Peel-a-Pound Soup (Diet Cabbage Soup)

Peel-a-Pound Soup
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6 to 8 servings
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Ruth Southwick Willington Baptist Church, Willington, CT
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Have you ever heard of the “Cabbage Soup Diet”? Some folks claim this Peel-a-Pound Soup is a great way to lose pounds after the holidays. Diet claims aside, this is a delicious, filling soup that we never tire of, and it’s packed with vegetables, including cabbage, onions, and tomatoes. It also smells fantastic. 

You might remember this soup as the “Diet Cabbage Soup” from years ago. We leave that diet advice to your doctor, but you won’t find a much healthier soup if you want to keep your cholesterol low, stave off hunger pains, eat a more plant-based diet, or flush out your system. Plus, it’s a warming soup that hits the spot on a cold day!

Peel A Pound Soup is easy to make with what you have on hand. Add some lean protein, such as leftover turkey.

2 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 head green cabbage, shredded
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 can (16 ounces) tomatoes, with liquid, chopped
3 bouillon cubes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups diced cooked turkey (or lean hamburger)
  1. Combine all ingredients except meat in a pot, adding enough water to cover the vegetables completely. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  3.  Thirty minutes before cooking time ends, add meat. Serve hot.
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