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Cabbage Chicken Soup

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Like with many of my recipes, this Cabbage Chicken Soup was created when a bunch of random ingredients in my fridge needed to be purposed, plus on a day when I actually felt like a soup. This is so simple, made with ingredients available all year round, and surprisingly refreshing and soothing. Also, you know, perfect for those days when you feel like a cleanse and getting rid of some extra pounds. And, this is also a low histamine soup, if the chicken you use is prepared the right way.

So let’s start with the chicken, although it can be skipped all together, if you’re plant-based. When on a low histamine diet, we need to avoid eating leftover animal protein, or animal protein that was not fresh enough. The only treatment that stops the formation of histamine triggering bacteria is actually freezing. So, I make sure the meat I buy is super fresh (processed as recently as possible), or has been flash frozen after processing. Thawing can be done pretty fast in cold water (still in the original packaging). After thawing give the meat a good rinse and pat dry well. Cook immediately, as fast as possible (pressure cooking, roasting or cooking in a pan are absolutely fine, as long as they don’t take hours). Leave the stews and harder pieces of meat for the pressure cooker.

So, I prepared my chicken a day before, shredded and froze the leftovers and that’s what I used for this soup. I just take them out of the freezer, put them in a hot soup and in five minutes all is ready to eat. Again, you can totally make this soup vegetarian, but a little chicken gives it something extra soothing.

The rest is super simple. I like to have a soup like this with some fresh sprouts, for some extra nutrition.

Further Food Commentary:

Adding sprouts to your meals adds an array of health benefits. Sprouts are full of enzymes, which can help boost various metabolic processes and chemical reactions within the body, specifically when it comes to digestion. Enzymes are an important part of the digestive process, and they help break down food effectively and increase the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract.

By Anna Lee

Cabbage Chicken Soup

  • Prep Time:10 Minutes
  • Cook Time:25 Minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow or sweet onion

1 small carrot

1 stalk celery

1 thumb size ginger root, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 white cabbage

1 sprig fresh thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

5 cups warm water

Cooked chicken (optional)

For serving: fresh cilantro or parsley, vegetables sprouts, extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a soup pot, generously covering the pot bottom. When the oil is heated, add the onions (diced), carrot (finely sliced), celery (diced) and ginger (peeled and finely chopped) and sauté for about 10, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions is translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add the cabbage (finely sliced or shredded), the sprig of thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well and add the warm water. Bring to a boil, taste for salt and pepper and add more if necessary.
  3. Let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the cabbage is soft but not entirely mushy.
  4. If you are using cooked chicken, add it at the end, or five minutes before turning the heat off if the chicken was frozen.
  5. Serve with vegetable sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, and even a squeeze of lemon if you prefer a more tangy taste.
Add the olive oil to a soup pot, generously covering the pot bottom. When the oil is heated, add the onions (diced), carrot (finely sliced), celery (diced) and ginger (peeled and finely chopped) and sauté for about 10, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions is translucent and fragrant. Add the cabbage (finely sliced or shredded), the sprig of thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well and add the warm water. Bring to a boil, taste for salt and pepper and add more if necessary. Let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the cabbage is soft but not entirely mushy. If you are using cooked chicken, add it at the end, or five minutes before turning the heat off if the chicken was frozen. Serve with vegetable sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, and even a squeeze of lemon if you prefer a more tangy taste.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 174; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 19 mg; Sodium: 182 mg; Potassium: 356 mg; Carbohydrate: 3 g;  Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 1 g; Protein: 7 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 99%; Vitamin A: 48%; Iron: 6%; Calcium: 8%;

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