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Spanish Style Gazpacho

Prep Time:  30 Minutes

Cook time:  0 minutes!!

Chill Time:  Up to 6 hours
Total time:  Up to 6 hours, 30 minutes

Difficulty Level:  Easy
Serves: 4-6
Modified from this recipe on Epicurious

 

INGREDIENTS:

Soup:

10 oz. of day old bread, crust removed
21 oz. of fresh summer tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped
1 tsp Ellbee’s Original Garlic blend
1 medium sweet onion chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and seeds removed, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground Cumin
8 tablespoons of good Spanish Olive oil, extra virgin
2 tablespoons of good Spanish Sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons cold water, or more as needed

Garnish:

1 cucumber, peeled and finely diced, for garnish

Sour Cream, for garnish
Croutons (preferably homemade, optional) or crostini (grilled bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil)

Cracked Peppercorns

 

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl, soak the bread in 1/2 – 1 cup of water for 10 min. Squeeze out, by hand, as much water as possible from the bread.

In a food processor (a Vitamix purees everything quickly and like a dream!) puree all the chopped vegetables.  Add the cumin, garlic, the soaked bread, sherry vinegar, olive oil and 2 Tbsp cold water. Puree in the food processor until the mixture is entirely pureed and smooth. Add more cold water if needed to get the right consistency; it should be slightly thick but should pour easily. Add salt to taste (start with 1-2 tsp).

Refrigerate at least 2 hours and re-taste for salt.

Serve chilled with garnish of chopped cucumber, cracked peppercorns, and/or croutons as desired.  You can also serve with crostini.

Veggie Noodle Lo Mein

Prep time:  20 minutes

Cook time:  20 minutes

Total time:  40 mins

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 baby bok choy, or 1 large bok choy, thoroughly washed, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced length-wise
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, ends removed and spiralized into noodles.  If your carrots aren’t big enough to spiralize thinly slice
  • 8 oz mushrooms.  I prefer baby portobello or crimini mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 4-8 zucchini (around 2 lbs), spiralized into noodles – I find the medium size works best, but you could also do the fine or angel hair size
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Aromatics:

  • 3 tsp Ellbee’s Asian Zing Garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons ginger, minced
  • Whites of the green onions sliced below

Sauce:

  • 1 ½ Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ½ Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tsp brown sugar

Toppings:

  • 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced.  Separate the sliced greens from the whites.  Use the whites in the aromatics above, reserve the greens for topping at the end

 

Instructions:

  1. Make sure all your veggies are prepped before starting the stir fry.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and soy sauce until cornstarch is dissolved.  Add in sesame oil, mirin and brown sugar.  Set aside
  3. Preheat a very large skillet (at least 15″) over medium high heat. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil into the pan along with the garlic, ginger, and whites of the green onions.  Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and the green onions have wilted.  
  4. Increase heat to high.  Add mushrooms and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.  Add bok choy, bell pepper, and carrots. Stir fry for an additional 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies are starting to soften.
  5. Transfer the stir fried veggies to a large serving bowl
  6. Place the stir fry pan back over high heat, and add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and stir fry just until the noodles are beginning to soften, around 5 minutes.  Drain off the excess liquid.  
  7. Add the veggie mixture to the noodles and toss completely to combine. Add the salt and sauce mixture, stir to coat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.   Taste and adjust seasonings.  Remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Transfer to serving bowl, top with the greens portion of the sliced green onions, and serve. 

Notes:

  • You can easily add a cooked protein (chicken, shredded pork, etc) if desired.  Add the cooked protein in Step 4 with the mushrooms and other vegetables.