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    3 Unusual Soups

    Hosting a holiday party and you want to wow your guests with something different? Try one of these three healthy soups, including ingredients such as chocolate, kefir and shiitake!

    Chocolate Portobello Soup

    4  cups coarsely chopped portobello mushrooms

    5  tbsp olive oil

    1  medium onion, finely chopped

    2  qts chicken stock

    1  oz finely grated high-quality dark chocolate (75% cacao content)

    Pepper, salt and thyme, to taste

    1. Toss the mushrooms in 3 tbsp of the oil and either sauté until soft or roast in a 400° oven for 30 minutes.
    2. Place the remaining oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until lightly browned.
    3. Place the mushrooms and onions in a blender with the chicken stock, pureé and return to the pot.
    4. Bring to just below a simmer, then add the chocolate, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and thoroughly blended.
    5. Add seasonings to taste, and serve immediately. (For a particularly pleasing appearance, garnish with a drizzle of Greek yogurt and some extra pepper.)

      Yields 4 servings

      Source: Theo Chocolate

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      Potato & Kefir Soup

      1 tbsp vegetable oil

      2 cups diced sweet onion

      2 cups diced sweet potato

      1 cup diced white potato

      4 cups reduced-fat chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

      Salt and pepper

      2 cups plain kefir

      2 tbsp chopped chives

      1. Heat the oil in a stockpot; add onion and sauté 3-4 minutes.
      2. Add sweet and white potatoes and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer 25–30 minutes.
      3. Puree soup and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in kefir and serve with a sprinkling of chives.

        Yields 6 servings 

        Source: Lifeway Foods

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        Shiitake and Wakame Soup

        8 oz firm tofu, cut into cubes*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

        1 pkg (2 oz) dried wakame

        1 clove garlic, crushed

        1/2 medium onion, chopped

        1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube

        4 shiitake mushrooms

        pinch sea salt

        3 cups water

        1. Combine ingredients in a soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil.
        2. Reduce heat until boil is reduced to a simmer; leave cover ajar. Cook until the tofu is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

          *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.You can substitute chicken thighs or prawns for the tofu, if desired; cooking time may increase as a result.

          Yields 3 servings

          Source: Ocean Veggies

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