It’s midsummer and temperatures are rising. I think it’s about time we lower the temperatures of our food, and what could be better than cold soups? They are refreshing, full of rich flavors, healthy, and filling (and a good way to sneak your kids those vegetables they do not always want to eat 😉 )
In my previous article I talked about healthy box lunches, and I promised a new article about cold soups, which can also be taken to work for a quick and easy lunch. And you do not even need to use the microwave to heat it up. Just open the Tupperware and dig in.
There’s no cooking involved, just chop up some veggies and throw them in the blender. That’s all you need.
The best known cold soup is obviously gazpacho, but today I am going to share two awesome recipes with you that are quite different and mouthwatering good. There are many more, but I’ll start with these two. I’ll tell you what, I’ll throw in my favorite, creamy basil avocado soup. The second one, creamy raw tomato soup, is also very tasty. Yes, creamy, and there’s no cooking involved.
Pros of Cold Soups
There are plenty of benefits. Time to make a list again 🙂
- Rich in vitamins
- You can be innovative with cold soups
- No sweating in a hot kitchen, no oven or stove turned on
- Quick and easy preparation
- Low in calories
Creamy Basil Avocado Soup
I’ve been making this one for years, especially in the summers. Not only is it really good, it also fills you with energy. Sometimes we do need that extra energy to get our work done, don’t we? Well, this soup is my green energizer. You don’t need many ingredients and it takes no more than 5 minutes to make.
- 1 avocado (peeled, quartered, and pit removed)
- 1 garlic clove
- 4 chopped up scallions (I prefer the flavor of scallions to raw onions, but if you like something stronger, then I recommend 1/4 chopped red onion. Either one of them will work fine)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup tamarind sauce
- 1 cup hot water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 5 pitted black olives
- a handful of spinach
- a bunch of fresh basil
Easy, throw it all into the blender, press the button, aaand … blend. When it has become a nice green mixture, pour the soup into bowls (or your Tupperware if you’re planning on taking it to work).
Creamy Raw Tomato Soup
The first time I made this one, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich flavor. You see, tomatoes and I have not always gotten along. When I was a little girl I hated raw tomatoes. I thought they tasted awful. And my parents made me eat them. I had to eat what was put on the table. You remember those times, don’t you, lol.
The only way I liked tomatoes was when they were cooked, for example like in tomato sauce, and I really loved tomato soup. That had a much better flavor for me.
In my twenties I moved to Mexico, and I tried different types of organic tomatoes, and I fell in love. This was so much better than what I was used to. Some of them tasted sweet, they were all so juicy, simply delicious. Now, when I cut up tomatoes for a meal, I often end up grabbing one of them and just eating it whole. Now, I absolutely love tomatoes! We have finally reconciled and begun a loving relationship 😉
Time For the Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe
OK, without further ado, here comes the recipe. Just like the cold avocado soup, this one is pretty easy too.
- 6 small saladette tomatoes
- 1 red Bell pepper
- half a lime
- 1 avocado
- salt and pepper to taste (I prefer ground black pepper)
- half a tea spoon of curry powder (optional – I just love to add curry, but it’s not necessary)
- scallop greens or cherry tomatoes for garnish (optional)
- Chop the tomatoes and Bell pepper and put them in the blender
- Squeeze the half lime over the tomatoes and Bell pepper
- Stop blending, add the curry, salt, and pepper, and blend again
- Pour into a bowl, and garnish with a few scallion greens, or if you prefer to stick to the same color, use halved cherry tomatoes. You can be creative here 😉
So, there you go, two recipes that are perfect for these hot summer days, that are healthy and filling and even give you energy to get your work done. Or, let’s not talk about work, let’s store the energy for a fun day or night, right?
I hope that you like these recipes and give them a try at home. You only need a good blender and some veggies. If you are still not convinced about tomatoes, then please try organic ones, preferably Saladette, they are delicious and juicy. Organic vegetables have a much richer flavor than store bought ones. I am growing some vegetables in my garden, and honestly, they are so much better and richer in flavor. Only yesterday did I fry a red onion I had grown in a pot, and oh my, it was the best onion I had ever had. And onions are not everyone’s favorite, are they?
There is a huge difference between homegrown cherry tomatoes or any kind of tomatoes and the store bought ones.
If you can get your hands on some organic veggies, then use them to make those cold soups. It will make all the difference 🙂
Please let me know in the comments your thoughts or any questions you might have. If you’d like to me to share more cold soup recipes in my next post or if you would like me to give more information about vegan sausages, please tell me in the comments. I’m always happy to help and share 🙂