Cabbage Fiesta Soup

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Here’s one of the best soup recipes to warm up a dull day. When you finish making and eating this Cabbage Fiesta Soup, you’re sure to feel like the clouds have dispersed and the sun has come out. It’s like you’ve just had a siesta and are ready for the fiesta. Especially since it’s so packed full of nourishing ingredients like garlic, cabbage, kidney beans, and green chilis, just to name a few. This healthy soup recipe’s got everything you could ever ask for – it’s one of the best comfort foods around, and it’s bound to keep the blues at bay.

Cabbage all on its own has a great deal of nutritional value and is considered to be a potent digestive aid, antioxidant, and all-around superfood. Just a half a cup of cooked cabbage is only 17 calories, is very high in dietary fiber, calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It’s also high in magnesium, phosphorus, and thiamin and contains vitamin A and iron. Cabbage is from the cruciferous vegetable family, along with its siblings, broccoli and kale – all of which are well-known for being jam-packed full of supportive nutrients. If you’re trying to increase you’re daily veggie intake, cruciferous veggies like these should definitely be included in your grocery priority list. Current studies with cabbage are showing it can have several potential health benefits, such as limiting one's likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Cabbage contains a sulfurous compound called sulforaphane, which, after 30 years of consistent research, has been proving itself to have cancer-impeding properties, and has shown especially good results with melanoma, prostate, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers. When you prepare cabbage soup and add lots of other nutritional ingredients like garlic, chilis, and kidney beans, you know you’ve got a healthy meal on your hands.

And when it comes to keeping your kitchen clean and protecting against potential food-borne illness, it’s always a smart idea to keep a few food safety practices in mind before, during, and after you make your soup. Did you know that more than 80% of cases involving food-borne illness that happen in North America each year could be easily prevented with proper food safety practices? Make sure you wash your hands before handling your recipe ingredients, and keep all of your surfaces, cutting boards, utensils, and appliances clean throughout the process. These guidelines are especially crucial when working with meat products, but they’re important no matter what you are cooking with. After your meal is finished, make sure you refrigerate any leftovers immediately. Soup makes for a wonderful leftover meal, especially if you store it properly. If you plan on using it within a couple of days, then seal it in an airtight container in the fridge. If you would like to save it for a longer length of time, store it in the freezer. A great idea is to pour it into smaller airtight containers so that they will chill faster and be easier to thaw when you’re ready to serve them again. Many thanks to Judy over at “The Southern Lady Cooks” website for sharing this delicious Cabbage Fiesta Soup recipe. If you’re looking for more soup recipe ideas or just looking for a yummy new recipe to try out, you might want to pay her site a visit.*

Nutrition Facts for: Cabbage Fiesta Soup from The Southern Lady Cooks
Ingredients: Ground beef, garlic, cabbage, onion, diced tomatoes, tomatoes with green chilis, water, cheddar cheese soup, kidney beans, corn, green pepper, pepper, salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 286, Calories from Fat 43, Total Fat 4.8g 7%, Saturated Fat 2.0g 10%, Cholesterol 44mg 15%, Sodium 595mg 25%, Potassium 934mg 27%, Carbohydrates 36.8g 12%, Dietary Fiber 8.9g 36%, Sugars 4.4g, Protein 25.6g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 45%, Calcium 8%, Iron 68%

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