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3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 11/4 cups)
3 cups canned tomato juice
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as tarragon, thyme, or parsley), chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Kosher salt
Cayenne pepper
1 cup croutons, to garnish

  1. In a bowl, reserve 2 tablespoons each of the tomato, cucumber, pepper, and onion to garnish.

2. In the food processor or blender, purée the remaining ingredients (except the croutons) until smooth, adjusting the seasoning to taste with lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper.

3. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight. Adjust the consistency as desired with water. Serve in chilled bowls garnished with the reserved vegetables and croutons.

Recipe courtesy of epicurious

Broccoli Soup with Cashew Cream

3 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 quart organic chicken broth
6 cups broccoli florets, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup coconut milk
Handful of pumpkin seeds for garnish

For the cashew cream:
¾ cup raw cashews, unsalted
¾ cup water
Salt to taste

  In large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add the onions, shallots, ad garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the broth, broccoli, and salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer fro approximately 10 minutes, until the broccoli is soft.

Remove from heat and pour soup into a blender with the thyme. Process until smooth. Return to soup pot and stir in the coconut milk. Warm gently over medium heat.

Puree the cashew cream ingredients in the blender. Serve the soup with a drizzle of cashew cream n top and, if desired, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.

Recipe courtesy of Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

Serves 4-6

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