Steamed greens…they’re so easy to make. Just a blanch here, a blanch there…a bit of water here and there.
I mean, what more can I ask for? Steamed pure green veggies…soaring with antioxidants n’ vitamins.
So, when I recently came across The Pioneer Woman’s Gazpacho recipe, I thought…why not create a spin on Ree’s recipe and add my steamed greens to the recipe. It was easier said than done. Just plopped these steamed veggies into my food processor and added Ree’s gazpacho ingredients. What more can I ask for?
So, here’s what I did.
Starting with the Cuisinart. Yes, the Cuisinart; my very own brand spankin’ new Cuisinart that I have been obsessed with since Saturday. I’m talking nonstop blending, pureeing, processing, o my gosh….these new Cuisinart’s are incredible. I’ve been having way too much fun tossing all of my food into this baby.
So, after playing around for hours upon end with various steamed green veggies, I got to work. Tomatoes, a must, of course…a bit of sweetness with anise seeds and cilantro and a bit of savory with chili powder and ground cumin.
A chop here and a chop there. Tossed into the food processor and the rest is history.
Thanks Ree, for this Gazpacho inspiration.
Vegan Green Quinoa Gazpacho
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 cup green beans, trimmed and steamed
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and steamed
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. coriander
- 1 Tbsp. freshly ground orange zest
- 1/2 tsp. anise seeds
- 5 large Roma tomatoes
- 1 yellow squash, sliced
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 Tbsp. Tabasco
- 1/4 cup white balsamic
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor; pulse until it forms a smooth consistency.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Place into the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.
- Serve cool or at room temperature.
Take a peak at this new website I came across, Fooducate, which helps people eat healthier and just launched a cell phone app where you can scan or type in a bar code for a food product and receive an overall grade rating for a product based on certain ‘bad’ ingredients such as too much sodium, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, additives, etc.
Pretty clever, don’t ‘cha think?
I also stumbled upon a few articles I thought were worth sharing:
NYC Chefs Resolve to Eat Better (And Worse) in 2011
Americans Aspire to be Healthy Eaters