Thursday, September 1, 2011

Creamy Tomato Soup and "Grilled Cheese"

Ok, so I should premise this post by saying there's really nothing "grilled cheese" about this meal.  It's more like a Paleo version of french toast that I made to dip in the tomato soup.  But something seemed odd about "Creamy Tomato Soup and French Toast."  Hmmm.  Perhaps not...

Nonetheless, we love some grilled cheese (or whatever) to dip in our tomato soup, so here is our version.  We had some amazing organic, local tomatoes that we received from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and they were perfect for the soup.  Quite honestly, I'm super impressed with this recipe that I came up with.  It was DELICIOUS!  Just the right amount of spicy and creamy - yummm!

Tomato Soup:

  • 2 Tbsp fat (butter, ghee or coconut oil) - we used grass-fed butter
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 7 large or 8 medium tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • black pepper to taste
Saute the red onion and jalapeno in the butter (or other fat) until soft.  While that's cooking, puree the tomatoes (in a blender works best).  Add the garlic and saute for another few minutes.  Add the tomato puree, can of coconut milk, and spices.  Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

While this is simmering, you can work on the grilled cheese substitute.


French Toast (grilled cheese substitute):

  • 2 eggs
  • coconut bread
  • (if you wanted to make it for breakfast, try with cinnamon!)

Coconut Bread recipe (found this on CrossFit BC's website a while back):

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter - I use grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey (optional) - I did not use this tonight
The ideal situation is to have the bread already made.  Cut it into slices at least 1/2 inch thick so that they're not too floppy.  Heat a greased up frying pan or griddle.  I like coconut oil spray that you can find at Whole Foods.  When the pan is nice and hot, dip each coconut bread slice in egg mixture and fry it up!

Here's a pic of this tasty meal:




Now I realize there isn't a lot of protein to this meal, but I take comfort in the fact that there are a lot of eggs in the coconut bread, and it's dipped in egg.  So that's how I justify it.  :)  I just didn't feel like adding meat to it until I tasted the actual recipe first.  After trying it, I'm thinking sausage would compliment it nicely.

But really, try this recipe if you like a creamy tomato soup with a little kick.  I seriously want to just keep eating it, but I'm pretty sure I'm stuffed to capacity and will make myself sick if I keep consuming.

- Wifey

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