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Classic Tomato Soup is my boyfriend's absolute favorite soup which was also why he got to make it using his old and simple family recipe. Yum - a hearty, healthy soup filled with naturalness AND made & served with love. I'm such a lucky girl.
Make someone happy with this treat!
3 cans of chopped tomatoes
2 onions peeled and chopped
Fresh tomatoes chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic
vegetable stock w. 1 liter of water
1 tbsp coconut oil
Heat up your coconut oil and stirfry onion and garlic. Add chopped and canned tomatoes. When boiling add veggie stock and let boil at low heat for 30 min or more. Less will do but the more it sits the more flavor (that's why you should make enough for tomorrow where it wlll be super super yummy!
Serve with natural yoghurt and basil, parsily or coriander. Roasted nuts are great as a substitute for croutons.
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When I decided to dedicate November to a month full of colorful nutritious yummy food - such as soups - gazpacho was one of the first on my list. This typical summer soup is big in the South of Europe and in Denmark I don't really come across it that often. But I absolutely love it.
My plan was to experiment with this soup as one of the first ones in the beginning of November when the October degrees was still dominating the days in Shanghai... But it seriously just got cold in a split and I went straight into the warmer creamier ones.
Still, gazpacho has been on my mind and this Sunday I finally made my boyfriend take the time to make it.... Oh why I didn't do it myself is another story and luckily my boyfriend is more than happy to take some time in the kitchen. Aaaand I did myself make the recipe as well as order the fresh ingredients through Fields. I ordered my veggies online from Suzhou before 17 on Saturday and they arrived the following day at my apartment on the 3rd floor in Shanghai. Just in time for cooking. I can't believe it took me this long to discover the convenience of online grocery shopping in Shanghai!
Gazpacho soup is one of the absolute easiest soups to make and it's such a delicious starter filled with flavors and nutrition.
1 peeled cucumber
2 bell peppers of your choice
4 full size ripe tomatoes or around 250g of ripe cocktail tomatoes
1 peeled onion
4 peeled cloves of garlic
1 can chopped tomatoes or 1 cup of tomato juice
2-4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 tablesppons of olive oil
1 cup of water
seasoning and paprika
a dash of tabasco or chilli powder
Chop all your veggies and blend them with canned tomatoes, water and vinegar. You might need two rounds of blending. Pour into a serving bowl and add olive oil, seasoning and tabasco as you please. Put in the fridge for at least 2 hours - the more it sit the more flavour!
Serve with chopped nuts, herbs and a dash of olive oil on the top!
Tip: If you want to make the very very classic version you need some day-old bread (preferably French or similar kind) which you soak in filtered water. Squeeze the water out and blend the bread with the soup. Super thick and filling!
Avocado is such a healthy food to bring into your diet and I personally eat avocado several times a week in all sorts of ways... I get avo-hungry just thinking about it!!
- I add avocado to smoothies (+ apple or + banana or my newest favorite: + persimmon)
- I put it in salads as chunks or as a mashed dip (just add lemon and chopped onion)
- I spread it on toasted ryebread (If you haven't tried this one you are missing out!!! The simple combination of mashed avocado and toasted bread is just like heaven on a plate!)
- Oh and now I also add it to soups!
Yes! A-V-O-C-A-D-O and S-O-U-P in the same sentence. I'd never seen it, tried it or even heard about it until recently where I was "researching" for good hearty and also interesting soups for my Nutritious November. But I can tell you one thing: as soon as I learned that there is such thing as Avocado Soup there was no doubt that I was going to try it. And that I was going to love it #avocado #addict as we would say on Instagram.
Here we go:
Creamy Avocado Soup
1 cup of cream
1/2-1/1 liter of vegetable stock
A dash of Tabasco (or another form of spicy dash)
Lots of Basil or Cilantro (save some for topping)
- Optional: Add spinach for more green nutrition
- Optional: your favorite soup topping (e.g. chopped nuts, seeds, croutons)
Cut the avocados and onion in chunks and add it to the blender with cream, herbs, spinach, vegetable stock, Tabasco and lime. You might have to make 2 portions because of the blender capacity. Add seasoning until you love the flavor even more and serve with toppings!
Serve it directly as a warm soup or put it in the fridge/freezer until chilled. I loved the cold version, my boyfriend preferred it warm.
- Tip: If you're in a hurry or impatient just blend with ice cubes for the chilled version and put less water with the stock.
- If you can't find vegetable stock you can either choose a chicken stock if you're fine with that or cheat and use a vegetable soup in powder form which you mix with hot water just like stock)
With Love From FIELDS China
FIELDS Lifestyle which is the concept behind FIELDS China online grocery store is always keeping an eye on us expats in Shanghai - what's going on season- and holiday-wise, what are we expats missing when living here in the Middle Kingdom, how can our lives here be made easier, what do we need, want, desire...
No doubt about what I desire and work hard towards: Healthier, Happier & Safer Habits - especially food & fitness wise. Many people show interest in this field in Shanghai these days and I experience a lot of support and positive vibes around topics such as safe grocery shopping, new fitness offerings, healthy eateries. FIELDS Lifestyle is a strong supporter of initiatives focusing on expats lifestyle and the improvement of it so my soup project is all based on fresh, safe groceries from their online grocery shop.
What I like about FIELDS' approach is that they do an effort to engage & inspire. Last month they did Detox Express with me and 4 other bloggers in Shanghai. They provided ingredients, we provided recipes and the result was a month-long colorful campaign with smoothie packages, recipes and inspiration for Shanghai expats. This month we are all about soups so stay tuned!
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