The peel-a-pound soup diet has been around for decades. While it does not work for everyone, there are reports of the soup working wonders for its eaters. The soup is designed to help you passively lose weight. In sum, the soup contains a high amount of fiber, and the body must work extra hard, and thus burn more calories, to digest the food. There are several variations of the recipe.
To create the peel-a-pound vegetable soup, you will need one head of cabbage, four onions, two diced garlic cloves, one celery bunch, a green pepper, a can of diced tomatoes, two potatoes, four carrots, one box of vegan onion soup mix (available at most grocery stores or health food stores) and three cups of vegetable stock.
Be sure to clean all of the vegetables and cut them into pieces small enough that they are comfortable to eat. Mix all ingredients in a large kettle and add enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Once the soup has been brought to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the soup for approximately three hours. Be sure to stir periodically.
Chicken Bouillon Soup
To cook the chicken bouillon soup, you will need two to four chicken bouillon cubes, four cups of water (to begin with, more water will be added later), one large onion, four slicked celery stalks, four sliced carrots, one small head of cabbage, one can of stewed tomatoes, a large can of V-8 juice and a fresh watercress.
Dissolve the chicken bouillon cubes in the four cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil. At this point, you can add the vegetables and V-8 juice. Stir the mixture and boil it for approximately five minutes. Turn off the flame and add the watercress to the top (do not mix it in). Let the soup cool and place in the refrigerator to chill. After a few hours, you will be able to reheat the soup and enjoy.
Turkey or Beef Soup
The spiced turkey or beef peal-a-pound soup adds additional flavor in the form of commonly used Italian spices. You will need one pound of diced green cabbage, a chopped green bell pepper, two chopped celery stalks, two chopped onions, a can of chopped tomatoes (with liquid), three bouillon cubes, a teaspoon of celery seeds, a teaspoon of dried basil, two teaspoons of dried oregano, a half teaspoon of garlic powder, at least two quarts of water, table salt and pepper and two cups of diced cooked turkey or beef.
Mix each ingredient into a large kettle with enough water to cover the mixture completely. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for approximately one hour.