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Detoxing Cabbage Soup

 Detoxing Cabbage Soup

My husband and I are what some people call “Gastro Travelers,” basically when you travel to experience food. When we are home we are health-conscious eaters; however, when we go out of town we are determined to eat all of the things. We love food and the culture behind it, I get tons of inspiration in my own kitchen from my travels, and we look at traveling as a once and a lifetime opportunity to explore the food of wherever we may be… which means HOLD THE SELF CONTROL. We’ve got all the time in the world to eat clean when we get home.. until then, YOLO. But this Detoxing Cabbage Soup is perfect for our time at home.

With that being said, we come home full as ticks and sometimes, quite miserable to be honest. When you follow a healthy diet and splurge the way we do…it hurts so good.  That is why I make this “Detoxing Cabbage Soup” when we get back from vacation.  It’s really low carb and really tasty.  Next time you go out of town, or just when you feel yucky and that you are way off track, kick start getting back into gear with this soup!

Detoxing Cabbage Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 head of green cabbage
  2. 1 white onion, diced
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 cups diced carrot
  5. 2 cups diced celery
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 8 cups chicken broth
  8. 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  9. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  10. 1 lemon, juiced
  11. dash of cayenne pepper (optional, or more to taste)
  12. Kosher salt and Coarse Black Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the core off of the cabbage and discard. Now, cut your cabbage into four large wedges (save one of the wedges for another time). From there, thinly slice the cabbage so you have long shreds. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil over med-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. add carrots, onion, and celery and season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute until tender, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic, saute 2 more minutes being careful not to burn.
  4. Now add in your chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cayenne, cumin, and a little more salt and pepper to flavor the soup a bit more. Turn heat down to medium, and add your cabbage. When the soup reaches a heavy simmer, turn down the heat to low and let it continue to cook at a slight simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Add in the juice of the lemon. Taste the soup and add additional salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Also, if you think it needs a dash more of cayenne, add that as well!
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Add in some chopped rotisserie chicken if you want to add some extra protein.
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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Rose M
    January 20, 2021 at 1:25 am

    I might add Ro-Tel tomatoes. Love them in soups.

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    Laura
    January 5, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    I love the recipe, Alex (who am I kidding? I love all your recipes!) I also like puréeing half of the veggies when softened, including the tomatoes, into the stock before adding the cabbage. Delicious!

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    Abby
    January 5, 2021 at 2:34 am

    This was excellent! I made it as a side to go with your crispy taco recipe, and even my soup hating husband loved it!

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    Lindsey
    January 3, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I made this soup and it is delicious as is, but I ended up puréeing it and it turned out amazing!

  • Reply
    Jill Jones
    January 2, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Do you have the calorie and carb count on this?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      I don’t I’m Sorry!

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    Laura Wilensky
    December 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Does this soup freeze well?

    • Reply
      Alex
      December 29, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      yes!

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    Delo
    December 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I did it. It works! Great way to jump start your new eating habits!

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    Mary Wiltshire
    November 20, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Can you eat the soup everyday for several weeks for all meals to loose weight?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 21, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      I am not a nutritionist nor a doctor; but I personally wouldn’t eat just one thing for weight loss. I think a well rounded, diversified diet with lots of nutrients is a better approach than a cabbage soup diet for 2 weeks.

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    Autumn Lamer
    November 9, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Just made this for the week. So good! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Emily
    November 5, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Do you think this would work with purple cabbage? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      I defintitely prefer it with green, but yes!! you can definitely use red here!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 27, 2020 at 2:54 am

    One of my first and favorite recipes I tried of yours. Soo good! Thank you for teaching me its ok to add cumin to my soups.

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      ah, cumin is just the best!! so warm and cozy.

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