The New Cabbage Soup Diet
Remember the old cabbage soup diet?
I think I first tried it back in the eighties when I was in high school. Yeah, I’ve been dieting off and on for a lot of years. It was actually a pretty bad diet (a friend of mine said her mom actually passed out after trying it) but I kind of like the cabbage soup. The old cabbage soup diet recipe was not the best thing for you because the recipe called for dried onion soup mix which is super salty. Well, I’ve revamped that recipe into something delicious, low carb and healthy with lots of variations. It’s not really a “diet”. This soup has become a big part of my weight loss plan over the last few weeks. I make a big batch of this soup and have it for lunch or dinner or both a few days a week. Being prepared with this cabbage soup in the fridge as well as cooked protein like chicken, fish and beef has been a huge part of my success
Start with a basic cabbage soup recipe
I start with a really simple recipe for cabbage soup. Just sauteed onions, sweet peppers and celery, a head of savoy or regular cabbage, a few hands full of kale or whatever kind of greens you like and chicken broth or vegetable broth. Season with a little salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes. You’ll have a tasty basic soup. This recipe makes about 3 quarts of soup so you’ll have a lot to eat for the week. Now here’s the fun part, you don’t want to get bored so you can take this basic recipe and remix it into a multicultural mélange of magnificent flavor.
Add some canned diced tomato shredded chicken jalapeno and a little avocado on top to give it a Southwest flare.
Stir in some soy sauce (or coconut aminos is your are doing a Whole30 eating plan like I am) bok choy and pork and shrimp meatballs (HERE’S THE RECIPE FOR PORK AND SHRIMP MEATBALLS).
Top it all with some salad sprouts and you have a delicious Chinese inspired take on the recipe.
I’m a big fan of corned beef and cabbage so you can add some cooked corned beef and cauliflower or potatoes if you want to make it a bit Irish flavor.
My favorite way to eat The New Cabbage Soup Diet soup is with lots of fish sauce, shrimp, zucchini noodles and a big squeeze of fresh lime juice. I could eat that all day. It’s low in carbohydrates and high flavor. The cabbage and kale are full of fiber that will keep you full for hours. Add whatever protein you like and season it your favorite way, these are just a few suggestions.
So this really isn’t a diet, it’s a low carb eating plan. For the rest of my meals I eat fish, chicken or beef and lots of low carb vegetables like leafy greens, green beans, zucchini, spinach kale and collards. Like with any low carb died avoid sugar, bread, beans, potatoes (boy do I miss sweet potatoes) and other high carbohydrate foods. Two cups of this soup contain between 12 to 17 grams of carbohydrate depending on the vegetables you use. I don’t really count carbs, I just choose from the low carb vegetable listed above, combined with protein and eat until I’m full. As with any diet, please check with your doctor before you start.
- 1 onion
- 1 yellow or red bell pepper
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 head of savoy or regular green cabbage about 8 cups chopped
- 4 cups of chopped kale, collard greens, Swiss chard or your favorite green
- 8 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- OPTIONAL MIX INS
- 1 Shrimp with zucchini noodles, fish sauce lime and sprouts
- 2 Shredded cooked chicken with canned tomato, chili powder, jalapenos and avocado
- 3 Cooked corned beef, carrot and cauliflower
- 4 Pork and shrimp meat balls with bok choy, sesame oil, sprouts and soy sauce, or coconut aminos
- Chop the onion, celery and bell pepper
- Saute the vegetables in the oil until they soften, about 5-6 minutes
- Add chopped cabbage, kale and broth. If the cabbage and kale don't all fit put in half with the broth, let it simmer, covered until it wilts, about 5 minutes, then stir in the rest
- Let the soup simmer for 30 minutes
- This makes about 3 quarts of soup. Store the soup in the refrigerator and reheat the amount you need until needed.
- Reheat the amount of soup you need and add the mix ins to taste.
The New Cabbage Soup Diet