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Bean soup is a staple in Brazilian repertoire: because everybody eats beans in almost all meals, leftover beans are common, so the natural consequence is soup. We add pasta, such as elbow macaroni, or vegetables, such as watercress, to the soup. I am just topping the soup with some kale and parsnip chips, but you don’t want to add all of them as they get mushy very quickly. Just add a little to the soup for decoration purposes and serve the rest on the side.

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This is a recipe I posted in my other blog. I found years ago in a magazine: the flavors in this dish are wonderful, it’s fragrant and extremely aromatic. Please note, though, that for optimal results, it’s very important that you simmer it covered in very low heat for 45 minutes. For the elimination diet purposes, I am skipping the chili powder.

I served it with Chickpea, Zucchini and Quioa Pilaf (see the recipe here).

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I just wanted something to go with the Chicken Tagine. You may have noticed I am in my red quinoa phase. LOL, I go through phases with one ingredient then I forget about it for a long time. I also used some left over black lentils but these are totally optional. Garbanzos sound like a good match to quinoa, and what about something “green”… zucchini perhaps?

Since the Chicken Tagine is very rich in flavors, I wanted a dish that tasted almost “neutral”, so I decided not to add any herbs or spices, just a pinch of cinnamon. But if you are making this dish “standalone” I would recommend adding some lime, lime rind, parsley and cilantro.

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I kept thinking about what would be a good substitute for oats in granola, but I was having a hard time. Then one day I was shopping at Vitamin Cottage and I came across unsweetened banana chips: I decided to try them and it worked great! I am also trying Zante currants: they are not sweetened, they are very small and delicious, but they don’t have the tartness of the cherries or cranberries. If you prefer more tart, use the last ones.

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This soup is delicious and easy to make. I just omitted the cayenne pepper and increased the spinach amount. Store bought garam masala could be used in the tadka, however, it contains red chili or cayenne, so I recommend that you make your own spice mix. I also used light coconut milk, as I think the regular one is a little too heavy for this recipe.

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Middle Eastern cuisine is a great fit for this diet (should we still call this a diet? It’s been sooo delicious!): their main staples are grains, spices, herbs and lamb. This lentil soup is comforting and delicious. The flavors are intense and the food, fulfilling.

The only change I made to the original recipe is that I reduced the amount of olive oil to 1/3 and used carrots, parsnip and squash instead of potatoes. See the original recipe here. This recipe yields to a lot of soup. You may want to reduce the recipe to half but then you will have a problem when blending the cilantro and garlic in the food processor: you won’t have enough. I had to use some water as I didn’t want to use 1/4 cup of olive oil.

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This is a special dish for New Year’s Eve. On a normal elimination diet, one should not have too much refined grains or fried food. According to the author, this recipe is a simplified version. I used chicken broth instead of yogurt, ghee instead of butter, no eggs, no chili, no cayenne. For the chicken fry, I used 1 tablespoon of oil instead of ¼ cup.

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