What’s going on mes amis?
Are all of you beautiful beings surviving the infamous “hump day”? If you’re struggling, never fear, it’s almost over! If you live on the East Coast, that is. Sorry Westerners, but you’ve got a few extra hours to endure.
In an effort to lessen the pain of the Winter Wednesday Blues, I thought I would share a tasty soup recipe with all of you, because who doesn’t like soup during the colder months? Especially when it’s loaded tomato soup. I made this the other week and well, I thought it was delicious; my family seemed to be in agreement, too. Plus, you know exactly what the ingredients are… and they’re good for you!
- 2 c tomatoes (one 16 oz can of diced, or whole tomatoes, crushed)
- 1/2 c rice
- 1/2 c chickpeas
- 1 T cilantro or parsley
- 1/2 t cumin powder
- 4 c vegetable/chicken/beef stock (or even water)
- 1 T EVOO
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a heavy bottomed pan, heat EVOO, then add garlic, cumin and onion. Cook until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
- Add crushed/canned tomatoes and 1/2 t salt. Crush tomatoes as much as you can during this step.
- Add stock/water and bring to a boil at high heat. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and let sit, covered for 20 minutes.
- Puree the soup in one or two batches to make it smooth. I used my Vitamix for this.
- Return broth mixture back to pot (strain if you feel this is necessary, I didn’t), add the rice and chickpeas and cook on stove until everything is warm and ready to eat.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with parsley/cilantro. Devour!
If you aren’t the biggest fan of chickpeas, this is a great way to start becoming accustomed. If you really hate them, you can easily substitute with chicken – I would recommended small chunks or even shredded.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you lovely individuals tonight. I am extremely sore at the moment – I climbed and worked out at the regular gym yesterday and then went to the regular gym today – so my agenda for the rest of the night is as follows: turn on heated blanket –> watch Grimm –> sleep.