Hearty Cabbage Soup

We had snow showers most of the day yesterday and now the temperatures have dropped and the wind has come up. It’s the perfect weather for some hearty soup with lots of anti-oxidant rich vegetables. I love the gentle cooking of the crock pot, blending all the flavors and yet leaving the vegetables still with a little crunch.

Hearty Cabbage SoupCabbage soup with beef, vegetables, and black beans

1 pound grass-fed ground beef (or ground turkey)
½ large head of cabbage
2 cups sliced carrots
1 large diced onion
1 large sweet red pepper
3 stalks celery and the leaves, chopped
28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
3 cups of water
6 oz. tomato paste
1 Tablespoon Hungarian Paprika
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

Partially brown the meat in a frying pan and drain off some of the fat, if desired. (see note) Place all ingredients in a slow-cooker and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 – 10 hours. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Yield – enough for 6 people to have a couple of bowls each. :)

Note: I retain most of the fat for my soup as we eat a low carb diet. The fat keeps us feeling satisfied without having to add bread or some other high carb side and adds fewer calories to each serving than a serving of bread would. The fat in grass or range fed beef has a healthier fat content (usually containing more healthy omega fatty acids) than standard supermarket beef.

Diabetic note: This soup should be fairly sugar-stable for most diabetics, but with the inclusion of carrots and beans it would be wise the first time you make it for you to test your blood sugar an hour after eating to make sure it does not cause a spike.

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  1. Lisa

    I’m curious as to where you get your beef?

    • During the summer and fall – locally from either Brown’s or Spears, because everyday I drive by their cattle munching in the field. (Sometimes I get it from Beth’s too.) This time of year I often get it from Trader Joe’s because they have grass-fed beef and chicken. Next year I plan on getting a freezer and buying a whole side of beef in the summer. (For those of you who don’t know me personally – I live on the coast of Maine.)

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