A Warm Spicy Detox Cabbage Soup
This cabbage soup recipe is one of our top choices for the cold winter days. It's a warming, comforting soup with simple ingredients; but it has a great taste!
This one, is one of those authentic rustic recipes, from an older era. We know, we usually share Greek recipes, so you'd expect a Greek soup/stew, like the vegetarian magiritsa, the classic bean soup aka fasolada or the lentils soup (fakes). But this one is one of our favorite AND tasty vegan recipes we couldn't skip sharing with you all :)
The cabbage is the star of the recipe; a humble vegetable, that’s so versatile, it has hundreds ways of being cooked. Cabbage has two additional advantages: it's cheap, and it's extremely healthy. Actually, it's so beneficial to your health there's really no reason to go into length here. Α quick research on cabbage and its health benefits will amaze you!
Cabbage is fantastic when combined with onion, garlic, mustard, lemon or vinegar. In this recipe we'll use almost all of them; instead of mustard we'll add one of its basic ingredients, the turmeric, which helps cleaning your body from the inside. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and enhances the taste of every food it's added to. It’s one of those spices you can use often and it’s really good for you.
The recipe we share here is a simple form of cabbage soup; A type of peasant food. You can also add carrot, or celery if you like, but we wanted to keep things very simple and easy in this recipe.
This is a detox soup recipe that is tasty, easy, affordable and plus, you can have it in just 30 minutes! Of course it also low in calories and fat, so you can enjoy it often (especially if you're in a diet).
We suggest buying organic cabbage for this recipe, as it will be free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, plus it will taste much better! So, if the price is affordable for your budget (cabbage usually is inexpensive), go for it and select an organic one, it will be good for you, your family, the environment AND your taste buds:)
So let's start cooking this yummy, warming soup!
- 1kg/2.2lb/35.2oz cabbage, cut in strips
- 300g/10.5oz (1cup) ripe tomatoes, grated and strained*
- 15ml (1 tablespoon) tomato paste (optional)
- 110g/3.8oz (1 medium sized) onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 25g (2 tablespoons) parsley, finely chopped
- 3 chicken stock cubes (or vegetable stock if vegan)
- 1lt (4 cups), water
- 60ml (4 tablespoons) lemon juice (the juice from 1 medium sized lemon)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon coriander powder
- salt and pepper
*From the grated tomatoes you only keep the amount that is left on a fine strainer. The amount we need is about 1 cup.
Put the onion, the parsley, the tomato, the tomato paste, the stock cubes and the water in a large pot and put it on medium to high heat (pic.1).
Once it starts simmering, add the garlic, the cabbage (pic.2), the turmeric, the coriander (pic.3), the lemon juice and some pepper (pic.4). Be careful with the pepper as this soup is already spicy because of the coriander and the turmeric.
Stir carefully, lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add salt as desired, and serve with a dash of fresh chopped parsley in each bowl. Kali oreksi!
1. You can add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for some additional flavor when serving.
2. You can add less coriander if you like it less spicy.
3. Instead of parsley you can also use fresh coriander leaves.