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September is Fruit & Veggies More Matters Month!

September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month. The folks behind www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org will be posting a new fruit or vegetable each week. This month strives to stress the importance of eating more vegetables and fruits. When we eat more veggies and fruits, our overall health and wellbeing is likely to be improved.

Red chili peppers have a bounty of health benefits.  Many individuals fail to take advantage of how delicious and nutritious red chili peppers are.  Despite popular belief, red chili peppers have more Vitamin C than an orange.

Many folks may not realize that red chili pepper soup can be a cold remedy.  They may have the ability to alleviate cold symptoms and to clear out our sinuses.  Here is a recipe that might accomplish just that.

  • 1 1/2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken or vegetable broth $
  • 1 onion (1/2 lb.), chopped $
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground dried New Mexico or California chilies, or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled $
  • 1/2 pound thin-skinned potatoes, scrubbed $
  • 1/2 pound green beans, ends trimmed $
  • About 1/3 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese $
  • About 1/2 cup nonfat or reduced-fat sour cream $
  • Crisp corn tortilla strips
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. In a 4- to 5-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine 1/4 cup broth, onion, and garlic. Cover and stir occasionally until onion is limp, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. 2. Add chili, cumin, and oregano; stir about 30 seconds. Add remaining broth, cover, and bring to boiling over high heat.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cut carrots diagonally into about 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut beans into 2-inch lengths.
  4. 4. Add carrots and potatoes to pan; cover. When boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. 5. Turn heat to high, uncover, add beans, and when boiling, reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until vegetables are tender to bite, 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. 6. Ladle into bowls. Add cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, salt, and pepper to taste.

 

Be sure to take Fruit & Veggies More Matters Month seriously and add more fruits and veggies to your daily diet. To catch up on the latest from The Maria Sanchez Show, download the latest podcast today!

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