Cream of Coconut Tomato Soup

 

INGREDIENTS - I recommend organic ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 large sweet onion or 2 small, roughly chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped in large chunks

  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 2.5 lbs tomatoes ,chopped

  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 3 cups stock or better yet, bone broth!  [beef, chicken or veg]

  • ¾ cup coconut cream

  • ½ Tbsp salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by chopping the onion, carrot and garlic.

  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and let it melt.

  3. Add the chopped onion, carrot and garlic. Let the onions get really soft by sautéing for 10 minutes.

  4. In the meantime, chop the tomatoes.

  5. Add tomatoes, paste and stock to the pot. Bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce heat, cover and cook on low for at least 30 minutes.

  7. Let the soup cool enough to handle it, then transfer to a blender to blend. A food mill or immersion blender would work too. Add the soup back the pot.

  8. Stir in the coconut cream.

  9. Top with more cream, cilantro, basil or crushed plantain chips.

NOTES

Feeling super lazy? Use 40 oz of ORGANIC canned tomatoes instead of fresh!

Grass-fed half and half instead of coconut cream would work too.

Add protein to make it a balanced meal. A big salad with hard boiled eggs or grilled salmon would be perfect.

  • Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. This nutritional powerhouse is great for the heart, bones and is effective against certain cancers – most notably, prostate cancer.
  • Other nutrients coming through for the win: Vitamin C & K, biotin, copper and potassium.
  • Cooked tomatoes are actually way better for you than raw ones. The heat makes the lycopene more bioavailable in the body, meaning it’s absorbed and utilized better. Yes, ketchup has health benefits. No, it’s still not healthy.
  • If you buy heirloom tomatoes, you can actually use the seeds to grow new heirloom tomatoes. How cool is that?
  • If you like to put food on your face, tomatoes make a great cleanser because of their acid content. Mash one up with an avocado and you’ve got yourself a toning face mask.

from http://thenutritionaddiction.com

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Sweet and Crunchy Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 scallions, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place the quinoa into a small saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes, or until the water is evaporated. Turn off the heat and let quinoa sit covered for at least one hour.
  3. Place the sweet potato cubes into a roasting pan and toss with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes, or until you can just pierce the cubes with a fork. Set aside.
  4. Place the pine nuts into a small pan over medium heat until lightly toasted, stirring often. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, place the remaining three tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Whisk well.
  6. When the quinoa is dry, use a whisk to break apart the seeds and place into a large bowl. Add half the vinaigrette and mix with the whisk. Add more to taste, depending on how wet you like your quinoa.
  7. Add the sweet potatoes, pine nuts, and scallions and mix gently. Serve at room temperature.
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Kale Marinade

 

As I’m sure you’ve heard, kale is a superfood. It has more iron per gram than red meat. But kale can be very hard to chew because it’s so fibrous. Behold the most amazing marinade over raw kale: Ani Phyo’s Sunflower Thyme Marinade. Ani’s marinade softens the kale and is so flavorful, you’ll forget how good it is for you.

Ani Phyo’s Sunflower Thyme Marinade
2 T thyme
1 clove garlic
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sunflower seeds soaked an hour or more and then drained
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 t sea salt
2 T lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Marinade will keep for 3-4 days and makes enough for a few salads.

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