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Autumn Vegetable Soup

5 servings

This is a good opportunity to experiment with some of those fringe vegetables you may have been reluctant to try. Consider using slices of turnip, rutabaga, kohlrabi, parsnip or sunchoke.

  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Broth,
       or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped (about 2) leeks
  • 1 1/2 cups quartered Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large potato, chopped
  • 1 cup acorn squash, peeled, chopped
       (or butternut, pumpkin, sweet potato)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  •    fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  •    cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cups Vegetable Broth, or water
  • 1 cup (packed) chopped Swiss chard or
       collard greens
  • 1 firm, peeled and chopped large tomato
  • 1 chopped sweet red or green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream, or nonfat yogurt
  •    dry roasted sunflower seeds, for garnish
  •    fresh parsley, minced for garnish

In a dutch oven, cook the first 11 ingredients (everything through the garlic) over medium heat, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes; stirring intermittently.

Add stock or water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. Cover and let it cook slowly until everything is tender, another 15 to 20 minutes.

Add swiss chard or greens, tomato chunks, and chopped bell pepper. Simmer about 5 more minutes.

Add herbs, soy sauce, and lemon juice and contimue to simmer another 3 to 5 minutes.

Serve in bowl and stir in 1 or 2 TBS sour cream or yogurt in each bowl. Garnish each bowlful with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and parsley

Peeling Tomatoes: Cut out the stem; plop tomatoes into boiling water for about 1 minute; remove from water with a slotted spoon and immediately drop into a bowl of cold water and ice cubes (to stop the cooking process); peel should practically slide off easily with the help of a paring knife.

About leeks: Choose those with crisp, brightly colored leaves and an unblemished white portion. Avoid any with withered or yellow-spotted leaves. The smaller the leek, the more tender it will be. Refrigerate leeks in a plastic bag up to 5 days. Before using, trim rootlets and the darkest portion of the green tops (the whole leek is edible, but the darker green portions have a stronger, less pleasant flavor). Slit the leeks from top to bottom and wash thoroughly to remove all the dirt trapped between the leaf layers.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: Calories 158 - Calories from Fat 6
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 4%, Protein 11%, Carbohydrate 85%
Totals and Percent Daily Values (2000 calories): Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 1678mg, Total Carbohydrate 34g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 7028 units, Vitamin C 84 units, Calcium 0 units, Iron 3 units

Bon appetit!

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