Chinese Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

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Chinese Soup Diet

Soup diets rely on a very low calorie, high fiber soup to replace many -- but not all -- foods. The classic soup diet uses a broth based soup with tomatoes and cabbage, but simple alterations help you create a Chinese soup diet with different flavor. If you aren't using the more stringent diet, you can include a high fiber and low calorie soup in your meal planning to reduce your calorie intake. Always consult your doctor before beginning a weight-loss program.

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The usual cabbage soup diet recipe includes tomatoes, tomato juice or V8, cabbage, chicken broth and nonstarchy vegetables. If you prefer an Asian flavor for your soup, leave out the tomatoes and add ginger, garlic and soy. Use regular green cabbage, or replace it with bok choy and napa cabbage. Include a variety of nonstarchy vegetables in your diet. Depending on the soup diet you're following, you may be able to add chicken or egg to your soup for additional protein.

Soup diets work because they limit calories, sometimes dramatically. Cabbage based soups, regardless of the flavorings used, are high in fiber and low in calories. While some diets include a simple soup, such as a Chinese soup, to fill you up before meals and help control calories, others rely on set food combinations for each day of the diet.

Time Frame

The original cabbage soup diet is intended to be used for just seven days. If you simply include your healthy, Asian inspired soup as part of a regular balanced diet, you may continue on your diet much longer. Tweak your soup for meals by adding protein or additional ingredients, recommends "Good Housekeeping."


If you want an Asian spin on the traditional cabbage soup diet, different foods are dictated for each day of the diet. On the first day, you may have fruit -- with the exception of bananas -- and soup. The second day includes vegetables and a baked potato for dinner, alongside soup. During day three, you may have fruits and vegetables, but no potato, with soup. On the fourth day, eat bananas and drink skim milk along with the Chinese soup. Eat beef, tomatoes and soup on day five, and beef and vegetables on day six, with soup at least once each day. Choose brown rice, vegetables and soup on day seven.

The traditional version of the soup diet is a crash diet, intended to produce quick weight loss, but is not well balanced or nutritionally complete. Consider taking a multivitamin while on the diet, and do not continue it longer than seven days. Choose a more moderate diet such as the "Good Housekeeping" Amazing Soup Diet for long-term weight loss.

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Not sure what to do with that napa cabbage? We've got some ideas

Bright green napa cabbage is so eye-catching, yet most of us probably stroll by every time we see a head hanging out in the produce section. Why? Because we aren't really sure what the heck to do with it. If your interest in napa cabbage has been piqued, we've got good news. It's actually really versatile — not to mention that it packs a pretty heavy nutritional punch.

With a texture somewhere between celery and bok choy, you really can't go wrong using napa cabbage in these tasty recipes.

1. Napa cabbage soup

Warm up with a hearty bowl of napa cabbage soup. Add a few cups of chopped napa cabbage to your favorite vegetable, chicken or beef soup; it will give your soup a lot of body and for fewer calories than most other ingredients.

2. Napa cabbage rolls

Instead of using green cabbage, try some of the larger, outer leaves of napa cabbage. Cut them in half, steam or boil them until they just turn soft, and then fill with a mixture of cooked white rice and browned mild sausage or hamburger. Top with tomato sauce, and bake until bubbly.

3. Napa cabbage taco topping

Traditionally tacos are topped with a healthy handful of lettuce. A better choice is napa cabbage, which is more flavorful and totes a crisper texture, which contrasts nicely with the taco fillings.

4. Quick kimchee

Kimchee is a spicy Korean side dish, sort of like the hottest coleslaw you've ever eaten. Traditional kimchee can take several days to make. However, for a quick at-home version, combine a few cups of chopped napa cabbage, a tablespoon of sambal oelek (an Eastern hot sauce), 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, 4 sliced garlic cloves and a healthy pinch of salt. Stir well, chill overnight, and then eat right out of the bowl!

5. Braised napa cabbage

For a quick and easy side dish, add the cut-up white stems of the napa cabbage to a skillet, and cover them halfway with vegetable broth, ground ginger, garlic powder and a few teaspoons of soy sauce. Cook over medium heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until the napa cabbage becomes soft.

Originally published July 2009. Updated July 2017.

The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

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The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 6 onions, sliced or chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, chopped
  • 1 bunch shallots or 1 bunch green onion, sliced
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope onion soup
  • 1 ⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 48 ounces V8 vegetable juice
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed


  1. Place all in large stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Refrigerate all leftovers.

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Nutrition Info

Serving Size: 1 (281 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 20

Amt. Per Serving % Daily Value Calories 67.5 Calories from Fat 4 6% Total Fat 0.5 g 0% Saturated Fat 0.1 g 0% Cholesterol 0.1 mg 0% Sodium 277.5 mg 11% Total Carbohydrate 15.2 g 5% Dietary Fiber 3.8 g 15% Sugars 8.1 g 32% Protein 2.7 g 5%

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