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Spicy Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup

Cabbage is just one of the rock stars in the cruciferous vegetable family, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and lowering the risk of cancer. The fiber in cabbage will help fill you up and keep things moving through your gut. Cabbage is also loaded with vitamins K and C- 1 cup of chopped cabbage provides about half of your day's worth of vitamin C.
Servings 8


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped poblano or green bell pepper
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 15 ounce cans low-sodium pinto or black beans, rinsed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Crumbled queso fresco nonfat plain Greek yogurt and/or diced avocado for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large soup pot (8 quart or larger) over medium heat. Add onions, carrot, celery, poblano (or bell pepper) and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cabbage; cook, stirring occasionally until slightly softened, about 10 minutes more. Add tomato paste, chipotle, cumin and coriander; cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  • Add broth, water, beans and salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Serve garnished with cheese, yogurt and/or avocado, if desired.
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