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Sort of Southwestern Minestrone

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Sort of Southwestern Minestrone
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A hearty soup that isn't too heavy. A little like minestrone, but with a definite Southwestern flavor.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Sort of Southwestern Minestrone
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A hearty soup that isn't too heavy. A little like minestrone, but with a definite Southwestern flavor.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If you are using the chicken sausages, grill or broil them until they are nicely browned. When cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise then slice. Set aside.
  2. Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, jalapenos, cumin, and carrots and cook until the veggies begin to soften, 5 minutes or so.
  3. Add the corn, sausage (if using), and sun dried tomatoes and cook for a minute or two. Add the stock. Bring to a boil, add the oregano, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the rinsed and drained beans and the lime juice and simmer for 5 - 7 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls. Serve with a lime wedge if you'd like.
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Italian Quinoa Salad

Italian Quinoa Salad
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This protein rich, meatless salad can be a one dish meal for four or a side dish for 6.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Italian Quinoa Salad
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This protein rich, meatless salad can be a one dish meal for four or a side dish for 6.
Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the Cubanelle and mushrooms. cook another 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Put the cooked quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Add the roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and olives and toss to combine.
  3. Add the cooled onion mixture to the bowl and toss once again.
  4. In a small jar with a lid add all of the dressing ingredients (except salt and pepper). Close tightly and shake until the ingredients are emulsified.
  5. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
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