Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Soup Receipe

Cold soups are a great way to reduce heat in the summer while taking advantage of those garden goodies. For those with Pitta constitution* heat can become especially bothersome in the summer months and can easily throw you out of balance. So here is a great vegetarian summer recipe that can help keep you cool and in balance.
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Cold Cucumber Soup 

Early summer, when cucumbers are cheap and plentiful, is the best time to make this soup. It is so easy that you’ll be making it a lot on warm afternoons or when you feel you want to eat something less than a complete meal. You can make this soup ahead of time and chill it, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to use.

3 organic leeks, washed and sliced in rounds
4 cups organic vegetable stock/broth
6 organic cucumbers, peeled, sliced, and seeded
3 tablespoons minced fresh dill
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped green onion or chive
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Cook the leeks in the stock in a large soup pot for 10 minutes. Add the cucumbers.
  2. Pour small batches at a time into a blender and purée until smooth. Add the dill, lemon juice, green onions or chives, salt, and pepper. Stir once or twice.
  3. Chill covered in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  4. Pour 1-cup servings into each of 6 bowls, garnish with a dollop of plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat sour cream, and sprinkle a few capers on top.

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