So, the other day I cockily announced that it was soup season. Turns out- not so much *crowds around air conditioner and thanks the heavens for this wonderful synthetic gift that makes us mildly ill but also able to continue on with our days without throwing up as the temperature climes to 36 with humidex*
You heard that right. Here in Toronto our weather is going up to 36 in a couple of days and I am NOT happy about it. I am officially ready for drinking broth outside, baking without sweating my ass off and putting Opie in his plaid shirt like a good Canadian doggy.
BUT the one good thing about this resurgence of heat is that it lets me sneak in a summer recipe I didn't have time to post before my trip a few weeks ago- fresh plant based avocado gazpacho. Oh HAYLLLLL yes.
It's savory, cold, creamy and super easy to make. And share (although this one Opie and I sometimes argue over). So, let's get to making this delish dish before the cool weather comes back and it's all apples and pumpkins and cinnamon and we pretend we're happy about summer ending. HERE WE GO.
- 2 cups (240ml) filtered water
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
- 1 medium English cucumber chopped
- 1 cup of defrosted frozen sweet peas (drain any excess liquid)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup of full fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon high quality sea salt
optional add ons for garnishing: hemp seeds, cucumber slivers, peas, cilantro or mint leaves + pansies (they look beautiful and taste sweet and delicate)
Toss all ingredients into a blender and mix up until super smooth. Option to add in more water if you want the consistency to be a bit runnier or sub in some ice if you like it super cold. Then pour into a bowl and top with garnishes!
Because gazpacho for humans typically involves onion and spicy peppers (big doggy no-no's), you can always pour the mixture as detailed above for your pup and then keep half for you in the blender, add in 1/2 a shallot or yellow onion and 1/2 of your favourite hot pepper (I love jalapeno but serrano will do too) and mix! Just ensure the onion and hot pepper batch stays far away from your bebe and ENJOY!!!