INGREDIENTS - I recommend organic
- 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
Start by chopping the onion, carrot and garlic. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and let it melt. Add the chopped onion, carrot and garlic. Let the onions get really soft by sautéing for 10 minutes. In the meantime, chop the tomatoes. Add tomatoes, paste and stock to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook on low for at least 30 minutes.
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. Stir in the coconut cream. Top with more cream, cilantro, basil or crushed plantain chips.
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.