Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cabbage Soup & Miami

Who doesn’t love Miami?? …The palm trees, the fresh humid ocean air and the bikinis…The. Bikinis.
That I would soon be wearing – Eeek!
So as I was mentally packing to head to Miami for our little get-away, I was constantly reminding myself that I would soon be wearing a bikini – Every. Day.  This was my last opportunity to cut out all bad foods in an effort to look my best with very little clothing, and possibly (gasp!) be photographed as such, and potentially have something wind up on Facebook.  Yikes!
So on Sunday, I was surfing through healthy recipes when I remembered The Cabbage Diet.  No – I did not do the Cabbage Diet, nor did I do some other crazy 3-day cabbage-type cleanse (I mean, I’ll probably do Blueprint again, it WAS great), but I DID make a super flavorful, super satisfying, super hearty pot of this amazing cabbage soup as an addition to my healthy-before-Miami routine – and in honor of our food of the month, of course!
·  yellow onion
·  1 bunch of celery
·  chopped carrots
·  1 large can of peeled whole tomatos, drained & diced
·  canned green beans, drained
·  half a head of cabbage
·  two green peppers
·  chicken broth
·  1 package french onion mix
·  1 48oz tomato juice (optional)
·  Season to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc. as you'd like (Little to no salt recommended) - I added a little pepper, that's it.

Cabbage Soup Ingredients


1. Spray pot with non-stick cooking spray, saute onions, carrots and celery for about 5min or until tender.

2. Add tomatos, green beans, cabbage, peppers, chicken broth, tomato juice and french onion mix

3. Simmer for a good hour until all vegetables are as tender as you would like.

Cabbage Soup

Maybe I was impatient, but I found that my green peppers and my cabbage were a bit el dente/semi-crunchy, which I actually liked.  Again, salt/pepper to taste and feel free to add chili powder or curry powder if you like an extra kick or spicy-ness (I can NOT do spicy!).  I also found that I only used about 1/3 of my cabbage and not all of my chicken broth or tomato soup - it probably depends on the size of pot you're using - although I thought mine was pretty big!

Here's a photo for inspiration from my Miami trip - I'd like to give all the credit to this week of soup-ing with our food of the month, cabbage ;)

Enjoy...and Feel Good!

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