The Cabbage Soup Diet

December 14, 2008

Yup, I’m going on the diet. Nothing but cabbage soup for 365 days!!

Just kidding (I just wrote kissing!) :mrgreen:

But I did have it for lunch:


This was one of the easiest soups I have ever thrown together:

  • 2 cups pre-chopped bagged cabbage
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen thawed okra
  • A bit of diced red pepper
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (prepared with water and a concentrated veggie broth packet I found at Trader Joe’s for 1 cup portions)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Daregal Gourmet Grilling Blend Frozen Herbs (see below)
  • Pinch each salt + pepper
  1. Sear veggies in olive oil and stir until mostly cooked.
  2. Add broth.
  3. Add herbs, S+P.
  4. Heat through to a hot simmer, about 5 minutes.

It made a HUUUGEEEE bowl. My plan was to just eat what I could but I ended up eating the whole thing! Probably about 2.5 cups.


On the side I broiled an open-faced grilled cheese made with Great Harvest High Five and some spicy soft gouda that Karen gave us leftover from her condo’s holiday party (we have lots more and some blue cheese too!) This grilled cheese was sooo good –


+ tea = warm and filling.


I had a package on my doorstep yesterday from Daregal Gourmet – a selection of fresh frozen herbs to try. I have to admit that I hate buying fresh herbs because they always seem to rot on me by the time I am ready to use them (plus, some are so expensive!), so this seems like a great alternative to relying only on dried herbs. The shipping on these is a bit steep because they come on dry ice, but if you’re someone who loves fresh herbs but uses them only a little at a time, this might be the perfect solution, as they last up to 3 years in the freezer.


I opened the basil (my favorite herb) right away and gave it a sniff – it was as fresh as our garden! And I used the Grilling blend today – it made my soup perfectly aromatic. I was quite disappointed to find huge chunks of onion in the Italian and Original blends, so I’ll give those to Karen 😥


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I haven’t made it out of the house yet. The husband’s dad and brother are coming here around 3pm to head up to the Panthers game and are coming afterwards for dinner (I think I’m going to make soup, so I’ll be having it twice in a row!). So I might save my grocery shopping for tomorrow and just stop by the store for 2 ingredients on my way back from the gym. Or walk there after 3.

See y’all tonight :)

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1 VeggieGirl December 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm

HAHA!! Well at least your cabbage soup looks delicious – maybe you COULD eat it everyday 😉

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!


2 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Can’t ever go wrong with the soup/grilled cheese combo!


3 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Those frozen herbs look awesome! I hate the steep price for fresh herbs too, and a lot of times my herbs I try to grow will die during the hot FL summers. Basil is my favorite herb too. :)


4 K December 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm

That is one easy bowl of soup! Sounds great :)


5 amanda December 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Hey Kath!

The frozen herb thing is really cool! Have you tried the frozen cubes at TJ’s? They have dill, cilantro, basil, and parsley, I believe. We try to keep the cilantro and basil in the freezer at all times…so easy and useful!


6 Courtney December 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm

Yum! I love soup…just so comforting!


7 Erin December 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm

We got those too and love them! I don’t think I’ll ever understand your hatred for onions, Kath!


8 Sharon December 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Wow, nice herbs!


9 Moran December 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Wow that soup looks great! And I am not even a huge fan of cabbage!


10 Oh She Glows December 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm

hahaha nothing but cabbage soup for 365 days!!!

Can you imagine!

I actually LOVE cabbage soup..its so yummy.

Thanks for the great gift ideas!



11 Kate December 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Soup and grilled cheese; perfect comfort food for a rainy day – it’s raining here and has been cloudy for weeks! Dx
Too bad the only childhood memories of this combo that I have are Cambell’s soup and Kraft cheese sandwiches. Hahah. Nowadays I like to have split pea soup with a sammie made from Jarlesberg Lite and fresh tomatoes and basil. Mmmm…

I’ve always thought cabbage soup sounded disgusting, but this looks amazing! I’ll have to try it sometime soon.


12 thepinkpeppercorn December 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm

hahaha 365 days????????! You’re hilarious!


13 lasdkjfalsjf December 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm

looks sooo yum. just curious. how come everytime you have a typo you tell us about it? you are too proper!


14 ashley (sweet & natural) December 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

How cool! I didn’t know you could buy frozen herbs.


15 Victoria December 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

The frozen herbs thing is a cool idea. The husband and I recently bought those “green bags” for produce, and while we don’t need them for most of our produce because we eat it quickly enough, they work amazingly for fresh herbs! Stored in the green bags, msot of our fresh herbs last about 3 weeks.


16 Belinda December 14, 2008 at 7:14 pm

I’m new to your blog. Thank you for sharing! As I’ve looked at your site, I’ve noticed lots of tea. What kind are you drinking?


17 Bridget December 14, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Yummm, soup and grilled cheese is one of my favorite lunches!


18 Kath December 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

amanda ,
I didn’t know TJ’s had frozen herbs!! Good to know.

lasdkjfalsjf ,
Because usually I find the typos humorous.

Belinda ,
Welcome to KERF! This was Candy Cane Lane, my new favorite. There’s a list of recommended teas from me and other readers on the FAQ page.



19 BethT December 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Those look way better than the Trader Joes frozen herbs, to me….the TJs ones are like little ice cubes and seem too watery. Those look like herbs that were chopped and spread out before they were frozen so they have more of an herblike texture.


20 Biz319 December 14, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Wow, never heard of frozen herbs before!

I have bought the tubes of herbs, they last quite a bit longer and have that fresh taste. I find mine next to the bagged salad in my store.


21 zestycook December 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Kath I am passing on the cabbage soup and going with the bread. Despite the fact your soup looks great – i am sticking with the bread.



22 Marissa December 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I had no idea frozen herbs even existed – sounds great!


23 JENNA December 14, 2008 at 10:41 pm

cool frozen herbs!!! such a great idea!!


24 Lee December 14, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Hey Kath,
I didn’t know you could buy frozen herbs like that (I’ve seen the cubes before). But you could save yourself a lot of money and buy fresh herbs and freeze them yourself. My husband showed me the way … when we buy them, he washes and dries them (in a salad spinner), then lays them out in a thin layer on sheet pan, and puts them in the freezer. When they’re frozen, he breaks them up and puts them into baggies. They look just like the ones in your pics. If that’s too much work, but you feel like fresh, just give them the same wash/dry treatment, then wrap them in a dry paper towel and put them in a regular plastic baggie. They usually last in the fridge for a good two to three weeks. Just a few tips …


25 Greta December 15, 2008 at 2:39 am

Ahaha, Willy Wonka had to be the inspiration behind this meal!


26 Elina December 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

I love the frozen herbs idea… I actually bought some frozen basil at TJ’s yesterday. I may want to order some other ones. Thanks for the onion tip :)


27 Kath December 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

Lee ,
Thanks for the great tip!



28 Tina December 15, 2008 at 10:59 am

Someone in the UK gave us a goat from Oxfam for a wedding gift. I thought it was such a great gift! I still have the card 4 years later and I’m sure the family still has their goat.


29 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 15, 2008 at 11:46 am

That soup looks great! But maybe not for 365 days :)


30 Lee December 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Hey Kath,
I meant to include that you can do the same with kale. And it works great because the freezing breaks the kale down just enough that you don’t have to cook it as long, but it still retains a good amount of that great chewy kale texture.


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