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Four Cold Soups

fcsAs we enter the dog days of summer, with the scramble to get kids (and adults) ready to return to school, easy meals feel like a critical need. And with the heat, cool entrees also seem like a good idea.

To that end, I’ve compiled some of my favorite chilled soups for you.

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup – Cucumber, mint, a little cabbage, buttermilk and yogurt, combined into a creamy and very refreshing summer soup. Are you still inundated with cucumbers? This will help you use some of them!

Cool Cucumber Watercress Soup – More cucumbers, this time with watercress! Another way to use up those cucumbers!

Chilled Green Bean Soup – This one takes a little more prep, as you have to cook the beans. Of course, if you have some frozen beans, or leftovers, this will also come together very fast for a nice easy, pre-school supply shopping meal.

Chilled Fruit Soup – Any post about cold soups would be incomplete without a chilled fruit soup. this one was so fun to make! The raspberry half was and remains my favorite chilled fruit soup ever.

I hope these soups help calm your nerves on these last days of summer and bring you a cheerful, relaxed beginning to the school year.


Gazpacho with Crab

Original Post Jun 4, 2013

Sunday, Wegmans was sampling Gazpacho with Crab. It was delicious. But I wasn’t going to pay their prices for a little cup of it when I knew, for a fraction of the price, I could make it myself.

When I got home, I poured through all my cookbooks looking for a recipe for this Spanish classic. Can you believe, everything I found was two pages long? Really! Who has the patience to prepare a recipe that is over half a page. Not me!

I got the gist of the recipe. Tomatoes, spices, cucumber, garlic. Easy. Here’s what I came up with. The crab is a little Maryland addition. It adds some protein. Good stuff!

Gazpacho with Crab
2-10 ounce cans Rotel tomatoes with lime and cilantro
1 can of water
8 oz crab meat
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
Dash of cayenne
Juice of 1 lime
Top with fresh cilantro

1. Blend the tomatoes with the water, garlic, lime and cayenne. If you aren’t clear on what I mean by one can of water, I mean dump the tomatoes into the blender and then fill the empty can with water and dump that in next.
2, Add the cucumber and crab.
3. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. Serve topped with chopped cilantro, parsley or even chopped peppers.

Not even close to two pages!

I ended up with four servings of gazpacho. Let’s calculate the cost per serving together! Two cans of Rotel were $3.38. Eight ounces of crab was $5. One cuke was $1. One lime was .20. Total cost per serving is about $2.40. I didn’t count the garlic, pepper or cilantro. That’s a pretty good price for a hearty soup. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your summer party menu.


Cold Cucumber Mint Soup

ccmsWe were gifted some very large cucumbers from the garden of the family of one of my son’s music students. YAY!!! I love free food! I love healthy food! I really, really love free, healthy food!

I don’t have a great yard for a garden. Our best southern exposure is our patio. We have grown tomatoes and herbs in containers on the patio but we never got around to planting anything this year. I do have a garden full of mint in the front of my house that grows like weeds. There is a tremendous amount of it. It seemed fitting that I should combine these two home-grown ingredients into some delicious summer soup.

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup
2 large cucumbers, chopped (about 3 cups)
1 cup fat free yogurt
1 cup chopped green cabbage
1/3 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup buttermilk

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend on lowest speed possible until smooth.
3. Serve chilled with mint leaf garnish.

I would not recommend using a high speed for blending this. It will get very foamy, and if you’re planning on serving it right away, it won’t be very appetizing with a layer of foam on top of your soup. That only works for lattes and cappuccinos, as far as I know.

I’m looking forward to having this soup for lunch this week. It’s nice and smooth so it’s desk friendly. I’m also looking forward to finding some other ways to use my one and only crop. Check back for some recipes with more fresh mint.


Chilled Green Bean Soup

cgbsThe other day, I came across a recipe for Chilled Radish Soup. I wish I could tell you where, but I didn’t save it so I don’t know. It sounded interesting.

The writer mentioned they got the idea from Green Bean Soup. Hmm… That sounded like something I could try. Green beans are flooding stores and gardens now. I decided to give it a whirl.

Chilled Green Bean Soup
2 cups green bean prepared by washing and breaking the ends off
2 cups broth of choice
onion – I used 3 green onions
salt and pepper
1 cup buttermilk

1. Combine everything but the buttermilk in a sauce pan and cook until the beans are soft. You can microwave, too
2. Transfer to a blender, add buttermilk and blend until smooth.

There you go! Another super easy, healthy lunch or dinner option for you. As you can see in the picture, I have it ready to go for my lunch today.


Cool Cucumber Watercress Soup

It’s really summer. Really It was 9000 degrees today with 3,000,000% humidity. I’m not kidding.

It can get very hot in Maryland. The last thing I want to do in this heat is cook. Sometimes I don’t even want to eat! So what can be better on a day like today than an insanely fast chilled soup? Nothing!!!

Cool Cucumber Watercress Soup 
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled,seeded and chopped
1 handful of watercress, clean leaves only

1. Blend everything together.
2. Chill.
3. Serve.

Notice I didn’t tell you to wash your watercress or cucumber. I did tell you to use clean watercress leaves so I guess I implied that you should wash your produce. But ultimately, it’s up to you.

This soup is very good with mint instead of watercress. It’s also great with some avocado. It made a very refreshing lunch today. I was afraid I would be hungry in the afternoon but I was actually okay. It must have been the yogurt. But I was satisfied.

Try it and let me know what you think! Enjoy!