You don't have to have the flu to enjoy a bowl of this delicious soup. However, cold and flu season are upon us, and we can help boost our immunity with the antioxidants in soups like this.
This is a pleasing warming soup that is rich in immune boosting nutrients! I started with a cabbage base because it can be very extremely flavorful and healthy, especially in a soup. This simple vegetarian/vegan cabbage soup is mild and comforting on a cold night.
It's a perfect recipe for cold and flu season because it contains lots of immune building antioxidant vegetables. Most people don't realize how essential it is to add onions and garlic to the diet in the winter ( and all year round)
Except from the carrots and parsley, most of the vegetables were white: white cabbage, white onion, white garlic, and celery. making it a very light clear and appealing soup. I like to add a little turmeric powder when its done cooking for some extra antioxidants and to give the soup a little lemony looking color.
My husband bought a small head of white cabbage the other day. We usually make some sort of coleslaw or salad with it, but the weather had turned cold so quickly, we decided to make a soup. It came out great! flu season or not, this soup is delicious!
This time of the year, I can't get enough soup. I find that they are easy to make, warming, satisfying and filling. There is such a wide variety of vegetables that you can incorporate into your soups which helps boost immunity and nutrition. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some of my other easy and healthy soup recipes. Of course all of my recipes meet gluten free, vegetarian/vegan and real food standards.
Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: Makes 4 cups or 2 bowls
3 cups of chopped cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery , chopped
3 medium carrots , chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Optional: 1 potato, chopped ( I leave it out because I don't want the carbs)
4 cups of good tasting vegetable broth ( or chicken broth is you are not vegetarian)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon of herbal salt free seasoning ( I use 21 Salute from Trader Joe's)
Optional : 1/4 teaspoon on turmeric to add color and antioxidants at the end
2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil ( I used olive)
In a 4 qt pot or larger, slowly on a medium low heat, saute onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and potato ( if using) in the oil for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables. Add vegetable broth, water, and chopped cabbage and seasoning. Cook for about 1/2 hour until the cabbage is soft. Add the turmeric ( if desired) when the soup is done.
Disclaimer: The information in my blog posts is for educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor if you have the cold or flu.
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