Take a large saucepan, add a little olive oil and sauté a chopped onion and some cloves of garlic. As soon as they turn transparent and fragrant, add mixed vegetables (I use frozen baby Brussels sprouts, baby okra, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach...),. Cover with water, add dried or fresh herbs, touch of ground cumin and any other spice you like, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then lower to simmer. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. give it a loving stir once in a while.
To serve, ladle into a bowl, lace with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
To turn it into a meal, first place a slice of plain wholewheat bread (rubbed with a garlic clove) in the bottom of the bowl then ladle the soup over it. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt or a piece of soft cheese like Brie or Camembert.
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