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Lemony Quinoa Soup

Lemony Quinoa Soup

8 cups bouillon

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

pinch cayenne, or to taste

1 cup quinoa

grated rind and juice of 2 lemons

1 16-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained

Lemon slices or wedges for garnish (optional)

Chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)

Bring the bouillon, onion and celery to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Add the spices, quinoa and lemon rind and simmer 20-30 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Cut the artichoke hearts into bite-size pieces and add to the soup along with the lemon juice; simmer 5 minutes more. Serve garnished with lemon slices and mint leaves, if desired.

6-8 servings

Yellow Split Pea Soup

8 cups bouillon

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch cayenne, to taste

1 pound yellow split peas

Bring 1/2 cup of the bouillon to a boil in a large pot, stir in the onion, garlic and spices and cook together for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and cook about 11/2 hours, or until the peas are very soft. Puree with a hand blender if you wish to make it very smooth.

6-8 servings

Chunky Black Bean Soup

2 onions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced, or to taste

2 teaspoons cumin

2 cups bouillon

2 16-ounce cans black beans, undrained

1 16-ounce can tomatoes, undrained, broken up

chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Combine the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, green pepper, jalapeno, cumin and bouillon in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the beans and tomatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes more. Add more bouillon if you want a thinner soup.

6-8 servings

July 31st, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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