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Fresh Gazpacho

This nutrient-rich cold soup is easy to make in a blender and keeps well in the refrigerator.

fresh gazpacho

Ingredients:
5 roma tomatoes, cored and cut in half
1 cucumber, halved and seeded, unpeeled
3 yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, seeded
1 small yellow onion
1 tbsp tomato paste (I used a concentrated version from a tube)
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup parsely, finely chopped
1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp kosher salt (or to taste)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Grab a blender and a bowl large enough to hold your finished gazpacho. It’s a good idea to choose one with a lid, so you can refrigerate the soup later.

Roughly chop the onion, cucumbers, and bell peppers into 1-inch cubes. First blend the cucumber and onion, pulsing until finely chopped but not completely pureed. You want a few chunks to be left. Pour the cucumber and onion mixture into the bowl. Next, blend the peppers to the same consistency, and add them to the bowl. Lastly, place the tomatoes and tomato paste in the blender, and pulse until small chunks remain. Add to bowl.

Stir in pressed garlic, parsley, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors develop. Serve ice-cold.

Conference Happy Hour: Bruschetta

Today’s conference in Peoria had some decent bruschetta, a reminder that tomato season has begun. I need to get some tomatoes from Common Ground and make my own. I would make my own bread, but it’s too hot.

conference bruschetta

The selections at happy hour were better than what I had for lunch: romaine lettuce, black olives, orange & yellow carrots, green beans, and rolls. Quality: okay. Selection: poor, but at least it was something.

I’m glad I brought a Kind Fruit + Nut Bar for dessert/snack. The macadamia apricot flavor will probably be cloned later, or added to a Larabar style recipe.

Kind Bar Macadamia ApricotI also brought some carrot sticks, which traveled well in the heat. You’re either prepared, or you’re hungry!