I love this soup! My other name for it is Better Diet Soup! I think the idea for it originated with my parents trying a cabbage soup diet when I was a kid. Haven’t you heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet? I was the skinniest girl you can imagine, but woo hoo I loved it when my parent’s went on this diet. And that’s what we need more of don’t you think?
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- 2 celery sticks
- 2 medium onions
- 2 carrots (I use the equivalent in baby carrots and save myself the time.)
- 2 potatoes
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes
- 2 quarts chicken broth (I use Better Than Bouillon and water.)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Fresh squeezed key lime juice
In a 4 quart dutch oven heat the broth. While the broth is heating peel, chop and add the vegetables. Add remaining ingredients and heat to boiling. Turn down and simmer until vegetables are to desired tenderness. Serve with chopped cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice. Enjoy!
I am no longer that skinny girl, and do use this recipe whenever I’m wanting to lose a few pounds. I make a pot and enjoy a bowl for one meal a day. There are hardly any calories! For a strict diet you would probably leave out the potatoes, but I especially like to include them. When I’m eating this I don’t feel like I’m punishing myself. I feel like I’m living it up. And that’s the key isn’t it? Stocking the kitchen with good for you foods that are delish!
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You can also make it with chicken or beef or even fish if you like it. The basic seasoning and vegetables are the same. But then it has more calories. It took my husband years to be convinced to put lime juice in his soup, and when he finally did, he admitted it made all the difference! We also put chayote squash in it.
I’m going to try this! I’m an old cabbage soup dieter from way back and always liked this. never thought to put the Mexican spin on it. I would probably drop the potatoes from mine and add some beef. I’ve been liking the del Real products and their shredded beef is so good and convenient. I think it might work well in this.
I like your recipes Esther 🙂
So far I’ve tried your salsa, mex beans, and pork taco meat.
Good reviews on all.
Sandra kent says
I’m about ready to head out for the store so I’ll pick up a head of cabbage and veggies. I think I’ll put everything in a crock pot and let it simmer.
How I love soups. This one sounds so delicious. I’ll have to try it.
OMG ! Love all the ingredients , can’t wait to try this.
I love this soup! Been making it for years. At times I make with chicken legs, spaghetti noodles, rice and at the end I drop in an egg or two… delicious
Oh I love your additions. For some reason I always make it straight up the same. Probably to help lose some pounds. 🙂
I love your recipe but I added my touch just a pinch… I’m really trying to lose weight and I have to try not to let myself get hungry ( it’s mental) I think. So, I added what I call freebies. Lots of greens.. Spinach, Kale & Broccoli… I cut out the potatoes and added corn. I use low sodium chicken broth. I love it.
Oh I’m glad you are enjoying it adjusting it to your taste and need! It’s one of my all time faves and the perfect recipe to pull out to hit those New Year’s resolutions!
I made this delicious soup for dinner not only do I love cabbage but could use to lose a few pounds!! I added boneless chicken thighs and green onions!! And ate it with a few tortilla chips So amazing thanks for sharing it!!!
Oh it gives me such joy when other people love my favorite foods. Thanks so much for telling me. 🙂