On my way home, I passed an open field where they were selling fresh fruits and vegetables….so I stopped and walked right up to the stand where they had some gorgeous colorful vegetables. My grumbling stomach said…it’s time to make Tomato Soup!
I purchased some large tomatoes, a poblano and vidalia onions. Couldn’t wait to get home in order to start creating a new style of tomato soup.
As soon as I walked into my kitchen, out came a large cookie sheet, where I spread out the tomatoes, poblano pepper and vidalia onions to broil them first. Into a stovetop pot went garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, dash of kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and the juice of one lemon, as well as two cups of low sodium chicken broth. As soon as I could smell the lovely aroma of the broiled tomatoes and the vidalia onions, the tomatoes were peeled, and then were chopped up with the vidalia onions and the poblano pepper, and all went for a swim with the rest of the ingredients in the stovetop pot. After a good 20 minutes, small batches of the soup went into a blender, where it liquified the vegetables together….such an amazing aroma came from this light and superbly flavorful soup.
But there was something missing…..I always keep my biscuit mix nearby, so in went one cup of the tomato soup, as well as half a cup of parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup of chopped bacon. In just 12 minutes at 400 degrees, the tomato soup biscuits were done!
Yum……now where did I put my soup spoon????
My grandmother had the loveliest lemon tree in the backyard. From the first lemon that I plucked from that tree as a little girl, I’ve loved the lemoniness loveliness of fresh lemons!
So tonight after my Insanity workout (yes, I am now 3 weeks into the insanity of the Insanity workout) I sought good fuel after an awesome workout. The challenge: create a healthy meal from my cupboards, so off I went in search thereof.
Found chicken thighs……tomato paste…..minced garlic…asparagus…a large and juicy lemon and an orange. Simple, right? And soooooo delicious!
I took about half a teaspoon of unsalted butter and allowed that to melt into two tablespoons of tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of minced garlic with a third of a cup of water and allowed those ingredients to marry before placing the chicken thighs right on top, with slices of lemon perched on each one, after having been juiced into the bubbling sauce. After approximately 15 minutes, the chicken was turned over to its other side for another 10 minutes. I chopped the asparagus and dropped it right into the pan and allowed it to cook right with the chicken in that delectable sauce, juicing the orange right on top of the asparagus and leaving the orange in the pan.
Not five minutes later, the aroma coming from the kitchen beckoned me for a taste test and oh my! How delicious. I fixed myself a plate and enjoyed each bite!!
Talk about wonderful flavor…..it was just amazing how good lemons are with anything! I found that I couldn’t help myself from eating the lemon itself!!!
What a wonderful meal….and the best part – I’ve got my lunch and dinner for tomorrow from making this meal tonite! It’s easy, fast and so wonderfully tasty.
I didn’t use any salt nor pepper nor any other spice……the lemon and orange did the work in creating such an awesome sauce with the minced garlic and tomato paste, so it’s an option for those that have to restrict their sodium intake.
Try it yourself and let me know what you think!!!