Hearty Cabbage Soup

Hearty Cabbage Soup

This is definitely a Hearty Cabbage Soup! If you’re like me you might think “cabbage soup diet” when you hear cabbage soup. (Yes, I’ve done the Cabbage Soup diet. Hasn’t everyone?) But the men in my house want hearty, delicious food and to be honest, so do I! So when I’m cooking I’m for sure thinking of what they’ll like but I also want to stay on budget, not waste what we already have, and keep my sanity because I have a million other things to do besides cooking.

So you could call this “Keep Your Sanity and Stay on Budget” soup, or “Clean out the fridge and throw everything in the crockpot” soup or “Almost cabbage soup diet but not quite” soup. Really, all of those things are true about this soup!

Keep reading and I’ll tell you more plus share the super simple recipe below.

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Keep Your Sanity and Stay on Budget

We’ve been busier than usual the last few weeks and I’ve loved every minute of it. Saying you’re busy gets a bad rap but being busy can be a good thing if you’re busy with a purpose, doing the tasks you’re called to do, and serving the people you’re called to serve. In other words, knowing your priorities and saying “yes” to the things only you can and should do, makes saying”no” much easier!

Making a home and serving my family good food is one of my priorities. But I also want to keep my sanity, serve with love, and stay on budget. Since we’ve had the privilege to go out of town a lot lately we’ve been eating out (most of it was really delicious) and spending more money than usual. (I’ll share about our recent trip to New Orleans soon!)

This week calls for simple, home-cooked comfort food and spending less to make up for the extra traveling expenses.

Thinking about supper early in the day and prepping ahead helps me keep my sanity. Eric and I are at the office until 7:00 every evening and we’re STARVING when we get home! The crockpot is the greatest invention ever!

Clean Out the Fridge and Throw Everything in the Crockpot

Cleaning out the fridge and buying a few groceries are on my list today and so I went to work as soon as everyone was out the door. Getting all the leftovers and stuff that needs to be used out on the counter helps me see my options. A bowl of leftover, stir-fried cabbage gave me the idea to make soup. I also had a bag of carrots, green onions, and bell peppers that needed to be used.

I think it’s a shame to waste food especially if you’re trying to stay on a budget. If you save money buying groceries and then end up throwing food away I don’t think you’ve accomplished much. We’ll eat leftovers for one meal but not much beyond that so repurposing leftovers in soup is a great way not to waste food. I’ve created some really delicious soups by accident a few times using what’s in the fridge.

Tip: If you’re short on ideas, just Google “what to do with ______________” or search it on Pinterest. You’ll get some really good ideas! And don’t feel like you need everything a recipe calls for. Leave it out or substitute what you have. Water in place of chicken or beef broth is fine if you season it well!

Having a pantry stocked with beef and chicken broth, canned tomatoes, and other vegetables is helpful, too, and those items are super cheap at places like Aldi.

Almost Cabbage Soup Diet But Not Quite

I love simple vegetable soup, but I’ll run to the store later and get ground beef to cook and add to the pot. My guys will be happy!

I’ve learned that they also like a creamier soup so sometimes I add a bit of half-n-half a few minutes before serving.

Ground beef and half-n-half. Clearly, not the cabbage soup diet, especially if you have cornbread.

Hearty Cabbage Soup Recipe

Ingredients

1-2 heads of cabbage, roughly chopped

1 onion, chopped

Bag of carrots (fresh or frozen)

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cups chicken or beef broth

Ground beef, browned and drained (smoked sausage is really good, too)

Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary)

Directions

You can stir-fry the cabbage or add it to the crockpot raw.

Saute carrots, onions, and pepper in oil adding seasonings as you go. Add to crockpot.

Brown and drain meat. Add to crockpot.

Add beef or chicken stock.

Cook on low 4-6 hours.

Here’s a pin to save for later:

Hearty Cabbage Soup Recipe Ingredients 1-2 heads of cabbage, roughly chopped 1 onion, chopped Bag of carrots (fresh or frozen) 1 green bell pepper, chopped 4 cups chicken or beef broth Ground beef, browned and drained (smoked sausage is really good, too) Seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary)

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