Janel, a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet, promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a masters degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston.

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Janel's Vegetarian Kitchen

by Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN

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When I was at a local farm stand recently, I picked up some farm-fresh ingredients to make a great gazpacho. I love cold soup in the summer, and can’t believe it took me this long to blend up a quick gazpacho! The great thing about soups, in my opinion, is that you really don’t need to follow a recipe. A little bit of this, some leftovers of that, and voila! Soup is done. Here is what I used in my gazpacho:

3 large tomatoes, diced
1 medium white onion, diced (I used about ¾)
¾ container of sprouts " I just needed to use these up. In they went!
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
about 3 Tbsp olive oil
fresh thyme (not a typical gazpacho ingredient, but I had some about to go bad in my fridge so I tossed it in and love the flavor it added)
fresh parsley from mom’s porch garden
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp hot sauce " this just barely added a kick

With a few pulses of my hand-held immersion blender, I blended up this gazpacho in no time, keeping some veggies in tact for a little texture. I like my gazpacho slightly chunky.

I let it sit overnight for the flavors to meld. It was so tasty!

I paired the soup with a crusty onion baguette and some corn on the cob. It was a perfect summer dinner that is low calorie and chock full of nutrients.

Every gazpacho is different " what’s in yours?

@ 1:22pm ET on August 31, 2009
Can i ask after loseing over 70kg of weight, i got a lot of skin hanging down. At night most of the time i can't sleep if you don't mind can you tell me where can i get some help and takecare.

@ 1:51pm ET on August 31, 2009
Congrats rashid22 on your weight loss! I would recommend speaking with your doctor about the excess skin as well as any sleeping issues you may have. Good luck!
-Dietitian Janel

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