The New Cabbage Soup Diet
I think I first tried the cabbage soup diet back in the eighties when I was in high school. Yeah, I’ve been dieting off and on for a lot of years. Paper copies of the diet were passed around at school and in offices back in the pre-internet days. It was actually a pretty bad diet because it was very restrictive (a friend of mine said her mom passed out after trying it.) While the diet plan was not good for you I really liked the flavor of cabbage soup itself. The old cabbage soup diet recipe was super salty from the instant soup mix in the recipe.
I’ve made a few healthy changes to the cabbage soup and threw the rest of the “diet” out the window. I’ve included several variations on the cabbage soup recipe (including one for corned beef and cabbage soup) so you won’t get bored eating the same thing over and over.
How does the cabbage soup diet help you lose weight?
Well, I’ve revamped the old cabbage soup diet recipe into something delicious, low carb and healthy with lots of remixes or variations to suit all tastes. Full of vegetables and savory broth this soup will keep you full for a long time. It’s not really a “diet”.
This soup has become a big part of my weight loss plan over the last few weeks. 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. To make the cabbage soup diet a keto recipe simply add fat with your protein by drizzling the soup with olive oil.
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.
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Add some canned diced tomato, cooked shredded chicken, jalapeno peppers and a little avocado on top to give it a Southwest flare.
Stir in some soy sauce (or coconut aminos if you’re doing a Whole30 eating plan) 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.
The Keto Corned Beef and Cabbage variation of my Cabbage soup recipe
Is corned beef and cabbage keto?
Corned beef and cabbage certainly can be keto if you cook it like this! Add a serving of cooked corned beef and some cauliflower to substitute for potatoes. Corned beef tends to be very high in fat so you may want to trim it just a bit. Leave some fat on the corned beef so you will reach your required fat level for keto recipes.
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.
The New Cabbage Soup Diet with Remixes
- 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
- 1/2 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