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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tomato and Vegetable Soup With Halloumi

Warm spices add exotic flair to this veggie-packed soup. You'll find halloumi, a firm cheese that holds its shape when cooked, in the cheese aisle of many supermarkets or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. Serve it atop the soup as a decadent garnish.

By Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2015
Prep time 30 minutes
Total timem 30 minutes
Portion size 4 servings

4 tsp (18 mL) olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
1 rib celery, diced
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp (5 mL) each ground cumin, ground coriander and curry powder
Pinch each cinnamon, and hot pepper flakes
1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes
2 cups (500 mL) sodium-reduced vegetable broth
1 zucchini, diced
3 cups (20 g) lightly packed baby spinach
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh cilantro, (optional)
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
4 slices (about 1/4-inch/5 mm thick) baguette
1/2 tsp (2 mL) zatar
Half pkg (250 g pkg) halloumi cheese, cut crosswise in 4 slices


In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 3-1/2 tsp of the oil over medium heat; cook carrots, celery and onion, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, curry powder, cinnamon and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, broth and 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in zucchini; cook until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in spinach, cilantro (if using) and lemon juice.

Meanwhile, arrange baguette slices on rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with za'atar. Bake in 400 F (200 C) oven until crisp and light golden, about 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, cook halloumi cheese over medium heat, turning once, until golden, about 4 minutes. Top soup with halloumi and baguette.

Nutritional Information per serving: about
cal 261 pro 11g total fat 14g sat. fat 6g 
carb 26g dietary fibre 5g sugar 12g chol 31mg 
sodium 996mg potassium 930mg   
calcium 31 iron 31 vit A 110 vit C 77 
folate 40


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