When I was in high school, every time my Spanish class was having a fiesta, I volunteered to make gazpacho. Looking back, I’m not really sure why that was the case, except that I thought it was “real food” (as in, required more effort than buying chips and salsa) and my Spanish teacher always seemed to get excited when I offered to bring it. Perhaps I was a bit of a suck up.
Now, what seems like lifetimes (but is more like 8 years) later, I love gazpacho (that’s cold tomato soup, for the uninitated) because it’s fresh, its simple, its refreshing (summer has finally come to the Berkshires!) and it’s vegetarian! What more could I ask for, really?
If you were to google gazpacho, you end up with a million results and recipes. But I like to stick with what I know and have been doing for years, as follows:
Gazpacho is Love
- 6 to matoes
- 1.5 cups tomato juice aka a 12 oz. can of tomato juice or V8...perfect if you don't use tomato juice for anything else
- 1 cucumber peeled and chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- Tabasco to taste
- Remove the skin from the tomatoes by putting them in boiling water for 30 seconds, then moving them to cold water.
- Chop the tomatoes.
- Mix all the ingredients.
- Chill the soup until ready to eat. Serve with tortilla chips.
- It's that simple! 4 steps and you've got dinner...or, in our case, 3 nights of dinner!
- Variation (recommended by my Man): Puree chopped tomatoes in the food processor before adding the rest of the ingredients. Plus there's a world of vegetables that could be added.
In other news, I’m feeling better about all my complaints in Updates and Confessions. I’ve at least partially met all my goals. Writing the post made me much more aware of what I was putting into my body, and I’m doing better as a result. It’s still really difficult to eat what I want to eat and meet the budget I’m trying to, but we haven’t even been married a month yet, so there’s time to work that out. There’s several blogs I follow that feature inexpensive dinners, but frequently they contain ingredients I don’t, or shouldn’t, eat anymore. Oh well, one step at a time. My Man and I also joined our local gym, and I actually made my way there this morning. It’s good to get back into the workout routine again after abandoning it following graduation.