You don’t need quinoa (kee-NU-wah) to eat healthy.
Below awaits a recipe with local, seasonal & afforadable ingredients that together create a soup that is exceptionally good for your health.
If you are battling the flu or trying to ward one off, this is the perfect soup to make!
When my parents used to force me as a kid to eat savoy cabbage soup (in Croatian: kelj), I’d make all kinds of funny faces at them and fiddle with my food. Now I find myself cooking the same stuff, ah the irony!
Turns out cabbage is just as good for you as my parents were saying. You’d need about 10 different supplement pills to get what you can get out of 100 grams of cabbage (vitamins A, B & K, and minerals iron, calcium & magnesium).
Also, because cabbage only contains 30 calories per 100 grams (in comparison, cheese contains 400 calories per 100 grams) all types of cabbage are perfect for weight loss & maintaining a healthy weight.
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
plates of soup
- 1 small savoy cabbage = dark green cabbage
- 2 potatoes
- 1 large carrot (or 2 small)
- 2 handfuls green beans
- 1 white onion
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or ghee
- 1 litre good vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat up butter or ghee in a large pan, dice the white onion & fry it on low heat for 5 minutes.
- In the meanwhile, peel & dice the potato and carrot. Add potato & carrot to the pan, fry for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occassionally.
- Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
- Wash green beans & cabbage. Discard the tough ends. Cut green beans into 2-3 cm stretches. Add green beans to the stock and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Cut cabbage leaves into large strips (5x2cm if you like to be precise). Add the dark leaves to the stock first, let simmer for 5 minutes before adding remaining leaves as well. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Right about now, or when the vegetables are soft, the soup is done. Season with salt and pepper, and the olive oil & eat up while still warm.
To prepare good vegetable stock, I boil 1L of water and mix it with a cube of vegetable stock bought at an organic food store (it contains less oil, less salt, less additives, and more actual dried vegetables than stock cubes I could find at regular supermarkets). The brand I use is called "Cenovis" and is coincidentally also gluten free.
To buy other ingredients, visit a local famers market, a fresh grocer or your local supermarket.
Ghee can be bought at better supermarkets and organic food stores, but organic butter is also an excellent ingredients to use!