The first blended item of the post is a soup from Choosing Raw. I like to incorporate raw foods into my lifestyle as much as I can. Blended soups are the perfect way to do this! I am a huge fan of soups and prefer them to be filling and nutritious. This tortilla soup is one of my favorite blended soups to date. I lightly adapted the recipe to use what produce I had on hand and to omit the added oil. I also left out the salt because prefer my foods with minimal amounts of saltiness.
Raw Tortilla Soup (lightly adapted from Choosing Raw)
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, seeded sliced
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
2 large stalks celery, chopped
3/4 cup water
Juice of 1 Lime
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
Prepare all ingredients and put in high-speed blender. Blend until steaming and slightly warmed.
Add in any additional toppings you enjoy:
I topped the soup with chopped jalapeno, white onion, scallions, avocado, black beans, and corn and served with a side of chips for dipping.
This is a very light, yet wholesome, no cook meal perfect for spring and summer nights.
This brings me to my next thought on blending: How to prepare dinners when you have a “blended” household – that is a vegan and an omnivore under one roof. I started following a vegan diet after my husband left for Afghanistan. He has been fairly supportive from afar, yet he still does not fully understand the concept of veganism. I think his greatest fear is that when he returns home I will try to force him to be vegan or only cook vegan foods. I do not intend to do either of these things. While I do want him to adopt a healthier diet, it is up to him to fuel his body with food that makes him feel and perform his best. It will definitely be a transition period for both of us. It is extremely easy for me to follow my vegan diet because I am only buying groceries and cooking for myself; the challenge lies in being able to keep my current lifestyle while accommodating his as well and leaving everybody satisfied in the process.
My first idea for a “blended dinner” involves this vegan and delicious raw tortilla soup. While I would enjoy it as is, I have a few ideas to make it appeal to my husband as well.
- Add shredded chicken, sour cream, and cheese (and of course extra tortilla chips)
- Serve alongside a cheese quesadilla for a twist on the traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup dinner.
- Stuff a flour tortilla with black beans, rice, and preferred veggies. Smother the burrito with the soup and heat in the oven (used as an enchilada sauce). While I would enjoy the burrito as is, a meat eater could add chicken or steak.
- Poor over cooked noodles and shredded chicken and top with cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese browns for a Mexican noodle casserole
Even though my husband does not come home from Afghanistan for almost 7 weeks, I am busy preparing meals and ideas so he will realize that two totally different appetites can safely live under one roof. I will be posting more “blended dinner” ideas in the weeks to come and after his return to let you know whether or not I get the Omni seal of approval!
Choosing Raw Recipe Link: http://www.choosingraw.com/raw-tortilla-soup/