This delicious soup is perfect for serving in shot glasses at a garden party. It’s also a winner for those warm days spent outdoors. Pack it into individual Mason jars and partially freeze, then tuck them into your picnic basket.
2 cups (500 mL) seeded and finely diced Campari tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 mL) finely diced yellow pepper
1 cup (250 mL) finely diced, unpeeled English cucumber
1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped red onion
1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable stock
1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp (30 mL) aged balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup (60 mL) minced Italian parsley
1 Tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh oregano
2 Tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
2 large garlic cloves, mashed
5 1/4 cups (1.3 L) tomato juice
Tabasco sauce, to taste
Combine diced vegetables in large bowl or container with tight-fitting lid large enough to hold 12 cups (3 L).
Add vegetable stock, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, parsley, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently stir to blend, and add coarsely ground black pepper to taste. Set aside.
Place garlic in small bowl and sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt. Mash with fork until pasty.
Stir tomato juice and garlic into vegetable mixture. Add Tabasco sauce to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours for flavours to blend. Gazpacho flavours heighten when refrigerated overnight.
Each serving contains: 112 calories; 2 g protein; 7 g total fat; (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 13 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars, 3 g fibre); 500 mg sodium
Tomato juice is a top choice for speeding up muscle repair after exercise, as it’s chock full of antioxidants such as lycopene. For a post-workout pick-me-up that’s more filling, enjoy tomato juice in a cool soup such as this Chunky Iced Gazpacho.
source: "Cool Summer Soups", alive #382, August 2014
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
This easy, yet impressive, vegan dinner is packed with oven-roasted flavour and proves that creating satisfying weeknight plant-based meals is entirely possible. If working with a small oven with only room for one sheet at a time, you can prepare the tofu and vegetables in batches separately.