Creamy and velvety cabbage soup, packed with nutrients and full of flavor!
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It’s been over 15 years.
About 20 years ago I got the diagnosis that would change everything for me. Hashimoto’s – an autoimmune thyroid disorder. I’ll spare you the details of the 3-4 years after that diagnosis of trying to actually figure out what that meant, and how to feel even an ounce of better. After a few years of trying everything mainstream medical and not feeling any different, I saw more of a natural, functional medicine practitioner. Answers and more of a “root issue” approach helped me quite literally peel back layers and layers of healing that my body needed. I learned how to listen to my body. I learned what worked for me, what the red flags and warning systems looked like, sounded like, and felt like….and I have felt what “good” really and truly feels like.
Back to the basics
And because certain things like stress (hello 2020), infections, inflammatory foods, and toxins can trigger an autoimmune “flare,” I’ve learned how to nail down those triggers so they don’t spiral out of control. I’m feeling one of those “flares” in the season I’m in right now, and after about 6 months of ignoring the red flag symptoms (because we have all been in survival mode in 2020, amiright?!), it’s time to get back to what I know I need to be doing for my body. And for me, that always means getting back to less inflammatory foods even if they are considered “healthy” for most, and hello to more cooked veggie minerals at every meal. It has, and probably always will be a game changer for me. It is one of the biggest reasons there are so many veggie soup recipes on the blog, and in my cookbooks, and why you’ll always hear me talking about “breakfast soups.”
And lunch an dinner soup. Cooked veggies just digest easier, and it is so much easier to get a variety and abundance in when you roast or “soup” your veggies. Souping your veg doesn’t have to be boring either. There are so many ways to change things up, and give your body the mineral variety it needs! If you are new to veggies at breakfast, soup might sound so strange, but hear me out. A little mug of steamy soup, a muffin, and some sausage or egg? It is perfectly dreamy to be honest. Sure, a veggie hash or a smoothie with greens works for breakfast too, but there is something about souping breakfast that has been the ticket to feeling amazing for me for years.
Cabbage…nutrient packed and anti-inflammatory
And did I mention a big time budget saver? Because let’s face it – that part matters too! Cabbage is about as cheap as it gets, but it is also loaded with micronutrients and minerals. Cruciferous veggies like cabbage can also be anti-inflammatory. For some, cruciferous veggies can be a problem digestively, especially in the raw state, but cooking can help with digestion. It also helps to eat these veggies with a healthy fat, so cooking the veg in a nutritious fat that works for you such as butter or olive oil is perfect. If you are someone that tolerates cabbage well, you are going to love this soup!
But how does it taste, and will my kids eat it too?!
The last thing I want you to be doing is making a bunch of meals that the rest of the family won’t eat, dear momma. Even though I have seasons of needing to eat a little differently than a growing, metabolism burning kid, it doesn’t mean that they can’t also be eating many of the same foods! The girls love just about every soup blend that has come out of my kitchen for their lunchbox thermoses. When they were babies I served them soups for breakfast often right along with myself. It is perfect for those seasons of sleepy babyhood for everyone to eat the same. These days it looks a little more like the kids having a muffin with eggs and a packed out smoothie, and mom having the same muffin, but with some meat, and a mug of soup. This works for our metabolisms where they are right now in the season we are in at the moment. The cabbage for this soup cooks down and and gets sweet with sautéing and really is a blank slate for whatever flavors you want to add in. I use some nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor without the dairy, as well as some of my sausage seasoning blend to give the soup the warmth of cooking with sausage.
Simple, easy soup making method
This is a one pot deal, and I think that is something just about everyone can handle these days! Just use the slow sauté approach to bring out the sweetness and flavor from the veggies, toss with some potato starch and then simmer them with your broth. The potato starch gives the soup a grain-free velvety, creamy texture that is to live for! You’ll use your immersion blender to puree the soup to a perfect creaminess once it is finished, but if you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender too.
Other creamy soup purees that work well for any meal of the day!
My rhythm has most often been to make a soup for the week on the weekends or on Monday’s. If you don’t like to eat the same soup for days in a row, make a couple different kinds and start building your freezer stash. If you store a quart of soup into the freezer each week, you’ll soon have a lush soup stash to pull from so that, perhaps, on an extra busy week you don’t have to cook a soup. Or so that you can pull some variety throughout the week.
- Cauliflower & Kale Soup
- Creamy Broccoli Soup
- Classic Vegetable Soup
- Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Spring Onion Soup
- Asparagus Soup
- Winter Vegetable Soup
- Butternut Squash Soup
- There is also a whole chapter of different soup purees in my cookbook, Nourished Beginnings, including 2 of our household favorites, Nourishing Greens Soup, and Spring Vegetable Soup!
Creamy Cabbage Soup
- 2-3 tbsp butter to cook in bacon fat, olive oil, or avocado oil work well here too
- 2 small onions halved and sliced into strips
- 1 carrot coarsely chopped
- 1 stalk of celery coarsely chopped
- 1 small/medium head of cabbage sliced into strips
- 3 tbsp potato starch
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional but lends a cheesy flavor without the dairy!
- 1 tsp of my sausage season blend optional, but gives the flavor of having meat/sausage in the soup
- 1 quart bone broth
- 1/2 – 1 cup full fat coconut milk or regular milk if you tolerate dairy
- Sea salt/pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium high heat, and saute the onion, carrot, and celery for a few minutes while you chop the cabbage. There is so much cabbage, so give the first few veggies a few minutes to get started first.
- Add the sliced cabbage and saute over medium high heat until the cabbage reduces down about half, and gets really soft and sweet. This takes a good 10 minutes to achieve and the flavor is amazing. Stir throughout the cooking process.
- Put the potato starch, nutritional yeast, and sausage seasoning blend into the pot, stirring to coat the veggies in the starch and seasonings.
- Pour the broth in, stir, and bring the soup to a low simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the stove off, pour in the coconut milk, and blend the soup with your immersion blender or in a regular blender until smooth. Salt and pepper the soup to your taste once it is blended.
I also have a history of Hashimoto’s and was able to get it into remission through diet and lifestyle changes but the past year has been a massive challenge. I’m currently doing the GAPS diet for six weeks with my children as a reset for us all. We will definitely be making this soup!
I have been on a rollercoaster of testing for 18 months. 2020 i had a massive weight gain. FINALLY, i got a full thyroid panel done and Hashimoto’s is the culprit. I look forward to hearing more about this from you Renee. I have both your cook books and just love them, especially the lunchbox book. can’t wait to make this soup and the beef skillet 🙂
Hi Laura! I’m so glad this was helpful, and I’m so glad you were able to get some answers with a full thyroid panel. It is definitely a journey but having the right numbers is so helpful to get started on the right foot!
This looks wonderful. We’re avoiding nightshades at the moment, do you think another starch such as tapioca can work?
Hi Karien! Yes, tapioca should be fine!