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Creamy Cabbage Soup

Creamy Cabbage Soup

Serves: 4

Category: Soups and Stews
Tags: Aggressive Weight Loss, Diabetes Reversal

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Chase away the winter chill with this wonderful, hearty cabbage soup. The cabbage blends beautifully with a leek and carrot base. Kale and spinach add the right touch of green.

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1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 head cabbage, cut into pieces
3 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no-salt herbal seasoning blend
2 cups carrot juice
8 cups low sodium or no-salt-added vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
3 cups baby kale or chopped kale
2 cups baby spinach


Place all ingredients except the cashews, hemp seeds, kale and spinach in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils are soft and vegetables are tender.

In a food processor or high powered blender, blend two-thirds of the soup liquid and vegetables with the cashews and hemp seeds until smooth and creamy. Return to the pot. Stir in the kale and spinach and heat just until wilted.

Calories 257; Protein 13 g; Carbohydrates 41 g; Sugars 9 g; Total Fat 5.9 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 249 mg; Fiber 13.2 g; Beta-Carotene 10447 ug; Vitamin C 85 mg; Calcium 175 mg; Iron 5.2 mg; Folate 221 ug; Magnesium 121 mg; Potassium 991 mg; Zinc 2.5 mg; Selenium 5.2 ug

Comments (71):



11/09/2011 06:16 PM

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Excellent. I used mushrooms instead of celery.

mikki k

05/20/2012 01:24 AM

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It won over my unbeliever husband, I used mushroom broth and a little avacodo for a slight buttery texture in his bowl.

mikki k

05/20/2012 01:31 AM

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It won over my unbeliever husband, I used mushroom broth and a little avacodo for a slight buttery texture in his bowl.


05/25/2012 05:13 PM

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Once again, another delicious recipe. I loved the texture and even ate it for breakfast. So so good!


06/10/2012 06:42 PM

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This soup is simple, quick and absolutely wonderful! Definitely a five star rating!!


12/12/2012 07:24 PM

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This is a great recipe. I make it often. I like to blend the entire soup, except for the baby spinach which I add after it is blended.


02/20/2013 09:40 PM

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Delicious! It doesn't look the most appetizing but it sure tastes fantastic. Love it!


05/17/2013 12:29 PM

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05/19/2013 03:38 PM

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Great recipe. I added some sauerkraut juice at the end of cooking for that extra kick. Delicious!

Elaine Garces

10/01/2013 03:26 PM

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This is yet another one of my favorite "Dr. Fuhrman" soups ... Right up there with cream of asparagus soup and very creamy veggie soup (or something like that - not sure of exact names;). I almost use all organic ingredients ... As I did here. I made this soup three times and will surely make this again and again.


11/21/2013 11:50 AM

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I completely agree with all the five star reviews before mine, this soup is tasty and beautiful! The resulting soup is a light yellow/orange base with some remaining pieces carrots and cabbage, with lovely punctuations of kale/spinach. It looks like a curry or blended squash soup, but has significantly less starchy veggies to think about (just the carrots). I will definitely be making this again!

In fact, I may try to convert this into a curry by using this soup base (for creaminess and color) and adding curry spices - maybe with added mushrooms, cauliflower, butternut/kabocha squash, and white beans for a complete meal.


01/01/2014 05:07 PM

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This was such a great soup, my husband loved it thought I had added meat he said it was so hearty!
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01/06/2014 03:24 PM

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This soup is another great recipe. I've deemed Dr. Fuhrman the King of Soups :) I add some tofu cubes at the end for added protein. Sooooooooooooo good. thank you!

wholefoodsvegan replies:

12/24/2017 10:35 AM

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I agree with your assessment of Dr. Fuhrman as the King of Soups.  I've made a lot of different soups in the nine years I've been vegan, and his recipes are consistenly the best. 


03/12/2014 05:22 PM

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Love it. I didn't have lentils on hand so I used dried split peas and I added mushrooms.


03/13/2014 12:58 PM

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This soup is yummy! Next time I will add more carrots and maybe more carrot juice.


03/17/2014 10:04 AM

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Delicious and Nutritious! I added a sweet onion as well as a cup of fresh fennel. My kale had gone bad so I used all spinach which turned out great! Next time I will add mushrooms because after watching Dr Fuhrman's DVD on cancer prevention, I learned this is an easy way to get get some extra protection.


03/27/2014 08:15 PM

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Hearty, creamy, delicious! I didn't have the carrot juice so I substituted a 796 mL can of diced tomatoes without added salt. I also didn't have the leeks so I substituted one purple onion. Also very few steps and not time consuming to prepare. With the substitutions that I made, it would be something I could make again and again as they are common ingredients that I always have on hand.


03/28/2014 12:38 AM

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Absolutely delicious, just curious if this would freeze well. Didn't have a chance to see because we ate it all up!! I don't know if there is a rule of thumb on what freezes well and not. Any advice would be great.
Thanks for the recipe!

jagzindigi replies:

09/16/2017 06:33 PM

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I have frozen Dr. Fuhrman's soups before....the Creamy Kale Soup freezes very well. I don't think you would have a problem.


03/30/2014 12:11 PM

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This is a lovely soup. It even tastes better after it has set up a little. I made it just as the recipe except I could not find raw cashews so I used roasted no salt cashews. My husband even liked it and had two bowls. This recipe is a keeper!


04/15/2014 06:50 PM

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One of the best, absolutely no modifications necessary.


04/22/2014 04:19 PM

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Delicious! As usual, I did not have many of the ingredients but it was time for some cabbage and carrot juice to go. I used low sodium chicken stock, quinoa instead of lintels. Mrs. Dash's original blend made it a bit too peppery so I did not add cayenne. I have always been the kind of cook that followed the recipe exactly but reading this board has set me free. It is so much fun to start with a base plan and build from there.


04/27/2014 11:57 PM

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I agree, Delicious!! Loads of flavor. This is one of the best soups we have made from Dr. Fuhrman's site. It was very easy to make. I put all the liquid in a large pot, started chopping veggies and throwing them into the pot. I cooked it an extra 10 minutes so the lentils were done to our liking. We will make this many more times. We freeze some of most every soup we make to have on hand. I believe you can freeze it since there is fat from the cashews. I believe Dr. Fuhrman has said if it contains fat then it is okay to freeze.


05/04/2014 09:57 PM

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We made the version out of End of Dieting, which does not call for the lentils and uses only kale, instead of a combo of kale and spinach. It's excellent. Husband says it's now his favorite soup, which is good because this recipe makes a lot!

Cheryl Walker

06/29/2014 09:17 PM

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My 7-yr-old daughter was helping me and she read it as 1-2 tsp nutmeg instead of 1/2 tsp nutmeg. I put 2 tsp nutmeg in before checking the recipe. Everything else was done as directed. I blended about 7/8 of the soup before adding the kale and spinach. I also added some water to thin it out, since we don't like soup too thick. Verdict: Delicious! A real keeper! Will make again and again! My 7-yr-old also loved it!


08/02/2014 12:36 PM

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This deserves 10 Stars!!!


09/01/2014 03:19 PM

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Love this! I chose to blend in the kale and spinach as I don't care for the texture of them in soup when they are just cut and wilted - wonderful!


09/22/2014 05:38 PM

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LOVE this soup! Perfect balance of flavors and textures. My market did not have leeks, so I subbed a large onion. Also did not have baby kale, so I used all spinach. I used Mrs Dash original for the spice and it was perfect.I used red lentils, so the appearance wasn't a problem. It looked a pumpkin bisque with some veggies in it. Will make this often.


11/11/2014 09:53 AM

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One of the best Nutritarian soups I've tasted. If I hadn't made it myself, you wouldn't be able to convince me there isn't a stick of butter in it. Delicious and creamy. I was scraping the sides of the pot when I emptied it and licking the spoon. I followed the recipe from The End of Dieting, which doesn't call for lentils, but I think the revision sounds like a good one! I love legumes in my veggie soups. Next time I will try it with lentils!


02/15/2015 07:30 PM

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This turned out great. I didn't have any vegetable broth so I used water and added more Dr. Fuhrman's vegi-zest. I also added porcini mushroom powder. I can't believe this large pot is only 4 servings.


02/23/2015 02:59 PM

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Absolutely delicious! I pureed all of the soup before adding the baby kale and spinach. Used McCormick's perfect pinch (garlic & herb) and upped the cayenne a bit. Will definitely become a regular staple. Love to experiment, so next time I'll also add some baby bellas.


05/09/2015 09:14 AM

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This is a favorite of ours. I use half the cashews called for and it's still creamy and delicious. It makes a huge pot of soup, and luckily, it freezes well.


09/17/2015 02:40 AM

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Delicious! Made the soup as written except added sliced mushrooms right before adding the kale and spinach. Absolutely wonderful!


03/22/2016 03:15 PM

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I will make this with a bean and not the lentils as I do not care for the taste of lentils.


04/19/2016 05:42 PM

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I've made this twice, once with cabbage and last night with cauliflower since the co-op was out of green cabbage. It was delicious both ways. I blend it all, including the baby spinach (I never have kale in the house).

I only make a half batch, because the serving size per the recipe is something like 4 cups and I eat half that. 8 cups of soup in a half batch is plenty.

This soup deserves the 5-star rating.


06/06/2016 10:52 PM

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This is great soup, but the servings are huge! I could only eat about a cup and a half before I was full. I sprinkled Table Tasty on top as I ate and that seemed to give it a saltier taste. My family liked it too, but they added salt. My husband served himself a second bowl. I will serve this again and again!


06/24/2016 12:27 PM

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A winner!


11/01/2016 08:11 PM

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I did rate this recipe - 5 stars! I have made it many times, using 4 cups carrot juice and 4 cups low sodium veggie broth because those are the sizes at Trader Joe's. I dislike having leftover broth or carrot juice hanging around to go bad. I do not use the lentils as they were not in the original version, but I add 8 oz. mushrooms and 16 oz. frozen baby lima beans.


11/22/2016 03:13 PM

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Delicious! ????????   FYI makes quite a bit if soup.  The recipe says serves 4, or is that a typo?The soup is sweet and hot, which my husband and I love.   Kids even liked it, but we all like heat in our food.    Can't find where to put the stars! 


01/24/2017 03:25 PM

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Seriously? Serves 4? This soup is really, really good, and I will make it over and over again. This recipe serves at least 8. I'm good with that, because I'm currently stocking the freezer for my husband when I'm off visiting my mom. The plan is to make this at mom's, too! 




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04/12/2017 08:32 AM

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Yes I don't know why most people haven't mentioned the serving size.  The soup barely fit in my Instant Pot!  It's an issue on a meal plan because there is no opportunity to use up leftovers, so we still have some in the fridge over a week later!

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02/26/2017 05:32 PM

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YUM!  Absolutely love this soup.  It is the second time I've made it.  My husband even likes it (but added salt, of course!).  This recipe is so large that I need to split it into two pots.  I don't know how that can possibly be 4 that accurate?

Marsha Von Almen

04/10/2017 01:40 PM

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Can anyone think of a substitute for cashews?  I'm allergic.  :(



akbratt94 replies:

08/30/2017 09:37 AM

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blended pinto beans or mashed cooked Cauliflower are two options I use

jagzindigi replies:

09/16/2017 06:42 PM

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I have used blended almonds and also blended walnuts...still was great!


04/18/2017 06:40 PM

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This is one of my favorite Dr. Fuhrman soups. My only issue with the recipe (as others have noted) is that four servings is a bit low. I made the recipe yesterday and it came to over 9 pints. Does anyone eat almost a quart in a serving? I bring a pint of some kind of Dr. Fuhrman soup with me to work every day. Yum!


09/18/2017 06:07 PM

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Sorry to be a downer on this recipe - I thought it is like going through your fridge and finding all the stuff that needs to be eaten, thowing it into a mixer and hoping for the best.  


10/30/2017 08:19 PM

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The soup was pretty good, I'm still a newbie, so tasted kinda bland.  Still it deserves 4 stars!


11/30/2017 08:26 PM

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Admittedly, mine looks more like swamp than the orage-colored photo Fuhrman has here, but the taste really is quite nice.  I was very pleasantly surprised.


Monica S

01/23/2018 12:23 PM

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Very good but no way is it 4 servings!  More like double that.  Maybe i added more veg than it called for?


01/25/2018 10:08 PM

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Excellent soup!  Hearty, filling and very easy to make. Will definitely make again and share with friends.  5 stars !!


03/29/2018 10:58 AM

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Very tasty thick soup.  I used a garlic press and added an entire head of garlic. The soup was too chucky for me when I coarsely chopped the vegetables. It came out a lot better when I finely chopped them the second time around.  This is a lot more than four servings.  My husband and I had it over the course of the week.  Next time I will try it without the cashews to entice my son, whose allergic to nuts, to eat it. Will keep you posted.


05/16/2018 11:02 PM

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Just made this!  LOVED it.  Really yummy and full of flavor.  Thank you for sharing a geat recipet.


07/13/2018 10:29 PM

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Love this soup: delicious, light, refreshing. Always feel great after a meal-sized portion. Sweetly mild to your system, like a gentle liquid vitamin. This recipe made 16 servings for our potluck.

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07/31/2018 09:40 AM

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Very excited and looking forward to making this soup.  Any know how long to cook in an Instant Pot??



08/04/2018 07:44 AM

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This was amazing!  I used my Instant Pot and made a couple of substitutions and it still came out delicious!  The whole family loved it and I had plenty of leftovers.  I subbed split peas for the lentils and left out the nutmeg, one leek and only used 1/2 cabbage since it was all I had.   This is a keeper!  


08/23/2018 07:38 PM

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It would be great to have menu recipes with Instant Pot instructions and times? Is that possible or is it not recommended to use the instant pot?


jzsusie replies:

10/07/2018 06:56 PM

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I totally agree!   Would love to have instant pot instructions for all the soup, stew recipes.  I cook my beans in the iPot.  So easy.  

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02/04/2019 01:47 PM

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Does your IP have a soup setting? I just use that, my soups turn out great every time! I believe its 10 minutes, high pressure:)  Otherwise follow your instructions that came with the IP and you can make most recipes compatible.  I especially love it for dry beans! So much time saved.


09/18/2018 04:44 PM

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I hate Lentils :( I am going to try this and sub with split peas.


10/07/2018 06:58 PM

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Very good soup.  Husband also liked it.   Followed directions.  WAY more than 4 servings.  

Another great soup



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10/07/2018 07:00 PM

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Very good soup.  Husband also liked it.   Followed directions.  WAY more than 4 servings.  

Another great soup   Will freeze extra  



10/14/2018 04:58 PM

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This was great and I wasn't even missing the salt I would normally feel compelled to add. The only change I made was to blend the carrots with a little water instead of juice them. Worked great. This was really yummy.


12/14/2018 06:08 PM

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Omg. This was so delicious. Just finished day 1 of aggressive weight loss plan and this was so filling and satisfying. Did not miss the salt. I think most good spice mixes would work! 


01/03/2019 06:20 PM

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This was excellent -- very flovorful - great textures -- and filling.  Will definitely make it again.



01/06/2019 06:26 PM

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I have to say, this soup did not sound appetizing to was delicious!  I knew I would love it once I started prepping the veggies for the soup. The addition of kale and spinach at the end was a really nice "green" addition that added a lot of flavor.  My picky teen age daughter even ate it!  Does anyone know if this soup can be frozen?  

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01/30/2019 09:49 PM

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This soup is very tasty and satisifiying.  Its way more than 4 servings.  Freezes well.    



02/12/2019 08:57 PM

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The recipe in The End of DIeting only calls for 6 cups of veggie broth not 8. Also I now use half cashews and half hemp seeds for a better fat profile per a recent Dr. Fuhrman talk. Delicious!



02/13/2019 09:43 PM

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I made this soup today. It is absolutely delicious. My biggest takeaway is how much this makes. I got all of the ingredients except the last two cups of carrot juice into my largest pot and then I realized I still hadn't wilted the kale or spinach. I had to use three smaller bowls and add the greens to that then put this over top and wilt them that way. It is pretty heavy too. I don't think I would have it for lunch again, instead maybe dinner. I couldn't possibly divide this into 4 servings. Not even close. It made way too much and I'll have to freeze most. Not complaining about the taste, it's awesome but my wife isn't following this diet so I'm cooking for 1. I will cut the recipe by two thirds next time.


07/03/2019 09:01 PM

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4 servings? Very yummy but probably is double that. Makes a lot!


08/21/2019 07:25 PM

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Shared this with my elderly parents and my husband. They all thought it was very good, as do I 


11/16/2019 10:33 PM

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Tastes good and very satisfying. Froze several servings for another time and have some for tomorrow. Next time, I will cut the cabbage into smaller pieces as it was still crunchy, ok with me but not with others in family. I used green lentils and to soften them enough, I cooked them for 45 minutes, not 30,   Did not want to make carrot juice by hand and there was none in the store, so used V-8 juice. Used 6 cups of the veggie broth and 2 cups of water to make 8 in order to decrease the sodium content since V-8 juice has some sodium. 


12/09/2019 12:42 PM

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What can I substitute for the nuts? I'm allergic to nuts so many recipes I'm unable to use this ingredient.


01/06/2020 09:48 PM

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I must have done something wrong - to me it was completely bland and tasteless. I followed the recipe exactly but it taste like drinking watered down vegetable broth. It doesn’t look very appetizing either so that’s the first hurdle.  What spices can be used to fire this baby up a bit?


02/05/2020 12:17 AM

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How do I get carrot juice if I do not have a juicer ? Is there a Manual way to do it ? Any idea how many carrots I'll need for the juice? Many thanks new to this 


02/24/2020 07:27 PM

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This recipe truly needs the addition of mushrooms, as per other's comments (also added tomatoes). The mushrooms radically elevate the rating to a 4+.

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02/25/2020 10:30 PM

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This soup is really tasty. Hearty, and filling. I love the crunchiness of the hemp seeds, and the spice of the cayenne. I forgot to add garlic cloves, but it still tastes good. It doesn't even need salt. Super flavorful. Dr. Fuhrman's soups rock!!!