Lazy Avocado Soup

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With the sweltering weather, I’ve been craving anything served chilled. Well hello, all of my “raw cooking” cookbooks! Raw food just seems so much more appealing during the summer.

This recipe is inspired by numerous recipes, some raw, some not. Ultimately, my recipe is raw, although I have to admit it was mainly for convenience (and me being lazy and hungry). Simmering and sautéing things just seemed unnecessary. It’s super easy to put together– you just throw some stuff in a blender, chop up a few veggies, and you’re done.

Lazy Guacamole Soup
The best part of this recipe is that it tastes just like guacamole, but in soup form. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to eat guacamole for dinner?

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 large bunch of spinach
  • water
  • 2 limes
  • sea salt, to taste

Tomato-Tomatillo Topping

  • 2-4 scallions, diced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 tomatillos, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped, (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • a small bunch of cilantro
  • tortilla chips (optional)


Cut avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop out the flesh and place into a blender. Add the juice of 1-2 limes into the blender, depending on how acidic you want the soup to taste. Taste as you go along and see what you like. Lastly, add in the spinach.

 

Spinach: Popeye was Right
For some of you, this may seem really unappetizing, but let me defend the spinach here for a second. In just 2 cups of spinach (a mere 14 calories worth), there’s the following: (all vitamins and minerals are expressed in percentage of daily value) 112% vitamin A, 28% vitamin C, 362% Vitamin K, 30% folate, 10% potassium, and 26% manganese. Not to mention it has small amounts of pretty much every other vitamin and mineral I didn’t already mention. Hopefully I’ve proven by point that spinach is amazingly good for you and you’ll just have to take my word for it on that it won’t be overpowering in the soup. So just add it in already.

Add in some water. To be honest, I don’t remember exact how much water I put in, but I think it was around 1/2 cup. Basically, the more water, the thinner the mixture will be. So if you want a really thick soup, don’t put much water in! You will need to add some water though, because otherwise the mixture will get stuck in the blender and it won’t be smooth.

Combine scallions, tomatoes, tomatillos, red onion, jalapeno, salt, and cilantro in a small bowl.  Divide soup among bowls. Top with the tomato mixture and serve with tortilla chips.

White fish is one of the most touted health foods. It’s super high in protein (26 grams for 4 ounces), as well as some key vitamins and minerals like niacin, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and B12, a key mineral for those who don’t eat much meat.

 

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