Fried Cabbage Potato Bacon Soup
Cabbage recipes are some of the most popular recipes on Grandmother's Kitchen. Growing up with Ukrainian and Danish Grandmother's means that in my childhood, cabbage was a staple that I looked forward to being served as a filling for pierogies, or a side dish of sauerkraut baked to be eaten with pork or sausage. It cannot be denied that cabbage goes well with butter and animal protein, particularly pork. The cabbage used in this easy cabbage recipe is softened slowly by simmering it with organic bacon and diced onion. To soften the cabbage more, which also makes it easier to digest, a splash of vinegar is added to the simmering mixture. My Danish Grandmother would often make a stewed red cabbage that was cooked down with vinegar and orange juice.
This healthy cabbage recipe is a family-friendly meal idea that is especially good when the weather starts getting colder. Full of healthy ingredients to include organic bacon, cabbage, onion, garlic, potatoes, and organic chicken, this easy cabbage recipe is a good immunity booster. You will want to print this easy cabbage recipe and keep it on file for future use.
Using quality ingredients in your family-friendly meal ideas can go a long way. One of the ingredients in this easy cabbage recipe is the cube of organic chicken stock. You can take this easy cabbage recipe up a level by using some organic chicken bone broth instead. If you use a quality bone broth, you can use it in place of some of the water in this family-friendly meal idea. You can add the amount of chicken bone broth depending on how thick you want your soup. Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of bone broth. Bone broth uses vegetables, aromatics and the roasted bones of either chicken or beef. Bone broth is considered to be one of the most healing foods you can consume, and chicken bone broth is a good choice.
Chicken bone broth is rich in nutrients such as collagen, gelatin and glycine, and may help to protect and heal your gut lining, help improve your joints and boost your skin health. You can use chicken bone broth and beef bone broth to help make better tasting gravy, casserole recipes and pasta sauces. You can also use chicken bone broth for this easy cabbage recipe, as a tasty and healthy option for stock. You can find quality organic chicken bone broths at your health store or local grocery store, or you can choose to make a bone broth yourself. Bone broth is a recipe that cooks for at least eight hours, and you will want to be sure and do it right, to reap all the benefits of this healthy recipe. If you make bone broth yourself, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week, or you can freeze it for three months. A good idea is to divide the bone broth into smaller portions to make it easier to use when needed.
This easy cabbage recipe recommends using organic bacon. Organic bacon is bacon that comes from pigs that have been raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Pork that comes from organically raised pigs is fed an organic diet. Organic bacon should also be free of preservatives. One big question that people have is with regards to nitrates. Nitrates are substances that help to cure foods. The problem with some of the nitrates used to cure meat is that they are in the form of sodium nitrate, which is an additive that has been linked to cancer. There are some nitrates, which are naturally occurring, to include celery juice and sea salt, which can be used to cure some meats, to include bacon. So you want to look at what ingredients have been used to cure the bacon that you buy and try to stay away from meat that has been cured with sodium nitrate. **
1/2 package organic bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 green cabbage, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed)
1 cube organic chicken stock
1/4 cup white or red wine vinegar
3 large yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup stewed tomatoes
1 -2 cups water (depending on how thick you want your soup broth)
1 cup frozen peas
To serve: (optional)
Sour cream or plain yogurt
Thick sourdough bread & butter
In a large soup pot saute onion, garlic, and bacon until softened.
Take half the mixture and set aside.
In remaining mixture add cabbage and cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly.
Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and continue to stir and soften.
When the cabbage is soft remove from heat and set aside in medium bowl.
Using the same pot, add back the bacon, onion, garlic mixture.
Add potatoes and saute over medium heat mixing well.
Add remaining olive oil and stir.
Add tomatoes 1/2 cup of water and continue stirring while the potatoes cook slightly.
Add cabbage mixture and the remaining water and let boil for 5 minutes.
Set to a simmer and let cook for 20 minutes.
Add frozen peas.
Serve with salt, pepper and sour cream or plain yogurt (optional) and some thick crusty bread.
This cabbage soup recipe is high in many nutrients that will help strengthen your immune system. The cabbage is great for digestion, and a large part of our immune system is found in our digestive tract. A healthy gut is really the basis for a healthy body.
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