Raw Tortilla (minus the tortilla) Soup

January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

So I’ve been in this mode of discovering how I can find a way to make vegetables more interesting.  I don’t like cooking very much (as we’ve covered at exhaustion on here..yes?)….so I decided to find ways to do all of this minus the cooking if possible.  Or at least to cut down on it.   Plus vegetables have never really been a problem for me.  And by that I mean they don’t call my name in the night.  They don’t look at me from across the crowded room with bedroom eyes and threaten to upset my life when I fall for them hook, line and sinker.

Twinkies? That’s a different story.

But tomatoes and cucumbers.  Never.  They’ve always been good to me.  I’ve never found myself parked in the back end of some parking lot where no one could see me while I secretly downed an entire pound of tomatoes.  Never once have I locked myself in the bedroom so I could binge on a bag of bell peppers.  But I’ve never found them all that interesting either.  So why not try to spruce them up a bit, I thought.

I’ve been seeing all kinds of recipes on raw food blogs for soups.  And I thought I’d try my hand at it.  Since I love Mexican food I thought I’d try my hand at tortilla soup (minus the tortilla).  At least that’s what they call it on the blogs I’ve seen.  I have read a lot of recipes and so I decided to create my own version based on what I already had in the house.  I’d been collecting ingredients from Fresh Market that I’d seen in different recipes.  Ingredients that seem to pop up repeatedly so that way I would have them on hand.  I made my own version and this is the first effort.  It’s not perfect by any means but to be honest I found it to be pretty darn good!! Let me know if you have any ideas but I have to tell you I’m completely impressed with myself if I do say so!!  I was utterly gobsmacked at the outcome!

You’ll have to excuse my last remark.  Gobsmacked! Bollocks! Blimey!

(Netflix has been recommending a lot of British television to me lately and it’s utterly affected my speech.  The kids ask me for help with their homework and I say “Well let’s have a look see, shall we?”)

So back to my soup experiment.  Here is what I grabbed from my kitchen and threw in the Vitamix.

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BOTH halves of the avocado were used although only one half is pictured

 

 

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My Raw Tortilla (minus the tortilla) soup Recipe

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 mini peppers (I used 2 orange and one yellow)
  • 1 tomatillo
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 of a large jalapeño with seeds removed
  • 5 Dates (Deglet Noor)
  • About 10 sundried tomatoes (From a package)
  • Juice from 1 large lime
  • 1 whole avocado
  • Spices:  Cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, curry powder

I filled up the Vitamix with the 1.5 cups of water and I cut the tops off the mini peppers and threw them in whole.  I also put the tomatoes in whole.  The same with the tomatillo (after taking that wrapping off of it!).  I did cut the jalapeño in half because this one was really big.  And I took the seeds out of it before throwing it in.  I cut off 1/4 of the red onion and threw that in whole as well.  At first this was all I did.  After blending that up, it was pretty watery and bland.  It didn’t taste that great.

 I decided to add in some dates because I have seen a lot of raw recipes with dates used in spaghetti sauce.  I had bought some the other day although the ones I bought are called Deglet Noor and not Medjool which are the ones I see called for in recipes. I couldn’t find those though so Deglet Noor it is.  I have never liked Dates myself but I keep seeing them in recipes so in they went.  I also had bought a package of sundried tomatoes.  They were the dry ones in a bag.  I put in a total of 10 of those.  And 5 of the dates.  This was all experimentation though as I went along.  Then I added at first half the avocado and finally the other half.  I can tell you that until I added the dates, sundried tomatoes and avocado this was a near disaster.  But after adding those three things in the whole affair totally turned around! The avocado took it from water to a creamy soup!  What a major difference.  I then shook in some of the above spices.  No real rhyme or reason to it.

Here is the finished product:

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Now I will tell you that I am the only opinion on what it actually tasted like because my kids refused to try it.  They all said it looked like throw up.

I guess I need some work on the aesthetics of my food experiments!!! LOL

But I have to tell you that it was pretty darn good!! I mean I really actually liked it!  It was a little spicy and in some ways a little sweet.  I’m sure there are much better versions out there but I have to tell you for my first try at a raw vegetable soup this went above and beyond my expectations.  I’m sure you could heat it up and eat it warm but I didn’t feel the need to do that.  It was really tasty just like that!  If I had cilantro on hand I would have added that but I used all of it up with my pico and salsa the other day.

You know I’ve tried to make green drinks before and I didn’t like them at all.  But this soup was really good in my opinion and so I’m going to be trying more experiments.  Let me know if you are brave enough to give my recipe a go!! And if you do let me know if you found any good ways to tweak it and make it better!

After I was done, I went over to My Fitness Pal and entered in all the ingredients to the recipe creator.  I have NEVER done this before.  It was actually kind of fun!  It spits out all the nutritional information for you and here it was:

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 6 %
Monounsaturated Fat 5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 17 mg 1 %
Potassium 561 mg 16 %
Total Carbohydrate 22 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 7 g 27 %
Sugars 11 g
Protein 3 g 6 %
Vitamin A 33 %
Vitamin C 97 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 10 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

As it stands, my recipe made about 3-4 bowls of soup depending on how big your bowl might be!

So that comes to 160 calories per bowl with 11 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and a whopping 22 carbs.

I surely can’t say that was low carb and if I was out buying soup I wouldn’t be excited about 11 grams of sugar per serving as my rule of thumb when I’m on my game is no more than 4 grams per serving.

Here is where it gets interesting though.   As soon as the dates were entered the calories and sugar went WAY up.  I really don’t know much about dates to be honest.  From what I gather they are fruit but I’m not sure if they are dried or something is done to them before they end up at the store.   What I can tell you, though, is that they are not low in sugar!  I can tell you that the sugar count in this soup came primarily from the dates.  I suppose that is why when I added them it changed the whole flavor of the recipe!!  In addition to this, the whole avocado contained like 300 calories!! I had no idea there were so many calories in avocados.  However, without the whole avocado in there the soup would not have been a success or had the same creamy texture.

I have to say that it’s interesting analyzing each ingredient that goes into a recipe and seeing where the calories and sugar etc are all really coming from.  I am having a lot of fun with this actually.  Let me know if you have any advice.  I think next time I will try it without the dates to see if I could cut back on the sugar.

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Mrs Abella January 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Despite the sugar and carb count, it really is a healthy dish! The sugars are from the dates (so a natural, non processed sugar) and the carbs are still in good level. Avacados have good fats, so it’s not like eating a bunch of shortening or something–you did great!

Your soup looks good! You are making awesome progress with your cooking and you sound much happier in your posts! You can do it!
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Lori January 29, 2015 at 5:06 pm

I was surprised to see the dates. I’m not sure why they are there unless it is just to sweeten the soup.

Did you know that the vitamix will actually cook your soup? If you want it warm just keep on running it on high. It will heat the soup for you.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down January 29, 2015 at 5:42 pm

No I didn’t know that!! But on the other hand the soup was kind of warm when it came out hence me feeling no need to heat it. It was probably warm because of that!!!! LOL

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KD January 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I’d say the benifits of eating fresh home made food out weighs the calorie concern. Plus the fact you understand portion control. Avocados and dates are too yummy to give up!

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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) January 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Any time I “throw something together,” I always enter everything into MFP — it just makes for an easier time.

And yeah, dates are a fruit. If you leave them out, your calorie/sugar/carb count would go WAY down (basically, any carbs you had would be from fiber, which are carbs that you should always be looking to include). But, obviously, if you leave them out, things won’t be as sweet.

Avocados are high calorie — but, they’re the kind of calories that you should aim for. Seriously, if you could eat only one food, every day, avocados might just be the food you should eat. For awhile, I was considering a raw diet (ultimately decided against it, just because it’s REALLY DAMN EXPENSIVE) and avocados were going to be the cornerstone of every meal — one for breakfast, two for lunch, one for dinner. Now, while I never actually implemented that plan, when I’m pressed for time and they’re cheap (less than a dollar apiece), I’ll bring two avocados for lunch, cut them open at the office and eat them with a spoon.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down January 29, 2015 at 9:48 pm

I’m really glad you said this because I am falling in love with avocados!

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Anneli January 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

So impressed. I was telling my co-worker that you’re actually doing things like looking up how to pick a good avacado and stuff like that–I’ve never done that. You’re already well on the way to becoming a much better cook than I am, and probably will wind up a much better cook than almost anybody!

Way to go!!
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down January 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm

You know, Anneli, you really gave me such a smile when you said you were talking to your co-worker about me! That really makes me feel special and like we are all friends! I always appreciate your continued encouragement SO much. I am so sorry I don’t get to respond like I should to comments but I totally recognize the names of people who are regularly keeping up with me and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

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Wendy January 30, 2015 at 12:59 am

Hi Holly – I am so impressed you are already making up your own recipes!!! That took me several YEARS, yes, years!
That said, for me this is too high-carb to make. It’s possible, though, fo rme if I leave the dates out, maybe add a couple TBSP of olive oil, and also may add a garlic clove or maybe 2 (but not more, they’re quite potent when they’re raw, as you mentioned you found out the other day 😉 ). Also a generous splash of apple cider vinegar or balsamic would sweeten it and add to the acid bite of the tomatoes.
I love you posting these recipes, it’s getting me all inspired for new meal ideas! Thanks for sharing.
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Dee January 30, 2015 at 1:23 am

I had a date for the first time a year ago and nearly died from the sweetness. I thought it was delicious and more than that- it’s fruit! It’s gotta be healthy, right? Then I checked the label in the supermarket and nearly died, ahaha. Too rich for my budget (calorie-wise and cost-wise). But man are they delicious.

Nice job w the soup! I love the idea of a tortilla-less tortilla-soup, lol.

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Doug February 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm

I love that you analyzed the calories, because that is missing on a lot of recipe blogs…maybe subbing some low fat sour cream for the avocado would help? But again, as someone pointed out, the avocado is good for you…
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