Monday, April 18, 2011

April 17, 2011

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Apple Avocado Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.44 per serving

1 avocado, chopped ($.88)
2 medium apples, peeled and chopped ($1.29)
1 tablespoon chopped onion
handful arugula leaves ($.50) 
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 cups water, for blending
minced onion
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes

It's snowing. Really. Snow. Just when I think winter is finally over, it comes back to life. It's like a horror movie where the bad guy just refuses to die. Needless to say, I felt like having comfort food and so made lots of soup. By the time I was done, I had a whole day's worth of soup! And here they are.
 
Set aside a few arugula leaves for garnish. In a blender, combine the avocado, apples, chopped onion, arugula leaves, olive oil, and water, and puree until very smooth. Salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with a few chopped arugula leaves, some finely minced onion, and red pepper flakes.

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Sweet 'n Creamy Tomato Soup
serve 2 ~ $2.89 per serving

4 tomatoes, chopped ($4.00)
3 carrots, peeled and chopped ($.30)
1 avocado, chopped ($.88)
1 tablespoon chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.20)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes
agave

I still had frozen tomatoes from last year, so that's what I used for this soup. The agave adds some really nice sweetness.

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, carrots, avocado, onion, olive oil, and agave, until very smooth. Salt and pepper to taste, and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a drizzle of agave if desired.


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Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.40 per serving

1 beet ($1.29)
4 carrots ($.40)
6 radishes ($.30)
1 large onion ($.10)
1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
2 tablespoons agave ($.40)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ($.20)
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

Let me be honest. You have to really like beets to like this soup. Also, the beets don't get smooth like most other blended veggies. They do stay a bit grainy. An alternative would be to juice the beet and use beet juice instead of the whole beet.
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Peel and thinly slice the beet, carrots, radishes, and onion. In a small cup, whisk together the olive oil, agave, and balsamic vinegar. Pour over the sliced root veggies, and toss to coat. Spread out on a lined dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for about 2 hours at 115 degrees.

Set aside a few of the beets carrots, and onions. In a blender, puree the remaining dehydrated vegetables with water until as smooth as possible.

Salt and pepper to taste, and top with the reserved dehydrated vegetables.


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Fruit Soup
serves 1 ~ $2.70 per serving

1 cup strawberries ($1.20)
1 cup mango chunks ($1.20)
1 banana ($.20)
water for blending
banana slices ($.10)
agave

OK, fruit soup is, technically speaking, a smoothie. But, in a bowl with some banana slices, and it becomes a refreshing soup.

Puree the strawberries with one cup water. Puree separately the mango chunks and banana and one cup water. 

In a bowl, pour the strawberry puree in, then pour in the mango and banana puree. The mango puree will sink to the bottom and be a nice surprise. Add a few banana slices to the top.


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Total cost for the day: $8.43

10 comments:

  1. It keeps relentlessly snowing here too! Right now I'm gazing out the window at a fresh layer of the stuff and it's like "Really? Still?" Also, all of your soups look wonderful!

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  2. Ugh it's snowing here too. Like huge dump of snow. All I'm thinking about is one week ago when it was 80 degrees! Oh Michigan, you're weather confuses me...

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  3. Sorry about the snow- we've been through much of the same.

    The avocado/apple soup is a combination I'd like to explore. Looks great.

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  4. yucky about the snow! the tomato soup looks awesome!

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  5. Lisa,
    Your soup recipes are amazing. I want to try each of them. They will be perfect the days following my 3 day juice feast! Easy on the system if you know what I mean!
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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  6. Snow! goodness. Will send you some warm Georgia weather. But, you know, soup is good anytime of year.
    All of these soups look yummy!

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  7. I wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award:)

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  8. You didn't do too shabby with the food combing thing on this post. Not bad :-)

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