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But how to start? you ask. I happen to be an accomplished soup cook, and I am happy to share some of my foolproof, idiot-proof, low-fat, high-fiber, easy-to-prepare recipes. Please feel free to experiment. If you know you don’t like garlic, leave it out and add some other seasoning. These recipes are not etched in stone; they are scrawled on a blackboard. They are offered as inspiration. If you do follow them, you’ll find yourself with a pot of delicious soup that can be eaten at the moment, kept for many days or frozen for future use. They are healthy, can be kosher and are mostly vegetarian, except for the alleged chicken in the broth.

The Thick of It Pea Soup
Whole bag of green split peas
Whole bag of yellow split peas
Bunch of flat leaf parsley
2 onions, peeled
4 carrots, peeled
3 quarts low-fat chicken broth
1 peeled sweet potato cut into chunks
3 teaspoons curry
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Put all ingredients in a huge pot, bring to a boil and let simmer until peas are soft, about 1½ hours. Then blend with an electric mixing stick and serve. It is physically impossible to still feel cold after eating a bowl of this soup.

Gimme a Minute Stracciatella Soup
Whole bag spinach, washed
2 quarts low-fat chicken broth
Fresh parsley or coriander
3 cloves minced garlic
1 lemon
1 egg
Salt and pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat chicken broth. Add chopped parsley and minced garlic; squeeze in lemon. Add spinach and cook until wilted, a minute or two. Stir in a beaten egg. Sprinkle with cheese. Done!

World Peace Lentil Soup
Bag of green lentils
2 quarts low-fat chicken broth
2 onions, diced
3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
Bunch cilantro, diced
1 can whole tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 red peppers, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the minced garlic until translucent. Add onion, celery, carrots, peppers and spices and sauté. Add chicken broth and, after rinsing lentils, add them as well. Add the tomatoes and spices and cook for about 40 minutes.
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