Inasmuch as we crave the bad-for-us foods I also believe we crave foods that are needed to heal our bodies. Lately I’ve been craving onion and cabbage soup with homemade broth and lotsa garlic, turmeric and lemon. So that’s what I made. I started adding stuff to a pot and came up with this soup that I think is pretty darn good.
I’m going through a phase right now where I can’t seem to get enough healing foods so this soup is loaded with tons of healthy, healing nutrients. If you are looking to host a dinner party, then this soup may not be the best idea, but if you are looking to heal your body, then this is for you since you won’t need to worry about socializing afterward when you reek of cabbage, onion and garlic. This soup makes a fairly large pot that I keep in the fridge and keep eating for a few days after. It never usually lasts that long though.
- 1 leek
- 1 large yellow onion
- 1 head of chopped cabbage (medium or medium/large sized)
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 - 4 cloves of garlic (3 large or 4 smaller)
- 6 - 8 cups of broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable) amount needed will depend on the size of veggies. When I use a large head of cabbage I need 8 cups of broth and 6 for a medium sized.
- 1 strip of kombu
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme
- fresh lemon
- Heat coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat
- Chop up your leeks (white part and small amount of green part), yellow onion, and cabbage. When the oil is hot add your veggies and bay leaf.
- Turn heat a little lower (I find half way between 3-4 on my electric stove is perfect), cover the pot and simmer veggies until softened and onions are translucent, about 20 mins., stirring every few minutes.
- Add your minced or chopped garlic and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring it at least once.
- Add your broth, kombu, black pepper, and thyme.
- Turn the heat back up a little and simmer for around 30 minutes or until desired consistency. You need to cook it for a minimum of 15 minutes to get the benefits of the turmeric and eating softer veggies is easier on your gut and digestion too.
- When soup is done, add fresh lemon juice to your bowl and enjoy.
You want to make sure you have the lemon juice to add to it. Anytime you are cooking with cabbage, lemon makes it so much better. Trust me on this. This soup won’t taste the same without it. Now go make some and get healthy already!