Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another Health Challenge & Counting Calories: Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup

So, I am, unfortunately dealing with yet another health issue.  My foot.  I'm not sure yet what the treatment will entail, but there's a fairly good chance I'm going to have to have surgery.  I am currently needing to stay off of it which impacts my life in many negative ways.  My job for one.  My boss is understanding, but not THIS understanding and who can blame him?  If I can't do my job, I can't do my job.  I'm waiting on an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon and will know more then. 

Second, if I'm not active, it is VERY difficult for me to lose weight, which means that starting TODAY, I am counting calories and going to be very strict about what I'm eating.  I have come too far to gain the weight back and losing weight is important when it comes to my foot anyway.  The less I weight, the less strain is on my foot.  I'm sure the years of being morbidly obese  and working on my feet did not help my situation. 

That being said, Cabbage Soup is my friend when it comes to calories.  I like to make a big batch and eat a bowl before meals or as a snack.  I "cheat" a little and use the store brand of Onion Soup Mix.  I'm a bit of a fan in certain recipes like my 3 Ingredient Veggie Burgers! 

As I said in the burger recipe post, there is no need to shame me, warn me or tell me how you would never use this product.  That's fine.  We all have our own comfort levels when it comes to food and I choose to use this product now and then.  If you don't, feel free to use this recipe as a substitute for the soup mix.  Negative comments about my food choices will only lead me to care less and less about sharing recipes with you on this blog and I am VERY serious about that!  

I digress.  Back to the Cabbage Soup Recipe.  Get your largest soup pot for this since it makes a lot! This recipes is adapted from the famous Cabbage Soup Diet recipe.  
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 large onions
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp (or less if you don't like heat) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 big carrots
  • 2 big stalks celery
  • 2 big zucchinis
  • 1 medium to large head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes and their liquid
  • 2 28 oz cans full of water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 envelope Onion Soup Mix (check the ingredients to make sure there's no animal products)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, torn 
  • Lots of black pepper
  • Salt or Tony's Creole Seasoning to taste
  1. Saute the onion, garlic and spices over medium heat (add a pinch of salt to get the juices flowing)
  2. Add the carrots, celery, zukes and cabbage along with the vinegar
  3. Saute for 3 more minutes
  4. Add the tomatoes, water, bay and onion soup mix
  5. Cover and bring to a strong simmer for 20 minutes 
  6. Turn off heat, add basil, pepper and salt/Tony's to taste
You can use any non-starchy veggies you have on hand and mix up the spices.  

1 cup of the soup has around 30 calories.  I like to eat two cups at a time.  


  1. I hope everything turns out well for you and that you have a quick recovery!

    This soup sounds so good right about now. The good things is that I have most of these ingredients at home already. :)


  2. Whether its low cal or not it certainly sounds like something uber nutritious to put into your body :). I am eating cauliflower green and celery soup at the moment. I decided to stop throwing my cauliflower greens into the compost bin and made soup out of them and after reading so much about you guys in the U.S. eating black beans (and wondering why after seeing the gluggy purple/grey results...) I bought some dried black beans (the only way we can get them here in Tasmania) and soaked and cooked them and tossed some in with my cauliflower leaf soup. I added a few butternut squash and sweet potato steamed cubes as well and almost fell off my chair...this stuff is amazing! Black beans are my new (purple gluggy) favourite bean officially :). Cheers for sharing your cabbage soup recipe. It is next on my adgenda for soupy goodness although I am going to throw some beans into it, some red lentils and some steamed veggies to top if all off. I hope your foot isn't anything too bad. I agree, it's our poor feet and knees that suffer when we put on weight. I was morbidly obese for most of my life so know what I am talking about :). It's people like you who share these amazing recipes that gave me back my ability to touch my toes. Cheers from the bottom of my heart and my newly freed knees :)