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What’s for Dinner? Cabbage Soup and Salad

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This cabbage soup only has 9 grams of digestible carbohydrate per 2-cup serving

I’m putting together some paleo diabetic meals for you. Today’s offering works for lunch or dinner (where I come from, dinner is the evening meal).


  • Hearty Cabbage Soup, 2 cups
  • baby spinach, 2 oz (60 g)
  • lettuce, romaine, 2 oz (60 g)
  • tomatoes, chunked, 3 oz (85 g)
  • cucumbers, peeled and sliced, 2 oz (60 g)
  • olive oil, extra virgin,  2 tbsp (30 ml)
  • vinegar, 2 tsp (10 ml)
  • salt and pepper to taste (not counted in nutritional analysis below)
  • apple, medium (2.75-inch or 7-cm diameter)


See my recipe for Hearty Cabbage Soup.

Salad: In a bowl, place the lettuce, spinach, tomato chunks, sliced cucumber, adn finally, the olive oil and vinegar. Mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste. If you’re avoiding salt, consider substituting a few squirts of fresh lemon juice.

Enjoy the apple for desert.

Servings: 1

Nutritional Analysis:

  • 61% fat
  • 26% carbohydrate
  • 13% protein
  • 550 calories
  • 38.7 g carb
  • 10.3 g fiber
  • 28.4 g digestible carb
  • 1,252 mg sodium (plus any you add)
  • 1,328 mg potassium
  • Prominent features: rich in sodium (not good?), A, B12, C, E, copper, iron, manganese, and zinc

Recipe: Hearty Cabbage Soup

This version of cabbage soup isn’t a powerhouse in any one particular nutrient but provides a fair amount of zinc, protein, and vitamins A, B12, and C. If you’re a constipated, a bowl or two of cabbage soup may get things moving.

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Plan well in advance because this takes a while to cook


  • water, 4 quarts (3.8 L)
  • parsley, fresh, to taste (3 or 4 sprigs)
  • stew meat (beef), raw, 8 oz (230 g)
  • pepper, to taste (1/4 tsp or 1.2 ml)
  • salt, to taste (1.5 tsp or 8.4 mL) (don’t use this much if on a low-sodium diet)
  • tomato sauce, canned, 4 fl oz (120  ml)
  • carrot, raw, large (4.5 oz or 130 g), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch (1/2-cm) thick discs
  • cabbage, green, raw, 1/2 of a small one (whole one weighs about 2 lb or 900 g), rinsed, cored, then sliced into quarters or smaller
  • fresh lemon (optional)


Add raw meat to the water in a large pot and boil gently for 30 minutes. Then add tomato sauce, carrot, salt, pepper, parsley, and cabbage. Bring to boil over medium heat and them simmer for 45 minutes.

If it’s too bland for you, add a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Or as a last resort, add some beef bouillon cube or powder.


Makes four servings of 2 cups each (475 ml).

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

  • 46% fat
  • 23% carbohydrate
  • 31% protein
  • 200 calories
  • 12 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g fiber
  • 9 g digestible carb
  • 1,200 mg sodium
  • 495 mg potassium
  • Prominent features: see first paragraph

PS: Nutritional analysis done at FitDay.com.