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August 8, 2017

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The green tomatillos in this recipe are a good source of fiber and potassium.


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Caldo Verde

This soup is made with chickpeas instead of corn. It is super rich, easy, and perfect as leftovers or for cold days in the winter.

Makes 4 servings


10 green tomatillos, peeled and washed
1/4 onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 whole serrano chili
2 to 3 pieces of lettuce, shredded
4 radishes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Dried oregano

Diced avocado
Pumpkin seeds
Baked corn chips


Put the tomatillos, onion, garlic, cilantro, and water in a large pot. Cover and simmer until the tomatillos are fully cooked (light green and very soft). With a food processor or blender, grind all the vegetables together with the salt. Return to the pot and add the chickpeas and the serrano chili. Slowly cook and if the mixture is very thick, add a half cup more water.

Serve in a bowl and finish with lettuce, radishes, cilantro, oregano, avocado, pumpkin seeds, and corn chips, if you like.

Source: Alejandra Graf, chef and photographer, founder of

Per serving: Calories: 184; Fat: 2.3 g; Saturated Fat: 0.3 g; Calories from Fat: 10.6%; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 9.8 g; Carbohydrate: 35.1 g; Sugar: 15.8 g; Fiber: 8.7 g; Sodium: 653 mg; Calcium: 90 mg; Iron: 3.6 mg; Vitamin C: 77.8 mg; Beta-Carotene: 1,812 mcg; Vitamin E: 1.6 mg

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Food for  Life

Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, and kids classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with cooking demonstrations of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. Learn more here >>

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