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Kale & Carrot Soup With Ginger, Fennel & Lime

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"I was sceptical if this recipe as I found kale to be a bit cumbersome to eat. For my health sake, I decided to try it...."
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How to Make Kale & Carrot Soup with Ginger, Fennel & Lime

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: SOUP, BOILED
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE, ON-THE-MEND

INGREDIENTS

4 whole
1 tbsp
1 inch
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 lbs
1/4 whole

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Chop kale & carrots. Place in a pot and add water until vegetables are just covered. Boil with all ingredients until kale is soft and easy to chew. Easy to chew means easy to digest.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This soup was developed primarily to relieve acid reflux. Kale and bitters reduce stagnation in the digestive tract and clear heat. Carrot and vegetables with beta-carotene reduce Pitta. Fennel improves digestion without increasing Pitta. Fresh ginger is an anti-inflammatory that improves digestion as well. Lime reduces acidity in the stomach. Soups in general are easy to digest, an essential quality to recover from any digestive tract ailment.

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Is Kale & Carrot Soup with Ginger, Fennel & Lime Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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INCREASES
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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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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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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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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DOSHAS
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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 Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
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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 Kale & Carrot Soup with Ginger, Fennel & Lime
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult 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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Sialogogue

SIALOGOGUE

A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a lesser degree. Astringents.

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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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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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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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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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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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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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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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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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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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Galactagogue

GALACTAGOGUE

Increases production of breast milk, often by raising prolactin and diaphoresis.

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Antiarthritic

ANTIARTHRITIC

Herbs that ease arthritic pain and promote joint health.

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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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Coumarin

COUMARIN

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

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, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Soluble Fiber, Sodium,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

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

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

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

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, Beta Carotene, Carbohydrate,
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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Kale & Carrot Soup with Ginger, Fennel & Lime

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Flushes-membranes, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Antiarthritic, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Flushes-membranes, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Antiarthritic, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antiarthritic, Carminative, Galactagogue, Sialogogue, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Stomachic

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Antiarthritic, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Flushes-membranes, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Flushes-membranes, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Decongestant, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stomachic, Antiarthritic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Refreshing

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Galactagogue, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stomachic, Carminative, Diuretic, Nutritive

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Salt (Mineral Salt)

Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common

Digestive, General-laxative, Soothes-throat, Flushes-membranes, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Sialogogue, Strengthens-resolve

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Lime

Lime has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Sialogogue, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Stool-softener, Alterative, Flushes-membranes, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Kale & Carrot Soup with Ginger, Fennel & Lime

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Nutritive, Refreshing, Alterative, Sialogogue, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Stool-softener, Digestive, Tonic, General-laxative, Wakes-you-up

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, Refreshing, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates-energy, Antiarthritic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Decongestant

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Nutritive, Alterative, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Stool-softener, Cardiac-stimulant, Tonic

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Haritaki

Haritaki has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Flushes-membranes, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Sialogogue, Anti-inflammatory, Stool-softener

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)

Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Alterative, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Carminative

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

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

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant

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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, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant

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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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Dear John, Over the years, I have seen MANY ayurvedic sites online, but I must say that yours goes into great depth when analyzing food according ot the doshas. I must spend more time here . Who is / was your teacher in Ayurveda ? You must have had a very savvy computer tech person help you to put this site together. I am looking forward to studying Ayurveda in relationship to Raw Vegan nutrition, based on the reserach of Dr Gabriel Cousens via Dr Shantree Kacera. With gratitude, Gaura Das
- Gaura Das, Rawdon, QB , 02-29-12 (Reply)
Thank you! The soup is very good and so easy to make.
- Diane Walters, Mountain grove, MO , 03-02-12 (Reply)
I was skeptical because I rarely make a soup without garlic and/or onion but this was delicious!!
- Kathy, Leclaire, IA
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, 10-19-13 (Reply)
I tried this recipe with lime, I thought it was horrible and never wanted it again. I pureed the carrot with spices and lemon and it was amazing! The kale was like swimming for a life preserver in a great ocean of carrot. Complements kitchari well.
- Josh Babbish, Asheville, NC
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, 04-29-14 (Reply)
hi John is kale aggravating to vata? I use kale often in my food.
- monty, Ajax, ON , 07-07-14 (Reply)
hi John is kale aggravating to vata? I use kale often in my food.
- monty, Ajax, ON , 07-07-14 (Reply)
I tipped my bowl to my mouth to get every drop. I'm a lifelong gerd sufferer. Thanks for a tasty alternative to sitting up all night. Ate it w some simple cumin rice mixed in. Yumm.
- mary hollenstein, Bonham, TX
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, 01-10-15 (Reply)
Monty, kale is considered vata aggravating in general. Your best bet is to cook it well with digestive spices.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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- Laurie, Brooklyn, NY
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, 06-01-17 (Reply)
I LOVED this soup.
- Joy, Zurich, IL
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, 01-25-19 (Reply)
I found this recipe in my personal ayurveda cookbook from Joyful Belly. It looked too simple to be tasty, and it was. I added some great northern beans I'd cooked well and tossed in a shallot, white wine vinegar
- Erin McQuade-Wright, New orleans , LA
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, 02-20-21 (Reply)
I was sceptical if this recipe as I found kale to be a bit cumbersome to eat. For my health sake, I decided to try it. It tastes good and it seems as though the kale is digesting. I feel great. Thank you!
- Ruth Lampman
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, 08-27-21 (Reply)
Simple and tasty
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