Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tomato Basil Soup

This is a great soup to warm you from the inside out! :D  Unfortunately, here in South Carolina, our soup days have been gone for a bit.  We have been in the 80's for quite some time now and soup is the last thing on your mind.  For today and yesterday though the weather has been cooperating (only being in the mid 60's and mid 70's) with my desire to have some tomato basil.  So today Parker and I enjoyed making our dinner.  I made the tomato basil and small salad.  Parker decided she would make us a gluten free biscuit to go along with the meal.  Tomato basil is a simple, but very tastey soup.  Here is the recipe:

Tomato Basil Soup
1 stick butter
1 medium size onion (diced small)
5 - 6 cloves garlic crushed (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup honey
5 - 28 oz cans of diced tomatos (preferably organic)
5-6 tsp dried basil
16 oz organic sour cream
pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic in butter for a few minutes until translucent but not brown. Stir in honey.
Add cans of tomatos and heat through.  Next add the basil, pepper and sour cream.  We then use one of the hand blenders for the soup.  We used to do this job in a regular blender, but the hand blender gives it a chunkier consistency that we love!

For our biscuits we used:
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (some white rice can be used)
2 cups arrowroot flour
1/2 cups sorghum flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsps guar gum (or xanthan gum)
1 stick of butter (shredded into flour)
1 1/4 cups of milk (can use almond milk)
1 1/4 cups of water
1 egg (can use an egg replacer)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix all dry ingredients, then grate butter into flours.  Add liquid (water, milk, eggs and vinegar) slowly beating well into a smooth batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.   

Side salad completed the meal with a
Honey poppy seed dressing which calls for:

1 cup olive oil
3Tbsps dijon mustard
2 Tbsps Braggs Liquid Aminos, tamari, or organic soy sauce
2 Tbsps honey
2 Tbsps lemon juice
1 Tbsp thyme
1 1/2 Tbsps poppyseeds

Tomato Basil

Side salad with almonds, cucumbers, cherry tomatos, raw pepper colby cheese topped with a honey poppyseed dressing! :D


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