Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rainy Day Cabbage Soup

It's been rainy and cold for a few days. A real contrast from the 80 degrees we had about 4 days ago. Rainy days and snowy days always put me in the mood for soup. Today I'm having a cabbage soup hankering. It's a light soup; brothy, nutritious, and the absolute easiest and quickest to make. Of all the soups I make, this is my youngest son's very favorite.

Cabbage Soup
  • Put some water in a pan and turn it on high.
  • Slice a head of cabbage into shreds and add to the water.
  • Chop up some Polish Sausages and add to the pot.
  • Let it simmer until the cabbage is soft.
 Eat. Can it get any simpler? I said "some" ingredients because it doesn't really matter exactly how much water, cabbage or sausage. I fill a big stock pot 1/2 full of water and shred up a head or two of cabbage. Enough that when I stuff the cabbage down into the water, it fills it up without sticking above the water. You could shred 1/4 of a head into a small sauce pan if you only want a serving or two. I chop up enough Polish Sausages to generously flavor the soup. We like lots of sausage in it.

The sausage provides the flavor. I'm sure there are other meats or sausages that would work just as well. My family likes it just like that, without any additional seasoning. You can add more salt, or pepper. I once added curry powder to it and that was really good, adding a little kick. I've also added carrots on occasion. It's a recipe you just can't mess up!

My mother has always taught me how good for us cabbage is. If you feel like reading on, I'll include parts of a couple of articles that give some healthy details:

From an article titled Health Benefits of Cabbage, Aparup Mukherjee says this:
"The health benefits of cabbage include treatment of constipation, stomach ulcers, headache, excess weight, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer's disease."

And here's a great E-Zine article by Dr. Linda Posh (parts have been omitted):

The Health Benefits of Cabbage

Sadly, most American households wrinkle their noses at the mere mention of this valuable, all powerful and sorely misunderstood vegetable. The word cabbage is usually enough to send children to their rooms with a myraid of excuses as to why they may not wish to eat their evening meal. While cabbage is a delicious and healthful staple in other countries, it is almost foreign to Americans, with the exception of good old fashioned cole slaw. Do recognize that this American cabbage specific, mayonnaise laden dish full of hydrogenated oils and other unmentionables, absolutely ruins the reason for eating such a healthful food in the first place.

...Rich in nutrition and fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C. Even more impressive is that cabbage is famous for a specialized, naturally occurring, nitrogenous compound known as indoles. Current research indicates that indoles can lower the risk of various forms of cancer.

...An early Roman medicinal preparation blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an ointment for disinfecting wounds. ...Epidemiological studies have found that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower rate of prostate cancer than their American counterparts. Similar data has been uncovered regarding breast cancer rates among women.

It is no wonder that the lowly, plain, boring cabbage gets rave reviews from the world of nutritionists. Cabbage is relatively cheap yet one of the richest when it comes to protective vitamins. Talk about the original weight loss food! One cup of cabbage contains only around 15 calories.

Cabbage is rich in the following nutrients:
Vitamin A: responsible for the protection of your skin and eyes.
Vitamin C: an all important anti-oxidant and helps the mitochondria to burn fat.
Vitamin E: a fat soluble anti-oxidant which plays a role in skin integrity.
Vitamin B: helps maintain integrity of nerve endings and boosts energy metabolism.

Modern science has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the health benefits and therapeutic value of cabbage, which also plays a role in the inhibition of infections and ulcers. Cabbage extracts have been proven to kill certain viruses and bacteria in the laboratory setting. Cabbage boosts the immune system's ability to produce more antibodies. Cabbage provides high levels of iron and sulfur, minerals that work in part as cleansing agents for the digestive system.

Cabbage can be grown about anywhere in the world, it's inexpensive, and very healthy. What a great way to add to your self-reliance!


  1. Me likes soup a lot...but not sure about the cabbage thing.
    I think we should talk about French onion soup, and New England Clam chowder!

  2. This soup sounds delicious to me too! Cabbage soup is really good, and your recipe is super fast and easy.

  3. Awww - c'mon Joe! Try it! It just tastes like the sausage, but with all the good cabbage benefits. You just might like it!

    But OK, French Onion is a great choice too!

  4. I hope you try it out Terria! When I was in Brazil, they always shredded and sauteed cabbage with a little Oregano, salt and Olive oil. Wow, that was good! :-D

  5. Wow~ this looks easy enough to make, healthy (something my diet could use more of!) & inexpensive! I may have to give this a try!

  6. Soup sounds GREAT! Have to make sure PG sees this--and uses it?

    In Libby MT, lives a college chum of mine ('cello player, and violinist). Few years ago, we flew up there on a lark, and had a WONDERFUL 5 days, exploring, and driving in the Glacier National Park. Even in September it was too cold for this Naples FL guy...

    Did you really come to my blog or was that an accident?--grin


  7. It was no accident Steveroni! That way cool violin on your header caught my attention. We've got a lot of music going on in our family! I really enjoyed your poetry, too! And thanks for checking out my blog.

    Have another great day!

  8. To Susan:
    Thanks for joining my blog of!
    I am always very happy to get more people to talk to through Nature!
    Cabage soup is very important
    on a Russian menu! There are many varieties to make it really for a great meal.
    Thank you for joining and sharing your wonderful experinces! Blue bird/aka Julia :-)

  9. Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think your cabbage soup sounds yum! I love soup, and a chilly day just makes it that much better. Can't wait to try the recipe (simple is always good). Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have a very interesting blog. Will try your soup. Nice to meet you. Saludos desde Panamá... Mhathy

  11. Ah this sound right up my alley, my family loves corned beef and cabbage ! We also like sauerkraut and sausage, though the sauerkraut can sometimes be a little too vinegary.



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