· 1 medium onion (2 1/2 inches in diameter), chopped
· 2 large stalks celery, chopped
· 4 cloves garlic, pressed or 1 T. chopped jarred garlic
· 1 Cup Shredded Purple or other cabbage
· Small bag radishes, washed and trimmed (leave whole)
· 1 cup chopped carrot (you can use baby carrots also)
· 1 teaspoon black pepper
· 1 teaspoon sea salt
· ½ teaspoon fennel seeds (opt)
· ½ tsp caraway seeds
· 2 teaspoons turmeric
· 1 can Diced Petite tomatoes (low sodium is best) juice included
· 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced or 1 tsp powdered ginger
· 1 diced mild jalapeno or other flavorful pepper
· 1 lime or lemon – squeeze the juice into the soup, you can put the rind in for a bit too. Just be sure to remove after 15-20 minutes so it doesn’t impart too much bitterness.
· 3 Cups Thinly Shredded Cabbage or Swiss Chard (I like the red cabbage best)
· Up to 3 cups of any other veggies you have on hand (turnips, extra cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, arugula, chard, etc. Great place to use up those odds and ends!)
· 6-8 cups low sodium stock or broth (I like vegetable or chicken Better Than Bouillon - but watch the saltiness)
EASY PREP: Throw everything in the slow cooker, stir, turn on Low and Cook 3-4 hours.
STOVE TOP METHOD:
1. In a large soup pot, put oil, onion, and celery. Cook on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes to develop more sweetness in the onion.
2. Add garlic and turn up the heat to medium. Cook for a minute or so and add the peppers and carrots. Cook another minute or two and add the spices. Stir and cook until fragrant -- another minute or so.
3. Add tomatoes and stock, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add veggies and cabbage or chard and simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until the veggies are cooked to tender buy not mushy.
4. Adjust seasonings.
Nutritional Analysis: Makes approximately 9 cups of soup, each with 6 grams of effective carbohydrate1plus 3 grams of fiber and 53-75 calories per cup
NOTE: This soup is so forgiving and accepting. Get creative with the vegetables you have on hand. If you make your own broth, even better. Play around with herbs and spices you enjoy!