Marianne came across this great recipe in For Women First Magazine to help slim down this winter.  Consume this delicious soup twice a day to help lose 10 pounds!

  • 1 3/4 lbs. lean ground beef, turkey or chopped chicken
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red, yellow or green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large yellow squash, chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 bottle (46 oz.) reduced-sodium tomato or veggie cocktail juice
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pinto, garbanzo or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup each fresh cilantro and parsley leaves, chopped
  1. In a saucepot over medium-high heat, cook beef, turkey or chicken in olive oil 5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Remove from pot; drain, if desired.
  2. In same saucepot, cook onions, peppers, squash, mushrooms and garlic 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in cocktail juice, beans, tomatoes, lime juice, cumin, cayenne and cooked meat.  Add 1 cup water to thin soup, if desired.  Cover; bring soup just to a simmer.  (Do not boil.)  Reduce heat to medium-low; let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add cilantro and parsley.  Cover; let simmer 5 minutes.  Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese, if desired.  (Note: Soup can be stored in refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen.)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Makes: 10 to 12 cups (2 to 3 cups/serving)

For a vegetarian option, omit the meat and add an additional 15 oz. can of pinto, garbanzo or black beans.

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