How to Make Sacred Heart Diet Soup

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The Sacred Heart Diet is a very strict seven-day diet that consists mostly of a vegetable soup, along with some fruits and vegetables. (See the link in Resources below for a full outline of the Sacred Heart Diet.) There are claims that the diet originated at Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital in Maryland as a way to help cardiac patients lose weight quickly, but this is a myth: Neither Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital nor the American Heart Association endorse the Sacred Heart Diet. The Sacred Heart Diet soup is a vegetable soup with a beef-broth base. It's low in calories and high in nutrition. While the Sacred Heart Diet is not recommended by medical professionals, making the soup part of a broader low-fat, balanced diet can help you manage your weight.

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Chop celery, string beans, bell peppers, carrots and green onions.

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Heat vegetable oil in a large soup pot. Saute the celery, green onions and carrots until they begin to soften.

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Add the string beans to the pot, and saute the mixture until it browns. Add stewed tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

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Fill the pot with cold water (or beef broth) until it amply covers the vegetables, about eight quarts. Bring to a boil, then simmer.

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Throw in a beef bouillon cube if you filled the pot with water. Add a package of instant chicken-soup mix, like an envelope of Lipton's, for example. Let the soup simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add freshly chopped parsley before serving.