If you’ve heard me say the word diet, it’s only because it’s in the title. This has become my favorite twist on chicken soup without the noodles. I do tend to add an extra jalapeno and use chicken/vegetable bouillon cubes to make the broth in a reduced amount.

Here is the original recipe for the chicken soup. You can just google “chicken soup diet” if you’re interested in the breakfast choices too.

 Ingredients:

 2 Tbs. oil, best if you use olive oil
 4 parsnips cut into 1/2 inch pieces (this is about 1 lb. of parsnips)
 4 ribs celery sliced
 1 turnip cut into 1/2 inch pieces (3/4 of a pound)
 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
 1 Tbs. chopped garlic
 2 tsp. salt
 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
 16 cups reduced fat, low sodium, chicken broth
 7 cans (5 oz. each) of chicken, or 5 cups (1 1/2 lbs) fresh chicken (cooked)
 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen carrots
 1 box (10 oz.) frozen broccoli florets
 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped collard greens
 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped onions
 1/4 cup lemon juice
 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or 1 tbs dried dill.
 Cooking Instructions:

 Using a large pot, heat the oil over a medium head. Add the parsnips, celery, turnip, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook all the vegetables until the are crisp-tender…this should take about 15 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, carrots, broccoli, collard greens, onions, lemon juice and dill. Brink it to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

This will make 26 cups of soup.

If you’ve heard me say the word diet, it’s only because it’s in the title. This has become my favorite twist on chicken soup without the noodles. I do tend to add an extra jalapeno and use chicken/vegetable bouillon cubes to make the broth in a reduced amount. Here is the original recipe for the chicken soup. You can just google “chicken soup diet” if you’re interested in the breakfast choices too. Ingredients: 2 Tbs. oil, best if you use olive oil 4 parsnips cut into 1/2 inch pieces (this is about 1 lb. of parsnips) 4 ribs celery sliced 1 turnip cut into 1/2 inch pieces (3/4 of a pound) 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 1 Tbs. chopped garlic 2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 16 cups reduced fat, low sodium, chicken broth 7 cans (5 oz. each) of chicken, or 5 cups (1 1/2 lbs) fresh chicken (cooked) 1 bag (16 oz.) frozen carrots 1 box (10 oz.) frozen broccoli florets 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped collard greens 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped onions 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or 1 tbs dried dill. Cooking Instructions: Using a large pot, heat the oil over a medium head. Add the parsnips, celery, turnip, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook all the vegetables until the are crisp-tender…this should take about 15 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, carrots, broccoli, collard greens, onions, lemon juice and dill. Brink it to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. This will make 26 cups of soup.

Essential oils for cold and flu. Even though my doctor advises it because I’m asthmatic, I’ve never had a flu shot. I use to have a hard time when I had a cold. However, now if I experience any asthma-related problems, it’s generally triggered by allergens.  Although not included in this list, I would add lavender. A few years ago, I began using lavender drops on fragrance rocks because my ex was a severe asthmatic and telling him to use it was just not working. I can say his trips to the hospital decreased and any problems I had became almost nonexistent.  #naturalremedies #flushots #commoncoldcures #essentialoils #loveyousomeyou #healthyhabits #allsmileznotearz

Essential oils for cold and flu. Even though my doctor advises it because I’m asthmatic, I’ve never had a flu shot. I use to have a hard time when I had a cold. However, now if I experience any asthma-related problems, it’s generally triggered by allergens. Although not included in this list, I would add lavender. A few years ago, I began using lavender drops on fragrance rocks because my ex was a severe asthmatic and telling him to use it was just not working. I can say his trips to the hospital decreased and any problems I had became almost nonexistent. #naturalremedies #flushots #commoncoldcures #essentialoils #loveyousomeyou #healthyhabits #allsmileznotearz

Don’t be so good to others that you forget to be good to yourself….good night Beautiful. 

#loveyousomeyou #lovingmyjourney  #shapingmydestiny #keepshining #keeprising 
#keeploving #positiveenergy #positivethoughts #positivevibrations #allsmileznotearz

Don’t be so good to others that you forget to be good to yourself….good night Beautiful. #loveyousomeyou #lovingmyjourney #shapingmydestiny #keepshining #keeprising #keeploving #positiveenergy #positivethoughts #positivevibrations #allsmileznotearz

Soon after news of Thomas Eric Duncan’s (R.I.P.) positive test result for Ebola, Carolyn Woahloe, a Registered Nurse who lives and works in Dallas experienced being taunted with: “Go back to Liberia.”.
Yesterday in Boston, a sick Haitian woman riding the train was misidentified by a 911 caller as a “Liberian woman with Ebola”, resulting in the MBTA temporarily shutting down nearby stations.

#IamaLiberianNotaVirus is a social media campaign started by four women in order to educate the public and end the stigma of Ebola. The campaign features a powerful video by Shoana Clarke Solomon, a Liberian photographer, TV host, and mentor.

Soon after news of Thomas Eric Duncan’s (R.I.P.) positive test result for Ebola, Carolyn Woahloe, a Registered Nurse who lives and works in Dallas experienced being taunted with: “Go back to Liberia.”.
Yesterday in Boston, a sick Haitian woman riding the train was misidentified by a 911 caller as a “Liberian woman with Ebola”, resulting in the MBTA temporarily shutting down nearby stations.

#IamaLiberianNotaVirus is a social media campaign started by four women in order to educate the public and end the stigma of Ebola. The campaign features a powerful video by Shoana Clarke Solomon, a Liberian photographer, TV host, and mentor.

As the media continues its 24/7 coverage of the “Ebola crisis”, the complaints of possibly running out of chocolate, and a reporter noting how beautiful a person the nurse that was traveling and is now recovering is……here’s something to consider #thomasduncan #wendellpierce #xenophobia #nojokesplease  #allsmileznotearz

As the media continues its 24/7 coverage of the “Ebola crisis”, the complaints of possibly running out of chocolate, and a reporter noting how beautiful a person the nurse that was traveling and is now recovering is……here’s something to consider #thomasduncan #wendellpierce #xenophobia #nojokesplease #allsmileznotearz

Viola Davis #blackwomen #powerfulwomen #beautifulwomen #allsmileznotearz

Viola Davis #blackwomen #powerfulwomen #beautifulwomen #allsmileznotearz

Saw the quote on top and went on a hunt to finally stumble upon Te` V. Smith’s book, Here We Are, Reflections of A God Gone Mad.  Checked out his tumblr. Ordering the book #tevsmith poetry #prose

Saw the quote on top and went on a hunt to finally stumble upon Te` V. Smith’s book, Here We Are, Reflections of A God Gone Mad. Checked out his tumblr. Ordering the book #tevsmith poetry #prose

Something to consider…. #doyourownthinking #allsmileznotearz

Something to consider…. #doyourownthinking #allsmileznotearz

Something to consider… #doyourownthinking #allsmileznotearz

Something to consider… #doyourownthinking #allsmileznotearz

GM Beautiful….are you ready to get ya shine on today?? Sending you positive vibes for the power you need to keep pushing! No matter what others might say, know that you got this!!  #goodmorningbeautiful #gratitude #youhavethepower #destiny #keepshining #keeprising #keeploving #positiveenergy #positivethoughts #positivevibrations #allsmileznotearz

GM Beautiful….are you ready to get ya shine on today?? Sending you positive vibes for the power you need to keep pushing! No matter what others might say, know that you got this!! #goodmorningbeautiful #gratitude #youhavethepower #destiny #keepshining #keeprising #keeploving #positiveenergy #positivethoughts #positivevibrations #allsmileznotearz