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Hi there PureJeevan readers! We wanted to let you know that Jim's new novel CHROO is available on Amazon. It's a crazy adventure involving a billionaire heiress, her Chihuahua BFF ("Chroo") and a host of human and animal characters. Find out more on Amazon! Here are some links:

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We have something special for today s Makin? It Monday! Remember Terilynn, the brilliant chef behind The Daily Raw Caf , whom we introduced you to not long ago? Well, this weekend she posted a recipe challenge open to anyone willing to participate. We here at Pure Jeevan are always up for an adventure, so thanks for the challenge, Terilynn!

The rules were simple: Use the list of possible ingredients, create a raw vegan food dish, and send pictures and information about your dish to The Daily Raw Caf . Here s the list for the challenge, with the items we didn t have available crossed out:

List of Ingredients

1. Fennel

2. Grape Tomatoes

3. Red Grapes

4. Avocado

5. Bananas

6. Dried Cranberries

7. Ginger

8. Yellow Squash

9. Zuchinni

10. Cashews

11. Almonds

12. Asparagus

13. Garlic

14. Celery

15. Radicchio Lettuce

16. Basil

17. Red Pepper

18. Lemon

Jim saw the list and said he d be eating grapefruit for dinner, since he wasn t interested in consuming something with avocados and bananas in it. Since the challenge doesn't require you to use all of the ingredients, I promised to make something he could eat, too. That means the dish needed to be easy to consume, since his mouth is still healing from the wisdom tooth surgery. After looking at the list of the ingredients we had in the house, and knowing that it had to be something Jim could eat, I saw a veggie soup wanting to be born.

Easy To Swallow Veggie Soup

(not exactly a great title for a dish, but that sums up exactly what I was trying to make ;-) )

2 cups grape tomatoes

1 very large red bell pepper

? inch cube of fresh ginger

2 large stalks of celery

1 ? garlic cloves

? of a lemon, peeled*

1 cup water

? teaspoon salt

1 dried spicy red pepper without all of the seeds (optional)

Wash and coarsely chop all produce and place into VitaMix blender.

Blend and serve garnished with some celery and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

I know the spicy red pepper wasn't on the list of ingredients, but the soup really needed some heat added to it---and since I refuse to cook it on the stove, the only other way to add some heat was through the use of a spicy pepper. ;-) If you are interested in the challenge, check it out and let us know what you create!

*Over the past two years I have realized that if a dish is going to be blended and lemon juice is called for, it s better to simply remove the lemon skin and use the entire lemon instead of just its juice. You get more of the lemon juice this way, as well as more of the nutrients that would normally be wasted.