A Deliciously Tasty Peel-a-Pound Soup Recipe

How do you eat satisfying portions and still lose weight? Bulk up on vegetables and fruit. Vegetables, with their high fiber and nutrient content and low calories, make a smart choice for someone who’s trying to lose weight and still enjoy their food and a full stomach. Our delicious, tasty peel a pound soup recipe will help.

What you need when you’re on a diet is foods that are bulky and nutrient-dense without having a whole lot of calories. A good hit of fiber never hurts, either. Fiber slows down digestion, making you feel full for longer. Traditional cabbage soup recipes have significant disadvantages: They are nutritionally virtually void, filled with watery cabbage that seldom satisfies and is mostly bulk.

Traditional cabbage soups tend to be very unappealing as well; eaters who have undertaken the cabbage soup diet report feeling nauseated simply by the smell by the time the week is up. Cabbage soup in the old-school form is an effective weight-loss tool, through suppression of appetite if nothing else. It’s not a very good basis for a full weight-change lifestyle.To lose weight, you need something to run toward.

Peel a Pound Soup Recipe

Enter the peel-a-pound soup. Peel-a-pound soups combine flavorful ingredients like peppers, tomatoes, and aromatics with a silky broth and a small mountain of cabbage to turn the old cabbage soup of weight-loss lore from as far back as the early 1900s into a delicious, filling soup full of vegetables swimming in a tomato and chicken broth infused with the traditional aromatics of carrot, celery, and onion.

An additional option in this recipe is zucchini and eggplant. These will infuse the soup with the traditional flavors of a French recipe like ratatouille. If you liked the ratatouille presentation from the Disney/Pixar film of the same name, you may enjoy the rich flavors brought to this humble soup by the addition of these classic French ingredients.


  • 1 carton of chicken broth or stock
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red and 1 green pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 4-5 potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, preferably a waxy potato like reds.
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 28-oz. can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 envelope onion soup (optional)
  • Italian herbs to taste
  • Zucchini and eggplant if desired.

Peel-a-Pound Soup Directions

  1. Start 2 quarts of cold water in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the carton of chicken stock.
  2. Chop your carrots, celery, and onion, and, in a separate pan, add them to the water as it heats. While the aromatics are simmering, chop the peppers.
  3. Open and empty the can of tomatoes into a glass or other nonreactive bowl and crush by hand until no whole tomatoes remain in the bowl, then slide the contents of the bowl into the water as it comes to a boil.
  4. Add the peppers to the soup and continue simmering, stirring occasionally.
  5. Reduce mixture to a simmer and add an envelope (optional) of onion soup.
  6. Add the cabbage to the simmering mixture and stir it in until the cabbage starts wilting.
  7. Optional: Add Zucchini and Eggplant for a rich, ratatouille-like texture and flavor. These ingredients will release some water of their own, so make sure you take that into account.
  8. Simmer until the flavors meld, anywhere from 15 minutes up to several hours. Stir occasionally.
  9. Serve to hungry diners!


Satisfying Food?

One of the biggest problems with weight loss has always been dissatisfaction with the food you have to eat. Weight-loss diets have always been associated with skimpy portions and, in many cases, being hangry all the time. And some of the prescriptions for solving that, like sipping water between meals instead of snacks when you genuinely are hungry – not bored, but hungry – are counterproductive, because the body isn’t fooled for very long when it’s not getting what it needs.

Are Diet Plans any Good?

Diet plans have been around since the early 20th century and, honestly, a lot of them are not very good. They seldom give any more than the most basic lifestyle guidance to change your life to support your weight loss, creating a situation where the innocent dieter is betrayed by the very advice they’re given. How do you sustain weight loss after the first week is over and you don’t have more water to get rid of? These are tough questions and can’t be answered by a simple blog.

Is This Proven?

The weight-loss properties of peel-a-pound soup are not proven by any published studies. However, at anywhere between 65 and 85 calories, a serving of peel-a-pound soup is a filling way to reduce your caloric intake while still feeling satisfied by the food you’re eating. Of course, it shouldn’t be the only thing you’re eating in a day – everyone needs at least 1200 calories a day to keep their body functioning. In a diet plan, a meal of low-calorie soup has a place, but it should never be the only thing you’re eating.

Most of the weight lost during the classic cabbage soup dieting period is water and not fat. The extreme weight loss during a soup-fed semi-fast is generally not sustainable, and a soup dieter will likely eventually need to add other sources of nutrients in addition to the soup in order to feel full over the long term.

How Should I Do This?

All diet plans are best when administered under the guidance of a doctor. Changing your weight is a lifestyle commitment over the long haul and requires changes that go beyond eating one thing for a prolonged period. Talk to a doctor about options if your needs for the peel-a-pound soup are more than just to fit into a favorite outfit for an event.

If you need to lose weight and keep it off, a simple answer like one soup recipe is probably not going to fit your long-term transformation needs. Don’t think of peel-a-pound soup as a weight-loss solution. Think of it as a healthy, low-calorie food to supplement a comprehensive, healthy lifestyle.

As an ingredient in a lifestyle change to take advantage of weight loss, the peel-a-pound soup is a great way to go about it. Especially as this is a much tastier option than the traditional cabbage soup, the peel-a-pound will be much easier to eat than a cabbage soup, with an appetizing aroma and full of tomato flavor that will be a tremendous help in keeping this soup at the forefront of your go-to diet food arsenal.

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