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Vegetable and chickpea soup

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    Vegetable and chickpea soup Heart Smart Gluten Free Low Sodium

    This African- and Mediterranean-inspired soup is loaded with beta carotene (vitamin A), which is needed for healthy hair, skin and eyes. 

    Ingredients

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped
    12 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    2 tablespoons ground coriander
    1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped
    1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, roughly chopped
    1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
    1 pound carrots, roughly chopped
    2 quarts low-sodium vegetable broth
    2 15 1/2-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
    1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro
    1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
    2 cinnamon sticks

    Directions

    1. In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add cumin and coriander and cook for 1 minute. Add vegetables and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
    2. Add broth, chickpeas, cilantro, parsley and cinnamon sticks. Turn heat down to low-medium. Cover and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes.
    3. Using a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.

    Makes 10 servings

    Carb choices per serving: 4

    Vegetable and chickpea soup

    Vegetable and chickpea soup. To make this soup in the slow cooker: Follow step 1, then transfer vegetable mixture to a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Continue with step 2, cooking on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

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