Here’s to your health: Unstuffed cabbage soup
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Here’s to your health: Unstuffed cabbage soup

Low salt, lots of flavor

Unstuffed cabbage soup (Photo by Carole Mantel)
Unstuffed cabbage soup (Photo by Carole Mantel)

One of my favorite foods, hands down, is stuffed cabbage. After making it a few times with my mom, my background in productivity improvement kicked in — I simply needed to find a quicker way to prepare this tedious dish.

Additionally, I have reduced salt in my cooking for various family members’ health needs. Luckily, kosher meat is salted in the koshering process and therefore is already flavorful without adding more. The health benefits of reducing salt include less water retention and inflammation.

This healthy dish can be eaten guilt free. Like many other people, I have reduced carbs in my diet so I enjoy this soup “as is” but you can certainly serve it over steamed rice to make it even more hearty.
The 36 ounces of raw meat I use in this recipe is very intentional… double chai!

The recipe is simple, easy to double and freezes well. Just in time for the cold weather, here is my version of unstuffed cabbage soup.

Unstuffed cabbage soup
Serves 4+

Cooking oil spray
4 tablespoons onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
36 ounces raw, 96% lean ground chuck
¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons Greek seasoning
½ head white cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
1 can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can low sodium tomato sauce
4 cups low sodium chicken broth

Use a large stockpot sprayed with cooking oil.

Over a medium heat, cook the ground meat, onion and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes until meat is no longer pink.

In a crock pot set to high, add the cooked meat and remaining ingredients and cook for a few hours.

Stir occasionally.

The soup is ready when the cabbage wilts and everything is hot.

Serve over steamed rice.

Enjoy! PJC

Carole Mantel is an independent health coach and home chef living in Pittsburgh.

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