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Golden Bell Pepper Soup

Text excerpted from EATING CLEAN, © 2016 by AMIE VALPONE. Reproduced by permission of HoughtonMifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Serves 6 to 8

Dipping your spoon into this bell pepper–sweet potato combo is like dipping into a bowl of sunshine. It’s stunning—and the perfect antidote to a gloomy winter’s day.

This soup also freezes well, so if you’re notserving a crowd, store the leftovers for a later date (or make a double batch). I like to enjoy this soup accompanied by my Massaged Kale Salad with Spicy Hazelnuts.

You will need:

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oi

l½ small onion, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1 celery stalk, diced

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 yellow, red and/or orange bell peppers, chopped

1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

3 teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram

1 recipe Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons, for garnish


Sliced avocado, for garnish;

Finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish;

Drizzle Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce, for garnish;

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of salt and blackpepper.

Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.

Add the bell peppers and cook until soft,about 6 minutes.

Add the sweet potatoes and broth.

Season with salt and black pepper, cover the pot,and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and add the marjoram.

Simmer until the vegetables are tender,about 20 minutes.

Let the soup cool slightly, and then, in batches, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.

If needed,thin the soup with water.

Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if necessary.

Return the soupto the pot to keep warm until serving.

Serve garnished with the Herbed Croutons and, if desired, the

avocado and cilantro on top and Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce on the side.

More About the Author:

As a healthy woman in her mid-twenties, Amie Valpone’s life turned upside down when she found herself nearly bedridden, suffering from a range of ailments, and utterly without a conclusive diagnosis. And then, with a complete and total detox, Amie Valpone healed herself. In her first book, EATING CLEAN, Valpone—now a Culinary Nutritionist—shares her incredible success in ridding her body of illness and reclaiming her life. EATING CLEAN is the complete guide to cleaner living, and it includes a 21-day Elimination Diet, a two-week meal plan, more than 200 sumptuous recipes and a guide to cleaning up your home environment for healthier living.

Amie Valpone shares her passion for and approach to "clean eating"by focusing on natural, whole foods and ingredients that are good for you and your body. Through The Healthy Apple, Amie provides balanced, accessible, and engaging information on the most basic components of good health.

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