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Serotonin Boosting Summer Vegetable Minestrone

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Rezept für 6 Portionen

Summer Vegetable Minestrone

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200 tbsp coconut oil organic
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2 cloves garlic diced
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1 white onion small, diced
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1 leek small, sliced thin
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1 heirloom carrots large, diced
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2 stalks celery chopped
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1 ear corn organic, cut off the cobb
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¼ pound white asparagus cut into 1-inch chunks
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¼ pound artichoke hearts diced (fresh or frozen)
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¼ pound mushrooms sliced thin (your choice, I used brown buttons)
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0 1/3 cup English peas uncooked
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½ cup green beans cut into 1-inch chunks
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3 cups vegetable stock organic
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3 cups spinach (could also use kale, watercress, or collard greens)
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¼ cup fresh herbs finely chopped (rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage)
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1 cup kidney beans organic
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salt to taste
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pepper to taste

Heat the coconut oil in a 6-quart pot over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, carrots, celery, and fresh herbs and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté a few more minutes, while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Add in the corn, asparagus, artichoke, green beans, peas and mushrooms. Continue to sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, stock, and kidney beans and allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach (or greens of your choice) last and finish with a final 5 minute simmer. Remove the bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Can also be served with gluten free quinoa pasta shells.

CHEF:

Elissa Goodman

Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Los Angeles

Elissa Goodman

After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges.

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