I first experienced a watermelon gazpacho in 2002 in Sedona, Arizona at a restaurant called The Secret Garden. I have no idea if their menu still includes watermelon gazpacho, but with a quick Google Search, it appears to still be in Sedona. Then a few weeks back at our favorite restaurant in SLO County, Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles, we had a DEVINE Cantaloupe Gazpacho that I instantly knew needed to be recreated.
Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Prosciutto
The sweetness of the cantaloupe paired with the salty and savoriness of the prosciutto and with the herbs packs this soup with flavor. It's so simple and yet it feels very fancy.
What’s a FODMAP? It’s not a fad diet or something that everyone needs to try. I recently began working with a Gastroenterologist on solving some digestion problems, specifically SIBO, or small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Part of this process means going on a low-FODMAP diet for about 5 weeks.
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols. These types of carbohydrates that are not absorbed properly in the gut, which for some, can trigger symptoms like bloating, gas, & abdominal discomfort.
I am having to navigate restaurants and cooking while doing the low-FODMAP diet and I decided that I really wanted chili, but that means no onions, garlic, & celery, which are staples in my chili. It took some creativity, but I think I created quite a winner.
While working on healing my SIBO, I needed to try a low-FODMAP diet, which meant removing some staples from my typical chili recipe (onions, garlic, & celery). Regardless of whether or not you are low-FODMAP, this chili recipe is tasty and will be a nice addition to your recipe repertoire.
2lbsgrass-fed ground beefground meat of any type will do
1yellow bell pepperdiced
4-5kale leavesdestemmed and coarsely chopped
2serrano peppersthinly sliced
6yukon gold potatoes, bakedoptional
½tspfresh ground pepper
Add butter to a large soup pot and melt. Then add carrots and bell pepper and sauté over medium high.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, one of the serrano peppers, and broth to mixture and stir well. Add spice blend, stir again.
Add in the ground meat, crumbling it in as you add it.
Stir everything together and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for about 35 minutes. Add the kales leaves and about half of the chopped cilantro into the soup pot about 15 minutes before it's done cooking.
If desired, serve on top of a baked potato and garnish with cilantro and remaining sliced serrano peppers. If not using a baked potato, serve in a bowl and add garnishes.
Keyword chili, gluten-free, grain-free, low-FODMAP chili, paleo chili
Sometimes when you pick up the farm box, you realize you have more veggies than you can quickly eat. While organizing farm box pickups with Tomatero Farm during shelter in place, I made another round of Farm Box soup. I make soup year round, although I know not everyone thinks soups sounds appealing in warmer weather, but in equatorial countries all over the world, they eat soups, stews, and spicy foods to help them break a sweat and cool down. I learned that in Jamaica 🇯🇲 back in ‘07!
Anyway, here is a rough recipe for this soup – but I urge you to use what you have on hand!
Tomatero Farm Box Soup
When you have more vegetables than you know what to do with after a farm box pick up, soup is a great way to keep the veggies from going to waste.
Butternut squash soup is something that I could eat nearly everyday during the winter months. Hearty, filling, healthy, and delicious. I found a recipe for it about 5 years ago, and since then, I’ve tweaked it to make it my own. I found the act of peeling the butternut squash simply ridiculous. It is insanely hard to peel a raw butternut squash. Then, while in Miami, a friend ordered some butternut squash at a restaurant and it arrived roasted with the skin on. MIND BLOWN. I decided then to stop peeling the squash for these three reasons. 1) It’s way too hard, 2) I’m going to puree the soup with an immersion blender anyways, and 3) the skin is where the nutrients are! So here is my favorite recipe for butternut squash soup. Enjoy!
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash soup is one of my favorite fall and winter meals. I usually pair it with a sausage and then I have a balanced meal. Because you don't have to spend time peeling the butternut squash, this recipe is that much sweeter!
Place a vegetable steamer in a large stock pot. Add water, butter, and butternut squash. Steam the butternut squash until pierced easily with a knife.
Once steamed, place squash in stock pot (leave water in pot). Add carrots, celery, onions, and garlic. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Add all of the spices. Keep at simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
Use an immersion blender to purée soup (a regular blender or food processor will also work). Add lemon juice (don't skip the acid step!). Serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt and garnish with cilantro.
Keyword butternut squash soup, paleo, soup
Onions are a good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, and manganese. They are also rich in antioxidants, particularly quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin, which all play a role in cancer prevention. Onions also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Carrots are good sources of vitamins A, C, B6 & K, biotin, potassium, thiamine, and fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants and good source of starchy carbohydrates.
Butternut Squash is a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, vitamins C, B1, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. It is also a good source of potassium, manganese, and fiber. Dark-fleshed winter squash is shown to be protective against cancer, especially lung cancer, heart disease, and and type II diabetes.