When Life Gives You Tomatoes, Make Gazpacho!

photo credit: www.detoxdiva.comSummer never really got here on the East Coast this year, with mild 80 degree temps all of July and August it’s been feeling like a fabulous long fall. But with cooler temperatures, gardening was a little tough making tomato crops lagging way behind. Until these past weeks I’ve hardly had any all summer but with summer starting to peak her head out this week and bringing on the humidity, tomatoes seem to be abundant so what better to do with all those tomatoes but make Gazpacho!!!

One of the most desired soups ever invented. Cold soup is best for those sweltering hot summer days and even better for those warm fall afternoons. Perfect for using all those fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers straight from the garden or farmers market. Add your other favorite ingredients or load up on different kinds of peppers to turn up the heat. Make large batches and eat it all week! DSC_6074

Makes 3-4 Servings

2 cups yellow tomatoes

2 cups red tomatoes

2 cups peeled and diced cucumbers

1 ½ cup red onion

1 cup orange bell pepper

1 teaspoon garlic minced

1 jalapeño seeded (or keep seeds to add heat)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh parsley

2 tablespoons fresh basil

1/2 cup scallions- chopped

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

¼ teaspoon cayenne

1 avocado-sliced

Puree peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeño in a food processor. Add garlic, tomato paste, herbs, olive oil and blend well.  Transfer to bowl, and then add lemon juice and vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir together. Cover and let chill for at least 3 hours or overnight to let flavors settle in. Pour into separate bowls. Garnish with scallions and avocado. Enjoy!!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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