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.
This soup was created with liver health in mind. Midway through my chemotherapy treatment for Breast Cancer, my liver enzymes were too elevated to continue treatment. We had to postpone treatment for at least one week to make sure that my liver was healthy enough to process the chemotherapy. At that time I was in school to become a Nutrition Consultant and I knew there were things that I could do to “Love my Liver”, so I went home and made some BIG changes to my diet for that week and well, IT WORKED! I went back the next week and my enzyme levels were low enough to continue with chemotherapy. Here is one of the recipes that I made for the “Love my Liver” week.
Hearty Turkey, Vegetable, & Lentil Soup
This recipe was created with liver health in mind to help my liver during chemotherapy. Whether or not you'd like a little extra support for your liver, I'm confident that this soup will be a crowd pleaser.