Forget the Cabbage Soup diet! Who wants to have endless servings of the same soup when there are so many beautiful ingredients to choose from to make a plethora of soups! Soup is a dieter’s dream. It not only fills you up without too many calories, it can help you reach your quota for intake of liquids and for vegetable servings per day.
Instead of sticking on soup such as the “Cabbage Soup” diet, there are many choices for healthy and filling and certainly tastier alternatives.
1. Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup. In America, this soup is found at Chinese restaurants all over the country and it is called “Egg Flower Soup” or “Egg Drop Soup”. In England, at most Chinese restaurants you will find a similar soup called “Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup”. This is one of my favorites and has helped me to up my water and protein intake and helped me slim away 60 pounds so far! This soup is very light but satisfying and makes a great lunch. Turning off the heat before you add the egg creates a silken texture to the “egg flowers”.
1 Cooked Chicken Breast, no skin or bones, diced
1 Egg, beaten
1.5 liters of Water or Chicken Stock
1 or 2 Chicken Stock Cubes (if using water)
½ Small can of Corn (Sweet Corn in the UK)(optional if you are on a protein diet)
1 teaspoon of corn starch mixed with a little cold water or thickening granules in the UK (optional)
Soy Sauce to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped Green Onion (Spring Onion in the UK) to garnish
In a medium pot, place the water and stock cubes or chicken stock and heat to boiling, while it’s heating, add the diced chicken, corn, soy sauce and salt and pepper. Once the mixture has began to boil, add the corn starch or thickening granules if you desire a thicker soup. When the soup has reached the desired consistency, turn off the heat. Immediately add the egg in thin strands. These may be achieved by dipping a fork into the egg and placing thin streams of egg into the soup and stirring, or let the egg run slowly through the tines of the fork to make the thin streams. The thinner, the better. Stir the soup occasionally as you add the egg. Once all the egg has been added, taste and add more soy sauce or salt and pepper as desired. Garnish with the chopped Spring Onion and serve immediately.
2. Satisfying Vegetable Soup. This soup was created on the basis of the Weight Watcher’s Zero Points soup recipe. I have added a few additional ingredients that are totally optional to make a soup that fills you up and keeps you full for longer. The hardest part of this soup is chopping all the vegetables and eating two gallons of it when you discover you’ve made too much!!
1.5 to 2 liters of Water (or stock of your choice)
2 or 3 Stock Cubes of your choice (Chicken, Vegetable, Beef etc. if you are using water)
1 large can of stewed tomatoes or if you are allergic to the seeds like I am, use tomato passata (tomato sauce in the USA) instead.
2 or 3 cloves fresh pressed Garlic
1 medium chopped Onion
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
All of the Vegetables, cubed, from this list that you like:
Corn (only use sparingly as it’s a starch)
Potato (optional, adds calories and is a starch but also turns the soup into something a bit more hearty)
You might want to add a can of beans of your liking but that is also a starch so remember if you have potato and corn you are upping the caloric content
In addition, you may add one serving of dried pasta shapes to the entire pot, but be careful of the starch content if adding other starches.
Bring water and stock cubes or stock to the boil in a large pot. While it’s heating, add all the other ingredients. You may want to add the garlic last to give it more power. Slowly simmer the soup until the vegetables are to your desired consistency. I like mine with a bit of life so don’t boil them too long. Remember, they will continue to cook for a while after you turn it off so turn it off just a tad sooner than you think you should. If you have added potato, make sure they are soft. Serve immediately. Also great reheated from chilled and frozen. If you have individual serving containers, use those to freeze some of this soup for a quick hunger banisher.