Variations of The Cabbage Soup Recipe


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So, here is my first post suggested by you!

The Soup

Obviously the biggest component of the Cabbage SOUP Diet is the soup itself!  I know the basic recipe is well…basic, to say the least, but it’s tried, tested, and it works.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t (literally) spice things up a bit right?

The following are a few recipes that add to the basic Cabbage Soup recipe or replace it entirely.

I’ll describe each a little bit so you know if that’s the right recipe for you.  Considering you’re going to need at least 2 batches this week, maybe you can try a batch each of something below.

Leave me notes in the comments! Let me know which you try, which you like…and of course, leave your own recipe if you’ve created one!

Excellent Additions – Italian Cabbage Soup:

Recipe: Add these to the basic recipe to spice up your palette.


3 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 cup chopped parsley
4 fresh oregano leaves, crushed or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
basil to season

Instructions: Follow the basic recipe instructions

Tip: Add as much garlic as you like! It’s good for the heart!

A Recipe Replacement – Italian Cabbage Soup Version 2:

Recipe: This is a recipe replacement.  Use this recipe in it’s entirety to make a big batch of soup.

1 bunch basil
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 small cabbage or pointed cabbage
3 carrots
5 stalks celery
1 young fennel
spices, ground pepper
5 cups water
juice of 1 lemon
*The recipe originally calls for 5 cups stock but stock is not allowed with the soup.  Use water and add a single bouillon cube if you need to.


Add basil leaves, olive oil, and your favorite spices.  Mix them together, covering the leaves, and put the dish in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Remove and blend into a super fine mixture. Wash your veggies and cut them up while you’re waiting.  Heat a tiny bit of olive oil in a big pot, then add your cabbage, carrots, celery and fennel.  Add 5 cups water and your optional cube.  Boil the whole thing for 5-7 minutes, remove from heat.  Add lemon juice, more spices, and place back on hot stove for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Tip: Make sure to remove it from heat before adding the lemon juice.

15 Minute Soup, quick and easy! Zucchini Cabbage Soup Recipe

Recipe: This recipe features zucchini and has a great texture to it.


½ medium head of cabbage, diced
3 small zucchini, diced
1 large clove of garlic, crushed and minced
¼ tsp dried basil
½ tsp black pepper
12 ounces of V-8 vegetable juice (Low Sodium!)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 boullion cube
1-2 cups chopped spinach
½ cup sliced carrots
Season to taste

Instructions: Mix all ingredients and cook with low heat for 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

The Strictest recipe for the best results!  Military Diet Cabbage Soup

Recipe: Did you know weight problems affect our men and women in uniform, too?  This version, called the Military version, is very strict.  If you’re thin and using this diet as a detox, this is for you.

1 large head of cabbage
1 large bunch of celery
2 bunches of green onion
1 large can of whole tomatoes
1 bouillon cube
3 large bell peppers
Season to taste

Instructions: Chop all veggies, add them to a pot with enough water to cover.  Boil for 15 minutes.  Done!

For Curry Lovers!  Cabbage And Curry Soup Recipe:

Recipe: This recipe is not made using the regular soup recipe first, this is an entire recipe replacement!  It is more like a thick stew, yummy and filling.

Half a packet curry powder
Half a cabbage, cut into small pieces
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamom
4 cloves
cauliflower, bite size pieces
tomatoes, chopped
3 garlic sliced
1 onion chopped

Spray pot with cooking oil.  Add the spices and fry them until they start to smell strongly (and soo good!).  Add your onions and garlic.  When the onion is soft (turns clear looking) then add water and stir.  Add in the veggies and cover with water.  Let the mixture reduce and the vegetables soften to your desired consistency, about 15 minutes or so.

Tip: Curry powder is a better choice than a paste!

For Protein lovers – Protein Filled Cabbage Soup

Recipe: If you are the type who suffers a headache from the soup, consider adding a bit of protein by adding beans.


1/2 head of Cabbage
4 cups water
1-15 oz cans black beans
2 cans of tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
bunch of cilantro** optional

Instructions: Put all ingredients in a pot and cook on medium heat for 30-60 minutes, until beans are soften to your liking.

More Recipes Please!

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She is the Queen of healthy recipes, and believes in using whole grains, real food, and no artificial substitutes.

I love her recipes and I know you will, too.  If nothing else, check out her video for free information on healthy fats that you need to know.

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Please add more below if you have them!

Hope this helps spice up your week!