Healing Cabbage, Potato, Carrot, & Tomato Curry Stew

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Hello!

Well, my day surely improved after my accidental sleep-in this morning. I actually had a really productive day today! I will need to remember what a difference some extra sleep can do for a girl.

Also, I must admit my Green Monster this morning was pretty incredible…

This morning’s Green Monster featured: 2 cups kale, 1 cup Almond Breeze, 1 tbsp carob powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp cashew butter, 1 frozen banana, 1 tsp raw maca powder, 2 large ice cubes.

Green Monsters really make my heart sing.

Loudly.

Sometimes my heart sings Lady Gaga…but that is another story.

Today was a Gluten-free and raw Liberate Glo Bar day in the bakery. I know a lot of you have been waiting on more to be available in the shopping cart and I am happy to say that I will have Liberate bars on sale at 11am EST this Friday July 30th. There will be a limited supply so be there or be square!

The Dinner Decision

I am often asked how I decide what meals to make each night for dinner.

I actually have a really easy system that works for me. It typically involves no lists or planning. I simply open the fridge, look at what veggies I need to use up, and then I base my meal around that. I am a very spontaneous cook and I love to just let my heart guide me in the kitchen. Or my stomach. Mostly, my stomach.

Tonight, I had to use up a 3-week old (but still good!) cabbage. I walked to the computer and googled ‘Vegan Cabbage recipes’ and I found this in less than 30 seconds. I just used it as inspiration. I decided to turn it into a cabbage soup because Eric has been feeling under the weather this week (sore throat) and I want to heal him with veggies!

Cabbage soup for the soul was born!

The key for my method to work, is to keep a well-stocked pantry whenever possible. Buy in bulk whenever you can (Costco, bulk food stores, online) and make a list of the foods that you use most often. Then when you go to the grocery store, you will know what to stock up on.

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in the kitchen is to have fun with cooking. Experiment. Change up recipes based on what you have on hand or what you feel like. Sure, you will have some duds occasionally, but you will also have many more awesome meals and a newfound confidence in the kitchen!

I used to get all stressed about about cooking. I thought if I didn’t follow the recipe to a tee, it was an utter failure. I couldn’t understand why anyone said cooking was fun! But, I feel like I understand now…the beauty of cooking is about passion.

It is not an exact science. I prefer to put on my apron and pretend I am Julia Child (accent and all), tossing random things into a pot and emitting an evil cackle. [Ok, the evil cackle is my personal issue and has nothing to do with Julia. I will leave Julia out of this.]

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Healing Cabbage, Potato, Carrot, & Tomato Curry Stew

Who doesn’t crave a piping hot stew in the summer?! I know I do. I have superb timing with this stew recipe in the middle of a hot summer, but I promise this is a good one and will be worth it. Actually I wasn’t even that hot making this stew, because after I threw it on the stovetop I simply left the room for 1-1.5 hours. Piece of cake!

This stew is a wonderful way to use up a bunch of veggies that you may have sitting in your crisper. Cabbage is packed with nutrients including: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Manganese. The best part is you can enjoy this soup cold too!

Inspired by Veg Web.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cabbage head, chopped into 1 inch pieces (Note you might want to shred cabbage so it is easier to chew)
  • 4 small carrots
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 7-8 new potatoes, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4-1 tsp sea salt (or less, start slow and taste test first)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Arvinda’s Curry Masala (depending on how hot you like it) or other quality curry
  • 1/2 tsp Herbamare spice (optional)
  • Parsley, to garnish

 

Directions: Wash and chop all vegetables. Throw into extra-large pot good for making soup and stew. In a large bowl, add the sauce ingredients diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, sea salt, pepper, herbamare, curry powder. Mix well. Add the sauce to the pot and stir well. Cover and cook on medium for about 45 minutes and then cook on low for another hour or until potatoes and cabbage are tender. Enjoy hot, cold, or at room temperature! Makes about 10-12 cups worth.

The cooking process through photography…

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This is the little cabbage that lives on! It survived 3 weeks in the crisper!

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Clearly, I gave him a complex by choosing all the other veggies over him week after week.

Sorry cabbage, I do love you, I just find you hard to implement into recipes at times. I promise to be more creative with you in the future.

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Chop, chop, chop!

I never used to like chopping, but lately I have found it very therapeutic and calming.

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I am happy report the potatoes are all used up!

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I was going to make the S & V potato chips, but I didn’t have any vinegar. I will make them next time, promise! Another CSA pick-up is tonight and I suspect there will be more taters in store for us…

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You will need a BIG pot.

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Or a cauldron will do!

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*witch cackle*

and a broomstick.

And that handsome man, Eden.

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I try to buy Eden Organic whenever possible because they use bisphenol-A (BPA) free linings in their canned goods.

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Progress…

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After 2 hours on medium to low on the stovetop. I also assume this would be a great slow-cooker recipe! Throw it on in the morning and let it simmer all day long.

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Pure bliss.

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I don’t think I have ever made a healthier stew than this one!

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You can literally taste the healing powers of this stew when you eat it…and might I add, it is also DEELISH!

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Sprinkle of Dried Parsley…

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Operation: Heal my husband is underway!

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Tonight’s questions: Choose your favourite: 1) Cooking, 2) Baking, or 3) Umm…restaurant, please!

Do you have a love and passion for cooking/baking? Why or why not?

I was always a baking girl at heart, but lately I have started to love cooking too. I see it as a challenge now. The blog has really helped push me to try out new recipes.

This post took a lot longer than planned (don’t they all?!), but I promise that EPL quote is coming at ya tomorrow AM. =)

Happy Humpday!

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1 Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 28, 2010

mmm that looks delicious!!! my heart sings lady gaga all the time :) i too find the whole process of cooking so therapuetic! I love it :)

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 28, 2010

Do you like her newest song? Eh, eh I think it is called.

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3 Jessica Champion July 28, 2010

This stew looks great, I made my own veggie broth yesterday and then roasted veggies and added them and made a pureed soup. It was great. Now I am doing the “hmmm, what should I make for dinner tonight” thing. I came to your website to look at what I need to make the chickpea burgers, but I am pretty sure I don’t have everything. While I was here I read your latest post and had to comment. I will be making this stew within the next week, looks amazing. I enjoy your blog so much, thank you for taking the time to write to us multiple times a day and taking such beautiful pictures. You are an inspiration in so many ways <3

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 28, 2010

Thank you! =) Enjoy whatever you end up making. I need to make another huge batch of chickpea burgers as they make such quick lunches.

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5 Jenn (GH) July 28, 2010

That stew looks yummy!

I love cooking but not so much baking. I’ve just never been that good at baking.

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6 Tina July 28, 2010

I l ike your method for deciding what to make. I wish I could be more spontaneous. Any time I’ve tried to be spontaneous with meals though, I find food goes to waste. Your meals are always so amazing so it obviously works!

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7 Jessica @ Rawtumn July 28, 2010

Haha, I’ve been craving soups and stews like crazy lately as well. So much so that I just ordered a vegan soup book for inspiration. It’s over 100* F today, clearly I’ve gone mad. =P Baking is my favorite! I eat lots of whole fruits and veggies instead of actual dishes so when I have the itch to prepare something it’s almost always sweet treats or baked goods.

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8 Mary (What's Cookin with Mary) July 28, 2010

Ange, I really like this stew recipe! I feel the same way about chopping veggies. Very calming/ soothing/ centering to chop veggies… That with a glass of wine ;)

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9 Sue July 28, 2010

Re: Eden bisphenol-A (BPA) free linings in their canned goods. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but from what I’ve read in several sources, I think this applies to their canned beans only and NOT the tomatoes. :(

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10 Lindsay July 30, 2010

This is what I have heard too, because of the way the tomatoes react with cans. The only BPA-free tomatoes come in tetrapaks, the brand Pomi and I hear some Trader Joes Marinara sauces are in tetrapaks as well.

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11 Charlotte July 28, 2010

That soup looks fantastic! I have always loved to bake and it is a huge stress reliever for me. My husband is the cook of our house and has been slowly teaching me how to cook spontaneously and healthy! Now I am starting to love cooking to.

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12 Allison @ Food For Healing July 28, 2010

i definitely love baking, i think it is a lot of fun and can be very creative. I love cooking too, especially when its not rushed

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13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 28, 2010

Cooking is definitely my favorite– I love the flexibility and creativeness that come with it. Baking is too precise and rigid for me! Which is why my baked goods never turn out, ha!

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14 JenATX July 28, 2010

ditto on the rigidity of baking! I often hear that it is therapeutic but I get so stressed out with the measurements. I’m really trying to get into it though because it has a much more fun result (I mean, people will think I’m strange if I bring leftover curry to work but people will LOVE me if I bring leftover cookies haha)

Angela, I hope your stew is healing away as we type :)

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15 Jen @ Canoe of Life July 28, 2010

I’m a baker at heart, but I also cook. I’ve been without an oven for three months, so my cooking talents have been improving! I am looking to get back to some baking very soon though.

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16 Gina (@ Looking Forward) July 28, 2010

Ahhh, stews…I often forget about them! I had some cabbage from my CSA to use up as well. We threw it in some boiling water with baby bok choy and carrots (all from the CSA) then stir fried with some rice noodles with a homemade peanut sauce…it was tasty! All I have left to use up now is a couple zuchini and some lettuce! We get our delivery every other week…I’m not sure I could eat all those veggies each week, I could probably come close though!!!

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17 Rachel@SmileOutLoud July 28, 2010

The stew looks delish! And I can’t wait for some EPL tomorrow morning… your blog makes me feel like I’m reading EPL again :D

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18 Becky July 28, 2010

Too funny! I also used to HATE chopping (and in our household we stress the word “hate” is to be used only as the strongest of words), but now I find it theraputic too! I’ve been known to chop a litle too much of something once or twice…

I do love to cook and bake, but don’t always have the energy to do it, so at least once a week we do the restaurant thing. I love to just fly by the seat of my pants and start throwing things in to a pan. I’ve made some of the best meals that way. Unfortunately, though I don’t write them down so I can never duplicate it! I will read through my cookbooks like a steamy romantic novel (even though I don’t read those haha) on the weekends looking for new ideas. Yes, I’ve already looked through all of them about a hundred times, but I always feel like I *might* have missed something all those other times. :)

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19 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' July 28, 2010

Baking is probably my favorite– mostly because I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and I want to eat all my creations!!

Lately, I’ve been UN-BAKING a lot– making all sorts of raw desserts and treats!! It feels good to know that I’m eating something nutritionally-dense, and it tastes just as good, if not better, than the traditional versions! :D

Right now my apartment is too HOT to cook anything– so I have a “no-using-the-gas-oven” policy in effect (it heats up our little apartment in no time!), but I’m looking forward to trying that stew when it cools down out here in California!

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20 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 28, 2010

Oohh that stew looks awesome! I’m always stuck for how to cook cabbage, so thank you for it :)
I’m a baking girl at heart :) give me a muffin tin and some flour and I’m happy! I think my passion got reignited after I went vegan – it was like a whole world of cookery with amazing new ingredients opened! Quinoa-banana-date muffins, chocolate courgette muffins….i love it!!

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21 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker July 28, 2010

This recipe is definitely a must-try. I LOVE cooking and baking because I love creating flavorful combinations in our kitchen. I don’t know how my passion for food started, but it sure beats starving myself . . . that’s the truth.

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22 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 28, 2010

girl, cooking is all about passion…which is why it’s so awesome to cook for others too! such an amazing art form and expression of love :)

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23 Fallon July 28, 2010

When I started losing weight and changing my life, cooking and baking started to become a passion for me. I saw what went into my food. I played with flavors and started experimenting. As for baking, all I have to say about that is it is SO RELAXING!

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24 Alyssa @ bride to be fit July 28, 2010

When I am stressed out, baking calms me down… I love everything about it, and there is nothing like zoning out to a great recipe!

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25 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 28, 2010

I love cooking. Lately, I’ve been in a cooking funk, but typically I’m all about it. I guess it’s like anything else, you have your off moments. One thing I’ve been using alot lately is cabbage. I adore the combo of cabbage and curry. Looks so good!

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26 Jenny July 28, 2010

YUM! I will also be making this! I have 2 recipes from you that may actually compliment each other nicely, the scuffins and this stew- yum! Thanks again!!!

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27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 28, 2010

I LOVE LOVE LOVE baking :) It is my therapy ;)
And that soup/stew = YUMMO!

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28 tanyasDailyProductReviews July 28, 2010

another good meal you have!

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29 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 28, 2010

I love cooking AND baking. Both relax me and I love being creative in the kitchen.

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30 Lissi @ livelearnrun July 28, 2010

I agree! I love both cooking and baking because they are relaxing and it’s so fun to see what I can throw together to make a good meal!

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31 Nessy July 28, 2010

I really enjoy cooking and baking. It is so fun to try new recipes and to just let your heart(or stomach :-) ) lead the way!

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32 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 28, 2010

The stew looks awesome Angela and I love the pictures of the cabbage with the water :)

At heart I’m a baker but I love cooking and think I’m quite good at both :)

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33 Callie July 28, 2010

Glad I’m not alone… sometimes my heart sings Lady GaGa. :)
I love cooking and baking.
Your stew looks so good.

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34 Amber July 28, 2010

I had a coworker share this simple cabbage recipe with me a few months ago, my husband and I love it!

1/4 head of cabbage cut into 1/4 inch strips, sauteed in olive oil or oil of your choice (1 tablespoon, maybe more if the cabbage head is large). Season with salt and pepper and saute until the cabbage is tender and some ends are brown. It is beyond easy and so yummy- it really brings out the flavor.

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35 Twisted Chicken July 28, 2010

I love cooking. It is a passion of mine and has been since my early childhood. My mum also is a very passionate cook and I learned to love it right along with her. Baking does not give me the same joy or satisfaction which I find quite odd. I do it and I’m quite good at it but it’s just not my favorite. I’d much rather make a delicious meal and skip dessert altogether. In fact, we rarely (less than once a month) eat dessert at home or at restaurants. I’d much rather save the calories and space in my belly for another portion of dinner;) And now it’s time for me to figure out what’s for dinner tonight!

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36 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 28, 2010

Dinner looks good. I always keep a well stocked pantry and fridge. I usually go with what I’m feeling and with what I have. I just come up with stuff on a whim. I like creating knew things.

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37 Daniel July 28, 2010

I love cooking, it’s something I enjoy so much! You know how some people eat when they’re bored, or do crossword puzzles? I cook. The other night before I knew it I had made 3 different dishes without realizing whether or not I even wanted any of them for dinner!

It’s truly relaxing and stress-relieving for me when I cook. I used to (and still sometimes do) get stressed about following recipes though. I try to replicate the exact steps so I know what the author had in mind and/or was tasting. I’m moving out of the worry zone and into more experimental things as of late though (I’m even taking a hand at baking now and then!) so I’m glad that I can feel more lively and creative when I want to.

Btw, that stew looks incredible but it’s way too hot here at the moment to eat something like that, haha!

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38 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 28, 2010

My passion is definitely for cooking! I love it because there are no real ‘rules’, and I’m always learning. Oh, and it’s delicious!

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39 Hillary July 28, 2010

I use to bake all the time when I lived with my parents. It was a great stress reliever! Now that I finally have my own kitchen and I am not sharing it with 3 or more people, I am starting to love cooking! I just threw a dinner party for my birthday over the weekend. I cooked everything myself and it was all stuff I had never made before either. It was a huge hit and it also made me very proud of myself.

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40 Amber K July 28, 2010

I am not a huge fan of cooking, but I love the smells of baking. I am too type-A to not follow recipes as much as possible. (Although I always sub out at least three things because I either don’t like them or don’t have them). Also, I’m usually cooking because it is time for me to eat, and then I’d rather just be eating instead of cooking!

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41 Fanta July 28, 2010

Cooking is pure bliss for me! I love experimenting with spices and vegetables that are completely foreign to me… It’s amazing how long that list can still be! But we’re hurting for exotic vegetables in our supermarkets, bless the farmers market because it was last year when I learned about patty pans. I find there are so many spices you can use and never go wrong!

As for baking, when it’s supervised by my grandmother it can be very successful otherwise I’m hopeless without a premade mixes! he he

Have a good one!

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42 christina cadden July 28, 2010

MMMM, that looks so good!

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43 DebZ July 28, 2010

I used to be more of a baker, but I was pretty much in it for the end result. Now I find that the process of cooking (cleaning and chopping vegetables, tinkering with spices, etc) really relaxing/meditative and more satisfying. Plus, after all the build up (prep and waiting), with cooking I can totally relax and dive in to the finished dish; with baking I have to restrain myself, have one piece and save the rest for later. :)

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44 Maria July 28, 2010

Your blog photos are amazing! Makes me just want to reach through the computer and taste all of these wonderful goodies you make! :)

Maria
kaleandcupcakes.wordpress.com

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45 Rhea (Greek Feaster) July 28, 2010

i am all about the cooking! i love the flexibility it allows.

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46 Alexa@Running the Road to Recovery July 28, 2010

Do I have to pick one? Cooking and baking are both fun, and who doesn’t love eating out? I guess I’d have to choose cooking if you put a gun to my head and made me pick one, because I cook way more than I bake… baking can get really time-consuming, so I don’t do it as much. But oh man, the smell of yeasty bread dough when you leave it out to rise is absolutely intoxicating.

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47 Jill July 28, 2010

I love cooking and baking! I generally prefer preparing my own food to restaurants. I have a really hard time choosing the place when we go out to eat, because so few places in my hometown have items that really excite me. Mostly I figure I could make it better myself, plus then I don’t have to deal with veg and food intolerance issues.

I figure out meals the same way you do – figure out what veggies to use! Sometimes I will include a protein or carb, sometimes not. It just depends on what else I’ve eaten that day. My hubby tends to center his meals around carbs… he’s getting better about including veggies though. One step at a time :)

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48 Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing July 28, 2010

I hate having to clean up the mess baking makes, so on a day-to-day basis, I’d probably choose cooking. But every so often I channel my inner homemaker and bake a whole bunch of stuff. That satisfies me in a way cooking can’t, but it doesn’t happen too often!

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49 Carla in Sydney July 28, 2010

I would have to be possibly the WORST cook in the world! I think I could burn water! Luckily, my boyfriend does all the cooking but I generally scour your website (and others) to tell him what to cook. It sounds much “bossier” than it really is! ;-) I do tend to like baking cakes though but this is probably because I like eating them! Your stew recipe has actually inspired me to give cooking another go….I have heaps of vegetables that need to be used up so this recipe came at just the right time for me….Wish me luck!!!

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50 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 28, 2010

I love cabbage soup! I wrote that on someone’s blog and I think I could feel the snarly faces staring at me, but I think it tastes GREAT! And it’s filling. It’s all about how ya doctor it.

Definitely a baker at heart, but that’s because cooking is more of a challenge and I feel more pressure that people like it. When I bake, everyone seems to like it..or they humor me..hehe!

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51 Health Foodie July 28, 2010

I love cabbage! That is probably the one food I eat everyday… weird. Tomato/veggie soups are my default food when I need dinner fast and I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about some elaborate meal. So good!

Mhh, maybe they changed it, but I always thought that Eden foods only have BPA-free cans for their bean products. I believe the FDA does not allow non-BPA containing cans for highly acidic foods such as tomatoes. Eden should make tomato products in glass jars or cartons… :(

I definitely love cooking! Big part of that is probably my love of food… But one of my favorite things is to make others happy and cooking for family and friends is just such a nurturing and great thing to do. Cooking for myself is definitely not the same. For me it is also a way to be creative and “make” things.. making things always feels good. haha

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52 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 28, 2010

I love baking! :)

Also the cabbage soup reminds me of my mom’s cabbage soup. Such a homey feel! :)

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53 April @ Crazy Fabulous Life July 28, 2010

That looks alot like the soup that I make occasionally, only mine also has lentils. It’s really great to eat for lunches all week. I like sending it to work with my hubby so I can make sure he’s eating something healthy for lunch. ;)

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54 Rachel@closertome.net July 28, 2010

What a great use for cabbage! I’ve had one sitting in my fridge for a bit too long and was ready to say good bye to it, but I think I’ll chop it up and make a stew with it tomorrow (though I think I’ll use a crock pot).
Also, I never really cared much for Lady Gaga until I saw her on Ellen. She is so intriguing, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I have You Tubed some interviews with her because she’s so interesting (especially when she was on Larry King!) I have respect for her and her individuality now, and even enjoy most of her music!

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55 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 28, 2010

I love to bake — the smell and warmth of the oven just warms my heart in the corniest way possible! Cookies, bars, cakes, pies, muffins, breads, you name it, I love to bake it.

Angela once again you have made the most beautiful meal! I hope Eric feels better soon!

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56 Lauren July 28, 2010

I love adding curry spices to soups! I throw garam masala into a store-bought butternut squash soup and the whole thing is totally transformed.

My cabbage always hangs around for weeks, too. Good thing it doesn’t go bad very easily! Soup is a perfect way to use it up.

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57 Michal July 28, 2010

That looks yum! I’m sending to my aunt right away; she’s on her own healthy eating journey :-)
When I was in high school/college, I took over the cooking at home because I wanted to help out more around the house. But my Mum loved baking, so I always cooked and she always baked. It’s only now, really, that I’m getting into baking. It’s so much fun! I think it’s also partially because I’ve never had a big sweet tooth, so I’m enjoying it more now that I’ve found so many healthy baking recipes.

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58 Maya July 28, 2010

Reading the daily food blogs really helped me pull together lunches and dinners out of a hat. You get to see what people make in their everyday lives with the things they have in their fridge. I’ve learned the art of food improvisation that way!

I have a soft spot in my heart for sauteed cabbage and cabbage soup. Cabbage slaw…not so much.

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59 Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 28, 2010

Lady Gaga scares the crap out of me at times but I love her as well! She’s just got this crazy presence and such catchy music!

Delish looking stew. I know I plan my meals the same way – I absolutely hate throwing away food (especially produce) – so my priority is usually using up whatever is about to kick it.

I enjoy cooking and baking about equally. I rarely have time to bake, though, so I feel like I’m a better cook.

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60 Paige @ Running Around Normal July 28, 2010

Beautiful pictures, Angela!! I don’t know how you find time for everything you do in a day. Very inspiring:)
I wish I liked to cook more, but baking is more my thing!

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61 Michelle @ Housewife In The Raw July 28, 2010

I haven’t had cabbage in awhile and, like you, I tend to overlook it in the fridge when I do buy it. This soup looks sooo good! I’ll add it to my ‘to make’ list.

I have always loved to bake (and actually worked on the Betty Crocker R&D team for a couple of years), so I’d go with baking. I think it’s because most baked goods are for special events and I love the emotion that goes into making birthday cakes or special occasion cookies. I also bake bread a lot because it’s so much better than what you can buy in the store. Sadly, last week my 4 year old asked if we could buy ‘store bread’ sometime instead of having mom-bread.

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62 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 28, 2010

I love how you can just come up with magnificant recipes right off the top of your head. You should be writing your own cookbook! ;)

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63 Wei-Wei July 28, 2010

Hmm, did something else happen today, besides the fact that you slept in and were productive? You sound really, really happy. I guess that’s what happens when you ARE really, truly happy with your life. I love reading your happy words :D

Wei-Wei

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64 Charlie July 28, 2010

This stew looks amazing! I actually love cooking and baking equally. I find that being in the kitchen relaxes me, no matter what I’m making.

Doing the dishes is an other story… :P

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65 Jenny July 28, 2010

I love cooking. I used to love baking, but ever since becoming vegan months ago, cooking is SO much fun! I think I secretly always hated cooking meat (Is it done? Is it still raw in the middle? bla bla bla). But I do have a secret…I talk to myself as I cook like I’m on a cooking show!! Seriously. If I’m not alone in the house then I just whisper. I may need help. :)
I have a strong passion for cooking. I take pictures of it all and torture my friends on facebook with them. It isn’t easy for me to keep things boring here in the kitchen…I experiment and fail and try again. Cooking is so much fun and I love controlling what goes into my food…I eat home almost 95% and I feel so healthy, it’s not even funny.

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66 Katie July 28, 2010

I’m definitely more of a cook than a baker. I don’t like having to weigh/measure things completely accurately, which usually makes the baking gods angry. When I cook, I can just toss in a bit of this, and a dash of that, and if I have say, 2 carrots, instead of just the 1 called for in the recipe, I can toss them both in without causing a problem. I also find chopping cathartic, so cooking dinner helps me mellow out after a long day at work.

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67 Jessica (Fit and Clean) July 28, 2010

Hi! My name is Jessica and I just stumbled onto your blog. I LOVE your blog and the message it conveys. I believe in clean eating and exercise, which is the premise of my blog, Fit and Clean. I’m always looking for new ideas for foods. I’m relatively new at this (around a year) and I’m pretty passionate about the way I eat and work out. Just wanted to say “hi” and introduce myself!

Jessica

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68 Amelia July 28, 2010

I like both. Although I am a pastry chef, I like them equally. :)

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69 Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 28, 2010

That looks so beautiful! Though I’m not much into summer and soup.

However, I’m not a baker at all but my passion is severely devoted to cooking. I LOVE cooking and do it daily.

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70 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 28, 2010

Oh I needed some of that soup today – its like fall here out west! Really, the leaves are changing!

I just got into cooking and baking and its a toss up right now. I don’t like measuring out ingredients, so I guess I prefer cooking over baking only for that reason. But I like to eat what I bake more than what I cook. Does that make any sense at all? :)

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71 Lana July 28, 2010

I definitely go through phases. Right now i’m in the cooking phase, but give it a few months and i’ll be back to baking, lol. I typically bake a lot more in the winter time.

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72 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 28, 2010

Stew is by far my favourite thing to make and eat. A meal just isn’t a meal unless it’s stew!

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73 Danielle July 28, 2010

I LOVE to cook! Just like you describe! I look in my fridge, see what I have got, and think of something to put together. I make sure I always have the basics stocked up and even with only one or two veggies their are seemingly endless possibilities! I have only discovered this love in the last couple years, but I’m glad I did. I have a question, where do you get Eden organic products? Do you buy them online or at Whole Foods? I am from Hamilton (35 min drive to Whole Foods :S – and I don’t own a car) and am hoping I can find them at our local natural food store Goodness Me (wonderful store!). By the way, the stew looks delicious! I have also been craving hot veggie dishes, which means I think I am itching for fall/winter to come.

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74 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 28, 2010

Omigosh. What a beautiful soup!

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75 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 28, 2010

I love cabbage! It’s just so good shredded up in raw Pad Thai, stir-fried Chinese style, put in soup… mmmm.

I love cooking and baking, but sometimes I get more into it than other times. I just cook for myself so I can get a little lazy. I love baking but I almost never do it because I don’t want to eat anything I bake! And I can have a little self-control problem around raw cookie dough… =)

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76 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 28, 2010

Oh and I hope Eric’s feeling better. I’ve also been sick this whole week so I’ve been eating buckets of my Onion Soup for Sick Days. Soup really is the best when you’re sick!

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77 bitt July 28, 2010

option 4–raw food making! no stove needed. it’s my favorite kind of way to make food. just operate the blender or food processor.

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78 Cara July 29, 2010

I am definitely a baking girl.
I like the science behind it…baking always seems more special, as you often have to be more precise…I think other people also appreciate good baking more than cooking.

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79 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 29, 2010

Your running water pics are some of my fav :o)

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80 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 29, 2010

I love cooking best because there is more flexibility than with baking, and it is easier to experiment without horribly screwing something up!!

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81 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 29, 2010

That stew looks delicious! I love cabbage and carrots because they have a longer shelf life than most vegetables. I prefer to cook because you can get abstract with it, so opportunities for impulsively throwing in random spices and ingredients are permitted.

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82 JL Goes Vegan July 29, 2010

Love soup in the summer. Love cabbage. Love this post!

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83 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 29, 2010

I’d say definitely 1) and 3) :)

I LOVE CABBAGE. I could eat it every day and mostly consume it raw with evoo, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I add red onion or parsley to the mix. So fresh, so good and so filling! it’s also cheap and lasts long – perfection.

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84 Chelsa July 29, 2010

That soup looks good. Maybe I should make that tonight because I have a giant purple cabbage that I’ve been ignoring as well. What is it cabbage?

Cooking over baking for sure.

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85 chelsey July 29, 2010

I love cooking and baking! However, I am more of a cook than a baker (although my family begs to differ). I totally have a passion for food and cooking – I rarely follow recipes. I do, however, look to recipes to help guide my inspiration. I find once you are able to know what flavors work well together and how to reach the perfect consistencies of things, you don’t really need a recipe.

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86 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 29, 2010

I prefer cooking! I have trouble with baking since it’s based on chemistry so the proportions have to be pretty exact. It makes it a lot harder to experiment and make substitutions. I like that with cooking I can experiment all I want without messing up the meal (too much!).

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87 rachel July 29, 2010

gorgeous stew. i love cooking most i guess, leaves me more in control of the process and ingredients, where when baking, things are just thrown in the oven and more likely to be forgotten. but i love baking too. cooking a bit more.

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88 Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace July 29, 2010

I love to cook when time allows. Here in TX, stews are not par for the course when it’s 102 degrees outside, although, for me if I am sick with any type of respiratory stuff, soups and stews always make me feel better. To me, there is nothing worse than a summer cold. Yuck! Hope that stew made Eric all better. It looked so good in the pics almost like I wanted to take a spoon and eat right off the screen…teehee!

Gonna save this recipe for fall and winter and maybe add some squash.

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89 Holly @ Self-love and Running July 29, 2010

I love both baking and cooking. I love trying new recipes and throwing things together in the kitchen. I learn to cook from my mom and grandma just by helping them in the kitchen and I just find a lot of joy in the preparation and finish of a delicious meal or baked treat.

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90 Kate July 29, 2010

Baking!!

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91 Alexa July 29, 2010

I’m definitely leaning more on the side of cooking. I love having a few close friends over and the event for the evening is making pizzas from scratch or such. It is a very rewarding experience for me to include others who you are close with in a home made meal. ;)

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92 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 29, 2010

I love both cooking and baking, and I’m not sure which I love more. Though, I do have a baked good -problem-, and I somehow manange to make two large loaves of fresh made wheat french baguettes disappear in three days’ time. Oops. I’ve learned not to bake too frequently, but the thought of spending two hours proofing, kneading, and letting rise before baking also helps with that.

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93 Katie July 29, 2010

I love cooking! I like baking too (especially the end result!) but with backing there’s not alot of room for experimentation/spontaneity. I love cooking because you can just be creative and do what you like, and it’s so much fun! Up until a year or so ago, I was so intimidated by the kitchen, but now I LOVE being in there and making healthy, new, delicious meals for myself and my man. Makes me feel so domesticated and stuff – – – and I love it! lol. Like you Angela, I usually am guided by produce and what needs to be used up. I am so excited by CSA’s! I can’t wait to get on that train!

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94 Melissa July 29, 2010

Baking! Because I know it’s something I can do well that will no doubt cheer up someone’s day. But I also love cooking, and need to get back into it. I’m definitely going to use this recipe as inspiration.

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95 Catherine July 29, 2010

Angela, that looks like another Winner ! I’m going to make it soon. I like the Herbamere seasoning also. I will add some garlic cloves too ( good antibiotic ) and some basil that I am growing outside. Eric is well on his way to feeling great again I’m sure. I gargle with sea salt and goldenseal for sore throat, he may want to try it. I also use Nature’s Way Umcka ( Cherry flavor syrup )which is a top seller in Europe and always works for me – it’s made from Pelargonium sidoides roots.
To our Health !

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96 Catherine July 29, 2010

Oh, and I love Cooking !!! Like others here, it allows me to be very creative in the kitchen.
I have to mention your absolutely gorgeous photography and set design !!!! Thanks for the beauty everyday !

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97 Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries July 29, 2010

You never fail to put up a post that has me wanting everything you ate! I recently tried overnight oats for the first time, and they just didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but these vegan ones look like they might just be right up my alley! I’m going to give them a try! :D

Now for your question: I love to cook. There’s no better way to get your food exactly how you like it (taste, texture, temperature) than to make it yourself! Plus I like knowing exactly what is in my food and how much of it is in it, which can be kind of hard (if not impossible) with restaurants. I don’t bake much, but it’s something I’m planning to incorporate into my life very soon! :)

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98 Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 29, 2010

The soup looks delish. I just made some vegan cornbread/muffins and posted the recipe on my blog. I have plenty of leftovers that I can enjoy with this soup. I like making big batch of soup, separate individual servings and freeze them for quick meals.

I’m not comfortable just making up my own food yet, for now, I need guidance from recipes then I usually change it up according to my taste.

Thanks again for your creativeness in the kitchen. I’ve made your tropical muffins before, they were really good especially because I loved coconut.

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99 amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 30, 2010

I much prefer cooking. I have more mishaps with vegan baked goods at home than any meal I prepare. Restaurants are nice, but there are only 2 or 3 places in my town that I feel safe eating at, so I prefer to eat at home.

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100 Julie R January 7, 2013

So I made this recipe because I was looking for something hearty and warming to make with my sadly neglected cabbage. Unfortunately, I used garam masala since i live in the US and have no idea what brand/product curry you used It turns out I don’t actually like garam masala – way too much bitter clove in the one I bought. While I’m glad everyone had a great debate about baking vs cooking, what I really was looking for were some comments on different curries tried, and possibly, hopefully someone else who ran into the same problem as me. I’m going to tryadding coconut milk or possibly pureeing some sweet potato and adding that to see if the sweetness balances out the bitterness. I tried a little sugar in a small bowl of it and it just tasted disgusting. Anyways, we’ll still eat it (my husband likes the smell/taste) but it’s not my favorite.

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101 Julie R January 8, 2013

Update: The coconut milk saved the day (a small amount, about 1/3 of a cup for the whole pot). And next time I’ll know not to ruin a perfectly good recipe by using garam masala!

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102 Allison March 4, 2014

This was so delicious. My new favorite recipe! Thanks.

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103 Kate July 20, 2014

Delicious! Just thought you should know the recipe calls for diced tomatoes, while the picture shows a can of crushed tomatoes. I went with crushed, which seemed to make sense. Created a nice sauce.

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104 Kelly S. November 11, 2014

This was so delicious. I added chickpeas… I love your site. Thanks for inspiring me to be healthy and it is so yummy too.

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