Monday, July 27, 2009

Cabbage Soup!

A lot of you have asked me for the recipe for the cabbage soup I mentioned in the last post, so I thought I would post it here. In fact, there is a whole website dedicated to this "diet" that features the cabbage soup. If you are interested, you can go here:

You can click on the soup recipe there.

I think this recipe and diets revolving around it have been around for a million years. I can remember when a group of us decided we would all try it, and we all had cabbage soup coming out of our ears! It worked, but after a while, I never wanted to see another bowl of that stuff!!!My recipe has evolved over the years to suite my tastes and to satisfy my hunger. I will have a bowl of this for lunch, then another bowl before my VERY low cal supper. I don't do the rest of the diet as outlined on that site. I'm just eating VERY low cal right now. Gotta get it off FAST as the days are going by before that dreaded Dr. visit!

And I have an awful confession to make. I even have to lose MORE than he knows because I leaned on the desk when I was weighed, so it looked like I weighed less than I really did. So. . . . . that didn't help me out any. With the outcome of the dr. visit being what it was, I would have been better off making myself look like I weighed MORE rather than less. I'm not even down to what my chart says, no less lost anything! I'm paying for my sin!

So here goes:

1 large head of cabbage (remove outer, tough leaves) chopped
3 or 4 yellow onions, chopped
LOTS of celery, chopped fine
2 peppers, chopped (yellow, green or red,)
8 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 large cans of diced tomatoes with juice (seasoned ones work well)
1 large jar of V-8 juice
2 envelopes Liptons beefy onion soup
Seasonings: (it's up to you!)
Sometimes I do taco seasonings, sometimes italian, sometimes just garlic, salt and pepper.
Add enough water to make it SOUP and not STEW! you might need a beef boullian or two.

That is the BASIC thing that I do. But from there, it's all what I have available and the time of the year. I have used yellow summer squash, zucchinni, a few green beans, etc. Any of the low cal, low carb veggies. I had a bag of frozen italian veggies and a bag of stir fry veggies, and I threw those in.

Also, you can change the whole flavor by using chicken stock, or chicken boullian, or the Liptons chicken onion soup.

If I have no ideas for supper and don't feel like cooking, I'll throw a few of those little frozen meatballs and a little bit of cooked pasta or rice in the soup and just have that.

I'm not saying this is the best soup in the world, but it sure is filling and about as low in calories as a soup can get (outside of just plain broth!), and that's what I need to get me through the day.

I've lost 5 pounds since Friday!!!!!!


Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Hi Cora,

I use that soup as a filler all through out the winter. if I have it for lunch I add some lean protein so it holds me better. I like to switch up the seasoning too.

I hope you get some weight off by the next appointment!

hugs, Linda

Denise said...

Bless you heart my friend...... You can do it! I will pray, you pray for me...... It is so tough... You have done good! 5 lbs!!!!!!

Nancy M. said...

I tried that soup diet one time. I did lose a lot of weight about 14 pounds in two weeks and that was enough to motivate me to try and keep losing it. You're gonna look awesome when you see the doctor again!

Cathy said...

I just love this soup! However I'm the only one in my family who will eat it, so I only make it a couple times of year, but it is soooo good and so good for you too!

Cathy ♥

Linda said...

Yum, cabbage! :D
Ours are growing steadily in the garden.. Or, as the Dutch say, "they grow like cabbage" (meaning: VERY fast!)

I have a fun story about a little Japanese guy who entered a hot-dog eating contest.. All of the other contestants practiced for the 'game' by eating.. hot dogs! Big, HUGE American men all aspiring the title of 'hot dog eater of the year'.

And then this little tiny Japanese guy entered the scene. He was small, thin and.. well, just how you'd picture a Japanese guy, right? All of the big men laughed at him, saying he didn't stand a chance..

But he won! He won, because he practiced by eating cabbage. That way, he could eat much and his stomach would expand, but the rest of his body stayed superthin.... it was sooooo funny to see! ;)

Greetings from the netherlands!

KathyB. said...

This soup sounds yummy to me. Can you throw in some chicken once in awhile if you are dieting?

Debra said...

(thank you sweet friend)
And thaks so much for the recipe. I LOVE all the cabbage family things. I think fiber is a good thing when you're dieting. I like to fill up on oats. Must be part horse!
I'm going to print off the recipe.
Love, Debra

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

This sounds like a good soup. I've never tried cabbage soup, but it would be a good recipe to try. I need to lose some weight, so this sounds like a good way to lose some. I enjoyed visiting your blog. Please visit my blog and leave a comment at:

Juri said...

Cora, Cora, Cora! You know I taught you this trick...I always use my cane and lean hard on it when on the doctor's scale! Takes off at least 15 instant pounds. So, listen up, Sis...just lean the next time...with your weight loss AND the leaning,you will be just fine! Or, borrow my cane!


"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

You are a better woman than me!! Yes, I want to lose weight....and need to, but I don't think I could handle cabbage soup!!


Shanda said...

I love this soup and recently introduced my friend to it and she loved it also. I add in some lean ground beef sometimes and it is a good hearty meal for me. Hang in there, it's so tuff to lose, go slow and take your time and just make good choices each day, you can do it.

nancy huggins said...

I know you can do it Cora...just remember you are not alone and a lot of friends are pulling for you..I would like to loose about 10 or maybe 15 pounds so maybe I should give it a try.
I will need to take pups to vet soon for shots and flea and heartworm stuff and also to get them fixed so I will be listing a lot of my crafts I have been working on for the craft show in my selling blog so I can take care of Calli and Maggies needs.
I will also be having a give away next week and will let you know when so you can help me spread the word.
Sure do miss you in my craft group Cora and wish you would come were always an inspiration to me.
Take care and keep us updated on the diet :)

Deborah said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! Sorry I haven't been around to visit much. Our short summers are very busy here!

Toni said...

This is so funny.My friend and I are going to try to eat mostly veggies this week and I was just telling her about this soup!I was sayuing how I`ll have to go online and find the recipe since it`s been years since I made it.Now here it is on your blog!Now I know that I need to make it!!
Don`t worry Cora.Your not alone on your weight loss journey.I`ve been trying since March and lost about 20 pounds but now it`s time to stop cheating and really start getting serious.
If your ever feeling discouraged just e-mail me.It`s a hard road,but through prayer and diligency we WILL do it!!!
Take care!!!

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

Yeah for you! I had to giggle when I read about your "sin". You can do this!! I'm struggling right along with you. I've lost 15 lbs and am stuck there. I think I need to make some cabbage soup too. Just don't let yourself get bored - try to have some other good things too!! I'm praying for you.

Nishant said...

It is so tough... You have done good! 5 lbs

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