Friday, June 22, 2012


A Perfect Meal on a Hot Day

Today is 100 degrees and humid!  Looking through my recipes I decided it was time to make the first Gazpacho of the season.

This is my absolute favorite hot weather supper, served with some crusty artisan bread, it just does not get any better. 

Gazpacho is a tomato based cold soup originating in Spain and Portugal.  It is extremely low in calories.
It can be pulled together in minutes with a food processor.
All ingredients are raw so they maintain all their good their nutrients. 
A very alkalizing dish due to the addition of cucumber, parsley and celery.
Below find my favorite recipe from "Simple Recipes"

6  ripe tomatoes
1 red onion chopped
1 cucumber peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 sweet red, or green pepper seeded and chopped
1/4 c parsley
1/4 cup chives chopped
2 garlic cloves
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1/4c olive oil
2 T lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste ( I like to add a little heat with crushed red pepper)
4 c tomato juice ( usually only use 2-3 and I like Bionaturae  Organic Strained Tomatoes)
Combine all ingredients except juice in a food processor and blend until desired consistency, add juice and store in a non metal bowl.  Refrigerating overnight allows flavors to blend. 
Serve with a crusty bread!
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