Ditch the canned varieties and make your own hearty soup for half the calories and significantly less sodium. Fiber-rich white beans, also called cannellini beans, are full of iron, magnesium and folate and lend substance to this broth-based soup. Colorful carrots and spinach provide beneficial carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Top it all off with whole-wheat couscous and you’ve got a great variety of health in one bowl in under 20 minutes.
In large soup pot heat oil over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic and carrots and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add dried mint and cumin. Stir until fragrant about 2 more minutes.
Stir in chicken broth, beans and bay leaves. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low.
Stir in couscous. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach; add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Remove bay leaf. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.