So I was talking to some folks I'd picked up in my cab about my trucker diet and having used it to drop sixty pounds while I was long haul trucking. And how since I'd quit long haul trucking I'd turned into a bit of a slacker and hit a plateau. They had thought that it was awesome that I'd lost all that weight and then told me about a diet they had been using involving cabbage soup. Basically they said they just ate soup for a week or two and dropped ten pounds. Thats cool I thought to myself as I stuffed the ten dollar bill they left me as a tip into my change bag and headed for my next fare. My next day off I headed to Fred Meyer to buy myself a good stockpot. The one I chose was stainless steel and held twelve quarts. It wasn't cheap though. It cost just shy of sixty bucks. I've found several good cabbage soup recipes online but ended up making my own bastardization. Thats the beauty of Veggie soup there are so many different ways you can do it there really isn't a wrong way.
Purple Cabbage because it has Iodine, Celery because it is s'posed to be good for your brain, and three hot green chilie's cut length wise to give my soup some pazaz!!!
Lots of garlic like two to three bunches peeled and make sure to cut off the hard tips. Then I like to put a couple tablespoons of grapeseed oil and add all the onions and garlic together and let them brown in the bottom of the pan with one to two tablespoons of Thyme and a pinch of rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Also I buy a bag of carrots and a bunch of mushrooms, frozen green beans,kale,bok choy and whatever else I feel like. I don't add any starches like potatoes because I like to keep it light, and no meat. I also add a quart of low sodium V-8 and a can of diced or whole tomatoes. You cant go wrong, the only thing I find that I must do too give my veggie soup good flavor is make sure to carmelize my garlic and onions till they get nice and brown and soft with the spices before I start adding the other veggies and liquids i.e. V-8 and six to eight cups water. Then I bring it to a boil for ten minutes or so and then turn it down to simmer. You can refrigerate or I like to keep the pot hot and simmering during my days off and ready to be ladled into a bowl whenever I feel hungry.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.