Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup is a well known item in the dieter’s repertoire. It has been unfairly criticised and ridiculed but when made properly, it is nourishing, filling and low in calories, making the perfect meal for a dieter on a low calorie diet.

Ingredients
1 tbsp of oil or a knob of butter
6 large green onions

2 green peppers

1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)

3 Carrots

10 oz or 1 packet of fresh mushrooms

1 bunch of celery

Half a head of cabbage

1 package commercial soup mix
(optional)
1 or 2 vegetable stock cubes (optional)
Seasoning to taste such as salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

NOTE: if you are using commercial soup mix or stock cubes, do not add salt to the vegetables or your soup will end up too salty!

Method
Add the oil or butter to a large thick bottomed pan and put on gentle heat.
Slice the green onions, add them to the pot and start cooking gently.
Cut the green pepper stem ends off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out and cut into bite size pieces and add to pot.
Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage, cut the remainder into bite size pieces and add to the pot.
Clean the carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
Chop the celery and add to the pot.Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.
Add your seasoning to your taste. If you prefer spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.

Put a tight lid on the pot and let the vegetables “sweat” gently for about 10 minutes, to release their flavor. Check the pot to make sure nothing is drying up or burning.

Now add your liquid. Along with the tinned tomatoes, you can use just plain water, or made up packet soup mix or stock cubes. You will probably find about 12 cups of liquid in total is sufficient. Cover the pot again and keep heat on low. Let the soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.

This is a very low calorie meal. While it will do for a replacement meal during the day, do not use it as a full day’s nutrition. You need some protein and fat too. You could eat a piece of cheese along with it, to add protein and fat or crumble a piece of cooked bacon over a bowl of it.