As someone with Polish roots, I have always loved the comforting and flavorful dish of Haluski.
However, I often found myself concerned about the calorie content, especially when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and being calorie conscious.
That’s when I decided to create a low calorie Haluski recipe that retains all the traditional flavors while being guilt free.
I cut back on the loads of butter and amount of noodles in this recipe, which drastically slashes the calorie count, and you would NEVER know!
With just 192 calories per serving and 576 calories in the entire recipe (which serves 3), this lighter version of Haluski is perfect for those who want to savor the taste without worrying about their calorie intake.Jump to Recipe
Why You Will Love This Low Calorie Haluski
If you are Polish, or even not Polish and just love Haluski, you are going to love this recipe.
You will not believe something this good can be so low in calories!
- It’s a guilt free indulgence.
This recipe is perfect for those watching their weight or counting calories, but feel like they can’t enjoy this classic Polish dish.
Now you can enjoy Haluski and not have to feel so bad about it.
- The recipe is packed with flavor.
Just because the calorie count is slashed, the flavor is not. This recipe still has that flavor you love.
It will take you right back to the Polish picnic.
- It contains noodles!
I know for me personally, the noodles are one of my favorite parts of Haluski.
Many low calorie versions of Haluski leave out the noodles, this recipe does not.
- It’s a simple and quick.
This recipe takes no time at all and is ready in about 30 minutes.
You do not have to wait hours to enjoy dinner.
This Haluski dish uses ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store, and aren’t gonna leave you broke either.
- 1/2 head green cabbage (150 calories)
Cabbage adds a crunchy texture and earthy flavor to the dish. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it’s a healthy addition to any meal.
Cabbage can be used to make a variety of dishes, such as sauerkraut.
Cabbage is an essential ingredient to Haluski. It is hard to make Haluski without it!
- 1 medium cooking onion (56 calories)
Onions provide a sweet and savory base for the Haluski, enhancing its taste without adding a ton of calories.
Don’t skip the onion if you can help it!
- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light (70 calories)
This low calorie butter substitute adds creaminess to the dish without the extra fat. I use this substitute quite often. You can find it in the butter aisle.
Make sure you are getting the “light” version and not the regular to be sure you are saving all the calories you can.
- Vegetable oil (100 calories)
Use a small amount of vegetable oil to sauté the onions and cabbage, keeping the dish light and flavorful.
The vegetable oil is needed to coat the cabbage and onions and give the Haluski the classic flavor. You only need a tiny amount.
A little bit of oil goes a long way.
- Salt and Pepper (based on taste)
Adjust the salt according to your taste preference, I find one tablsepoon does it for me.
Add a hint of pepper to enhance the overall flavor of the Haluski.
If you like a more peppery Haluski, use more. I use ½ tsp in mine.
- No Yolk Noodles (200 calories)
These egg free noodles keep the dish low in calories while still providing a hearty and comforting element to the meal.
Believe it or not, 1 ½ cup of these noodles is more than enough!
Need a dessert with your Haluski? Try these!
- Low Calorie Fudgy Hershey Brownies
- Low Calorie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- Low Calorie Golden Oreo Fluff
How To Make It
To make things easier, you can start out by chopping up your cabbage and onions, then you’re ready to go.
Add the 2 tablespoons of butter substitute and 1 tablespoon of oil to a pot.
In a large pot or skillet, sauté the chopped onion with the oil and butter substitute on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until they turn translucent.
You don’t need to cook them down too much.
Add the sliced green cabbage to the skillet along with your salt and pepper and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes, allowing the cabbage to wilt and cook down.
Keep stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook until the cabbage reaches your desired tenderness Mine took 20 minutes.
While the cabbage and onions are cooking, boil the No Yolk Noodles according to package instructions (usually around 9 minutes).
Once cooked, strain the noodles.
Combine the cooked noodles with the sautéed cabbage and onions, mixing them well to distribute the flavors evenly.
Serve the low calorie Haluski warm and enjoy your guilt free Polish delight! So good.
Here is a list of common substitutions you might want to consider, however, none are required.
- Swap the cabbage.
Instead of green cabbage, you can use Napa cabbage for a milder flavor.
- Use a different butter substitute.
This brand is the lowest calorie count I could find in the store, which is why I use it so much.
- Add apples or carrots.
For a touch of sweetness, add sliced apples or carrots to the sautéed cabbage and onions. This is perfect for fall!
- Add Turkey Bacon.
If you want to spruce up the recipe even more, try adding a couple pieces of sliced turkey bacon to it.
How To Make It Even Lower Calorie:
- Skip the noodles altogether
You can leave out the noodles and serve the sautéed cabbage and onions as a flavorful dish.
Not everyone likes noodles in their Haluski believe it or not, so if you want to leave them out, that is totally fine.
How long does this low Calorie Haluski keep?
Low Calorie Haluski can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Do not store at room temperature!
Can you freeze it?
Yes, you can freeze this recipe for up to three months.
While cabbage and onions freeze well, noodles might lose their texture upon freezing.
Consider freezing the sautéed cabbage and onions separately and add freshly boiled noodles when reheating.
However, if you are not concerned about the texture of the noodles, I have frozen it as is and it came out perfectly fine.
Low Calorie Haluski (With Noodles!)
- 1 Pot or Skillet
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 Cutting knife
- 1/2 head Green cabbage
- 1 Medium cooking onion
- 1 tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1.5 cup No yolk noodles save the rest for other recipes
- Chop cabbage and onion into small pieces and add your butter substitute and vegetable oil to your pot or skillet.
- Sautee onion in the butter substitute and vegetable oil on medium heat 5 minutes or until translucent.
- Add chopped cabbage with salt and pepper and cook on low heat 20-25 minutes with the lid on until wilted and cooked down. Mine took 20 minutes. Be sure to stir once in awhile.
- Boil No Yolk noodles for 9 minutes while cabbage and onions are cooking. Strain and rinse.
- Add noodles to cabbage and onions and combine.
- Serve warm.
-Can be frozen for up to 3 months.
-Do not leave Haluski at room temperature.
-Feel free to make any substitutions you like, such as adding turkey bacon, carrots or apples.
-Feel free to swap green cabbage for cabbage of your choice.
Indulge in the delightful taste of Low Calorie Haluski without any guilt! This light and flavorful recipe brings the best of Polish cuisine to your plate while keeping your calorie count in check.
Enjoy a healthier version of this classic dish that doesn’t compromise on taste or tradition.
Make this Low Calorie Haluski for your family and friends, and they will love every bite!