Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cabbage Soup

I know what your thinking, eating hot soup when its 90 degrees out in July sounds kinda crazy. But you know what's not crazy, dropping a few lb's right in the middle of bathing suit season. Especially if you are in the "bathing suit season's already here and I'm still chubby" phase like I am. Cabbage soup is delish and its a great way to lose a few pounds quick. Side with bread or Texas Toast and enjoy! (Trust me your bathing suit will thank me)

Cabbage Soup

1 head cabbage
2 small yellow onions (thickly sliced)
1 zucchini (sliced)
1 yellow squash (sliced)
1/8 cup green onions (chopped)
1 cup chopped celery (chopped)
2/3 cup sliced baby carrots (thickly sliced)
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups frozen cut green beans
1 (46oz) can 100% vegetable juice
2 cans (15oz) Italian style diced tomatoes with tomato juice
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cans (15oz) sliced white potatoes (optional)

Prepare vegetables, set aside
Add non-stick spray to a large pot
Add zucchini, squash and onions to the pot
Add the bay leaf, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, and garlic powder
Sauté until zucchini, squash and onions are starting to become translucent but not completely cooked
Add vegetable juice and bouillon cubes
Fill vegetable juice can with water and add to soup
Add canned tomatoes (do not drain)
Add all remaining vegetables; besides potatoes
Bring soup to a boil
Simmer for 2-3 hours covered, or until vegetables are cooked
(Add canned potatoes 5 minutes prior to soup being done)
Serve with bread and enjoy!

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