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Soup of the Week: Oven-Roasted Vegetable Soup

Here’s a rustic and richly flavored soup that makes the most of oven-roasted vegetables. I came up with it one evening when I tossed whatever vegetables I had into a big roasting pan and seasoned them with simple dried spices and balsamic vinegar. When they came out of the oven, caramelized and saturated with flavor, I partially blended them into this easy soup.

Tips/Variations 

Garnish possibilities:
Dress up your soup with fresh aromatic fennel greens, crumbled feta, or dollops of creamy goat cheese.

Vary the veggies and seasonings:
Swap yam for potato, broccoli for cauliflower, carrot for parsnip, or celeriac for celery. Instead of tarragon, you can also season with thyme, rosemary, or Italian seasoning.

Juice of the Week: Citrus Sunrise

This recipe was my younger daughter’s solution to sour grapefruit, and it’s become a regular breakfast favorite in our home. Since it strengthens your tissues, arteries, gums, and teeth, this juice is especially helpful for maintaining oral hygiene.

Benefits:

This refreshing combination cools and replenishes fluids in the body, making it an ideal drink after your morning workout. It also helps relieve arthritis, acne, and varicose veins. Citrus fruits give a boost to your immune system and help relieve coughs and sore throats. Persimmons help treat gingivitis and canker sores.

Soup of the Week: Jade Curry

Spicy and flavorful, this versatile soup can be made with different vegetables, depending on what’s available. I originally made it with green papaya, which grows right in our backyard in Hawaii. When I venture into colder climates, however, green papaya is not always a common find, so I’ll use potato or even Jerusalem artichoke instead. Enzyme-rich green papaya is simply unripe regular papaya. It has a mild and pleasant peppery flavor. If you find it in Chinatown, give it a try.

Juice of the Week: Evening Calm

In every culture, people like to end a hectic day with a soothing drink. Here’s one that actually works and is good for you too. Mellow and delicious, this cooling juice helps calm your nervous system and curb your appetite.

Benefits

Naturally relaxing because of their color, green drinks are especially nice in the evening. This magnesium-rich potion calms your nerves and helps alleviate headaches and nausea. It also possesses silicon, sulfur, and potassium, which help slow the aging process. Silicon is necessary for calcium metabolism and helps strengthen arteries, joints, and connective tissues.

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