Holiday Detox Soup

Happy Friday, and happy birthday to my brother Evan! Day 2 with the standing desk was mostly a success. I am definitely sore/tired from ungodly amounts of standing, but I am enjoying the benefits of my new workstation. I absolutely feel more alert standing, and I am constantly aware of my posture and my core. I expect to have superhero health status by the end of next year after 12+ months of paleo, crossfit, and standing while working.  

Today's recipe inspiration comes from my mom. We were talking about recipes, weight loss, and weird fad diets, and she asked me if I had ever heard about the Cabbage Soup diet. I had never heard about this, so I read up on the 7-day meal plan here http://www.cabbage-soup-diet.com/eating-plan/. I definitely have no interest in eating eight bananas with a gallon of milk one day and then 20 oz of beef with 6 tomatoes the next, but the recipe for the "magic" soup looked pretty good. I had never made soup with cabbage, so I figured I would give it a solid try. I tweaked a few things, made it paleo-friendly, and here we are. The soup tastes incredibly fresh and healthy, and it is a perfect addition to my paleo eating plan. I am not expecting to lose 10 pounds in 7 days from this soup, but I will be sure to let you know if it happens!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 head of celery, chopped (about 6 stalks)
  • 10 oz. of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small head of cabbage, chopped
  • Two 14.5 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes (no junk added)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Black pepper (and any other herbs/spices you want)
  • 8 cups organic, low sodium vegetable broth (or homemade stock if you have)

Instructions:

  1. Make sure everything is chopped and prepped! Chopping this many veggies can take longer than you may expect, so it is much easier to make this soup if everything is ready to go.
  2. Heat the olive oil in your biggest soup pot over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, scallions, leek, and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes until soft
  4. Add peppers, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and cabbage. Cook another 10 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Add the broth, your cans of diced tomatoes, and the black pepper and any other spices or herbs.
  6. Bring the soup to a boil and then cover the pot, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours.
  7. Forget about weight loss, and just enjoy the soup!

Note: This makes a LOT of soup. Be prepared.

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