Have you heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet? It's been around for 10 years or so now and probably isn't in the top ten of popular (or fad) diets anymore, but the cabbage soup recipe is still a good one. I've been hungry for cabbage soup for a while and, since fall has officially arrived, it's soup season once again and I'm anxious to make a pot. I eat the soup because I like it. Haven't tried the diet, but I'm actually thinking about doing that, starting soon. More about the diet later but, first, here's my mom's version of the recipe.
Cabbage Soup (of Cabbage Soup Diet fame) - Mom's Version
6 large onions
1/3 to one whole head of cabbage
2 green peppers
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bunch celery
1 package Lipton onion or beefy onion soup
2 cubes bouillon
Season to taste - pepper, Mrs. Dash, parsley, etc. (we use lots of pepper)
Simply chop the vegetables and combine in a large pot with about 12 cups of water, or V8 and water. Boil gently for 10 minutes. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. Eat as much as you like. It won't add calories.
You can vary the recipe some, such as adding carrots and mushrooms. The diet is one that promises to help you lose up to 10 pounds in a week, and apparently it does work. I figure I can stick to just about anything for a week. Rest assured, you do eat more than just cabbage soup every day, but the soup is what keeps you from getting hungry. There's a different group of foods that you eat with the soup each of the seven days. Rather than reprinting the entire diet here, I'll refer you to this website which gives the official version of the recipe, explains the seven-day plan, and discusses the pros and cons.
If you try the cabbage soup diet, or if you have tried it in the past, leave us a comment and let us know how it worked for you.