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Even when I’m sick I can rock it out in the kitchen….
This past weekend I came down with a nasty cold. Worse than anything I had endured in a while.
But even so, I wanted to stay on course with my diet, so Friday night, instead of painting the town red, I clamored into my Target sweatpants and headed to the kitchen for my 5th meal of the day.
The pickins were slim.
It was also like, 90 degrees outside, and about 110 degrees in my sweats. Dumb wardrobe choice, but I digress.
Regardless of the mid August temperature my body needed soup, but my eating plan also required a protein, so I brilliantly mashed the two together.
This soup took all of 10 minutes to make and it tasted out of this world.
One caveat: I used canned tomatoes which is not something I typically do. I prefer fresh, especially when they’re in season, but given my state, I wasn’t pulling any Martha Stewart tricks in the kitchen.
You choose the method that works for you.
Note: I also added a leftover cooked veggie sausage that was in the fridge. It didn’t go over well with the hubbie, so I’d advise against adding any other stray proteins to the soup. Simpler is better.
Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil + Tofu Soup Recipe
- 1 28 ounce can of peeled or plum tomatoes (look for organic!)
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil
- 3 cups veggies soup broth (again, find organic if you can)
- 2 small carrots, finely chopped
- 1 shallot finely chopped
- 8 ounces of organic tofu – silk or firm
- 1 teaspoon of Herb de Provence (or any seasoning of your choice)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Sautee the chopped carrot and shallot in a large pot over medium heat with about two tablespoons of the soup base to keep it from sticking (this is instead of using oil).
- Once the onion is translucent (about 5 to 7 minutes) add the canned tomatoes and the remainder of the soup stock. Bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, with a hand blender or food processor, mash up the tofu so that it’s texture becomes lumpy/creamy. Reduce the heat of the boiling soup and add the blended tofu to the boiling soup mixture. Use your hand blender to puree the ingredients together in the pot.
- Before serving add the finely chopped fresh basil and season with salt, pepper and herbs of your choice to taste.