roll in a Bowl. ‘Put it in the rotation’.


Markets are a fun place to explore and find fresh fruit, vegetables and meats.
Another market in Naha, Okinawa

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