The other day the hubby asked if there were items in the fridge that needed to be used up. His question is legitimate! When the kids were growing up, I usually tried to clean out the fridge and serve left-over meals twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday nights. Since he and I are the only two at home right now, leftovers often do get pushed to the back and forgotten. When I told him that the main thing I had that needed to be eaten was half a head of cabbage, he replied with, “I wonder if I could make some cabbage soup?” I was more than willing to let him try!
My hubs is down 10 lbs since he started the low-carb way of eating using mostly ideas and recipes found in the THM book and face book page. So, when he is willing to help in the kitchen to make something that is on the food plan, I am happy to let him try. It’s less work for me, right? I mean, while he’s in the kitchen, I have time to hold my little darlin’ …
and I have more time to work on crafts, like the checkerboard stockings I’ve been making for some clients. While most of them have “The Citadel” embroidered on the top, this one is a new idea and has become my favorite!
I can also crochet hats for my niece’s children. Aren’t they adorable? (The kids, I mean!)
Here is his creation for low-carb cabbage soup.
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 stick butter
1/2 half head cabbage, cut into small wedges
1/2 lb sausage, crumbled or about 1/2 lb of kielbasa sausage cut into bite-sized pieces
1-1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. whipping cream
1 c. tomato juice or sauce
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried hot pepper flakes
salt and black pepper to taste
In a large stock pot melt the butter and gently saute the onion and garlic. Add the sausage and cabbage and cook until sausage is no longer pink. Add the chicken broth, whipping cream, and tomato juice. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and stir in the cream cheese. Stir until it melts. Add the spices and adjust to your taste! Add more chicken broth if the soup is too thick for your liking.