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Beet Soup With Lemon Juice & Parsley

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How to Make Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: SOUP, JUICE, BOILED
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c
1/4 c
1 tbsp
2 c
1/2 tsp
1/2 whole
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Dice beets and celery and add them to a large pot. Add salt and lemon juice. Add water until vegetables are submerged and bring to a boil. In a separate pan, sautee cumin seeds in oil and add to the soup, cooking until beets are soft. Chop fresh parsely and garnish over the top.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Beets, grapefruit and dandelion are the three spring cleanse foods. Beets thin and support the flow of bile which decongests the liver. Beets also support the blood and have a laxative cleansing effect. Lemon juice is a powerful cholagogue that also flushes bile and empties the gall bladder. Parsley is a digestive and diuretic.

WHAT IS BEET SOUP WITH LEMON JUICE & PARSLEY?

Simple, but with a Mediterranean flare.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

STRONG AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley
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Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Skin Tonic

SKIN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens and nourishes skin, improving tone, color, moisture and complexion.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Opthalmic

OPTHALMIC

Benefits the eyes, vision tonic.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Irritates Kidney

IRRITATES-KIDNEY

Tight, sharp pain just below ribs in the back.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Constituents:
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Folate,
Betaine

BETAINE

Used to reduce homocysteine in the blood, which supports proper liver function and prevents fatigue and blood clots. Improves muscle stamina and weight loss.

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, Potassium,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Soluble Fiber, Vitamin K,
Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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, Manganese,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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, Beta Carotene, Carbohydrate

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Beets

Beets has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Irritates-kidney, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Stool-softener, Alterative, General-laxative, Livotonic, Opthalmic, Skin-tonic, Warms-abdomen

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Warms-abdomen, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Decongestant, General-laxative, Stool-softener, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Cholagogue, Digestive, Relaxes-eyes

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Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Livotonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Skin-tonic, Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Carrot

Carrot has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Skin-tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, Livotonic, Blood-tonic, General-laxative, Opthalmic

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, General-laxative, Livotonic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Diuretic, Irritates-kidney

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diuretic

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Muscle-relaxant, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Beet Soup with Lemon Juice & Parsley

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Skin-tonic, Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Stool-softener, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic, Relaxes-eyes

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Blood-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding

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Belly breathing

Belly breathing has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stool-softener, Blood-tonic

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Opthalmic, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Digestive, Diuretic, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Muscle-relaxant, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-abdomen

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Triphala

Triphala has these Actions in Common

Stool-softener, Alterative, Digestive, Diuretic, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Opthalmic, Skin-tonic

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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While beets, lemon, and parsley soup may be perfect for a Kapha imbalance, your taste buds will naturally reject this combination during early winter. I would suggest trying the recipe again mid March and see if you notice a difference.
I love this soup. the great thing about Ayurveda is that it shows you how to combine ingredients together intuitively, and create a new result you might not have thought of..
- Larissa Demalteris, Golden, CO , 11-10-12 (Reply)
It's mid-March and this was perfect! I did a google search for beet and lemon soup and this came up. I added some parsley into the soup and some on top. My husband and I didn't enjoy the fresh parsley on top as much as cooked into the soup. Thanks!
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