$10 dinner: super food gazpacho

Green ‘Super food’ Gazpacho for $9.50

Gazpacho is traditionally a tomato based cold soup but there are many modern variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and omitting the tomatoes and bread in favor of avocados, cucumbers,parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood, and other ingredients.

This recipe I created to be simple but packed full of nutrients and since it is a raw soup every last vitamin and nutrient is retained.  Great for hot summer days, cleanses and for an extra vitamin boost for the week. You can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days (if you have leftovers!)  but it is best fresh.

Cucumber contains cancer fighting properties, is hydrating and cleaning , helps with weight loss and even contains a hormone needed  by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which can help diabetics. Cucumbers are also great in water and for making cool food art for kids.

Avocado’s are a healthy fat high in protein that contain B6, folic acid vitamin E and C and  omega-3  fatty acids. Avocados are an excellent food for pregnant women and those trying to lose weight or even get healthier looking skin, you can even use it as a face mask! I like to put avocado and nutritional yeast on my morning toast.

Limes contain more vitamin c than a lemon and can help cure pink eye, digestive problems and even cataracts.Limes are also a great beauty product, I use it on my face and as a natural hair lightener in summer. Adding a little bit of lime and a pinch of salt (you wont taste it)  to your water can help keep you hydrated better as well !

Basil is a powerful antioxidant and contains vitamin a, k and iron. Basil contains the polyphenolic  flavonoids orientin and vicenin which have been found to protect against radiation. Basil can also be applied topically to wounds because of its anti- bacterial properties.  MMM basil and watermelon cocktails in summer!

Mint is a powerhouse of vitamins containing vitamin A, C, B12, thiamine, folic acid and riboflavin. Essential minerals that mint has include: manganese, copper, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, fluoride and selenium. Besides its usefulness in oral care it is also help with nausea, digestive problems,  head colds and even acne. Try adding it  to your bath for extra relaxation or even putting a few sprigs in your tub while you shower. In summer I like to chill water in the fridge with mint and lime, so yummy!

Garlic is an amazing plant. It contains cancer fighting properties and in a double-blind study reduced the incidence of colds by 50%. Research has recently even shown it to have an inhibiting effect on MSRA which is an antibiotic resistant strain of staph infection! Garlic contains protein, potassium, Vitamins A, B, B2 and C, Calcium, Zinc and many others. Garlic can also help reduce  allergies and can be used for a myriad of common ailments including yeast infection, flu and strep throat. In the winter I make a tea with lemon, garlic and honey and drink it to prevent colds, its tastier than it sounds.

Yogurt is excellent for digestion and probiotics are the key to making your digestive system happy. Yogurt is great for the immune system and can even  help improve lactose intolerance. Yogurt is also great for your skin and can be used as a face mast. Yogurt can also be used topically and internally  to help cure yeast infections.  Be sure to buy yogurts containing probiotics  and yogurt that DOES NOT contain high fructose corn syrup or lots of sugars, the sugars  actually KILL the good bacteria in your yogurt. I love Nancy’s brand of yogurt, it’s still affordable and I visited their creamery and was very impressed with not only the conditions of the animals but their support of their local community and their products don’t contain any hormones or added chemicals and are sweetened with honey.

So now that you know all the amazing health benefits of this super food soup, here is your recipe! I would love to hear about what you think of the soup and your unique variations you create! So get

 Green ‘super food’ Gazpacho  with croutons

Rancho market “Rancho Markets was founded on determination and faith. Rancho Markets was created in Utah in the year 2006 and we are proud to be a Utah born company. We are a locally own company!”

905 East 26th St.
Ogden, UT
Phone: 801-409-9300

2 cucumbers- 2 for $1

1 avocado- $1

2 limes -50 cents

basil- 99 cents

mint-99 cents

garlic-$1

bread- 3 rolls for $1 from the deli

Yogurt/plain- You only need 1 cup so you can get the snack packs but !  bought the big container for $3

total- $9.50

Peel cucumber, dice and add to food processor or blender, add avocado, juice of 2 limes, 1 cup plain yogurt, handful of basil, a few sprigs of mint, 4  pieces of garlic ( I added 6 but I LOVE garlic!), salt and pepper and puree on high. Add a little bit of  water  or more lime juice if it is too thick.

While Gazpacho is pureeing dice bread and toss will oil and salt, I added some dry herbs as well, put in oven at 250 for about 10 minutes or until golden.

When gazpacho is done place in fridge to cool while croutons finish cooking.

Garnish with croutons and basil, I also like to add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.

 

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 138.9
  Total Fat 9.1 g
  Saturated Fat 1.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 5.6 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 22.2 mg
  Potassium 491.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 12.5 g
  Dietary Fiber 5.4 g
  Sugars 3.2 g
  Protein 5.7 g
  Vitamin A 4.4 %
  Vitamin B-12 3.8 %
  Vitamin B-6 13.1 %
  Vitamin C 30.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 4.5 %
  Calcium 8.5 %
  Copper 9.0 %
  Folate 16.0 %
  Iron 4.4 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 10.3 %
  Niacin 6.1 %
  Pantothenic Acid     12.9 %
  Phosphorus     10.7 %
  Riboflavin 11.5 %
  Selenium 1.2 %
  Thiamin 6.8 %
  Zinc 3.9 %
Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.