Yucatan Lemon Soup

Although it's traditionally made with limes (and you could certainly make it that way), Meyer lemons add a gentler, subtle twist to this classic Mexican soup with shrimp, garlic and lots of fresh cilantro. Meyer lemons are usually available only during the winter months; they are rounder and smoother than common lemons. Serve as a light entree with a big salad or as a special starter.

Recipe from EatingWell
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  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and quartered
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Meyer lemon zest, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 4 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Bring broth, onion, jalapenos, garlic, zest, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and cloves to a simmer in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat, and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the broth (discard solids).
Return the broth to the pan and bring to a low simmer. Add shrimp, lemon juice, salt and hot sauce (if using). Cook until the shrimp are pink and firm, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Substitution Tip: Meyer lemon juice concentrate can be purchased online from perfectpuree.com. Although nothing can replicate the distinct sweet, tart, floral taste of a Meyer lemon, you can use 2 tablespoons regular lemon juice plus 1 tablespoon orange juice to replace the 3 tablespoons juice in this recipe, and regular lemons for the zest.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Store the spiced broth (Step 1) in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost and return the broth to a simmer before continuing with Step 2.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 149, Fat, total (g) 2, chol. (mg) 177, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 3, pro. (g) 27, vit. C (mg) 8.86, sodium (mg) 600, Potassium (mg) 234, Lean Meat () 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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