vetch soup anyone?!

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louvana
To me, spring cleaning of the body means lots of fruits, vegetables, juices and soups! When it comes to soups, I tend to read countless recipes, test a few, making ammendments based on personal taste and intuition, and after a few weeks of been tried and tested a few times, they officially enter Mahi’s Recipe Collection!
 
Here’s a delish Cyprus vetch soup (known to Greeks as ‘fava’ or ‘louvana’):
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Ingredients:
– 1 large onion, finely chopped
– 2 carrots, grated coarsely
– 2 medium zucchini, grated coarsely
– 1 cup vetch (fava)
– 1/2 cup fresh spinach
– 6 cups water
– 2 tbsps olive oil
– herbal salt
 
Preparation:
Add water in a pan together with all vegetables (except for the spinach) and the salt. When the water boils, turn down the heat and allow to cook for about 45 minutes- 1 hour.  When the fava is ready, put in a blender for 1-2 minutes. Return to the pan on very low heat and add the spinach- cut coarsely. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, add the olive oil and more herbal salt as needed.
 
Notes:
this soup is super healthy and nutritional- it is high in carbs (63%) and vegetable protein (20%).
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About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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