Health Boosting Cabbage Lentil Soup

by on January 30, 2014

Brrr… it’s been so cold and snowy here that all I’ve been wanting lately are warm and comforting foods. I actually made a salad for lunch on Tuesday and ate about half before deciding it was way too cold to be eating a salad. I rarely let food go to waste once it’s been plated (especially good salads) so this was a definite sign that my body needed something warm. A big pot of soup was immediately put on the agenda for dinner.

Health Boosting Cabbage Lentil Soup

I didn’t know exactly what type of soup I wanted to make but I knew I didn’t want to make a run to the store in 16 degree weather so I had to make something with stuff we had already had on hand. Luckily we had an onion, garlic and veggie stock, my go-to base ingredients for soup. I’d also made a batch of lentils earlier in the week, which was supposed to be for topping salads but since I obviously wasn’t craving salads this week, I decided they could easily be used for the soup instead.

Health Boosting Cabbage Lentil Soup

I added a few veggies, some spices and a little miso to give the soup a good depth of flavor and crossed my fingers hoping it would turn out well.

Health Boosting Cabbage Lentil Soup

It did! Which is why I’m sharing the recipes with you guys. Duh! ;)

Not only is this soup flavorful and amazingly comforting on a freezing cold day, it’s packed with health-boosting ingredients (including my fav healthy secret ingredient: apple cider vinegar). I hope you all like it as much as we did. Happy Friday!

Cabbage Lentil Soup
 
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I used previously soaked and cooked green lentils that I had on hand, but you could add ½ cup of uncooked, dry lentils that have been soaked overnight instead. If you do this, you’ll want to add the lentils when you add the vegetable stock and let the soup simmer for 50-60 minutes or until the lentils are cooked.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar + ½ Tablespoon extra (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • 1 28 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes, broken up with your hands
  • ½ head green cabbage
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha (or more depending on how spicy you like things)
  • 1⅓ cup cooked green lentils
  • ground pepper + sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions, cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf and basil; cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to deglaze the pot.
  2. Add stock, canned tomatoes, cabbage, miso and sriracha. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add in cooked lentils and simmer for around 20 minutes.
  3. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional apple cider vinegar.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Sammy January 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

mmm sounds delicious and homey! You should try the Coconut Lentil Soup that I made recently from Redbook! mmm!!

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Brittany January 31, 2014 at 11:54 am

This sounds delicious! I was called an old lady for liking cabbage the other day, glad to see someone else likes it too! Will be giving this a try on one of these snowy days we’ve been having.

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Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner January 31, 2014 at 11:56 am

This looks fantastic! I love the use of the ACV in it :) Definitely going on my list of things to make!

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Christine (The Raw Project) January 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

This looks wonderful, thanks! I’m such a huge cabbage fan that I even add it to smoothies. :-)

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

This looks really delicious! Can’t wait to try it out!

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Kira - HealthAble Old Soul January 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Cabbages and lentils are so tasty! It is like Amy’s Organics soups except even better because it’s home made!

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Emily @SinfulNutrition January 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I am so making this on the weekend! Love everything about this!

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Lily February 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I’m a long time reader of your blog but don’t comment much. I made a variation of your lentil soup last night. I used red cabbage instead of green and organic chicken broth. It was incredibly delicious! Even my husband loved it and said make sure you book mark this recipe so you can make it again! I absolutely love your blog and your delicious recipes :)

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Eating Bird Food February 1, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Hi Lily — Thank you so much for commenting and for trying the lentil soup. I’m pumped that both you and your husband enjoy it!!

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Traci February 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Looks delicious, and a little out of my comfort zone! So…I’m saving the recipe. :]

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Zoe @ Chocolate Covered Chia February 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

This sounds perfect for the cold wintery season that is upon us! Can’t wait to try it out.

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Kristina February 18, 2014 at 2:06 am

Made this tonight. It’s a really good ummm what can I make with what I have in the pantry sort of soup. Nice SBS hearty.

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Eating Bird Food February 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

So glad you liked it Kristina!

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laura April 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm

This soup is so yummy, comforting, and warming that I’m making another, second, dou le batch this week. It is extra good sprinkled with crispy home made coconut bacon. ;)

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