Friday, October 26, 2012

I Am An Accidental Culinary Genius

I eat a lot of soup, especially this time of year.  It's filling, it's handy to bring to work, and I can make a big batch of it on Sunday and then eat it for the rest of the week.  People who don't eat the same thing for days in a row are strange, curious creatures to me (what do you do with the leftovers if you don't eat them!?!?!).  I was particularly stoked to discover recently that a pal of mine from grad school started a blog.  If there is one thing that I know about this girl, it's that she loves wine.  If there are three+ things I know about her it's that: 1. She's serious about food  2. She's vegetarian like me!  3. She's a good writer.

All these things add up to create the melange that is my new favorite blog, and after reading her recipe for Cleansing Mulligatawny, I knew I had to try to make it, and incorporate my most beloved kitchen item, the crockpot.

Only problem was, when I went to buy supplies to make the soup, I only bought cabbage, two jalepenos and Bragg Liquid Aminos.  I either forget to get the rest, or thought I already had it (I did not).  The soup that I ended up making, however, was amazing!  Also, strangely, much more similar to another recipe my friend posted: Lonna's Everything Vegan Detox Soup, but I wasn't even looking at that one!  Must have internalized it.

Anyway, that's just a long rambling lead in to tell you that I either invented or copied a fantastic recipe, which I'm just calling cabbage soup, that is both insanely good for you and super cheap to make!

  • 1/4 head of cabbage cored and chopped small
  • 1 jalepeno diced
  • 2 vegetable boullion cubes (or two cups stock)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup either lentils or Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix (something to give the soup some protein and a bit of fun texture
  • Dash of curry powder
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Wee bit of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to the crock pot
  2. Stir
  3. Cook on High for five hours or Low for ten
Seriously, this soup is so good.  I had it for dinner, and immediately started craving it again.  Tomorrow, I'll probably just have it for lunch and dinner--why not!?


  1. Hey Frugaler - I'm excited to try this soup! Is the can of crushed tomatoes a big one (28 ounces)? I'll have to check out the other ones you liked to as well.

  2. I used the 14.5 ounce, but that's only because my crockpot is kind of small. If you have a bigger one, I recommend increasing the amount of ingredients and filling it up! So good!

  3. Wife has that thing where she doesn't want the same thing for lunch every day. Me, I'm like, I could eat PB&J sammiches every day for life and not get tired of them, especially for how cheap they are. This causes a lot of conversation between us about how to vary the menu. :)