Ingredients ⅛ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cucumbers, sliced or diced ½ red bell pepper, cored and sliced or diced 3 black pitted olives, diced 2 teaspoons pine nuts (can substitute other chopped nuts) 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced 1 cup cooked brown rice, chilled
Instructions In a small bowl, whisk together turmeric, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. In a large bowl, mix dressing with all other ingredients except for rice. Add rice and toss to combine well.
Ingredients 6 tomatoes, chopped or 4 cups canned tomatoes 6 green onions, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bay leaf ¼ tsp salt 1 cup of water 2 cups vegetable broth 1 avocado, diced Lemon wedges
Chopped chives or scallions, optional garnish
Instructions In a soup pot, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and one cup of water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add broth and simmer for 15 minutes longer. Strain through sieve or cloth. Chill thoroughly. Spoon into bowls and add avocado. Serve with lemon wedges and chives or scallions for optional garnish.
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