10 Minute Tuscan Soup

10 MINUTE TUSCAN SOUP-BORDER

Warm sunshine reminds me of beautiful blue Mediterranean waters, white balconies, and tomatoes! Tomatoes are truly amazing for your skin to help it glisten, even if you’re not in Tuscany! Tomatoes are very hydrating and rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin against sun damage. Lycopene (especially high in cooked tomatoes), makes your skin less sensitive to UV light damage, which can often lead to fine lines and wrinkles. This recipe is so easy with just a few ingredients; you’ll even have time to kick up your heels!

Feature Power Food: Tomatoes

Prep. Time: 5 min. | Cook Time: 5 min. | Total Time: 10 min. | Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 2 cups

Free From: Gluten, Dairy, Soy

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups vegetable stock (low sodium & gluten free)
  • 6 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup cashew nuts, raw (soaked overnight)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. + crushed red chili flakes
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half to garnish
  • 4 small sprigs of parsley, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients (except the garnishes – cherry tomatoes and parsley) to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a large stockpot and warm on medium OR if your high blender heats foods, you can just puree in the blender until warmed. For a raw version, you can enjoy as is without heating.

Cook’s Note: If you have a few more minutes to spare, roast tomatoes first by placing sliced tomatoes onto parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Roast at 350 ºF for 10 minutes before adding into the soup. It is really worth the time, as the roasting brings out the natural flavors!  For a lighter version, you can also remove the cashews or reduce them.

Nutritional Facts: Calories 491 | Total Fat 55.1 g | Saturated Fat 10.8 g | Monounsaturated Fat 30.7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat 9.2 g | Cholesterol  0 mg | Sodium 395.3 mg | Potassium 542.6 mg | Total Carbohydrate 32.4 g | Dietary Fibre 5.7 g | Protein 19.2 g |  Natural Sugar  12.7 g | *Vitamin A 30.9 %  | * Magnesium 8.5 %  |  *Vitamin C 19.8 % |  *Manganese 12.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 


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