Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chocolate and Cabbage Soup

No, not together. But the chocolate would have made a great dessert following the cabbage soup I had for lunch today had it not been all eaten…

The chocolate in question was Ghirardelli Almond Milk Chocolate from the Foodbuzz Festival “swag bag.” For the past few days, it has been sitting next to my coffee maker, and every early afternoon, I enjoyed one square with a cup of coffee. Usually, I’m sitting at my desk, grading papers, and I desperately need something to get me through the next stack of papers. The chocolate is my little escape. So good, a little guilty pleasure, yet portion controlled.

I hadn’t eaten milk chocolate in a long time and probably wouldn’t have picked it up, but I ended up really enjoying it. Plus, Ghirardelli is our local, San Francisco chocolate company, so I feel a special bond with it, and when we play tourists we usually end up in the Ghirardelli store…

Well, today my little afternoon escape did not happen because hubby had eaten the rest of it last night! However, I wouldn’t have known because the package still sat in its usual spot. When I got ready to go to work early this morning, hubby appeared to be sleeping and then all of a sudden said, “I ate so much last night after you went to sleep.” I turned around and was very surprised that he was up. Then he said, “I ate the chocolate.” Slightly panicky, I replied, “Which chocolate? The package is still there.” He said, “I know. I was going to blog about it. That’s why I kept it.” Now, in all fairness, I did eat more than my share of the Foodbuzz goodies we got, so I really can’t blame hubby too much. But I REALLY missed my little sweet escape this afternoon… Sad smile

Now I did eat cabbage soup for lunch (for some reason hubby didn’t dig into the cabbage soup leftovers last night….). We have been getting a lot of cabbage in our CSA boxes. Often it’s a substitute for something they ran out of. Our delivery day is Friday, and they often run out of lettuce (which is a shame as I LOVE the fresh lettuce)… I have been using the cabbage in some stir fried veggies but was thinking of something new to make. So cabbage soup came to mind. It’s really a vegetable soup with cabbage. I made a ton, and I think we’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week…

Cabbage Soup

  • Olive oil
  • 1 cabbage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pepper (the one I used was green, in the process of turning red, which I thought was very cool!), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut into circles
  • 6 – 7 stalks of celery, diced
  • Chopped tomatoes (I used Pomi)
  • 5 cups of liquid (water or vegetable stock, or a mixture of the both, which is what I used)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Organic ketchup (I have a habit of adding a few tablespoons of organic ketchup to tomato-based soups and sauces. I guess it’s really just a sign of my ketchup addiction…Winking smile)
  1. Heat the olive oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes. Then add the pepper, celery, and carrots. Sauté the veggies for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and the liquid to the pot.
  3. Add the cabbage to the pot.
  4. Cook the soup for about 10 - 15 minutes, until the veggies are soft but not mushy.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and ketchup! Smile 
  6. Enjoy! Smile

We all really enjoyed the soup. Hubby has been fighting off a sore throat and said the soup was really soothing. He got seconds and at one point said, “Who am I? I never used to like cabbage or vegetable soups!”

Questions: What’s your favorite chocolate? I usually like dark chocolate, but I think I may go back to milk chocolate once in a while after tasting the milk chocolate Ghirardelli chocolates… Do you like cabbage? What’s your favorite way to eat it? I need ideas for all the cabbage in my CSA boxes… I really like coleslaw but hubby doesn’t (yet). I think I’ll give it another try soon though… Any good coleslaw recipes I should be aware of? 

Be well,


  1. i really liked this cabbage and mango slaw i made:

    but it's red/purple kind.

  2. Anonymous11/18/2010

    my fav chocolate is dark chocolate, >70% preferable!
    cabbage? other than soup, I like to sauteed it with sausages :)

  3. That is SO FUNNY! Sorry, I mean, it's not funny that your hubby ate the chocolate but I can just hear him saying, "I was going to blog about it...". I guess that's funny to me because whenever I eat something that tastes REALLY good, Nick says, "Oh, are you going to BLOG about it?!" hehe, it's always funny. I can't imagine Nick having a blog. I also can't imagine him eating MY sweet escape of the day, which is my 80% dark Lindt's chocolate!! He hates it dark, I love it!
    I also love cabbage, but it does tend to give me stomach problems :( What a surprise! Cabbage rolls are my favorite but I rarely eat them.

  4. Your cabbage soup reminds me of that crazy fad diet I tried (unsuccessfully) years ago! Do you remember the Cabbage Soup Diet? My Mom and I made a huge pot and that was all we ate for days. And did I lose weight? Nooooo. Mainly because I think there may have been some chocolate snacking in between the soup eating. LOL!

    Dark chocolate is definitely my favorite!

  5. That would be a strange food combo! Glad you're joining in on the 100 burpee blast challenge Andrea :)

  6. When I read the title I was wondering how you combined chocolate and cabbage! Haha! I have 2 bars that I have on hand at all times; Lindt sea salt and chili, both dark. I eat 2 squares after dinner ech night. When I run out I feel kinda lost. LOL

    Your soup reminds me of the one my Mom makes which I love. It's def something I should be making myself!

  7. oh my gosh I love cabbage soup but my family, not so much!

    gonna have to sneak in a pot just for myself!

    thanks for the recipe...gonna try it!

  8. I love good chocolate, and especially dark. We went to Ghirardeli when we were in San Fran and it was so much fun just to be there. Since I already thought my friend today was making cupcakes out of turkey instead of what she was really doing which was making cupcakes to look like turkeys, I did think this was chocolate and cabbage together.

  9. Oh! I love cabbage soup...specially in the cold weather :-)
    Chocolate, lately we have been addicted to See's ones ;-)

  10. That chocolate looks delicious! Especially with almonds.
    This soup sounds excellent. I am loving this time of year for the many delicious soups!

  11. I've slowly been making my way through that chocolate bar, too! Luckily I don't think my hubby knows about its existence ;)

    I didn't know you were a fellow ketchup addict! We should start a group...KAA...

  12. Anonymous11/18/2010

    Oh - I feel exactly the same way about a bite of chocolate. If Paul eats the last piece and I don't know about it until I am in my pj's and I REALLY want a piece...sigh. As for cabbage -do you ever eat it Amish style (sweet and sour)? It's delicious.

  13. That is funny about him eating all the chocolate! At least it gave you a good story to post!

    I use to only eat milk chocolate but in the last couple of years I have discovered that I prefer dark chocolate, 6o% works well for me!

    I love cooked cabbage,Chinese chicken salad,and it is fabulous in a little sandwich called a German Runza. It is a piece of bread dough filled with cooked cabbage, ground beef and onion and baked until golden brown. I love them!

    I posted about them a couple times on my blog, and,

  14. Anonymous11/19/2010

    We tried those chocolates and really liked them, especially the almond one. The cabbage soup looks very yummy and comforting!

  15. I think soon your hubby going to be obsessed by blogging! haha...

  16. I have to confess that he title of the post got me in a ??????? mood, was really wondering how you made chocolate cabbage soup. After reading the first line the mystery was solved. Your hubby is so funny :))))
    I don't like cabbage soup but I like shreddered cabbage and apple salad and if i have handy some fresh dill
    and chocolate, I love chocolate, dark, semi-sweet, milk, Ghirardelli, Lindt, Callebaut, you name it, I eat it