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Figure Friendly Recipes-Part 1: Greens and Beans

The Mediterranean Diet

Rachael grew up eating mostly a Mediterranean Diet, which of course, isn’t really a “diet” at all, but rather a way of eating and living.  Just think-whole grains, olive oil (and the good fats provided by olives and nuts), legumes, greens, lots of garlic, herbs, seafood and fresh everything! 

To kick off this series in Healthy Eating, here are some of Rachael’s favorite soups, stoups and stews that emphasize “beans and greens.”  These soups are incredibly satisfying and good for you!

Soups and Stoups

Who says Minestrone can’t be green?  This is one soup that’ll keep you satisfied for hours.
Green Minestrone Soup

For a vegetarian version, omit the sausage and you’ve got a real “beans and greens” dish!
Chicken Sausage, Bean and Escarole Stoup

This is a classic Italian soup that is so hearty that it will become your new comfort food.
Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans Soup)

Curried Winter Vegetable Stoup

Winter White Chicken Stew

Veggie Tomato Soup

Even if you don’t have time to cook all day, you can have homeade chicken noodle soup in no time and here are three variations to the classic recipe: Quick and basic, Italian or Latin.
Chicken Noodle Soup-Three Ways

Giambotta (Vegetable Stew)

This recipe combines many of the ingredients found in Sicilian cooking-raisins, olives and pine nuts to name a few.
Sicilian Chicken Stew

Not exactly Mediterranean, but this is a much healthier option for you chili lovers.
Turkey and Corn Chili

Tomato-Vegetable-Pasta Stoup

This is an Italian bread and vegetable soup that is usually cooked all day long, but Rachael has found a way to make it fast and still taste just as good!
Ribolitta Con Vedure

No beans and greens in this one, but light, nutritious and filling all the same!  Lemon and Egg Soup

All the flavors of Ratatouille in a stoup.  This is a Yum-o! Family Favorite!
Ratatouille Stoup

Jut a tiny bit of pancetta or bacon adds flavor to this classic Italian soup.  Minestra

Indian Spiced Chickpea and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup fills you up and satisfies your craving for new flavors!

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