One of our goals is to open your eyes to the inexpensive (and tasty) raw food options. One of the biggest barriers a lot of people have to going raw is their perception that they will spend their whole paycheck on food. This does not have to be the case, and we are going to show you how!
I came up with this recipe in my head, and when I went to actually make it I was shocked at how quick and satisfying it was. We will definitely be exploring the possibilities of creamy raw soups going forward. But for now, here's the first:
Creamy Artichoke & Celery Soup (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Makes 4 pint size servings Cost: $10 ($2.50 per serving)
- 1/2 c. raw cashews
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 onion
- 2 cans artichoke hearts w/ water
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- filtered water
- olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Chop 3/4 of the onion and saute in olive oil until lightly browned.
- Chop up 1/2 can of artichoke hearts and thinly slice 1 celery stick, put to the side.
- Put the remainder of the first 5 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Add extra water if you would like a thinner consistency.
- RAW OPTION: Blend mixture in Vitamix until warm (about 5 minutes or so). Add in other vegetables.
- COOKED OPTION: Combine mixture, onions, and chopped celery and artichokes in a pot on the stove and heat to desired temperature.
- Add a healthy dash of avocado oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
- Serve, eat, enjoy!
Anything heated to a temperature below 118 degrees is still considered raw. Blending for an extended period of time will accomplish a raw soup that is warm. This is really great for me because come October I'm in full-on-soup-mode and need the warmth and comfort I get from hot, creamy soups, but I can't have the cream and butter necessary to accomplish that (I have food allergies). By using cashews, you can get the creamy consistency without the dairy, and it gives you the healthy fats needed to fill you up and keep you going.
TIME SAVER: Make a larger batch and freeze individual serving sizes so you'll have a quick meal when you need it.