This basic 1-week cabbage soup diet recipe is more of a jump-start than a long-term diet, though some people choose to stay on it for a few weeks.
It begins with a few days of fruit, vegetables, and cabbage soup, with little or no protein. Then, bananas and skim milk are added. Later in the week, beef and rice are added.
If you have any special health concerns or dietary restrictions or issues, you should speak to your healthcare professional first.
The basic cabbage soup is delicious, by the way, whether you follow the diet or not! Go ahead and make it with beans, ground meat, or chicken if you’d like. Take a look at the variations for more add-in ideas.
The soup may be cooked on the stovetop for about 1 hour, or combine everything in the slow cooker and cook it for about 6 hours on low.
- 6 large scallions
- 2 green bell peppers
- 1 or 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 bunch celery, sliced
- 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
- 1 package dry onion soup mix, such as Lipton
- Optional: 1 or 2 cubes bouillon
- 1 (48-ounce) can tomato-based vegetable juice, or 6 cups water
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional: parsley, curry powder, garlic powder, or paprika
Gather the ingredients.
Chop the green onions and bell peppers.
Add the chopped vegetables to the slow cooker along with the tomatoes,
celery, cabbage, onion soup mix, bouillon, if using, and tomato juice or water.
Cover and cook on LOW for about 5 hours.
Add the seasonings, to taste, and continue cooking for about 1 to 2 hours longer.
Eat all the soup you want, whenever you want.
The soup is delicious and makes an excellent lunch soup. Add a pound of browned ground beef or ground turkey for a heartier soup.
Zucchini or summer squash may be added to the soup.
Add a can of drained great northern, navy, red, pinto, or black beans.
Instead of bouillon, add 1 can of condensed (or double strength) beef broth or condensed French onion soup.
Add 1/2 cup of diced or thinly sliced carrots.
Garnish the soup with some diced cooked bacon.
Add leftover diced ham or corned beef to the soup.
Add 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach or kale to the soup mixture.
The Basic Diet Plan
First Day – All fruit is okay, except bananas; plus soup
Day 2 – Any and all vegetables, baked potato with butter for dinner; plus soup
Day 3 – Combine Day 1 and 2, without potato; plus soup
Day 4 – Up to six bananas, all the skim milk you want; plus soup
Day 5 – 10 to 20 ounces of beef, a can of tomatoes, 6 to 8 glasses of water; plus soup
Day 6 – All the beef and vegetables you want; plus soup
Day 7 – Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables; plus soup