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Antidote for a Cold: Cabbage and Ham Soup

Do you need to feed your cold with something other than chicken soup? How about a hearty cabbage and ham soup. The cabbage in the soup will supply you with significant vitamins and minerals--such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate, and manganese. Cabbage also is rich in antioxidants and insoluable and soluable fiber, which has an important role in increasing beneficial gut bacteria that help protect the immune system. But that's not all. The soup includes tomatoes, onions, and other good things that add additional nutrients and micronutrients that will aid your body's processes. The soup is inexpensive, easy to throw together quickly, and doesn't take all day to cook. Best of all, the soup tastes great with it's combination of smoky-savory ham pieces, plenty of vegetables, and a handful of sweet raisins. It really is an antidote for a cold. Try it. You'll feel better. Or at least less hungry.

Cabbage and Ham Soup

Cabbage and Ham Soup -- Makes About 3 Quarts

2 teaspoons of canola oil

1 large chopped onion

2-3 cups of ham chopped into 1/2-1-inch pieces

14-16-ounce package of cole slaw mix (preferably with carrots)

1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes

3 1/2 - 4 cups of water

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce

1/4 cup of cider vinegar

1/3 cup of raisins

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of dried parsley

1/2 cup of rice

In a large Dutch oven heat the oil until hot. Add the onion and saute it for about 5 minutes to soften it. Add the ham and saute it for about 5 minutes until it browns a little. Stir in the cole slaw mix and saute it with the onion and ham for a few minutes until it wilts down by about half. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring everything to a boil. Stir the soup mixture and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer, stirring it occasionally, until the rice and vegetables are tender--about 30 minutes.

Cheap and Healthy Cabbage and Ham Soup

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