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Taking the Easy Way Out

January 27, 2011

Hi friends! Have you had a good day? Ours has been full of errands, house projects, and…SNOW.  Ohhhh, the snow.  Snow fo sho. 

In addition to making our way through foot-deep snow drifts this afternoon, we actually did something pretty interesting…we took a foot detox bath!!!

A local wellness center in our town offers ionization detox foot baths, and we’ve been curious about them for a while.  We were in the neighborhood this afternoon, so we decided…why not?!

Have you heard of these?  Basically, you stick your feet in a tub of water that is attached to an ionic machine that supposedly draws the toxins out of your body through the pores in your feet.

I know—pretty wacky, right?

But hey, I’m all for trying new things! And, I have to say, it was pretty cool…and gross…to see all of the “toxins” that were drawn out into the water.  Let’s just say things got pretty nasty. 

The different colors that show up in the water—green, white, black, etc.—all represent different areas of your body that are out of whack.  For example, Ryan and I both had a lot of black stuff in our water, which is supposed to signify that our metal level is too high. 

Again, not sure if I believe this stuff or not, but it was a pretty interesting experience!

After we got home, I worked on a house project for a bit (I’m recovering our dining room chairs!), and then got started on dinner.  I’ve been eying cabbage roll recipes for a while now with every intention of making a vegetarian version of them, but every time I think, “Okay…time to make cabbage rolls!”, I just decide that it’s too much WORK!

You know, I’m all for creating gourmet, complicated meals from scratch, but some nights, there’s just something to be said for taking the easy way out. So, tonight, I did just that—I took the easy way out, and instead of making cabbage rolls, I made deconstructed cabbage roll soup!  It has all of the delicious flavors of homemade cabbage rolls, but took none (or very little) of the work!

Deconstructed Cabbage Roll Soup


1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped (about three cups)

1 can diced tomatoes

2 tbsp. tomato paste

2-3 cups water

1 cup vegetarian crumbles (like Boca or Morningstar)

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 cup pearled barley

salt and pepper to taste


In a deep pan or soup pot, cook onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until beginning to soften.  Add garlic and cabbage.  Season with salt and pepper, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients, plus additional salt and pepper, using enough water to cover the cabbage, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until barley has cooked and the stew has thickened and reduced.

Serve and enjoy!

Here are some pictures of our dinner:

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Yum! Again, this had all of the flavors of cabbage rolls with none of the difficulty!

Okay…off to finish the chairs! G’night!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2011 1:11 am

    I totally believe in that kind of stuff! I want to do that too! I want to do acupuncture too. I find it so interesting. I used to do the deconstructed cabbage roll thing too for ease with soy crumbles. Sadly, no more soy for me. It works with lentils too! Yours looks delicious! I hope you have a good night and good luck on the cushions. There were some not so nice words exclaimed when we did ours last time.

    • January 27, 2011 2:43 am

      Yes! I’m dying to try acupuncture! My dad does it for his back, and says that he can really tell a difference.

  2. January 27, 2011 1:15 am

    I get cabbage all the time in my CSA produce box – I’ll have to keep this in mind for the future!

  3. January 27, 2011 1:28 am

    brilliant! i’m way too lazy to roll…

  4. January 27, 2011 1:48 am

    Looks fantastic! Totally going to try this.

  5. January 27, 2011 1:48 am

    Can’t wait to see the chairs! =)

    and literally LMAO at SNOW FO SHO! =) This will be my new favorite thing to shout through the house when I realize theres snow on the ground ❤

  6. January 27, 2011 1:55 am

    Ok, dinner looks great, but um, the foot thing and the water…won’t lie, kind of made me grimace 😉

  7. January 27, 2011 2:04 am

    the foot bath stuff sounds exactly like something that would be up my alley! omg i loveeeee things like that!

    black, metals. not surprised. most ppl are full of metal from our water, our phones, fish, vaccines, you name it, we all need to chelate 🙂

  8. January 27, 2011 3:39 am

    Hmmm I’m very intrigued by the foot thing. And also by the soup! I always struggle with what to do with cabbage, but this sounds fantastic! It looks really hearty and warming 🙂

  9. January 27, 2011 5:14 am

    I’d try the foot bath, it sounds really interesting!

    And this soup looks tasty and like so many of my soups – more of a stew, love it! 🙂

  10. January 27, 2011 1:16 pm

    That thing actually sounds REALLY interesting. My feet are always sooo tired though, so I’ll admit that the thought of sitting with them in a warm bath is what’s most appealing to me 🙂

    • January 27, 2011 1:32 pm

      Ha, yeah, that’s what I told my sister– even if it does nothing, it’s just nice to sit and soak your feet!

  11. January 27, 2011 3:52 pm

    Wow that soup looks so hearty and delicious! Almost like a stew! And I bet it would be way easier than trying to roll all that stuff up!

  12. January 27, 2011 6:01 pm

    I am starting to get into homeopathic medicine and this sounds like it could be interesting, although I really hate feet and anything associated with them, so maybe I would ask for a hand soak 🙂

  13. February 2, 2011 5:34 pm

    Oooh that soup sounds amazing! Definitely gonna add it to next week’s shopping list. 🙂

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