Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FWDGF Vegetable Soup Recipe

The first thing you're supposed to do using French Women Don't Get Fat (FWDGF) is keep a three week food journal, eating normally, to discover what foods are the "offenders" as Guiliano calls them. Well, I'm not the most patient person and I have a pretty good idea of what foods are offending my waistline so ... on to the next step. For 2 days you eat either Magical Leek Broth or Mimosa Soup. Sadly, Mimosa Soup contains no orange juice or champagne. It is however, more hearty than the leek soup so I opted for the Mimosa. As usual, I made the recipe my own and luckily it turned out to be delicious! Let me note, I will not be eating only soup for 2 days straight because, well, I don't want to. I'll replace 2 meals a day with this soup for 4 days or so. Here's the recipe a la FoodFlirt90210:

4-6 cloves fresh garlic
2 tsp grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1/2 pound carrots
1 bunch celery
1 medium turnip ( Try them you'll like them!)
4 large leeks
1/2 cup chopped flat Italian parsley
1 large box low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tbs Turmeric
2 tsp Paprika
1 tbs Ancho Chili Powder (any mild chili powder will do)
1 small head cauliflower
1/2 head green cabbage

Peel and chop garlic. Saute in large soup pot with grapeseed oil until golden brown. Turn off heat.
Clean and coarsely chop all vegetables.

Just an FYI, you only use the light green and white part of the leek for this recipe. Make sure to wash them really well as they tend to hold a bit of dirt inside.

Place all vegetables in pot with garlic except for cauliflower and cabbage. Pour broth over veggies then add water until covered.

Bring to a boil over high heat then add spices using wooden spoon to combine. Simmer, uncovered for 40 minutes.

Add cauliflower and cabbage and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve soup hot with a dollop of plain yogurt on top. Salt to taste if necessary. This huge pot o' soup should last 2-5 days.


  1. What a hearty and healthy soup :). I like how it yields so many leftovers! I would love to feature your recipe on our Demy, the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email if you're interested. Thanks!