Monday, September 1, 2014

Cabbage Soup

Simple, low calorie and nourishing , this cabbage soup is satisfying and super easy to make. This soup is a comfort food as well as a short cut to weight loss.

This is the soup I learnt to make when I was following Cabbage soup diet. If you are looking for a weight loss plan that can help you lose weight within a week, Cabbage soup diet is the solution. Since cabbages are very low in calories and zero fat, cabbage soup is consumed many times a day during this diet. Whenever there was an occasion to wear Saree, I used to follow cabbage soup diet. It is amazing how this diet really and actually works. Just a week of diet (not starving even for a minute) and easily we could lose 5-7 kgs of weight! can you believe that? \:D/ It works only in the short run but it has always been around.

We were going for a 4-days Italy trip last weekend and I wanted to trim up myself. I have put on quite a lot of weight after I started blogging. :-? With all that mouthwatering pics and recipes I have been seeing in my blogger friends' posts, I try most of the recipes and eat it right away.  I don't leave a trace of smell for Naveen by the time he comes home. :> If you are eating delicious food, you will not know how the lonely time passes you see!  So I started off with my cabbage soup diet and voilĂ ! I still lost 4 kilos even with some cheats here and there. Though this recipe is not exactly what is followed in a cabbage soup diet, I make this as a cheat soup to satisfy my salt pangs. The original cabbage soup includes veggies like carrots, leeks, mushroom, peppers, onions and no-salt is must. I had taken the pics when I was preparing the cheat soup anyway so thought will post it since it is so very tasty, aromatic and surprisingly low in calories.

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
Energy  21 Calories
Fat 0 %
Carbohydrates 4 %
Dietary Fiber 2 %
Sodium 1 %
Vitamin A 20 %
Vitamin C 85 %
Calcium  4 %
Iron  4 %
Protein 1 Grams
Sugar 0 Grams

[Makes 3 servings]
Olive oil 2 teaspoons
Onion chopped 1
Green chillies 2 or 3
Cabbage cleaned & chopped 3 cups
Water 1 cup
Salt to taste

* Heat olive oil in a pan and add chopped onion and green chillies. Fry till the onion looks transparent.
* Add chopped cabbage and fry for 20 minutes till the raw cabbage smell goes away.

* Add coriander leaves, cover the lid and cook for 10 more minutes.
* Blend the mixture will water. Add salt and bring it to boil. Serve hot with or without bread.

* You can skip the chillies and add pepper powder instead.
* Add milk for more creaminess in the soup.
* Make sure to cook the cabbage for at least 20 minutes since the raw cabbage does not blend completely and does not smell too good.
* You can also add finely chopped veggies of your choice after the cabbage is blended.

Sending this to: In My Veg Box - Cabbage @ Citrus Spice and Motions and Emotions

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