Raw Vegan Smoked Tomato Bisque

Rich and Colorful ~ Raw Vegan Smoked Tomato Bisque

This creation was one of those kinds that takes shape slowly, born of outside influences and developed into something rich and satisfying while being low in fat.

I’d say it began when my friend Stefanie Weiss posted a recipe for Raw Vegan Mushroom Taco Meat.  She recommended soaking sun dried tomatoes in fresh squeezed orange juice which imparts a sweet and sour acidic note that added well to the recipe.

Another inspiration came while shopping for store bought sun dried tomatoes as I hadn’t been able to replenish my supply of home made (Click here to learn how to make your own).  I came across a smoked variety, to which a friend who had accompanied me exclaimed that those were the only ones his wife will eat.

That is when the recipe took shape in an instant!  It would be Italian inspired with pine nuts, garlic and fresh cracked pepper.  It would be smoky, sweet and rich with all the right savory moves.  And it all began with a bomb…

I came up with the concept shortly after I became vegan and came across the concept of the water saute, which consequently led to low fat, then to the High Carb Low Fat way of eating, culminating in my current state of raw.   Why use just water or broth?  I mean why not add garlic, wine (if you so chose), spices, juices…. You get the picture.  So the flavor bomb was born and to this day it is my favorite way of preparing ingredients for a dish, especially when soaking is involved.

So I bring you my Smoked Tomato Bisque.  May is satisfy your soul 🙂

Serves one starving or two hungry vegans:

For the Flavor Bomb (prepare ahead):

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup smoked sun dried tomatoes
  • 3-4 Medjool Dates
  • fresh squeezed orange juice to cover sun dried tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • a few turns of cracked pepper

Add all of the ingredients into an appropriately sized container and cover with orange juice.  Let soak for at least 30 min though longer is better.

Be sure to chose ripe Heirloom Tomatoes for added depth of flavor.

Soup Ingredients:

  • 4 pints of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • 1 stalk of celery cut into fourths
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1-3 scallions depending upon size
  • fresh basil to taste

Preparation:

Begin by adding 3 of the four pints of cherry tomatoes and the flavor bomb into a high speed blender such as a Vitamix, reserving the basil and the remaining pint of cherry tomatoes.

Blend on high until warm and creamy.

Add reserved pint of cherry tomatoes and basil, pulsing until chunky taking care not to over blend.  You want some texture.

Serve with Raw crackers or leaves of romaine.

 

Winter warming Butternut Squash Soup

One of the most frequently discussed topics for those choosing to transition to a Raw Food lifestyle is how to cope with Wintery cold weather.

Well here is one weapon in your arsenal when shaking of the winter chills. Winter warming Butternut Squash Soup! It’s warm, it’s Vegan and it’s Raw!

Warming Cumin, Spicy Cayenne and sweet buttery squash? I’m getting all warm and fuzzy thinking about it!

Add the following to your Highspeed Blender. I use a laser thermometer like this one to ensure I don’t go over 115 degrees.

1 pound of squash cut up into smaller cubes
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cumin
1.5 cups coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk
1/4 cup cashews (optional)
1 bell pepper
2 dates
Juice from 1 medium lemon
1-2 teaspoons of amino acids of choice (optional)

Blend until warm. I use a laser thermometer like this one to ensure I don’t go over 115 degrees.

Add a pinch of Cayenne, Curry, or Chili Powder.

Stay Warm, Stay Raw, Enjoy!

Sun-dried Tomato Garnish
Blend in a high-powered blender:

½ cup sun-dried tomato soaked in 1 cup of water
Add to blender the juice from 1 lemon

Kaffir Lime Leaf

Putting it All Together

Place butternut squash soup in a bowl and add a dollop of tomato blend.

Slice kefir lime leaves as thinly as possible and add that as your last garnish on top of the sun-dried tomato.