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Chickpeas Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe


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"During cold weather, both mind and heart call for cozy and comforting meals."

Serves 7 | Prep Time 20 mins | Cook Time 45 mins

Why I Love This Recipe

During cold weather, both mind and heart call for cozy and comforting meals. Soups or stews are a perfect compliment for the cold weather season meals. Below is an easy vegetarian recipe for a diabetic friendly, protein rich, vegan and gluten free soup. Main ingredients of this soup are chickpeas, barley and lot of vegetables. Adding Barley leads to a robust texture and flavor in the soup while providing other nutritional benefits. Chickpeas add much needed proteins and fibers to the soup making it more hearty and filling. This soup by itself also makes a perfect light and low carb one pot vegetarian meal.


Ingredients You'll Need

1/2 cup Garbanzo Beans soaked and boiled al dante
1/2 cup Barley Cooked as per package instructions al dante
1/2 lb Zucchini Julienned
4 oz Squash Juilenned
5 oz Carrots Julienned
2 cup Kale Chopped
12 oz Tomato Chopped
5 oz Celery Chopped
8 oz Onion Sliced
0.25 oz Ginger - 1 inch piece Julienned
2 tbsp Lemon juice - 1 to 2 tbs
2 tbsp Oil - 2 tbs


Directions

-Heat oil in a wide deep pan or dutch oven.
-Add bay leaves and ginger. Then let it saute for few seconds.
-Add onions, celery, tomatoes and saute until tender and mushy.
-Now add carrots, zucchini, squash and kale; one by one and saute for few minutes. Maintain the crispiness of the vegetables by not overcooking.
-Add salt and black pepper to the vegetables. Mix well.
-Now add boiled chick peas and cooked barley. Mix well with rest of the vegetables.
-Add water or stock and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Add more water/stock if consistency starts to become too thick. If using water, start with less water and add little by little to avoid making it to watery. Flavors become subdued if soup is too diluted.
-After simmering is complete add rosemary and lemon juice as the last step.
-Before serving do a taste test and adjust salt, pepper and lemon juice accordingly.

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