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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)
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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    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!

    1757 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Good thing I ate dinner before I read this. Summer Eats... Fresh and light! Yum!
    Hope you had a wonderful Canada Day!
    1758 days ago
    Love it...thx for the reminder, hope life slows down sometime soon to allow for putting this together! :-)


    ps...also been meaning to try assembling a home-made salsa sometime soon!
    1758 days ago
    Mmmmmmmm, I love gazpacho!!!!! Fresh from the garden or supermarket, it's always wonderful and refreshing!
    1758 days ago
    It all sounds wonderful and so very, very healthy. Good for you!!
    1759 days ago
    Sounds good!
    1759 days ago
  • KANOE10
    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.
    1759 days ago
    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!
    1759 days ago
    Sounds yummy!
    1759 days ago
  • _LINDA
    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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    1759 days ago
    Oh YUM, your soup sounds so delicious!!
    1759 days ago
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