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Harira is the traditional lemony soup used to break the Muslim fast of Ramadan. It's good for quieting hunger pangs anytime.

2 onions, chopped
3 stalks celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
6 cups bouillon
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch cayenne, or to taste
1 potato, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 28-ounce can tomatoes, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 cup curly vermicelli or chinese noodles, crumbled
1 16-ounce can chick peas (or two cups cooked chickpeas)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring the onions, celery, bell pepper and 1/2 cup of the bouillon to a boil in a large pot. Simmer about 10 minutes to soften the vegetables. Add the remaining bouillon, spices, potato, carrots and tomatoes, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in zucchini, noodles, chick peas and lemon juice and cook 5 minutes. Serve garnished with the chopped parsley, mint and ground pepper to taste.

6-8 servings

June 7th, 2013
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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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