Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe
Fall is the perfect time of year for soups. This creamy tomato soup recipe warms the soul and tastes amazing. Not only is it incredibly easy to put together, it’s just plain good for you. Men, tomatoes are good for the prostate because they are high in lycopene. Women, our research has shown an inverse relationship to breast cancer when lycopene levels are high.
Top off your soup with crumbles of mochi. We love the sesame-garlic mochi. Bake it and let it puff up to a nice crisp texture (otherwise it might be a little too chewy). Crumble into little pieces on top of your soup and enjoy!
Mochi is made of organic sweet brown rice, filtered water, sesame seeds, garlic, onion, arame (seaweed), and wheat-free tamari. Sesame seeds are high in calcium, and the arame is high in iodine, so this condiment not only feeds your thyroid, but also your bones. Yummy to your tummy and good for your body all at the same time! Enjoy.
Fun Food Factoids
• Substances produced by plants to protect them from damage from environment (predators, pathogens, solar radiation).
• Include toxins produced by plant to fight off predators. When eaten by humans, these up-regulate detoxifying enzymes that help protect from harmful substances, including carcinogens.
• Considered non-nutritive, because they do not provide energy, vitamins, or minerals.
• Most are heat stable and not significantly lost in cooking water.
Lycopene is a phytochemical which:
• Is responsible for the red color of tomatoes, also found in tomato juice, sauce, pink grapefruit, salsa
• Is the predominant carotenoid in plasma
• Age and BMI are inversely associated with lycopene concentrations
• Has inverse relationship with prostate cancer & cancers of GI tract
• Evidence in breast cancer less substantial with RR of approx. 0.8-1.02.
Enjoy your fresh tomatoes because they are good for your body! The research points to food being greater than the sum of it’s parts. What does that mean? You can’t dissect the food and pull just the specific micronutrients and expect the same results. A lycopene supplement will not render the same effects that eating the whole food does.
Creamy Tomato Soup
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 pounds fresh, ripe Italian tomatoes, chopped (about 6 cups)
8 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked
1 cup rice, almond or cashew milk
Salt and black and red pepper to taste
3 tbsp fresh parsley, basil, or dill chopped
1. In a large pot, sauté the onions in the olive oil until they are soft, then add the fresh tomatoes and stir until the mixture boils.
2. Remove the dried tomatoes from their soaking water and chop them coarsely. Add them and their soaking water to the pot and cook, stirring to prevent sticking.
3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the soy milk and season to taste with salt and black and red pepper.
4. Serve in bowls with the mochi and chopped green herbs as garnish.
Nutritional benefits: Monounsaturated fat; contains micronutrients, including lycopene from tomatoes.
Cooked tomatoes show the highest levels of lycopene.
Per serving: (based on soy milk)
8 g total fat (1 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
30 g carbohydrate
7 g protein
8 g fiber
250 mg sodium
Makes 3 Servings
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