Lemon Spring Herb Bean Soup
Soup isn’t just for winter anymore! This hearty, flavorful soup features anti-inflammatory ingredients balanced with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Plenty of fresh and dried herbs and spices liven up the flavor as beans take the center stage in this dish. Blending part of the soup helps it maintain a complex texture while taking on a creaminess without added dairy. Soup makes wonderful leftovers as flavors mingle over time. It also freezes well so it is perfect for weekend batch cooking and planning ahead for busy weekends ahead. Enjoy this light, healthy soup this spring.
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. ground turmeric
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 15-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 medium-sized lemons, cut into thirds
¼ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1/8 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
1/8 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
In a large soup pot over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add celery, onion and garlic and sauté until translucent and tender, about 6 minutes. Add cumin, turmeric and cayenne and stir to combine for about 30 seconds. Add chickpeas and stir to combine. Immediately add broth, salt and pepper. Boil then reduce to a simmer, cooking for 12 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree about 1/3 of the soup pot. (If using a regular blender, ladle a ½ blender full out of the pot, puree, and then return to pot.) Divide soup among bowls, squeeze a lemon slice over each, and garnish with a combination of chopped parsley, mint or cilantro. *Note: If you don’t care for one of the fresh herb varieties, feel free to replace with dill or rosemary.
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