Weight Loss Magic Soup

Weight loss magic soup

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If you are trying to drop a few pounds after the holidays, or for an upcoming event, you have got to try our Weight Loss Magic Soup and Weight Loss Magic Smoothie!  It is a combination of a couple of weight loss soup recipes that have been around for years – Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup and the Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe.   The addition of a can of kidney beans adds fiber and protein which helps with feeling fuller for a longer period of time.  Feel free to add or subtract vegetables to your taste.  The benefit of this soup is that it tastes great and it really does help you lose weight.  The magic is that the more you eat – the more weight you lose!

 

Eat a healthy breakfast then a bowl of soup for lunch, an afternoon snack, and for dinner with some whole grain crackers or toast and you will see some serious weight loss fast (we don’t recommend doing this for more than 7 days– after the 7 days be sure to maintain a healthy diet having this soup intermittently until you reach your desired weight)!  Each cup of soup has only 57 calories (see nutritional info. below).  It is a great way to get your vegetables in for the day and is very satisfying.  This recipe makes about 20 cups of soup.  It lasts in the fridge up to a week, and it freezes well.  All the cans are the regular (14 to 16 oz.) size. If you are worried about sodium content, feel free to use low-sodium V8 or even use tomato juice (homemade or store bought).
Also, if you want another option, with all the same added benefits, try the WEIGHT LOSS MAGIC SMOOTHIE (HERE).

Weight Loss Magic Soup
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Ingredients
  • 2 cans chicken broth (you may use low-sodium)
  • 3 cups V-8 juice (you can use low-sodium V8 or even tomato juice, homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cans Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 package sliced mushrooms
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3-4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan sprayed with cooking spray, sauté garlic, onions, carrots, and mushrooms for about 5 minutes. In a large crockpot, combine sautéed garlic and vegetables with the remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until vegetables are cooked.
  2. This makes a large batch of soup. If you would like to freeze portions of it to use later, undercook the vegetables just a little. Pour the soup into freezer Ziplock bags and let as much air out as you can. Lay the bags flat on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once the soup is frozen flat, it is easy to layer in your freezer and won't take up much room. To thaw, place the bag in the fridge for 24 hours and then reheat.

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Weight Loss Magic Soup FAQs:

We have had SO MANY comments/questions regarding this recipe and we find ourselves answering the same questions over and over… we are having a hard time keeping up! Give these FAQs a read and hopefully we will have a quick answer to your question! Thanks everyone! ☺ — Your friends at Favorite Family Recipes

 

What makes this soup “magic”?
We call this soup “magic” because we (the girls at FFR) have all had it at one point or another with GREAT results. We call it “magic soup” between us sisters so we are calling it “magic soup” on here!

 

Do I JUST eat this soup? All day, every day?
No. You still need to get some calories in (about 1,000) to lose weight at a healthy rate.

 

How do I use this soup to lose weight?
We suggest eating a healthy breakfast and then having the soup for lunch and dinner with some healthy sides. If you are hungry and need a snack—make it into a smoothie (see recipe here)! It is a low-calorie snack that is also filling. Also, you need to exercise and stay hydrated! Drink lots of water and exercise at least 30 min/3-5 days a week.

 

I need details! I want to lose weight QUICKLY and HEALTHILY… can you just tell me EXACTLY what to eat? I need a plan!
You are in luck! We are currently working with a nutritionist to do just that! We will have meal plans, shopping lists, exercise ideas… everything you will need to help you maximize your weight loss. Join us on Facebook for updates!

 

Will I gain all my weight back afterwards?
We recommend only doing this for 7 days… think of it as a positive kick-off to your diet, a way to shed some pounds and gain some confidence before you start your lifestyle change. Keep exercising, keep hydrated, keep portion control.. and feel free to have this soup/smoothie on hand to have as a snack if you are feeling hungry! If you want to lose weight and keep it off, the best thing you can do is make a life-style change. A great way to help with portion control is to eat a bowl of soup before you eat your regular meal. The soup will fill your stomach with healthy vegetables, and you will feel less hungry for your meal.

 

Is there a low-sodium alternative I can use instead of V8?
Absolutely! You can use low-sodium V8, fresh or store-bought tomato juice. You can also use fresh veggies (instead of the canned) or low-sodium broths to reduce sodium as well.

 

I don’t like [insert vegetable name here]. What is a good substitute?
You can substitute any vegetable really… just try to avoid starchy ones like potatoes, peas, and corn if you can. Some really good substitutions are kale, spinach, and celery.

 

That is a lot of vegetables… am I going to be, you know, running to the bathroom a lot?
If this is something you are worried about, or if you find yourself hitting up the bathroom too much for your liking, eat the soup along with some whole-wheat toast, brown rice, or even a banana. That should help!

 

This soup looks delish! What if I’m not trying to lose weight… can I still eat this?
ABSOLUTELY!!! This is still a delicious, healthy soup and it is a great way to get in your daily vegetables.

Comments

  1. Would cannellini or navy beans do as well and have as much an effect on weight loss as kidney beans? Thank you.

    • Any kind of beans you like in soup will do. Beans add fiber and protein to the soup. I like kidney beans or red beans in this soup because it gives it gives it the flavor of a minestrone soup.

    • The soup sounds wonderful and I am sure it tastes very good.. I will have to try it myself but really there is no such thing as weight loss magic soup..
      Let’s keep it real..
      Eat smart and EXERCISE.
      #paystobefit

      • Please tell me you don’t really think anyone believes this soup will make them “magically” lose weight? We all know it is smart food choices, and exercise that make weight come off or stay off!

        • You are absolutely right. This is a great low-cal option that is also filling that will help you shed those pounds!

          • made it, love it, and it really helped me. Kept me from making poor choices when hungry. It’s great for lunch and a little before dinner or as a snack, so I don’t overeat. Helps me avoid those vending machines and fast food junk. Thanks so much.
            mary

        • If you have the weight to lose & don’t eat junk food, thinking eating the soup will take the weight off, yes it does-Terri. No it isn’t magical, but most people who are desparate to lose weight need to see immediate results for encouragement to keep going, this will do it. It does not carry the daily nutritional value you need, but snaking on it between meals is better than grabbing a cookie. It is worth trying, as opposed to resigning yourself to being an unhealthy weight.

      • In 2008, I went to see my primary physician for an appointment. I notice that he had lost weight, and I asked him how he did it. (I needed to lose weight, as well). He told me it’s called “The Soup Diet”. Also, no white potatoes, no white rice, no bread, no pasta. I had a bowl at each meal (including breakfast) along with a side (meat or veggies). I rode my tricycle as much as possible, or walked. I lost 40 lbs.! Surprised the heck out of me, believe me! If I can do it, you can do it! REMEMBER — NO WHITE STUFF! And don’t eat anything after 6 PM. Drink lots of water!

        • I work weird hours, so I just have to think of my ‘get to work time’ as 8 am, no matter what time it really is. lol. This soup is really helping me. I added celery and fresh spinach to the recipe. Just started and ended my second week. 10 lbs gone! I’ve been walking when I take a break at work, getting my mile in for the day, even if not all at once. I’ve got a long way to go but I’ll get there. This soup really taste’s great. Love minestrone and I just passed the recipe to my brother as we are both trying to loose.
          Mary Z

          • Mary!!! Wow! 10 Lbs!!! That is awesome! Great work!!!!!!! That is a huge accomplishment! Seriously, way to go!

          • Then obviously the answer to that is to eat asap and keep a strict schedule to not eat, say after 7 or 8, but you’d be better off not eating a huge meal, maybe if you can bring snacks to work, have some before leaving.

    • Cannellini beans ARE kidney beans. They’re white kidney beans and I love them. This soup sounds fast simple and extremely low fat — however! I would require a meat source. Largely chopped boneless/skinless/cleaned chicken thighs would add such flavor, protien, enjoyment and chewability to this soup AND with very little fat added to the soup. saute till golden brown on 2 sides them add the veggies and make the soup. Yum!

      • Actually, beans is a suitable source of protein for those who are not meat-lovers. Chicken would be fine as it’s low in saturated fat. But it’s not a necessity ;) Sometimes going meatless helps get the digestive tract cleaned out.

    • I am sure this question has been asked, but I scrolled down a LONG way and never found it. Is the serving size 1 cup per meal?

    • I hope you enjoy it! This soup is great for weight loss because it is very filling and very low in calories. You can do it!!! :)

  2. Would it be possible to get the nutritional information for this soup? I mainly would like to know how many carbs per serving.

  3. What size cans are the chicken broth, beans, & tomatoes? Thanx for this recipe. Been looking for a nice vegetable soup that’s filling but low on calories. My diet is protein-driven but these veggie-carbs are exactly what I needed…low in calories & filling & fuel me up.

    • You can sub out any of the vegetables, just try to stay away from starches like corn and potatoes. I just made a batch with kale and butternut squash in it and it turned out really good!

      • What did you put in the kale and butternut. I did this soup before .When ever I was hunger I ate the soup. My kids loved it too, but the cabbage gives you alot of gas and to much salt. I have high blood pressure so I’m looking for some kind of soup that will full me

        • I used the low sodium chicken broth, or you can make your own if you have the time by cooking down a couple of chicken thighs with minced onion, carrot, garlic & celery (optional). salt substitute & pepper optional. Remove the thighs when cooked and set aside or freeze for some other recipe. Let broth cool in fridge. Any fat turns to solid on the top. Just scoop out and throw away the fat. also the low sodium V8 juice is available. If you use all fresh veggies, you have control over salt content. You could even stew your own cut up fresh tomato’s with Italian spice depending on how much salt you need to control but since the recipe makes a huge pot and you need some salt, you may not need to go that far. Ask you doctor. Do they make low sodium diced canned tomato’s? I haven’t looked.
          Good Luck! to both of us. :)
          mary Z

          • they make canned tomatoes “NO SALT ADDED”. I use those with one can of regular and plenty of salt for us.. can’t wait to try this soup. Wanting to loose about 20 lbs.

  4. Hi, you said in one of your comments the soup doesn’t contain fat but in the nutrition facts, it shows that it does. Also, would this be okay to eat ALL THE TIME? Thank you!

    • The fat content technically isn’t enough to count on weight watchers or calorie counting diets. You could eat it in place of lunch and dinner and if you feel hungry in-between and it’s a great low calorie filler full of vitamins and nutrients.

    • I did my first batch on the stove top. Have to cook at medium, not high, so it won’t boil over. I still had to cook it for 3 hours unless you like your veggies under done. I know some do and believe it’s better that way. Less “gassy” to me, if it’s cooked slow and longer. :) also the flavors blend to a richness. If you are looking for fast, maybe a pressure cooker? but I wouldn’t know the setting.

  5. I’m having a hard time believing/understanding that the instructions would say “Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until vegetables are cooked.” for canned or soft veggies that require little cooking time. Perhaps a typo? If on HIGH for 2-3 hours, I’ve the feeling the liquid would burn off to nothing.

    • Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours in a crockpot (or slow cooker). You would definitely not want to cook in on high over the stove for that long! Haha :)

    • It says to cook 2-3 hours on high in a crockpot. That is why it will not dry out, as for the can vegetables, there should not be an issue with them in a crockpot for 2-3 hours. Stovetop is entirely different type of cooking from crockpot.

    • I lost 8 Lbs in one week before my wedding…. but I was REALLY strict and it was combined with working out. I had the soup 3x a day and a really light dinner.. like baked chicken or a salad. This is a great diet kick-off. I usually do it for one week before starting a regular diet. It just gives me that initial push that I need to get started!

  6. Im going to eat the soup just like it is but hubby likes meat so i was wondering what kind of meat would be good in this?

    • My mom has a recipe just like this – we call it “cabbage soup” but the official name is “weight watchers beef vegetable soup” or something like that. Ours is pretty much the same, except it has some cooked ground beef in it. It calls for tomato juice instead of V-8 (or at least I always used our canned tomato juice instead of V-8 so I no longer even notice it says V-8?) I prefer more broth and less tomato juice so I change the proportions slightly. It’s great made in either the crockpot (with pre-cooked meat of course) or simmered on the stove. Leftover veggies go great in here too. Really don’t taste the cabbage, at least I don’t. I don’t think my recipe has dried beans but that’s because we don’t need it with the beef? It’s good. It’s actually a Christmas lunch tradition for us.

  7. Instead of spinach, what else could be substituted for the cabbage? Cooked cabbage is not a flavor that I like and I have some who are not crazy about spinach. Since there is a lot of cabbage in the recipe, something else would have to replace the cabbage. Do you have a list of suggestions? I can’t wait to try this!!

  8. I have some cooking in my crockpot right now…smells so good! Thanks for adding the nutritional info!

    Be Blessed!

  9. Can we sub the V-8 juice? I have a heart condition that requires me to watch salt content, and I find V-8 juice super salty. Thanks!

    • You may need to put the recipe/ingredients in one of those nutrition sites to figure that out. I don’t know much about diabetes so the best thing I would say is to ask your doctor…

      • This soup would be very good for diabetics as there are no added sugars, only the small amount of natural ones in the veggies. The starch in the beans could raise the blood sugar a little, but is offset by the fiber. I would lower the sodium by making my own V-8 juice and chicken broth. Overall a very good choice for everyone, including diabetics.

  10. This looks sooo good! But, isn’t it going to be a whole lot of sodium?? Each can of soup has about 350 -400mgs of soup…

    • Oh my goodness people, please READ THE RECIPE! She has addressed the salt content and given substitute suggestIons. She’s addressed the nutritional data and if you would read the post you would know this. Are you not embarrassed to ask the same question over and over again?

      I’m not sure the soup diet should be your first priority. Perhaps reading comprehension would be a good place to start.

  11. I just made your recipe and it is delicious! Thank you for this. Hope it works for me and I can shed a few pounds. In the recipe that I found it says that it is 75 cals. per cup and in this one here it says 57 cals. Which is correct? I’m counting calories on My Fitness Pal and I’d like to add the correct amount of cals. Thank You.

    • You can enter the ingredients yourself exactly as you use them at my fitness pal to get that information, store it in your food diary and library for future use..

      • myfitnesspal can easily answer all the questions about the fiber, salt, sugar, sodium, and anything else anyone wants to tweak or swap or know about. Same with telling you how much to eat of what to get a complete diet, based on how much you want to lose, and in how much time. It’s free!!! It’s not the original poster’s job to change or justify the contents of her recipe to viewers’ requests and needs , and she has been pretty cool about it in the little bit Ive just read.. Weight Watchers, Spark People and Calorie count.com all offer it as well. The recipe is good: if you dont like red beans, stick in another color and worry it to the nth degree, if it’s too much salt swap out for low sodium or use half water, add herbs to boost the flavor that way, if you hate chunks or mushrooms, puree or take them out. Calculate it and play with it so you learn and dont have to ask someone else on a forum. These tools are the way we learn to eat better and weight loss comes naturally and doesnt have to feel so desperate and all or nothing…stays off that way too. You are worth it, make the effort. :) great recipe to original poster.

        • Sierra– thank you for your comment. :) We love this recipe.. even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, it is still a yummy soup!

        • I love creamier soups as opposed to broth-based so I almost always end up pureeing some of the vegetables. I usually add extra because I do like the ‘bite’ as it helps me feel I’m actually eating as opposed to having a ‘meal replacement’. This is a good base to start and the variations with changing out the veggies, beans, herbs, etc. are endless so it doesn’t become boring. Have fun and experiment!

  12. I think it sounds awesome. I’m going to buy all the ingredients today and give it a try. Thanks and can’t wait.

  13. What exact kind of squash do you use? I bought a spaghetti squash to cut up to put in it. My choices at my local grocery stores were very limited.

  14. I found this on Facebook and made it today. I didn’t have the kind of tomatoes that it called for so I used 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can of tomatoes and chilies. It added a bit of a kick to it. I have read all the comments about this, and have already thought about adding different beans in it like Black Beans. I would at least love one can of corn in this. To me it’s just calling for a little bit of corn. I am not crazy over cooked tomatoes so wondered if that would be something I could leave out and it be just as good? Thanks so much for posting this and it finding its way to Facebook!!!

  15. I have read all the comments that have been posted, as a result, all my questions were answered. Looking forward to trying this. Thanks very much.

  16. Hi there, I would like to make this in a vegetarian version, what would you suggest I replace the chicken broth with? Thank you in advance :))

    • Any vegetable you like would work, with the exception of starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas, and corn… or you could just leave the squash and zucchini out altogether and use more of the other vegetables in the soup.

    • Use fresh vegetables and make your own chicken stock. You can also get dry beans and soak/cook. To make stock, Boil a couple breasts, celery, and season to your taste. Or boil a chicken carcass after your cook up a roast chicken and have eaten all the meat.

    • You can reduce the salt content of the soup by using reduced sodium V-8, reduced sodium chicken broth, and reduced sodium canned tomatoes.

    • Butternut squash would work well. You could also use a whole-grain pasta or potatoes if you’re not too worried about carbs. Soup is a blank canvas — you can use almost any broth/base, vegetables, meat, or pasta depending on your likes and dietary goals. If you like creamier soup just puree some or all of the soup in a blender before serving. I usually puree about half the veggies. Enjoy!

  17. Wow… you are much more patient than I am!!!! You wrote “Feel free to add or subtract vegetables to your taste. ” and how many times were you asked if you could swap out veggies? C’mon people… take the time to read what is written… then use some common sense!! It has too much sodium!!! WTH, SMH…. common sense to use low sodium products… Wow jut wow.

  18. Too much sodium for my taste. I’d use all fresh instead of canned, including homemade broth. What could I use to substitute the v8? Tomato sauce? I dislike that any soup that has v8, that’s the only thing you can taste. Not to mention the sodium in v8. Sodium holds up to 3x its weight in water!

    • You can cut down the V8 and replace it with tomato juice, chicken or vegetable broth or you can leave it out altogether and just use chicken and/or vegetable broth/boullion.

    • What exactly have you done? We have had others comment with great success. You need to keep your calorie intake around 1200 each day along with exercise. This soup is a great supplement to help you keep your calorie count down and keep you satisfied throughout the day.

  19. MAGIC soup? Sure, a soup loaded with healthy veggies, protein, and fiber is healthy. But eating this for lunch, a snack, AND dinner won’t make you magically lose weight. You’ll be bloated from the sodium in the chicken broth, V-8, and beans (unless you swap those out for lower sodium options). Besides: 57 calories IS NOT a meal. It’s barely a snack.

    • We suggest eating a good breakfast, and then soup with a light lunch and then soup for dinner and snacks throughout the day. Stay tuned. We are in the works of writing out a meal planning guide for this soup so you will know how to get maximum results while still maintaining a healthy diet. We are working with a nutritionist to see it through :)

      • Hi Erica, it’s utterly amazing to me….you post this to assist people and all they do is complain….keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing.
        *****People USE your brains. Some of you sound like absolute imbeciles.****
        I would love to know what you do for a living because you can’t seem to think for yourselves and adjust to your individual needs. Or be grateful that someone takes their precious time to share something that has helped them. I will definately be making this soup and will adjust to my liking. ;)

  20. My husband is NOT a veggie lover, but we made this awhile back when I got it from WW. I am glad to see some of the changes and I am looking forward to making it again. I agree with one of the above posts…It’s rather frustrating to read the comments of people asking the same questions over and over and to know they didn’t actually READ the whole article above. As far as for a total diet, it sad to know that so many are so negative. I like to use this diet after the holidays and parties just as a reset if you will. Something to help your cravings pass and it isn’t hard at all to make and keep handy. It may not be a “fat burner” or the actual “miracle weight loss diet” that so many are hoping for so they don’t have to leave their comfy couches, but it is a terrific start! Thank you for posting it and rehabbing it!!

    • :) thanks for your comment! I agree, I always use it as a jump start to healthy eating. It gives me the confidence I need to start a typical diet regimen.

  21. I would like to say thank you for posting this recipe and taking the time to answer all of the questions. I will definitely try this out

      • You are so patient and informative! This soup sounds so good. I love everything you said to put in it. And my husband will agree to it also. (thank goodness) I am going to make this today. About 2 years ago I lost 100 lbs and have struggling to keep it off. This soup will definitely will help. Thank you.

  22. This soup sounds just the thing I’ve been looking for. Something low in sodium, low cal. and all those wonderful vegetables. Thanks so much for all the info.

  23. really don’t like V8 juice & it really doesn’t like my belly either…what can I use in it’s place?

  24. Thank you for sharing this blog! It really helped me in my challenge to drop some pounds. I have tried these soup for my breakfast and dinner sometimes. I also eat this for my snack. I gained a lot of pounds after the holidays but thanks to your magic soup and to this weight loss program I found at ExerciseAholics site, I was able to drop some weight fast.

    • Anita, this can be a great tool in helping to meet your goals. This recipe is very versatile and can be changed up in a lot of ways without changing the nutrition info too much in most cases. For weight loss I would definitely recommend low sodium versions of any canned items you use.
      Good Luck!!! I’m starting on the same journey and I know it’s not easy!

  25. This sounds delicious. I love potatoes, and normally would add them, but have been substituting sweet potatoes for them in my efforts to eat healthier. Has anyone tried putting some fresh sweet potatoes in the pot? I think I would also add some frozen peas as well.

    • Sweet potatoes will work. Of course, they’ll change the calorie/carb counts, but still fairly healthy. Peas are starchy and would also add to the carb count. I don’t like sweet potatoes with tomato so I use all sodium free chicken bouillon when I use them.

  26. Just tried it tonight! Way yummy, for something that is healthy for me!
    In case you didn’t hear, Jessi is going crazy with recipes off here. I don’t mind one bit!

  27. Hi. I just had emergency surgery on Dec. 3rd where my colon had to be removed. So no beans . mushrooms or cabbage. Definitely missing my mushrooms and cabbage :( Would it be okay just to add more carrots and green beans? Very limited food now…not good for an overweight person lol Thanks for all of your replies!

  28. What can I use instead of vegetables, stock, tomatoes, and V-8?! People!! You can use a plate of fried chicken. Except then it won’t be the soup. And you won’t lose weight. Don’t care for veggies? Eat them anyway. Too much salt? If you’re not supposed to eat salt, then you already know about low sodium options. If you don’t already know about low sodium options, chances are you’re eating too much salt anyway. People aremaking this too hard on purpose.

  29. Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been looking for it, I love this soup and it really does help to lose weight if you stick to a sensible diet.
    Ppl please use comin sence if you don’t like an ingredient substitute for one you do like.

  30. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. :) The best part of this recipe is that it’s an all season recipe. Once its cooked you can have it as a HOT soup in the winter time and a just barely warmed COOL soup in the summer time. :) Im looking forward to being able to get back into some nice clothes that I bought before I got relaxed in my diet and exercise program and this soup is the step in the right direction I need. Thank you once again. :D

    • I’m excited for you to try it! Good luck with your weight-loss program! Be sure to check back with us and share your results!

  31. What size are the cans of the broth, tomatoes, etc. For example, canned tomatoes come in 14.5 or 28 oz and sometimes I purchase broth I boxes rather than cans. Thanks!

  32. I love soup and the variations are endless with a good base and a little imagination! I usually add extra beans or squash (butternut) and puree about half or so to get a creamier base. I don’t puree all the veggies because I like to have chunks so I feel like I am actually eating something. I frequently use homemade stock or sodium free chicken or vegetable bouillon and leave out the V8 and tomatoes. I love tarragon in most veggie soups. I like to use some nutmeg if I puree white beans to thicken it. You can even add some whole grain pasta if you’re okay with a few extra carbs/calories. You can add chicken, turkey, or other meat if you want a heartier soup.
    My Mom lives 1000 miles away and I call her most nights when I’m making dinner. For years she asked for my recipe when I told her I was making soup. Now she just asks “How are you making it tonight?” :)
    With a little creativity you can have a practically limitless variety of healthy soup so you don’t get bored eating the same thing every day! Have fun finding your favorite combinations!

    • Hi Susan!
      I just wanted to add one more option to your list. Sometimes if I like a thicker creamier soup, I like to add lentils. This work especially well for soups that are simmered for longer than an hour. They just fall apart and melt into the broth. so you don’t have to puree anything. They also add a ton of fiber! That being said, I like your option of pureeing navy beans. Good ideas!

  33. I have this in my crockpot right now! I used spicy V8, because I love anything spicy! I also used Rotel instead of Italian tomatoes, and black beans and read kidney beans! I can’t wait to try it! I’m making some stew meat for my husband and kids to add in!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Emily, you are very kind and patient to repeat your answers as not everyone reads the comments that answer the later questions. This looks like just what I need for those pounds gained over the holidays. It’s discouraging to continue with my usual eat right/exercise program knowing I’ll just be undoing the damage done since December. If a week of hot soup in the winter will up my loss so that my usual exercise can go to some more loss, that will be great! Thanks for this.
    And just a quick note to some of your readers– not all are at the same level of experience in cooking. Some of the questions that might seem obvious would be the ones I’d be asking 30 years ago. Okay, 40 years ago.

    • She has a ton of patience to keep answering the same questions, especially the ones that have answers in the original article/recipe.
      I was reading some of the other questions and my first thought was ‘why are you asking that.’ Then I realized that I’ve been cooking for nearly half a century since I was a little girl but a lot of people don’t really learn how to cook much anymore and what seems very basic to me might not be to someone else.

  35. Is the serving size for this soup if eating for lunch or dinner a cup? If so, boy I don’t know if only eating a cup of soup for an entire meal would leave me feeling full?

      • Ha, um a good size soup bowl for me is huge, which is why I am asking what you recommend. I’ll eat 4-5 cups of soup in one sitting. But I see that a serving for most people is a cup LOL.

  36. Years ago I tried the cabbage soup diet , it worked I lost weight , but I also had diarrhea and could not get within a few feet of a bathroom. Will this do that as well ?

  37. Sounds like a good, basic veggie soup recipe that I look forward to making.
    I kept reading all the comments just for the comedy factor! LOL.
    People are so funny. “I don’t like soup, what else can I put in the magic pot for weightloss?”:-)

    • Not that I know of.. you can try to make it with just broth but it won’t taste quite the same. You can definitely try it and let us know! Sorry I wasn’t much of a help with this one!

      • For those w/ tomato allergies… What about using the chicken broth as called for, and then in place of the V8 perhaps a tomato-free vegetable stock or even a beef stock or some of each? And in place of the Italian-style canned tomatoes *which have seasoning* maybe an extra carrot, some celery and leeks, and an extra clove of garlic and a pinch more Italian seasonings too?

    • You can definitely make it without any of the tomato products! Use a good chicken or vegetable broth and don’t be afraid to season it — I frequently use tarragon, nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder, etc. You will end up with a little thinner broth, but it’s easy to thicken a little by pureeing some of the beans. You can still make a delicious and healthy soup without the tomatoes!

  38. Very excited about this recipe! I have contemplated making a batch of cabbage soup, which I’ve never done, but my mom has. I saw a pic of it and it jogged my memory. Don’t know that recipe, but surely it can be googled. i am newly diagnosed type ll diabetic and was curious about a ballpark figure for the “sugars” and “carbohydrates” in your soup recipe here; i was unable to find the nutrient data posted. I have at least a hundred pounds to lose as well. Its hard, my husband was obese when we met and having my thyroid fail, getting back on my meds, and unhealthy eating, the 90 pounds I lost have come back to me. I was snowed in with my mom who cooks from scratch, was off meds, lost 90 pounds, so I know it can be done. Is there any weight loss groups (free) or forums, that anyone can recommend or attest to from the internet?? I wish everyone well.

  39. Ive been eating this soup off and on for years. here is the big secret to not having gas from the cabbage etc….and this works in anything that causes gas, beans whatever.. add a healthy splash of Balsamic Vinegar to your soup while its cooking. A chef taught me this, and its awesome

    • For those w/ tomato allergies… What about using the chicken broth as called for, and then in place of the V8 perhaps a tomato-free vegetable stock or even a beef stock or some of each? And in place of the Italian-style canned tomatoes *which have seasoning* maybe an extra carrot, some celery and leeks, and an extra clove of garlic and a pinch more Italian seasonings too?

      • I think that is a great idea! The garlic and seasoning will give the soup the extra flavor it will need without the V8 juice and canned tomatoes. It’s all about finding what tastes good to you.

  40. Thanks for this recipe. I made it and loved it.
    My variations:
    I shredded the carrots because I found out a long time ago that carrots don’t cook as fast as the other vegetables if they are sliced, so you get a soup with either crunchy carrots, or soggy/gross squash. I added cauliflower and leeks also.
    Thanks again

  41. I made this soup last night it is soooooooooo good I made it exactly like the recipe except I used turnip instead of yellow squash. I am going to do a week of soup and protein shakes and then a week of whole foods and back to a week of soup and so on just to really get my weight loss going thank you so much for such a great recipe!!!

    • That is a really great idea! I may do the same. Are you going to eat the soup for lunch & dinner? Or just dinner?

  42. All I can say is WOW you have alot of patience I don’t cook often but boy I can’t wait to try this sooup will get all ingredients and give it a try!!! Thank you soo much for posting and I will look at your light and tasty
    on here also!!!

  43. Hi, this soup sounds delicious! I am going to try with no salt added tomato paste(small can) instead of v8. Wish me luck, I definitely need a good kick start. Thanks for posting!

  44. Hi, Just found your site (from Pinterest) this looks SO delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I’m not a magic weight loss type of girl :) but wow, those veggies look tempting.

      • Hi Emily, Thanks for all the great tips and ideas for this recipe! When you freeze the soup flat, an idea for you to try is to store the freezer bags upright, or file them! You can freeze lots of meals nearly flat and ‘file’ them. :)

  45. Hi, This soup really works!!! I lost 5lbs in 5 days!! I had to get on the scales again before I could believe it. The best part is it’s delicious!!! I substituted the cabbage for spinach and used a spaghetti squash. I only had the soup for lunch and dinner not as a snack and I only got 10 bowls. (I guess my bowls were big!!!) I even cheated a bit on the last day and had 2 slices of pizza!!! I usually had a protein shake for breakfast, a healthy snack, then the soup for lunch with usually a yogurt, another healthy snack, and then again for dinner with a side. I was never hungry and I missed not having it the next day. I drank lots of water and execised for 30 minutes 6 times a week. I will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  46. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I try to be health conscious regarding diet and workout regularly, but I haven’t been getting enough veggies in my diet. I made a batch in the crock pot earlier this week and it came out perfect (Cabbage gives me some trouble so I used (frozen) broccoli and cauliflower instead). This recipe is awesome and just what I was looking for!

  47. I would like to try the soup but there are some problems: 1) I don’t like V8 or any kind of tomato juice (but I do like tomatoes), 2) I hate onions, 3) I do not like kidney beans (or any kind of beans like them, I like green beans) and 4) I never feel full after I eat soup. It doesn’t matter what kind of soup.

    • I have 3 suggestions :)
      1. You could blend tomatoes and sub them out for the V8.
      2. Feel free to leave out the onions or beans.
      3. Use the soup as a filler before eating a low fat meal to help you take in less calories and get your vegetables in. :)

  48. Erica you are a Saint with an Outstanding amount of patience!
    I’m NOT going to ask any questions cuz you’ve answered them all a bazillion times! LOL!

  49. I have suffered from low thyroid problems for many years. All of my life I have been very thin which has always stumped the doctors. They have always told me I should weigh around three hundred pounds. I always laughed it off and chalked it up to good fourtune that I didn! But now I am in my middle fifties and the weight is pileing on at break neck speed! Can this soup help even the people that have medical issues ? I am very interested in the results and will try it. Thank you for sharing something that is healthy and not trying to push those dangerous pills

  50. About 30 years or more ago, my husbands doctor put him on a diet using almost this same recipe. During the years I lost the recipe so was glad to see this, cause it was great. So full of vitamins that we all need! I never used any beans in it. No just eating soup as anyone knows will not make u lose weight, but you can get your protein by boiling chicken, grilling fish, and walking or some type of exercise. The grill fish or boiled chicken you can use as your other meals with steam veggies. And it does work, and is great for people that have heart problems. You can change the taste around by using different spices. My husband lost over 100 lbs. and once in a while I would give him a treat of banana pudding, using sugar free sugar such as splenda to make the sauce with (they didn’t have splenda back then but I use it now and cant tell the difference. Being as apples have there own content of sugar, I would bake them with the sugar substitute. I didn’t need to lose any weight but I ate the same thing he did and felt it made me healthier. By the way we changed our way of cooking food and the types of food we ate. This soup is addicting. Thank you again for the recipe. As far as sodium content you can make substitutes.

    • Thank you for this comment Pamela! Great suggestions! I am so glad to hear you like the soup. I actually made a batch yesterday :) I love it too! -Erica

  51. 54 yr. old male. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Will be making shortly and without having had it I can from my experience tell it will be very adaptable and delicious. Approximately a year and a half ago I bought a book by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Though I did not have heart disease I was concerned about being overweight and my health I as I aged. Your soup is a perfect fit with what he recommends. My father is a retired cardiologist by the way. The premise is that fat is the biggest issue in the western diet. So I followed his recommendations; no avocado, no nuts, no food with added fats, no meat, no dairy/cheese etc. If it had a face or a mother I did not eat it. I truly ate like a horse. Pancakes with no butter for breakfast, really good cereals with lots of fruit, and I love Silk Soy Milk. Lunches/supper were rice and different types of beans, great salads, veggie hot dogs (I found many that were oddly enough quite good. For many recipes I learned to puree apple sauce with the appropriate seasoning and substitute that for the fat in saute cooking and oddly enough in beans. My wife laments the very well stocked spice cabinet, but does not complain when I use it. My 20 year old son eats much of what I do. Did it work? Yes, and no… Let me explain. YES: I lost on average 5 lbs. per week for 5 weeks. I ate well, and oddly enough to allay worries about carbs, I had beer, wine, and the occasional bourbon during the whole process; lots of bread, rice, pasta, just not the added fat. You MUST READ LABELS, and RESEARCH for yourself. NO ONE CAN DO THIS FOR YOU, but support is nice! It is a lifestyle change. NO it did not work; In that one day my son said let’s go to Sonic. One cheeseburger and it was pretty much over. The real benefit is that now I tend to overall make better choices. I am swinging SLOWLY back to the regimen mentioned. Why? In one to two days following the plan, heartburn and indigestion disappeared, constipation was non-existent, weight begins to melt off, and the craving for fatty, salty, sugary (by that I mean refined simple carbs, not complex,) goes away. I am not vegan/vegetarian, but the benefits from eating that way were tremendous. Thank for the Magic Weight Loss Soup recipe!

    • Thank YOU for this comment Milton! Lots of good information there. I like how you said “if it had a face or a mother I did not eat it” haha good way of explaining that! :)

  52. Magic or not, this soup is good. Im not even dieting, but i love a good veggie soup, paired with a grilled cheese its yummy. Forget about the diet aspect of it, veggie soup is good anytime and this one is a keeper. I would take it to a pot luck.

  53. Simmering on the stove now, smells wonderful. I’m 52 years old and needing to lose at least 50, closer to 70 lbs. I will be using this soup as a quick start tool for a week and then as a filler with a sensible diet. Thanks for posting, found on facebook. Good luck to all of us!!!

  54. I make a soup, chili or stew like this every week and they are great. (Mostly from the South Beach Diet). I will try the 7 day step and see if I lose weight a little faster. When I add meat, I add lean turkey or chicken. Even my kids love it. I am a veggie lover and think that these soups are nutritious and delicious!

  55. Hi, is it a requirement that you sauté the garlic, onions, carrots, and mushrooms? I prefer to just throw everything in the crockpot to cook, but just wondering if there was a reason to sauté first? Thank you!

    • The directions say to cook in a crock pot. As everyone knows that uses a crock pot – it takes time for it to heat liquids, so I don’t think 2-3 hours on high is too much. It was also mentioned – that you could also cook this on your stove top (3-4 hours on medium heat). Choose which method you want. If the soup is cooking too fast for you, TURN THE HEAT DOWN – for crying out loud – use your common sense! And PLEASE – read all of the comments here BEFORE you ask your question that has already been asked a zillion of times!!

  56. I was allowed to be a picky eater as a child, so now as an adult I have a hard time with a lot of veggies (due to taste or texture) or even getting up the nerve to try them. Tip I’ve been using to sneak them in to my food is to mince the ones I do not like and not use the full amount, I can usually deal then. I’ll be adding in other veggies to make up for the lesser amounts of what I do not like. Making tomorrow for my husband and I to take to work all week. Will probably only use as a side soup with dinner, but can’t wait to try. Hopefully my picky taste buds will play nice

  57. After reading all of the comments ;) I do have a question that has not been addressed. Echo/Emily has posted the NI as: 57 calories, 3g protein, 11g carbs, 0g fat, and 4.5g fiber. But when I went to the page to order the new e-book, it shows a ‘sample’ page with this same recipe, but it lists the NI as: 57 calories, ’0g’ protein, ’8g’ carbs, ‘.5g’ fat and ’6g’ fiber. Can you tell me which NI are correct?

    • The one we put on the site originally had the NI calculated from a website (we put in all the information and it gave us the info)… the one in the book was hand-calculated by a nutritionist.

    • For years now, I have been using caloriecount.com’s recipe analyzer. I copied and pasted this recipe (I deleted all low-salt references, but otherwise it was exactly as written) – and this is what I came up with (using 20 servings): 156 calories, 8.4g protein, 29.1g carbs, .7g fat and 7.8g fiber, and 623mg sodium. It also says the serving size will be 306g (which equals 10.35oz (a little over 1 cup)) Totally blew me away that the NI could be so different! Can you tell me what NI analyzer program you use??

  58. Thank you for the soup recipe .i have been looking for this for a long time .can’t wait to get the stuff to make it .

  59. I make a soup that my grandson named Grandma’s magic soup. Not only did my husband lose weight, but his cholesterol came down so much, the doctor was amazed!!!! Mine has lots of beans and lots of other stuff. The magic about mine is that you are full before you can over eat.

  60. I made this soup yesterday using College Inn’s Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Broth, swapped the cabbage for Kale, used fresh green beans and high fiber V8 along with all the other ingredients. DELICOUS :)

    Going to make the smoothie today. Love this and so easy in the crockpot.

  61. Made it with slight variations as follows: Crowder Peas for Kidney Beans, File Gumbo Seasoning for Italian Seasoning, and the diced tomatoes were garlic and green pepper seasoned. To cut cooking time I parboiled the carrots, squash, and zucchini for 5 minutes and added to the saute mixture of garlic, onion, cabbage and mushrooms I already had going. In addition when I mince garlic, I add tsp. of olive oil and a tsp of salt as I mince. This keeps the garlic from stick1ing to the blade and was enough oil to forego the non-stick spray when I sauteed in my “green” non-stick skillet. Was done in 30 minutes once all ingredients combined. Delicious!

  62. UPDATE FROM FEB. 18th:
    THANK YOU for sharing this recipe. This soup is awesome!! We have been doing great. During the day, we have a protein shake for breakfast (Cellucor whey protein), the soup for lunch, and a small cup of soup as a snack (my boyfriend also eats a can of tuna during lunch). Dinner time is also soup. I always drink a lot of water anyways but I definitely made sure to stay on top of it throughout the day.

    We do the soup diet for 3 days, and then 3 normal/clean eating days. I’m 30, 5’5″ – I work out 1 hr/days 5 days a week now. My boyfriend just turned 40, he’s 6’6″ – his job is physically demanding and works out when he’s at work. We never lost our energy. We’ve both lost weight and it’s not just water. So far, I’ve lost 12 lbs and my BF has lost 20!!
    This has been a great boost to our dieting and a great plateau buster.
    (Never got tired of the soup!)
    I will update again :D

    • WOW!!!! Serioulsy WOW!!!!! That is a great idea!!! Thank you so much for coming on here and sharing your story. Great work and props to both you and your boyfriend!!!

  63. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love all the veggies. You have been so nice to reply to everyone’s questions (some over and over again…:) I didn’t see any questions and replies about adding meat to this (ok…I lied, someone commented on adding chicken I think). I am wondering about adding some browned turkey burger to this to add a little more protein. Would you have any opinion or suggestions on this? If people don’t think they will like all the cabbage, I say try it…..I think cabbage in soups adds a great flavor.

    I make an unstuffed cabbage roll that is really similar to this, but not quite the variety of veggies, and yes, meat. I am going to make your soup and do my best to drop those added pounds that have creeped back after losing a significant amount of weight a few years back. Thanks again for sharing your expertise…..:)

  64. As for this recipe; I don’t like mushrooms. Any other ideas? Also, how much do you eat and how many times a day?

  65. this made my mouth water just reading the recipe. My problem is the rest of my family is allergic to tomatoes, so unless I can think of a replacement or my girlfriends all come to visit this will not be made any time soon SAD.
    Pam

  66. Wow lady you are awesome…just so freaking patient and kind in your response to people.
    Keep doing what you are doing you are helping hundreds of folks and we appreciate it. Love your site and love the recipes. Using common sense and doing a little research and trial and error is key for this soup recipe to work with everyone as a healthy diet to lose weight. Exercise is very important for everyone regardless of whether weight loss or just getting fit. Thought everyone knew this already by now. Anyway….kudos!

  67. I made this a few weeks ago! AMAZING! I even found a low sodium V-8 juice that was Hot and Spicy! Added a great kick to it!

  68. I made this today to accommodate my tastes and allergies. I did not use V-8 as I am extremely allergic to carrots. I increased the amounts of chicken broth and used boxed organic petite cut tomatoes. Also I only used fresh vegetables: yellow squash, zucchini, turnip, English peas, black eyed peas, mushrooms, green beans and napa cabbage. I used whatever fresh, organic veggies they had at my grocery. it turned out extremely well. I think the fresh rather than canned produce was the key! Thanks for a great soup!

  69. Hello, you said to eat a cup for lunch and later a snack. Would some kind of fruit be good or could you suggest something that would work with the soup. Would you eat any popcorn the week your on it.

  70. Can I mix in a food processor the cabbage with the onions, it just tastes better, because I am having hard time to eat it :( Thank you.

  71. I found the answer to my question in the comments since someone else asked it, but I wanted to suggest: It would be very helpful if you could put the size/ounces in the recipe rather than just “2 cans of this” or “1 can of that.” The recipe looks great, making it tonight!

    • We will try to be more specific– we have the can sizes in the write-up above the recipe but we will get them down into the actual recipe asap. Thanks for the suggestion!

  72. Interesting information about soup recipe! I have never seen before like this. It is really like a magic for weight loss.

  73. Hi there-stopping in to let you know I made this last night. I have two little girls 10 and 7-they LOVED IT. I won’t have to worry about leftovers at my house :) Hubs ate it also but he said add hamburger cause we you know how guys are. I said nope…we love it as is.
    I subbed mushrooms for fresh broccoli and cauliflower and I also added two zucchini as I couldn’t find any yellow squash.
    I thank you for sharing this-I needed a pick me up and something to get my veggie intake back up.
    Even if I don’t shed a pound-I enjoyed this tremendously! :)

    • YAY!!! I am so happy you and your entire family liked it! It is always a WIN when the family can agree on something! Great substitution ideas, too. Thanks for commenting! :D

  74. wow made this tonight it was soooo good. I used spinach instead of cabbage and grande Marsala instead of the Italian seasonings. Love it!! thanks so much.

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