Variations on Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup with Cauliflower Popcorn Topping

Tomato Soup with Cauliflower Popcorn Topping

I have two recipes for tomato soup that I love, so I figured I might as well merge them into yet another fabulous creamy tomato soup recipe.  And it turned out delicious!

I hope this inspires you to play with the recipe based on what ingredients you have on hand and what flavorings you prefer.  Here are a few raw soup guidelines that can help you in your creativity:

1. Use a tasty liquid base, like coconut water, orange juice and water, an herbal elixir tea, or at least lightly warmed water

2. Don’t blend the soup until smooth.  A little bit of chunkyness or fibrousness gives your mouth something to lightly chew on.  Chewing activates your salivary glands which further activates all of your digestive juices and enzymes in your whole digestive tract.

3. Add something chunky and chewy as a topper to your blended soup.  Your tastebuds will get bored after about the third bite of the same taste, so having a few bursts of flavor will keep your tastebuds interested and the soup will taste good to the last drop.  Even something as simple as green onions, hemp seeds or nutritional yeast flakes on top of the soup can make it work.  But even better are sliced apples, avocado, tomato, live sprouts or Dulse seaweed.  And best of all was when we added our Cauliflower Popcorn recipe into this Creamy Tomato Soup.  Yummm!

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Pizza Soup & Salsa Soup

Pizza Soup

Pizza Soup

I had a lot of fun experimenting with making raw soups during our spring equinox cleanse and here are 2 more that we really liked: Pizza Soup and Salsa Soup!

Pizza Soup

Juice 1 zucchini (wow yumm!), a slice of onion & 1 red bell pepper.

Blend that juice with 2-3 tomatoes, 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds, 1 Tbsp Oregano, 1 Tbsp Fiesta Mole & about 1/2-1 Cup warmed water (optional for a warmer soup).

Top with sweet baby tomatoes and green onions (or any other pizza-like toppings you desire).

Tip: In place of the warm water I used a decoction of astragalus, eleuthero, and shatavari I happened to have on hand during our cleanse.  That’s why the soup in my picture is particularly frothy – that astragalus foams well.  Stay tuned for more on how to make decoctions. :)

 

Salsa Soup

Salsa Soup

Salsa Soup

Blend until mixed, but not super-smooth: 2 Tomatoes, 1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 slice of Onion (~2 Tbsp), 1 Carrot, Handful of Cilantro, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/8 tsp Chipotle and 1 Cup warmed water.

Tip: In place of the warm water I used a decoction of Fo Ti I happened to have on hand during our cleanse.  Fo Ti has an awesome miso-like flavor that rounds out the body of this soup.  You could also use a miso base or add in a pinch of SunFire Salt to your water.

Many thanks to my friend Becca Ladd for the inspiration on this soup … I see why it’s one of her favorites!

Tomato Carrot Hemp Soup

Tomato Carrot Hemp Soup

Tomato Carrot Hemp Soup

This was another winning raw soup (and often requested recipe) from our 10-day Spring Equinox Cleanse.  I did quite a few alterations to a recipe I got from Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes book.  I think my version tastes AWEsome! It’s a nice lighter soup – not too creamy (as many raw soups tend to be).

Like I’ve said before about raw soups – they taste better when you top them with something extra – like chopped green onion, nutritional yeast flakes, hemp seeds, chopped apples, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, chopped bell pepper and live sprouts.  Give your tastebuds multiple flavors to taste and they’ll enjoy the whole bowl of soup, not just the first 3 slurps. :)

Tomato Carrot Hemp Soup

1 Cup Pure Water (warmed if you like a warm soup)

1/2 Cup Orange Juice (1 orange juiced)

3 Tomatoes chopped

1 Cup Carrot chopped (about 2 medium sized carrots)

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp Fiesta Mole Powder

1/8 tsp Chipotle Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp SunFire Salt

4-6 Sun Dried Tomatoes (optional – gives it a nice tangy flavor)

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Kale Apple Soup

Kale Apple Soup

Kale Apple Soup

This is one of the soups we declared a winner during our 10 day Spring Equinox Cleanse.  We’re serving it at our monthly Raw Superfood Dinner & Class and will definitely be repeating it for our personal dinners often.

This comes from an awesome raw cookbook I just received called The Raw Food Revolution Diet.  It’s co-written by Cherie Soria who is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute where many famous raw chefs go for training.  And it’s really well done, so you may be seeing more excerpts from this book again soon. :)

Before I get to the recipe, I’ll also say that one of the major keys to a good raw soup is to have chunky bits in it for added texture and bursts of flavor.  Otherwise you’re eating the same blended taste with every spoonful and your palette gets bored.  So trust me on this, and try slicing some tart apple and sweet baby tomatoes on top of this soup and your taste buds will be extremely pleased.

Kale Apple Soup

2 Oranges

½ Cup Pure Water

¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds (soaked and rinsed)

½ Apple (chopped – tart apples work best)

1 Green Onion Stalk (or more to taste)

1 Tbsp Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce – Coconut Aminos by Coconut Secret is what I use)

½ Clove Garlic (or more to taste)

Pinch of Cayenne

4 Cups Kale Leaves firmly packed (about half a head of kale)

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Thai Curry & Avocado Oil Superfood Bowls Giveaway

Thai Curry Superfood Bowl Ingredients

Thai Curry Superfood Bowl

You Can Win Superfood Bowl Ingredients!

My favorite resource for super herbs, Mountain Rose Herbs, has this new line of Epicurean Organic Spices and Oils and they are a DELICIOUS way to upgrade your superfood bowls.

I got to try the Thai Curry organic spice and the Avocado Oil (yummy!) and if you leave a comment on this blog post, you could win the same.  I’ll tell you more in a sec … first let me elaborate on how awesome it all is.

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Creamy Fiesta Mole Gazpacho

gazpacho

Fiesta Mole Gazpacho with Corn Chips & Spinach Dip

I just merged two of my favorite raw tomato soup recipes into a super-delicious creamy gazpacho (essentially a Spanish style of cold tomato soup).  Summertime means an abundance of tomatoes, garlic and basil from our garden which all went into this refreshing soup.  Here’s the recipe along with tips for optional adjustments based on what you’ve got available or what new flavors you crave.

Oh, and here are the original recipes I merged into this one:

Fiesta Mole Soup and Creamy Tomato Soup

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Creamy Fiesta Mole Gazpacho

3 Cups Blended Tomatoes (about 4 medium tomatoes quartered and blended until smooth)

1.5 Cups Coconut Water (from a boxed container or from fresh young Thai coconuts)

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