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After eating out (and drinking) every day for over a week, it was time to detox. Enter Advocare herbal cleanse: 10 days of clean eating and gut cleansing.

To a skeptic, this could seem like a difficult eating plan: focus on protein and vegetables, no sugars, alcohol, white grains, dairy, refined foods, red meat, etc. dining out is tricky, but you eat really well.

So, soup.

Take some ground turkey (or chicken if that’s your thing) and brown it in a little olive oil.


Remove meat from the pot, add a little more oil and add a diced onion. After a few minutes, add garlic, then carrots. Let it brown and get pretty.


Add more vegetables of your choice -I used orange bell pepper, yellow squash and zucchini.


Now, go crazy: add a can of rinsed white beans, green chilies, crushed tomatoes (San Marzano is the best), diced tomatoes and the meat.


If your soup is too thick, thin it out with stock. We had homemade vegetable stock in the freezer.

Simmer and season as needed.