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Dinner Tonight: Meatless Pozole Verde (Hominy Soup)

The original recipe from the Inquisitive Palate called for a slow simmering pork stew, punctuated with acidic tomatillos, soft hominy, and a mound full of garnishes, but I just didn't have the time. So I got rid of the pork from the recipe and it went from taking nearly 2 hours to complete, to more like 45 minutes. More importantly, the resulting soup was light and delicious, and a perfect fit for for the two of us who needed a break from holiday over-indulgence.

Light certainly doesn't mean the same thing as bland. The chiles and toasted pumpkin seeds kept the soup lively and interesting. And if that isn't enough, we only hit the tip of the iceberg on garnishes. The wife and I only used radishes, oregano, and a little lime juice. But you can go crazy adding cilantro, onions, cabbage, chopped tomatoes, and even sour cream. It's up to you and your schedule. This abbreviated dish worked wonders for us.

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