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Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo

Pozole is a hearty, spicy, satisfying Mexican soup. It is said to be a hangover cure, which I cannot confirm, but it is certainly a special occasion dish and is often served on Christmas and New Year’s. There are three varieties most commonly served: rojo, verde y blanco. Traditionally pozole is made with pork shank, trotters and shoulder, but of course, this will no longer work for us, so I have created this jackfruit vegan pozole rojo recipe just for you.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

This is an adaptation of my grandmother’s famous recipe. Every Christmas for as long as I can remember my grandmother would make two of the biggest pots of pozole and menudo I have ever seen. The adults would salivate over it, talk about how good it was going to be, and would go over to the kitchen and stir the pots to see how much longer it would be until they finally had their pozole. One year I decided I was going to see what the big deal was, and I waited until the kitchen was empty. Then I went over to the pot and grabbed the ginormous ladle. I gave the whole thing a stir and almost fainted and threw up all over myself at the same time! (I must have been about 8 yrs. old.) When I stirred the pot a couple of pork trotters rose up to surface and I swear I saw a pig snout, but I might of imagined that. After that, it took me years to give pozole a try, but I eventually became one of those salivating adults waiting for the pozole to be done each Christmas.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

Now that I no longer eat meat it was only natural that I made a vegan version of this dish. Originally, I was going to make this with mushrooms instead of jackfruit, since I know jackfruit is not easily accesible to many. However, when I went to the grocery store I discovered that here in Hawaii button mushrooms are $8.00 a pound! I quickly decided instead to pay about $5 for two cans of green jackfruit. I am so happy with the result and I know you will be too. It is just as I remember it, so deeply satisfying.

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

The Recipe: Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo

I have used canned hominy to speed things up, but if you have access to dried hominy you can use that instead. (Dried hominy takes about 2 hours to cook.) Pozole is all about the toppings. Serve with dried oregano, diced white onion, lime wedges, sliced radishes, and shredded cabbage. My grandma used to serve a salsa macha on the side as well for the ones who wanted more heat. Here is a recipe from Mexico in my Kitchen that is very similar to my grandma’s, only she used chile piquín instead of árbol. Enjoy!

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays

This jackfruit vegan pozole is a hearty, spicy, and satisfying soup. It is an adaptation of my grandmother's recipe, perfect for the holidays
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Jackfruit Vegan Pozole Rojo

Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 can (29 oz.) White hominy, drained, rinsed
  • 3 quarts Vegetable Stock
  • 5 Chile guajillo, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 2 Chile ancho, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 5 Chile de árbol, dried, stemmed and seeded
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • ½ Onion, white
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil (optional)
  • 2 cans (20oz./ea) Young green jackfruit brine, drained
  • 1 Zucchini, medium, cut into dice

Toppings

  • 1 White onion, small, minced
  • 6 Red radishes, sliced into batons
  • 2 tbsp. Oregano, dried
  • ½ Green cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
  • 4 Limes cut into quarters
  • 1 bag Corn chips or tostadas

Preparation

  1. In a large pot, combine the vegetable stock and hominy and bring to a LOW simmer.

  2. While the hominy is simmering, remove stems and seeds from the chile ancho, arbol, and guajillo. Rinse and place in a medium pot with water.
  3. Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min.
  4. Drain chiles, but reserve 1 ½ cups of the chile water. Place chiles, garlic and onion in the blender, add the chile water and blend until smooth. Strain.
  5. To prepare the jackfruit, drain the jackfruit, rinse, and pat with paper towels. Cut out the core of the jackfruit (tip of the triangle pieces), and cut pieces in half. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan set to medium heat. Add the jackfruit and cook for 3 -4 minutes on each side or until it begins to brown. Pour the chile sauce over the jackfruit and reduce heat to low-medium. Simmer for 10 minutes or until jackfruit begins to break down and the sauce has thickened slightly. Use a fork to shred the jackfruit as it cooks down. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Your hominy should still be simmering very slowly. Scoop out one cup of the hominy-vegetable stock mixture and blend until smooth. Pour this back into the pot with the hominy

  7. Raise heat to medium-low, and add the zucchini and shredded jackfruit with sauce. Let simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

  8. Serve your pozole with all of the toppings on the side.

Chef's Notes

If you don’t have access to jackfruit you can use 2lbs. of mixed mushrooms or soy curls instead. You can substitute the zucchini with chayote with excellent results. If you like your pozole really spicy serve it with this salsa macha from Mexico in my Kitchen

 

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Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

I didn’t think it was possible, but it is. You can make vegan Mexican meatball soup! I happened upon an instagram account @vegan_mexican and they kept posting pictures of vegan Mexican meatball soup. I almost lost it right there and then. My grandma used to make this soup for me growing up and I have very fond memories of this. So naturally I contacted the account to see if they wanted to share the recipe with you and they said yes! Here is a small interview with the author of the recipe and instagram account, Brianna García.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

1.  Tell us more about yourself where you are from, and how you became vegan. 

My name is Brianna García and I’m from California. I reside in the Los Angeles/ Anaheim area. I became vegan after becoming interested in organic/natural living and knew that veganism was for me. I had previously gone vegetarian in my teens and had always wished I was vegetarian again didn’t think it was possible to go vegan until I made the plunge and I’ll never look back! I also love the animal and environmental friendly impact veganism has.

2.  What do you think is your biggest challenge as a vegan?

The biggest challenge I would say is convenience. It’s not difficult being vegan. There’s so many vegan options. I just wish there was vegan restaurants and vegan grocery stores on every corner like there is with a McDonalds.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

3.  The recipe is your moms. Is your mom vegan? How about the rest of your family?

The non vegan recipe is my mothers. I asked her to show me how she made albondigas so that I could do my vegan take on it. I wanted it to be authentic as possible, but vegan. She isn’t vegan. However, I have helped her implement a lot more vegan/organic things into her diet. Nobody but my partner is vegan.

4.  What are some of your favorite go to vegan recipes?

My favorite go to vegan recipes are the ones that are quick to make when I’m lazy and hungry. I seriously love vegan potato tacos, and they’re so easy to make. All I had to substitute was the cheese for a vegan one. I usually make Gardein dinners quite often too. I also used to make organic vegan fruit smoothies a lot for breakfast. It’s amazing how delicious fruit tastes with no added terrible ingredients.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

5.  Where can people find you and your recipes?

On my Instagram account at @vegan_mexican. 

Thank you Brianna for sharing your amazing recipe with us. My family really enjoyed it and it brought back sooo many memories.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Brianna did an excellent job at making this recipe very detailed, so you shouldn’t have a problem at all following along. The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg. (This is not an ad. No monetary compensation is being provided by gardein or follow your heart.) If you don’t use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking, like mine did the first time I made this soup. This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs. Enjoy!

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.
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Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Brianna Garcia

Ingredients

  • 1 Tomato, medium
  • 1/4 White or yellow onion
  • 2 Carrots, regular size
  • 1-2 Celery stalks
  • 2-3 Caloro yellow peppers
  • 3 Potatoes, small, cut into quarters
  • 1 Mexican zucchini, small
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 6-8 Mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. Avocado oil, Any cooking oil is fine
  • 1 package Gardein ground beef crumbles, defrosted (see note)
  • 1 package Follow Your Heart vegan egg package (You need about "2 eggs")
  • 1/3 cup White rice, long grain, raw
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt (garlic powder & salt works just 1/2 tsp of each)
  • Vegan flavorings (I use 2 vegan not chicken and vegetable bouillon)

Preparation

  1. First you will need to dice the tomato and onion. Make sure they are not large pieces. You're going to sauté that with the 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large cooking pot that you will also be cooking the albondigas in.
  2. After you're done sautéing the tomato and onion, you will add water. Depending on how large the pot you're using, add water to about 1/2 or 3/4 of the pot will work. Use your best judgement. (Remember you will be adding vegetables later so make sure there is enough water for the soup.) Bring to a boil.
  3. Once it's boiling, add salt, and vegan flavorings. Two of the not chicken and two of the vegetable bouillon cubes. (Depending on if you get the low sodium, you will need to add a lot more salt for flavor and taste until it's to your liking). Pepper is optional to add for flavor.

  4. Next comes the making of the albóndiga. I recommend only Gardein ground beef. As it doesn't crumble as easily. Make sure you defrost it beforehand so it is not frozen.
  5. Grab a bowl, and add the package of Gardein beef. Then add 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, and 1/3 of the white rice. Mix all together and add about 5-6 finely cut mint leaves into the mix. Adding the vegan egg last is easier as it can become messy.
  6. You will need to make about 2 vegan eggs, and when mixed properly add it to the ground beef mixture. Make sure it's eggy enough to form an albóndiga that stays in shape. Mix all together and form the albóndigas (Meatballs).
  7. One bag of the gardein beef will make about 6 very large albondigas, or even 10 small albondigas. However small or large you shape them, that number can drastically change.

  8. As soon as the vegan flavorings, salt, and or pepper have been added and mixed in well and it's been boiling, add the albondigas.
  9. It's crucial that once you've added in the albondigas to make sure that when you stir it around you're not making very much contact with the albondigas as you don't want them to fall apart but to keep their shape. Cook for 15 minutes or so.
  10. Meanwhile chop up carrots, celery, and the calabaza. Do quarter cuts for the potato.
  11. Add the cut up carrots, celery, calabaza, potato and yellow peppers (do not cut). You can lower this from boiling to medium low until vegetables are cooked. Cover pot and let it thoroughly cook together for about 15 minutes then add cilantro for finishing touch and let cook for a few minutes and you should have vegan albondigas! Don't forget the warm tortillas! Or even avocado slices!

Chef's Notes

The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg.If you don't use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking

 

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Vegan Caldo Tlalpeño Recipe

It is the first week of homeschooling, I am coming down with a cold, and all I want is a caldo tlalpeño. Caldo tlalpeño is traditionally a chipotle chicken soup, with chickpeas, carrots, rice, cilantro, avocado, and cheese. For this caldo tlalpeño recipe I have created a vegan version that will keep you coming back for more.

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth

Caldo tlalpeño is one of my favorite comfort dishes. My mom, to this day, still makes a version of it whenever anyone one of us is sick. After moving to the U.S. I searched high and low for a restaurant that would serve a good caldo tlalpeño, but none of them measured up. Until finally, duh, I realized that I should just make it at home. It is super easy to make and it’s another one of those dishes that kids love.

There’s a legend behind this special dish. It is said that Mexican president Santa Ana (you know, the one that signed away 1/4 of Mexico to the U.S.,) was very hung over after 3 nights of partying and was looking for a quick remedy. He happened to be in Tlalpan, the largest borough of Mexico City. The cook gave him a chicken soup and when the president asked what the name of the soup was, she said caldo tlalpeño.

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth

Homeschooling is going well so far. There has been a bit of whining and tears, but I already expected that. It’s actually kind of nice to not have to wake up at 6am and rush out the door to drop kids off at school. On the other hand, by 3 pm mommy is desperate for some alone time. Thank goodness for naps and TV!

I want to say a special thank you to all of you that took the time to respond to my email about the recipes you would like to see on the site. Apparently all of you really like chile rellenos and miss them terribly, so I will be working on that. If there’s any other dish you guys would like to see send me an email or respond to this post. I read every single one!

Caldo Tlalpeño Recipe

Instead of chicken I have used vegetable stock, and added potatoes and zucchini. To serve, garnish with avocado slices and a splash of lime juice. You can add baked tofu cubes to it for a more protein packed meal.

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Vegan Caldo Tlalpeño Recipe

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs Cilantro, fresh
  • 1/4 cup Rice, long grain
  • 1 cup Potatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 ea. Chipotle chile, adobo, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 Lime, cut onto quarters

Preparation

  1. Pour vegetable stock, crushed garlic, and cilantro sprigs in a large pot and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add rice and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes and simmer for 4 minutes.
  4. Add carrots and simmer for 4 minutes.
  5. Add chipotle in adobo and zucchini and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve with avocado cubes and lime wedges.

Chef's Notes

Instead of chicken I have used vegetable stock, and added potatoes and zucchini. To serve, garnish with avocado slices and a splash of lime juice. You can add baked tofu cubes to it for a more protein packed meal.

 

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Roasted Chile Poblano Soup – Vegan

Today I want to introduce you to a very talented cook, blogger and restauranteur, Douglas Cullen from the blog Mexican Food Journal. Douglas and I met through Food Blogger Pro community and when the opportunity came up for a collaboration I was more than thrilled. Anything to support and promote Mexican food. Douglas has lived in Mexico for over 20 years, and he is the former owner of a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende. His blog Mexican Food Journal aims to teach you and inspire you to cook Mexican food. He is sharing with us a vegan recipe for roasted chile poblano soup or crema de chile poblano.

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are the large fresh chiles that are deep green in color which are available in almost every supermarket. If you have ever eaten chiles rellenos then you have tried poblano chile and if you have never cooked with poblano chiles give this recipe a try. You will love it. Poblanos have a deep flavor but don’t overpower you with chile heat. In Mexico, they are considered a very mild chile but I consider them moderately hot. Typically, roasted chile poblano soup is prepared with heavy cream to give it body and richness but in the recipe it’s the potato that gives it body and richness.

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green

The Recipe: Roasted Chile Poblano Soup

The roasting of the poblano pepper can be done over an open flame or under your oven broiler. The secret is after they are roasted place them in a plastic bag or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for a couple of minutes to let the steam loosen the skin. Garnish the soup with fried tortillas strips and a couple spoonfuls of corn. Provecho!

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green

Here is a vegan variation on crema de poblano, roasted chile poblano soup served throughout Mexico. Poblano chiles are large, and deep green
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Roasted Chile Poblano Soup - Vegan

Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Douglas Cullen

Ingredients

  • 3 Poblano chiles, medium size, about 4 to 5 inches long
  • 1 Waxy potato, medium
  • ½ White onion, medium
  • 1 (12 oz) can White corn
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Epazote, Mexican herb
  • 6 Corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 6 cups Water

Preparation

  1. Chop the poblano chile, potato and onion
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a pot to medium heat
  3. To the pot add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion starts to turn translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir frequently
  4. Add the potato and continue cooking for another 5 minutes
  5. Add the chiles and ½ of the white corn
  6. Add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes
  7. In 2 batches, blend the soup until very smooth (about 2 minutes per batch)
  8. Return the soup to the pot and simmer for 20 more minutes
  9. If the soup is too thick, add the remaining cup of water a little bit at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Preparation - Tortilla Strips

  1. Cut the corn tortillas in half and then slice into ¼ inch wide strips
  2. Preheat ¼ inch of cooking oil in a frying pan to medium hot
  3. Tip: To check to see if the oil is ready, drop 1 tortilla strip into the oil. If the oil starts to bubble the oil is ready
  4. Place the tortilla strips into the hot oil
  5. Every 30 seconds stir the tortilla strips so that they cook evenly
  6. When the tortilla strips have turned Golden Brown they are done
  7. Drain the tortilla strips on paper towels

Serving

  1. Divide the soup into 4 -6 bowls
  2. Heat the reserved corn in the microwave for 45 seconds
  3. Garnish the soup with tortilla strips and 2 spoonfuls of corn

Chef's Notes

It is important to use white corn for this recipe. Yellow sweet corn changes the taste.
This version packs a little heat but the recipe is very flexible. If you prefer a milder soup substitute 1 white potato for 2 poblano chiles.

 

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Sopa de Fideo – Vegan

I know a lot of you are getting hit by colder weather, so I wanted to share this recipe for sopa de fideo (Mexican noodle soup). This is a true classic of Mexican home cooking, and a favorite with the kiddos. It brings back so many memories and just the smell is comforting to me. I know anyone who was raised by a Mexican mamá can agree to this.

My body is screaming for more than two hours of sleep in a row. Baby girl has been sick and especially needy these past few weeks and I’m quickly losing my sanity. I really need to sleep. I take comfort in knowing that she will eventually go back to sleeping on a schedule soon. Hang in there first time moms!

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Vegan Red Lentil Dahl

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen. It is the perfect combination of sour, sweet, and salty. It is one of those dishes that bring true comfort.

We are already half way through lent and I haven’t told you guys that the hubby and I decided to do the plant-based diet thing again. Just to recap, we’ve given up all animal products for 40 days. Not having cheese in my life has been hard, but manageable. Seriously though, this time around it has been much easier. The challenge, however, remains the same. Coming up with a variety of dished has been difficult, especially when you don’t have items like bacon, cheese, or eggs in your fridge.

 

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.

There are some great blogs and books out there with many, many recipes. I don’t know if it’s just me, but they all seem to be very similar. How many versions of veggie burgers can you make? They all seem to revolve around the same recipes, lentil loaf, quinoa (lots of quinoa), chili, marinated tofu, and of course some dish involving chickpeas. If you have any vegan or plant-based blogs to suggest I’m all ears. Instead we’ve been eating a lot of Korean, Indian, Thai or Chinese food.

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.

I’m planning on doing some research on cuisines around the world that were once plant heavy or remain so. Hopefully then I’ll be able to come up with recipes that are not poor versions of meat dishes, and let the vegetables and grains be the centerpiece. We’ll see how it goes.

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.

The Recipe: Vegan Red Lentil Dahl

This recipe for lentil dahl is one of my favorites. You can serve it with basmati rice, a salad, and some kind of flatbread.

This recipe for vegan red lentil dahl has been adapted from an amazing book by Rebecca Katz called The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.
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Vegan Red Lentil Dahl

Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 3/4 tsp. Cumin, seeds
  • 1/2 Onion, yellow, diced small .
  • 1/2 tbsp. Ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp. Cumin, ground
  • 1/2 can (7 oz.) Diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup Red lentils, rinsed well
  • 1/2 Cinnamon, stick
  • 1 tsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • Mint or Cilantro finely chopped 1/

Preparation

  1. Set a large pot to medium heat and add oil. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and saute until they begin to pop, then quickly add onion, ginger, turmeric, ground cumin, and a pinch of salt. Saute until onion begins to soften, about 3 min.
  2. Add the tomatoes and saute for 2 more minutes. Pour in ½ cup of broth and reduce by half.
  3. Add the red lentils and stir, then add remaining broth, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boíl, then turn heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 30 min. or until tender.
  4. Add salt and let simmer for another 5 min. Remove the cinnamon stick and pour in lime juice.
  5. In a blender, puree the soup until very smooth. Adjust consistency according to preference with more broth.
  6. Return soup to pot and reheat. Serve with chopped cilantro.

Chef's Notes

To leave this soup a bit chunky, using a hand held blender, pulse several times to puree the soup slightly.

Recipe adapted from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz