Mealtime Monday – Soup to Start

Vegetable and corn soup in Peru

I know there is research out there that suggests starting your meal with a broth-based soup can lead you to eat 10% fewer calories overall during that meal.  It’s nice, then, that so many healthy vegan and vegetarian restaurants offer a fixed-price lunch menu that starts with soup or salad before offering a main course and dessert.

When I was traveling in Peru, I oddly found that Lima was the most challenging place to find good vegetarian food.  Fortunately there was a restaurant called El AlmaZen near my hostel, and on my last day in Lima my schedule aligned with their opening hours so I was able to enjoy their lunch offerings.  My meal started with this perfect bowl of soup, full of noodles, fresh herbs, onions and a huge piece of corn with the largest kernals I’d ever seen!  It was just what I needed to warm up in the Peruvian winter (remember, July and August are winter in Peru!) and it certainly inspired a number of broth-based soups in my own kitchen when I returned home.  If you’re a vegetarian in Lima Peru, you have got to head out to Miraflores for lunch at El AlmaZen!

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