What is gazpacho you ask? Well let me tell you.... gazpacho is the PERFECT summer soup served chilled with in season fresh veggies and spices.
This recipe is compliments of my good pal Leigh. She and I both ran track and graduated in dietetics from ISU. She now works as a dietitian at the KU Integrated Med Center.
Each week she does a cooking class and I was lucky enough to sit in on last nights where she dished up this refreshing soup from the cookbook Simply in Season.
described as being the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and cool
4 C tomato, chopped - load up on your cancer fighting antioxidant, lycopene
be sure to purchase local tomatoes, can use heirlooms in recipe as well
2 C vegetable broth
1 C cucumber, diced - get you healthy glowing skin from chomping of these
1 C green or red bell pepper, diced - Vitamin C and A reduces damage to your cells caused by free radicals. This damage can lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
1 C celery, chopped
1/2 yellow or red onion, diced - onions offer a blood sugar-lowering effect
2 T honey or agave nectar
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
several dashes on Worcestershire sauce
10-12 drops of Tabasco pepper sauce
6 ice cubes
1 avocado, sliced (this is an optional, but highly recommended garnish)
optional: chopped green onions or chives to garnish
In large mixing bowl or soup pot mix together ingredients, let stand for 30 minutes to let flavors mingle.
Optional: puree half of the ingredients in a food processor and leave half chopped or diced for a thicker broth base.
Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good