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TJ Miracle Soup (VRP 015)

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At first glance, it looks like it would be a copycat recipe for V-8 juice when I saw the peppers and tomatoes and realized it is a cabbage soup recipe with a snazzy name.

Upon researching the recipe for TJ Miracle Soup it appears that this is a long-time popular low-calorie weight loss soup.

Supposedly this is a “7 day cleanse” and you can lose up to 20 or more pounds once done – wow!

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TJ Miracle Soup

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TJ Miracle Soup Card Front

Front of the T-J Miracle Soup recipe card. This recipe was given to the recipe box owner by Betty Leslie.

Vintage Recipe Box 015

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Vintage Recipe Box 015

This box was purchased with another box, VRP014 – Red and White Tin Box, along with a Ziploc bag full of recipes. The seller of this box sent me the following:

I wish I had more information than this – I purchased these right outside of a small town called Monticello, Iowa. They had an estate auction and sold the house and the contents of the house. I don’t have a name or any other information. Hope this little bit helps, and that you enjoy your recipes. Thank you, Carol

VRP015 - Wood Box

I am giddy that I have been able to know more about the potential owner of this box by using the following clues:

There are recipe cards with Fred Wix the Gabby Gourmet, which aired on KUTN – Channel 2 in Salt Lake City. This helped in knowing that the owner lived in Salt Lake City, UT at some point or knew people who did who gave her the recipe cards.

I found a deposit slip with the names of Donald M. ADAMS and Mrs. Edna Mae ADAMS who lived in Salt Lake City, UT. Before the internet, we didn’t have to worry too much about drained bank accounts but I cannot believe that somebody would give the recipe box owner a recipe on the back of a deposit slip with all their banking information. With this assumption, I believe that Edna was the owner of the box.

From these two clues, I was able to use to track down Edna and her family to find even more information about the authors of these recipes!!!

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TJ Miracle Soup Recipe

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T J Miracle Soup

T-J Miracle Soup


  • 6 large onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • whole tomatoes, canned or fresh
  • 1 large head of cabbage
  • large bunch of celery
  • Dry onion soup mix or herb seasoning


  1. Cut vegetable in medium pieces add to pot.
  2. Cover with enough water to cook vegetables.
  3. Cover the pot and boil for 10 minutes
  4. Lower heat and allow to simmer until the vegetables are tender

TJ Miracle Soup

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Monday 20th of June 2022

I have a copy of the real diet. I did it in summer 1979. You have as much of that soup as you want every day. But then here is the rest of the story: "Day 1: Eat all the fruit you want except bananas. Melons recommended for more weight loss. Day 2: Eat all the vegetables you want, and you may have a baked potato with butter too. Day 3: All the fruits and vegetables as in Day 1 & 2, but no potato. Day 4: You can eat up to 8 bananas and drink up to 8 glasses of skimmed milk. Day 5: You can eat 10-12 oz of beef and 6 tomatoes. Day 6: All the beef and vegetables (no potatoes) you want. Day 7: Can eat as much brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables as you like." I just found my old copy of it, took a pic, but couldn't upload it. I went on a lot of crazy, short term diets that summer, did lose weight, and fell in love for the first time.


Thursday 10th of November 2022

@Julie, So grateful I found your comment with the correct 7 day diet I have my copy in a box somewhere in my storage. Everyone else’s version of the 7 days individual foods were incorrect. Going to be making this soup & following the diet asap

Renee Leslie

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

I most definitely remember this soup, as a teenager (yeah, I'm that old). We would add lean beef to it, on occasion, to give it extra protein and make it more palettable for us kids. It was a pretty good soup back then and I look forward to making it for my kids and grandkids now. Thanks for the recipe and the memories.

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