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Spring Gazpacho

  • Prep15 mins
  • Cook3 hrs
  • Total3 hrs 15 mins
  • Servings4
  • Ingredients20


Spring Gazpacho

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s greater than the sum of its parts. It just goes to show that thoughtful and (dare I suggest) fancy fare doesn’t need to be complicated. The pea pesto garnish will make more than you need, but it’s a delicious accompaniment to almost any meal and keeps well for up to a week when refrigerated in an airtight container.


Make this soup into a main meal by treating it as a blank canvas for additional garnishes. With a little fridge foraging, you can easily pull together a variety of ingredients that will take this from appetizer to main course.


Spring Gazpacho

  • Prep15 mins
  • Cook3 hrs
  • Total3 hrs 15 mins
  • Servings4
  • Ingredients20


  • 1 cup (250 mL) peas, thawed if frozen, blanched if fresh, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) packed mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed basil leaves
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) fine sea salt, divided
  • 4 Tbsp (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 28 oz (796 mL) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, trimmed and roughly chopped, any fennel fronds saved for garnish
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 slice sourdough bread, about 1 in (2.5 cm) thick, or your favourite gluten-free bread


Per serving:

  • calories222
  • protein4g
  • fat15g
    • saturated fat2g
    • trans fat0g
  • carbodhyrates19g
    • sugars7g
    • fibre4g
  • sodium326mg



Start by making pea pesto garnish. In bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade attachment or blender, add peas, mint, basil, jalapeno, garlic clove, lemon zest, cheese or nutritional yeast, pumpkin seeds, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Process until a chunky paste forms. With processor running, drizzle in 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil until you have a thick and textured sauce. Transfer to airtight container and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Wipe out processor and set it up again to make soup. No need to wash it.


In processor, place tomatoes along with their juices, fennel, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, sherry vinegar, coconut sugar, black pepper, cumin, bread, remaining 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt, and 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, and blend until smooth. Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.


To serve, divide chilled soup among serving bowls. Swirl in a dollop of pea pesto before garnishing with additional peas, some fennel fronds, and a grind of fresh black pepper, if desired.



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Mussels with Tomato, Saffron, and Fennel

B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.