As much as I love to cook and put a meal together, I often think about how nice it would be to have a personal chef. How lovely it would be to just show up at dinner time to a lovely prepared meal. This past week, some friends were visiting. Whenever they come, they always prepare at least one meal. It's like a dream come true. I get to just show up at dinner time and sit down to a lovely meal!! What's even better, they go out of their way to prepare something that they know I will love. On this week's menu was a glorious Gazpacho, hearty and absolutely delicious.
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tomato juice
*for a little extra spice add 1 chopped cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients and chill well.
This recipe could also be pureed for a super nutritional drink, minus the avocado and crab meat of course. My friend doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers for another meal. Guess what, as good as it was the first time, it was even better on the second go around! Word to the wise, double the recipe and enjoy the leftovers :)
If you would prefer a vegan/vegetarian version of the soup, just leave out the crab meat. But if you like seafood, shrimp would also be a nice alternative to the crab meat.