A simple savory soup. The kind of soup that fills a craving and our desire to be better, healthier. A salsa gazpacho!
Gazpacho: (noun) A Spanish-style soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables and spices, served cold.
I love that this soup isn’t brown too. How did I avoid that? I made sure to keep the colors white and red. I peeled the zucchini and cucumber and held off throwing in the cilantro until the final pulse.Check.
This soup is also low fat but high in fiber and even protein – a good thing to strive for when you’re going to consume the entire blender full.
Mmm Mmm Good Salsa Gazpacho
Nutritional information for entire recipe (about 6 cups):
Calories: 225 - Fat: 3g - Fiber: 14g - Protein: 10g - Vitamin A: 33% - Vitamin C: 516% - Calcium: 15% - Iron: 19% - Zinc: 16% - Magnesium: 35% - Vitamin: 29% and many B Vitamins
- 1 cup chopped red pepper, seeds removed
- 1 3/4 cup peeled chopped cucumber
- 1 1/4 cup peeled seeded chopped zucchini
- 3 cups chopped tomatoes (about 3 medium)
- 1/4 cup yellow onion (about 1/2 small onion)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- the feathery parts from 1 small sprig of dill
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 jalapeno, seeded
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start by adding red pepper, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, garlic, dill, and water to a blender and process until everything is blended.
- Add cilantro, jalapeno, salt, and pepper and pulse 2-3 times. Just enough that there are flecks of green throughout. Enjoy!
If you have time, make it in the morning, refrigerate it and serve it chilled. It will be room temperature if you eat straight from the blender.
I’m currently on day 4 of my smoothie feast and to be honest it is way easier than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had cravings but they’ve been manageable. For example Jeremy is going to a Portland wing place to meet with co-workers and I half jokingly said, “Yeah, bring me back some of those vegan wings. Remember last time? You ate most of mine.” Haha, I threw guilt and want into that. Luckily for me he’s a good man and said, “No, you’re on your smoothie feast and you’re feeling great.” So true.
Some of the benefits I’ve felt so far:
- that nice light feeling
- very minor acne (like 5 but 2 I’ve had for weeks) on my upper chest have disappeared
- overall clear skin
- increased water consumption
- nice even energy
- a reminder of how good I feel without grains/dairy – the sneak back into our lives so easily sometimes
- inspiration in the kitchen
- extremely easy clean up and way less dishes to wash
- no mindless munching
- no binging/overeating
All those benefits and I’m still consuming 1700-2000 calories a day. I’ve been tracking my nutritional stats through the free site cronometer.com and I’m extremely impressed every single time I track a smoothie or soup at just how much BIG nutrition a simple blend of fruits and veggies can be.
What’s in your blender lately? XOXO