A.M. Recipe: Cabbage Kielbasa Soup

My undergrad bestie, Krystal, is an amazing cook and blogger at DC Brown Sugar Bakery.  She has agreed to curate a few quick, healthy and student-friendly recipes to “fit” (pun intended) the Academic Muscle audience.  Enjoy!

It’s halfway through February 2019, which means that by now, resolutions  made a month ago unfortunately might be broken by now.  In 2018, 45% of Americans pledged to lose weight or get in shape, so there’s a good chance that half the nation’s population has made similar goals this year.

Jogging, lifting weights, or finding zen in yoga are excellent ways to develop lean muscles. However, those results may never be visible if your diet is poor. Don’t despair! I have a tasty, nutritious and affordable meal even novice cooks can prepare. It’s cabbage kielbasa soup consisting of fresh vegetables, a little starch and protein to give you the energy needed to complete your workouts. It’s also the perfect soup for cold winter nights.

Get your ingredients together, a calming playlist, and make this easy soup in 30-40 minutes. Then, enjoy this delicious meal, which is not only intended to fill you up but help you see the definition in your legs after all those squats.

Cabbage Kielbasa Soup


1/2 package turkey kielbasa sliced

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2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 medium onion diced

2 medium carrots chopped

1 celery stalk chopped

3 red potatoes chopped

1/2 cabbage head sliced

1 chicken bouillon cube

salt, pepper, and dried oregano to taste


First, brown the turkey kielbasa for about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside. Add olive oil to a hot pot. Cook the onions, carrots, and celery for 5 minutes and then add the red potatoes. Sauté for about 7 more minutes. Add kielbasa and roughly 4-5 cups water and chicken bouillon cube. Bring the water to a boil and then add the cabbage and seasonings to taste. After the water returns to a boil, reduce it to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are thoroughly done. Enjoy!

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Thanks so much Krystal for this amazing recipe!  Hopefully, this is the first of many. If you all try this out, let us know what you think.  Also, if there are any recipes you’d like to see from Academic Muscle (how to make them healthier, cheaper, etc.) let me know!

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