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Keeping Cabbage Soup Interesting 
Jul. 28, 2010 3:52 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2011 6:14 pm
Before I get into the subject of this blog I’ve got to ask, have you ever typed a long document, whether it's a blog, a letter, or just an electronic journal entry, only to hit the wrong button and *POOF* the whole thing is gone?  That happened to me a couple hours ago with this blog.  I hit the wrong button on my super high-tech mouse and it activated the "back" button on my browser, effectively erasing my entire blog entry.  I almost lost it, but then I told myself "Walk away, Keri.  Just walk away!"  Now I can (almost) LOL about it, but you can bet I'm typing this into a Word document with auto-save every 60 seconds and then I'll copy and paste the finished product into my blog!

Several people have asked me to blog about the different things I did last week to keep from getting bored with the Cabbage Soup Diet eating plan.  I now wish that I had written everything down as the week went by, because I’m sure I’ll forget at least one or two things I did.  I’ll try my best to remember at least the ideas that turned out really great.

A few people have asked me where to find the soup recipe(s) and the 7-day eating plan.  Here you go:
~Click HERE for the soup recipe.
~Click HERE for the eating plan.  Check out the other tabs at that site.  There’s lots of good information as well as an alternate recipe for the soup that you might prefer.

Ways to Jazz Up Your Soup
1) Puree the soup.  You’d be surprised at how much different it is to drink a mug full of the pureed soup compared to eating the chunky soup out of a bowl.  On the days where you eat a baked potato, try topping the potato with some of the pureed soup with a little hot sauce added.  It's really delicious AND it helps you resist the temptation to go overboard with the butter!

2) Add a little hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or balsamic vinegar to your bowl or mug.  It’s incredible how much you can change the flavor of the soup by just adding a little bit of one of these.

3) On Days 5 & 6, add some of the meat to your soup in addition to the other seasonings.  A couple  combinations I tried were:

~Taco seasoning and shredded baked BLSL chicken breast = Taco soup!

~Worcestershire sauce and cubed, seared steak, cooked with soup in small crock pot on low for 4-5 hours = Delicious veggie beef stew!

On Days 1 & 3, you’ll be eating lots of fruit.  Don’t limit yourself to plain old raw fruit!  Here are a few things I did to make it great:

~Frozen grapes or berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)– They’re seriously just like eating candy!

~Crush some over-ripe (translation – “super sweet”) strawberries and mix with a little lemon juice, then freeze for an incredible sorbet-type treat!

~Grilled peaches – If you’ve never eaten a grilled peach, you’re missing out!  Sprinkle with a teeny bit of cinnamon after grilling.

On Days 2 & 3 you’ll be eating lots of veggies (Day 3 is Fruit & Veggies together).  I didn’t eat tomatoes until Day 3, because I wasn’t sure if they would count as a fruit or a vegetable on this eating plan.  Just like with the fruits, don’t limit yourself to bland, raw veggies!  Cook some of them!  Here are a few ideas:

~Steam some asparagus in water with a little lemon pepper, then sprinkle with Kosher salt.

~Make a big salad with leafy greens, cucumber, celery, carrots, and whatever other veggies you              like, then toss it with some balsamic vinegar.  This is SO good!

~Slice tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers together.  Dress with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and a little fresh basil.  YUM!

~Sautee diced onion & minced garlic in a teeny bit of EVOO (about a teaspoon) until tender. Add a couple of diced Roma tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes become a sauce (smoosh them with a spoon if necessary to help this along).  Then add a sliced zucchini or crookneck squash, some balsamic vinegar, and whatever seasonings you like (I used salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder), cover the pan and let it simmer until the squash is tender.  I ate a HUGE bowl of this on Day 3.

Day 4 - Bananas and Skim Milk
At the beginning of the eating plan, I was convinced there was no way I would make it through Day 4.  I don’t really like eating bananas except occasionally and I HATE, HATE, HATE milk!  I had almost decided to skip the bananas and milk and just do another Fruits & Vegetables day, but then I remembered that I really like smoothies.  I froze four of the bananas a couple days ahead of time.  In the morning on Day 4, I used 2 bananas and about 1 cup of skim milk along with a splash of vanilla.  I whirled them around in my Magic Bullet until they were blended well.  When I opened the Magic Bullet, I got a surprise – ICE CREAM!  The frozen bananas thickened the mixture up to the consistency of soft serve ice cream…and it was fantastic!  I ate two fresh bananas during the day while at work and choked down a cup of milk at lunch time.  After my dinner of Cabbage Soup that evening, I made another mug of “ice cream”, this time adding a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the vanilla.  Chocolate banana “ice cream” – what more can a girl ask for when she’s on a diet, huh?  LOL!

Days 5 & 6 – Meat days
Like I mentioned above, on Day 5 I diced up a raw steak and seared it in about a teaspoon of EVOO.  Then I put it in my little 2-quart crock pot with some of the Cabbage Soup and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.  I stashed the crock pot under my desk at work and let it cook on low all morning.  By lunchtime I had a delicious beef stew!  For dinner that night, I did the chicken taco soup I described above.

I only made it through Day 5 of the eating plan and then I decided I needed to go ahead and transition into my new healthy eating regimen.  See, my body didn’t like it when I re-introduced meat into the picture on Day 5.  I felt “icky” that evening and the next day I was “stopped up”.  I got to thinking and realized that I really don’t EVER feel good after eating any significant amount of meat, except fish or other seafood.  Since I didn’t do Days 6 & 7, I can’t really offer any tips for the rice on Day 7 except this:  Mix your veggies into it and add seasonings!  Don’t let it be boring.

I am now on day 5 since deciding to transition out of the Cabbage Soup eating plan and into my new healthy lifestyle…and I’m still going strong.  I’m finding new, healthy recipes that my kids and I are loving.  And the best part is that I feel very optimistic that I WILL do it this time and I won’t slip back into my old, unhealthy eating habits.

I’m really enjoying this journey so far!  Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Jul. 28, 2010 4:09 pm
You did awesome! When I did it, I also had spaghetti squash, and added the soup over that, it made it feel more like pasta! And I steamed a lot of veggies. I struggled more on the fruit days b/c I am not much of a sweets eater although freezing them was a treat! You have made me want to give it another go!
Jul. 28, 2010 4:46 pm
Great Job you go girl..Keep up the great work...:O)
Jul. 28, 2010 4:46 pm
I was just out watering the garden and looking at 8 big heads of cabbage ,and it made me think about how you are doing on the diet,sounds like success to me.I quit smoking about 10 months ago and put on a few pounds,(yeah just a few lol) so my plan is go get ingredients from the garden and see if I can also succeed in a more healthy eating plan, congrats on your success
Jul. 28, 2010 7:17 pm
Great ideas, Keri. You really can jazz things up. Makes me mad - just don't think outside the box easily which is why I enjoy reading reviews. I see how simple things make a difference but it just doesn't happen with me!!! I certainly am keeping this blog handy. Thanks!!! And I just know you will meet your goal!!
Jul. 28, 2010 11:15 pm
Like Keri has mentioned often, please check with your doctor before starting a diet. I have a Thyroid disease and while looking into starting this, found that I should avoid raw cabbage, but cooked cabbage is okay. (This was after I made and ate a big bowl of cole slaw a couple weeks ago. Eeeks!) So, make sure you're taking care of yourself all the way around. Thanks Keri for continuing to share with us.
Jul. 28, 2010 11:41 pm
Thanks for sharing all those great ideas. It was fun to follow your progress through the plan. Keep up the great work with the new healthy lifestyle!
Jul. 29, 2010 4:39 am
Wonderful ideas, Keri! If I get up the nerve to try this, I'll be remembering these and coming back to your blog! Thanks for sharing!
Jul. 29, 2010 10:20 am
Hi Keri! I actually made the soup because I saw you and Jaxmamma following it with success. You both did great! I had a hard time following the diet plan, but im going to give it another shot. Id like to loose 10-15 pounds. Oh I also added a can of fire roasted green chilies to the recipe (which tasted awesome!). Keep up the good work :)
Jul. 29, 2010 10:49 am
Keri - keep up the great work. You have so many wonderful and creative ways of changing your food up. Keep doing that as you transition so things won't get boring. I'm excited for you and your family!
Jul. 29, 2010 12:47 pm
@Brooke129 – Thanks! I was wishing I had a spaghetti squash on one of the veggie days and my kids asked about it, too. If you give the 7-day plan another try, be sure to keep in touch on the RE so we can give you encouragement!! **** @Jayashiangel – Thanks for the compliments!! **** @HWildbreed – Congratulations on quitting smoking!!! That’s a HUGE accomplishment! I am jealous of your garden! It must be heavenly to know you can just step out your back door and have beautiful produce at your fingertips. People like you are inspiring ME to really work at having a garden next spring. Maybe if I start working with the soil now it won’t be so rock-hard come planting time next year and I’ll have success. Thanks for the congrats!! **** @Maggi – Watch as much Food Network as you can! I’ve been watching for years and that’s where I get lots of my ideas of how to change things up and make old boring stuff seem new and exciting. You’d be surprised how much difference a single herb or spice can make to a dish. I’m glad to have given you some new ideas to try! And thanks for the encouragement!! **** @DesertOlive – Thank you for reaffirming that people need to check with their doctor before trying any new eating plan! I hope your own condition is getting better now that you’re aware of it and can get treatment. I’m so glad that at least cooked cabbage is okay for you to eat, because cabbage is SO good for you! Thanks for commenting! **** @rachmaree – Thank you for your continued support! Let me know if you try any of the ideas and how you like them :-) **** @Pam-3BoysMama – Thanks for your compliments! Even if you don’t try the 7-day eating plan, you can incorporate lots of the ideas I mention here into your regular eating routine so you can add the soup to your menu! Have a wonderful day! **** @SB - Try not to limit yourself too much next time around. Adding things like chiles to jazz it up and sauteeing several different veggies and peppers together are great ways to keep it from getting boring. Make sure to fill yourself up on the "allowed" foods so you don't feel like you're constantly eating nothing but cabbage soup. Good luck and thanks for the encouragement!! **** @jabberwokky - Thanks for your support!! I'm so excited about the results I'm already seeing and I'm totally thrilled that my kids are loving the healthy foods I'm preparing. Have a great day!
Aug. 1, 2010 6:59 pm
Hey Keri...I just happened upon your blog about this diet. I did it years ago and didn't make it but I do remember loving the soup. So I went to whole foods and got all my ingredients and made a batch today. Not planning on doing the diet right now as I am traveling to Philippines in a week but I am going to have a cup of soup before lunch and dinner as my appetizer. I will say that I think making it in a roaster across 2 burners is a wonderful idea. It took SO long for for the soup to come to boil before I could turn it down to simmer I was afraid the veggies on the bottom would burn so I had to keep stirring. I also decided to puree the whole batch. I ended up with 8 quarts of soup after putting in I wanted 10 servings. Needless to say I will be freezing most of this batch.
Aug. 1, 2010 7:18 pm
Keri...QUICK! DH wants to know if he's supposed to have the soup for breakfast!?! I didn't know how to answer him because I don't eat breakfast (bad habit). I read where you got some steel cut oats but wondered if that was for days you were not doing the CS diet. Thanks for all the hints to help us prevent boredom. Any advice on feeding Mr. Piglet breakfast is appreciated also!! Can't wait to get started.
Aug. 2, 2010 6:07 pm
OK, so you convinced me! I made the soup before, many times, and found myself craving it when I was reading your blogs! I'm not sure if I'd do the whole diet - at least not for a week - but I have a big pot of it cooling down. I love the idea of blending it up and drinking it - I've been sort of craving something savory for breakfast so I think that might be a good way to try it! So, thanks for rekindling my interest - if anything, it's a great way to get more veggies in your diet. Good luck to you!
Aug. 6, 2010 7:39 pm
Keri thank you for the inspiration. I read your blog at the beginning of your cabbage soup diet and wasn't quite ready. Now, armed with your great suggestions and the inspiration of you and the others who will now try it as well I am prepared to get started making it tommorrow morning. I will start the actual one week plan on Sunday. If there is anyone else who feels os inclined I would love the company of others to keep me on the straight and narrow. My hope is to do it for a couple of weeks. Of course this is easy to say given the fact that I have not yet begun. Thanks again Keri
Christmas Joy 
Aug. 9, 2010 3:30 pm
Now that it's been a couple of weeks, how are you doing? Have you been able to keep losing, or did any pounds creep back?
May 9, 2011 6:11 pm
Thanks for doing these blogs Keri... I was reffered to your blogs by Mimosa on FB; I'm only on day 1 today! lol.. I'm not having too much trouble today since my soup is pretty tasty. I used beef broth and tomato paste which gives it a nice richness.. I used weight watchers zero calorie recipe which I like better than the traditional Cabbage Patch Soup recipe that comes in the "actual" 7 Day Cabbage Soup" Diet plan... So I'm feeling pretty content but my challenge will be getting through the evening (tv) without snacking... I'm "really" not a fruit eater but more of a person who likes to snack on nuts, chips, pumpkin/sunflowers seeds, etc. I'm not sure if it's ok to eat the dried fruits like dates and craisins but I have them on hand and really like them! Today I'm doing the water with some orange slices. I have also "never" liked water until recently. I think it's something that has happened as I've hit pre-men. because I"m thristier. The only other time I can remember "liking water was when I was pregnant; I'd wake up super parched and down a whole glass in the night. Well ok maybe I'll say how it's going on FB... Wish me luck! :)
May 9, 2011 6:14 pm
ps.. just looked at the recipe link you posted; it looks like the recipe you used is similiar to the one I'm using other than tomato juice which was optional..
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I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
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