Monday, April 30, 2007

Kcal count: Bouillon Aux Celeri et Choux Chinois (Celery & Cabbage Soup)

A nutritious yet simple bouillon I had make tonight with 5 vegetables - celery, chinese cabbage(long-leafy kind), carrot, turnip and onion. With a little salt and pepper it was perfect to counter this chilly gloomy evening.

For this bouillon, the main ingredients were celery and cabbage. Carrot, onion and turnip would be the side kicks.

Celery and cabbage are very good diet food as they contain very little calories and 0 fat. A cup of celery diced has only 17 calories, 8% of daily values(D.V) for dietary fiber (based on a 2000-calories diet), lots of vitamin A and C. A cup of chinese cabbage has an unexpectly low calories of 9, and 63% and 53% D.V for vitamin A and vitamin C respectively. Kim Chi, the basis of all South Korean food, is made with cabbage, chilli pepper and vinegar. No wonder the Koreans never get fat from eating loads of Kim Chi everyday. The old people here are extremely healthy and sportive compared to those in Singapore. It must be the vitamin boost they derive from the daily Kim Chi intake.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
4 cups of celery, diced
4 cups of cabbage, cut into bite size pieces
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, sliced into thin wedges
1 cup of turnip, peeled and diced
salt and black pepper

Place celery, carrot, onion and turnip in a soup pot with 1.5 litres of water. Bring it a boil and season it salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 10 mins uncovered

Add cabbage and let it simmer uncovered for another 5 mins. Serve hot.

Bouillon Aux Celeri et Choux Chinois

Kcal Count: (68+36+30+46+33)/4= 213/4 = 53.25 calories per serving

Wow, this really comes at a big surprise. I didn't know this bouillon has so little calories until I did the calculations a minute ago. It is almost equivalent to 100 ml of low fat 2% milk, which is less than half a cup.

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