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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

College Cooking: Not Yo Mama’s Tomato Soup (V, GF, fat-free option)

It's that time of year again! Autumn. The trees are beautifully colored, the breeze is cool, and it's time to eat warm nourishing meals! I decided to keep this recipe low-fat and low sodium for those of you watching your intake, especially if you are indulging in desserts like me :D

Crockpot: 10 hours | Servings: 1-2

2 medium Tomatoes, diced
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1/2 small Onion, diced
1-2 handfuls of Mushrooms, minced
1 3/4 cup Veggie Broth
1/4 cup Tomato Sauce
2 tsp Chickpea Flour
2 tsp unsweetened plant milk

1 tbs Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1 tbs turmeric powder
1 tsp raw cane sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Glug of vegan Balsamic Vinegar (could try red wine or apple cider vinegar)
1 bay leaf
Fresh Cilantro to taste

Add everything to lined crockpot. Stir. Cook on low for 10 hours. This is a chunkier soup, but you can blend the tomatoes if you want it creamier. Also add more flour towards the end to thicken if you don't like thin broth.
If you follow the 80/10/10 diet, this would be great as a cooked dinner with some rice or pasta. Otherwise serve with a tortilla chips, oyster crackers, or a sandwich. The basic recipe for a jammin' grilled avocado sandwich is below.

Two slices of bread (I recommend everything)
1/2 avocado, mashed
Earth Balance vegan buttery spread
Maine Coast Sea Kelp Granules, dash
Onion Powder, dash
Lemon Juice, squeeze (optional)

Butter your bread on the outside. Mix all the ingredients. Medium heat a lightly greased flat pan. Spoon mixture onto bread. Grill on each side for a minute or two until golden-brown. Yum!

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