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Hot Weather Soup: Gazpacho!

Monday, July 01, 2013

No simmering this week -- just got out the food processor and whirred together (in batches):

3 large cans of diced tomatoes
2 English cucumbers
4 bell peppers (red, orange, yellow)
basil
sea salt
black pepper corns
red chili flakes
a small glug of olive oil (helps release the fat soluble vitamins)
a bigger glug of balsamic vinegar
a little sweetener (those canned tomatoes are fine but not as sweet as fresh ones will be later in the summer . . . )
and . . . enough water to get a good soupy consistency!!

It's all chillin' in the fridge to meld the flavours . . . I'm gonna have to share with DH and (vegan) DD, both of whom love gazpacho, but I made lots.

Our local strawberries are wonderful this year: small, deep red all the way through, incomparable sweetness.

And I've got a little local rhubarb which I've simmered down into a luscious deep coral sauce (yup, used Splenda instead of sugar . . . minimal because I like tart!)

Gotta keep up the protein too: that's where my bag of frozen pre-cooked jumbo shrimp, some chicken breast, some chick peas or nuts in my big lunch salads, plus the 0 fat Greek yogourt and the low fat feta will be supplementing.

Summer eating! Fresh and cool fits the bill.
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SUSANNAH31 7/3/2013 8:38AM

    Gazpacho is a real favorite of mine! I will be making a batch too. Thanks for the recipe.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend!



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NANCY- 7/2/2013 6:53PM

    Good thing I ate dinner before I read this. Summer Eats... Fresh and light! Yum!
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Hope you had a wonderful Canada Day!

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DDOORN 7/2/2013 10:09AM

    Love it...thx for the reminder, hope life slows down sometime soon to allow for putting this together! :-)

Don

ps...also been meaning to try assembling a home-made salsa sometime soon!

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PHEBESS 7/2/2013 4:15AM

    Mmmmmmmm, I love gazpacho!!!!! Fresh from the garden or supermarket, it's always wonderful and refreshing!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/1/2013 3:05PM

    It all sounds wonderful and so very, very healthy. Good for you!!

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CARRAND 7/1/2013 2:57PM

    Sounds good!

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KANOE10 7/1/2013 1:30PM

    I like gazpacho. Your recipe looks easy and good. Are you making all of the ingredients into a puree or leaving it chunky.

We have fresh strawberries and I love them.

Thanks for sharing. I love the summer produce.

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BOOKAPHILE 7/1/2013 11:53AM

    Your strawberries sound like our Oregon berries... nothing you can get in a store can compare because they bruise too easily to transport well.

I struggle to get enough protein on a consistent basis. Thanks for the ideas. Enjoy your nutrient rich soup!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/1/2013 11:41AM

    Sounds yummy!

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_LINDA 7/1/2013 11:22AM

    Very interesting! Something I have never tried. Cold soup? A foreign concept to me being as how I get more colder weather than warm. Sounds like it could be spicy which would appeal to me a great deal :) Envying you your local fresh strawberries -this is one thing I can't get as no one in the Farmer's Market sells them :( There is a berry picking ranch, but its out of town and inaccessible to me :((
Enjoy your nummies, and have a great Canada Day!
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/1/2013 10:58AM

    Oh YUM, your soup sounds so delicious!!

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