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  • 4 beets, scrubbed, stems trimmed to 1 inch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 2 (13.75 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1/2 (9 ounce) package frozen baby lima beans
  • 1/2 (14 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 (14.4 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can peas
  • 1/2 pound imitation crab meat, flaked
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 dash Louisiana-style hot sauce, or to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place beets into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook beets in preheated oven, turning occasionally, until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, cool, peel, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, celery, and mushrooms; cook and stir until the onion becomes transparent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, and heat 5 minutes. Add the lima beans and mixed vegetables; bring soup to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in the tomatoes, peas, beets, and crab meat. Season with thyme, hot sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste. Simmer 10 minutes more, and turn off the heat. Just before serving, stir in 2 teaspoons lemon juice.