Philly Cheese-Steak Cabbage Wraps: All the Good Stuff, None of the Carbs

The cuisine that we have makes us unique and every culture has its own cuisine that makes it different form the rest of the world. People in Philadelphia have their own specific meal that all the tourists, locals, and visitors like, and that is the Philly cheese steak. It has been originally created by Pat Olivieri, in the 1930s.

Pat Olivieri was a hotdog vendor when he decided to experiment a little bit with his food. He grilled some beef from the nearby butchers’ and then placed it on an Italian roll. The smell was so tempting that a cab driver wanted to try this sandwich instead of the usual hotdog. The word for this tasty sandwich was spread really fast and drivers from all over the city visited Olivieri for steak sandwiches.

The success of this delicious sandwich was so huge that Olivieri opened Pat’s King of Steaks, on 9th Street. It became a cheese steak, when an employee “Cocky Joe” Lorenzo, in 1949, added cheese on top of the steak, making it even more delicious.

Everyone liked this new taste, and the cheesesteak was created and accepted by all of the customers. This was the history of the iconic Philly cheese steak. However, many people nowadays are on low-carb diet due to various reasons and the appetizing Philly sandwich is far from reachable for them.

Do not worry, you can still enjoy the tasty Philly cheese steak, but in an upgraded version that it will suit your food demands. You can easily replace the carb-roll with cabbage wrap and still enjoy the taste of the cheese steak. The meal will still remain delicious, but with lighter content.

There are numerous benefits of consuming a vegetable like cabbage due to its remarkable content. Namely, it is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but very low in calories and fat.

This veggie is rich in valuable nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, and sulfur, and most importantly contains a highly beneficial compound called sulforaphane that can delay and hamper the spread of cancer.

Plus, it is abundant with flavonoids, like anthocyanins, that have the ability to battle against inflammation and reduce blood pressure thus lowering the risk of developing a heart disease. The consumption of cabbage will aid the body’s digestion and reduce cholesterol levels.

Not to mention the fact, that is affordable, and easily adaptable to many recipes.

So, if you are a fan of the Philly sandwich here is a healthier version for you:

A Recipe of Philly Cheesesteak Cabbage Wraps

Needed Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. skirt steak, thinly sliced

  • Half onion of large size, thinly sliced

  • 6 slices of provolone

  • 2 large bell peppers, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon of oregano

  • Kosher salt (at your preference)

  • Black pepper, freshly ground (at your preference)

  • 8 green cabbage leaves, large


Prepare first your cabbage leaves by dipping them in a large pot of boiling water for half a minute. Use tongs, to blanch them, and then put them on a plate lined with a paper towel.

Now prepare the steak:

In a pan, over medium heat put 1 tablespoon of oil, and once heated add the bell peppers and the onion. Season the ingredients with pepper, salt, and oregano, and stir the mixture till it becomes soft. Once ready, remove the peppers and onions, and in the pan pour the other tablespoon of oil. Now, put the steak, season it, and cook each side for a couple of minutes. Next, include the peppers and onion, and top of it add the provolone. Close the pan with a lid, and leave it to melt the cheese.

Once it is melted, scoop the mixture and place it on the center of a blanched cabbage leaf. Fold one end so that the mixture is covered, and then roll the leaf in order to form a burrito.

Your healthy version of Philly cheese steak is ready for consumption. Enjoy it!