Cabbage Soup

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Cabbage Soup
This is an easy to make soup and is delicious. Cabbage belongs to the brassica genus of vegetables which includes cauliflower, broccoli and kale. It comes in a variety of shapes and colours and the leaves can be either crinkly or smooth. However, what all cabbages have in common is that they are packed with an impressive nutrient content including vitamin K, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, calcium, potassium and lots of fibre. In addition, cabbage contains powerful antioxidants, including polyphenols and sulfer compounds. Antioxidants may protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Cabbage contains insoluble fibre, which keeps the digestive system healthy by providing fuel for friendly bacteria and promoting regular bowel movements. Cabbage also contains plant sterols and these substances have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol. Cabbage is an exceptionally healthy food with an exceptional nutritional profile and is especially high in vitamin K and C. In addition, research has shown that cabbage may reduce the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation.
Instructions
  1. In a large pan heat the oil and add the onions, celery, and carrots. Fry lightly for 6-7 minutes. Then add garlic and cook for further minute.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, stock, beans, cabbage, Italian seasoning and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer until all the vegetables are tender - about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve and sprinkle over the chopped parsley.

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