Not Your Average College Food

Creamy Avocado Gazpacho

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a non-dessert recipe. Desserts are so much more fun to make, eat, and photograph. Also, there isn’t a hungry family waiting for you to finish taking photos so they can finally eat! I managed to snap a few photos of this lovely soup before my family got too hungry.

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Sometimes in the summer, it can be too hot for warm, cooked food. Sometimes, you just need a nice chilled soup to cool off from the unrelenting sun. Gazpacho is a delicious cold Spanish soup made from tomatoes and other vegetables. This version of gazpacho has avocado (yay!) and plenty of other healthy green vegetables.

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Leafy greens are super healthy  and the darker the green, the better it is for you. Spinach is great because it has lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate. These are good for reducing risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease and even memory loss!

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This creamy gazpacho is an excellent way to eat a lot of vegetables in just one serving. It is rich and flavorful because of the variety of ingredients in it. It is a very quick recipe – all you gotta do is just toss everything into the blender!

CREAMY AVOCADO GAZPACHO
serves 2

Ingredients 
1 medium tomato, cut into quarters
1 small cucumber, cut into chunks
1 avocado, cut into chunks
3 large basil leaves
1/2 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 small celery stalk
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 ice cubes
Salt and pepper

Directions
Chop up tomato, cucumber and avocado, and set aside some small chunks for garnish.

Combine tomato, cucumber, avocado, basil, spinach, celery, garlic, red wine vinegar, honey, and ice cubes in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Taste and season with salt, pepper, and additional red wine vinegar if necessary.

Refrigerate until chilled and garnish with chunks.

adapted from Epicurious

Comments

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    Laura Simon
    February 1, 2015

    I love your recipes! One of the nicest things about them is that they are mostly easy to scale for just one person. This has been important to me since my husband died. It is hard to live alone and shop for one person, and I have had to resign myself to creating a certain amount of waste (not waist!) in the learning process. I am always on the lookout for recipes that feed one person, once. Recipes like your salmon that produce one entree with planned-overs are also very useful. And recipes that do all this with just a few fairly ordinary ingredients are a great boon to the hungry, tired cook. Thank you!

    (PS: I don’t like the term left-overs, because it sounds like an afterthought. Why shouldn’t we put some forethought into what will nourish us tomorrow? I call that menu “planned-overs.”)

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      Emily
      February 2, 2015

      Thanks Laura! I’ve slowly learned how to shop for ingredients to reduce the amount of waste but it is hard when just cooking for yourself! I love “planned-overs”- saves energy from cooking but still delicious :)

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