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"If anything says 'spring,' surely it must be fresh peas and fragrant basil. Put them together in a soup and you have heaven – exactly what you have been longing for after a dreary winter. Ingredients
3 Tbsp / 45 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, leaves included, chopped
1 Tbsp / 15 ml dried basil leaves 1 tsp / 5 ml sea salt
Freshly ground white pepper, to taste
½ cup / 120 ml apple cider
3 cups + ⅓ cup / 800 ml fresh green peas, divided
4 cups / 960 ml low-sodium vegetable stock
1 generous handful basil, chopped
1 cup / 240 ml Yogurt Cheese (see below for recipe)      

1   In large skillet heat oil for a few minutes. Add onion and celery. Sauté until onion is soft. 2   Add dried basil, sea salt and white pepper. Cook for three minutes, stirring constantly. 3   Add apple cider and let it come to a gentle boil. Add 3 cups / 720 ml peas and stock and bring to a gentle boil again. Cook for about 15 minutes.
4   Add chopped basil. Using an immersion blender, purée the mixture until smooth.
5   Ladle into soup bowls and garnish each with a handful of fresh peas and pea sprouts (if using). Each dish may also be garnished with a dollop of Yogurt Cheese if desired.  

Yogurt Cheese
Ingredients 2 quarts / 1.9 L low-fat plain yogurt, dairy or soy based
Method 1   Place four layers of damp cheescloth in a fine mesh sieve or colander. Place the colander over a bowl. 2   Add yogurt and let it drain overnight in the refrigerator. 3   Discard the water from the bowl."

Reno, Tosca (2009-12-15). The EAT-CLEAN DIET Recharged!: Lasting FAT LOSS That's Better than Ever! (Kindle Locations 6165-6185). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Edited by: SUEWORTHY at: 5/11/2012 (11:16)

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