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Creamy Tomato Soup: Eating with Intention

Creamy Tomato Soup in the Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series Blender

Recapture the taste of your childhood with a homemade Creamy Tomato Soup. The creamy texture comes from cashew nuts and coconut milk making this soup suitable for vegans and those following a dairy and/or gluten-free diet. 

The Creamy Tomato Soup recipe comes from Eat with Intention by Cassandra Bodzak and, according to the food trends for 2017, it’s bang on trend.   Food forecasters  say that in 2017 we will focus on lighter eating, dairy-free and a rise in veganism.  There’s also a move towards connecting mindfulness with food, as research is now showing that how we eat is as important as what we eat. The emphasis is on eating slower, shutting off distractions like TV and social media and paying full attention to every mouthful that you eat so you really enjoy and appreciate your food every day.

Eat with Intention by Cassandra Bodzak

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CASSANDRA BODZAK is the host of Eat with Intention TV or you may know her as the happy, healthy living guru from ABC’s The Taste. She is the founder of the online mind-body-soul support community, Aprecity.com and a global meditation and wellness teacher who instructs people on how to utilize the technologies of food, meditation, and self-care to make peace with their bodies and their plates. Cassandra is an author, speaker, and certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. She lives in SantaMonica, California. Discover more at www.eatwithintentionTV.com and www.CassandraBodzak.com

THE BLURB

This is not your traditional cookbook. Eat with Intention is a manual for making peace with your food, loving your whole self and taking your power back in your life (and diet) by tapping into your body’s natural wisdom. You will not have to do a cleanse, eat kale every day, or eliminate an entire food group. Instead, you will learn the step-by-step process for eating with intention and being in loving relationship with your body, mind and soul so that you can put a stop to the never ending cycle of fad diets, constant exhaustion, and general unhappiness with your body and yourself. Meditation and wellness teacher Cassandra Bodzak struggled for years with unhealthy dieting, stomach pains, and food allergies. It was only when she began to listen to her body, connect deeper with her intuition and ultimately, both eat and live with intention that she transformed her life. In this book, she shares her wisdom to help you discover:

• How to make peace with your body so that it can transform and reach its highest potential.

• How to uncover the foods that are causing discomfort and decode what your cravings are really trying to tell you.

• How to nourish the body from a place of self-love.

• How to tap into the built in intuitive guidance system we all have.

• How to incorporate a daily meditation practice and self-care rituals into everyday life to experience more clarity and joy.

• How to prepare over 75 plant-based recipes, each accompanied by a mantra and meditation for eating with purpose and fueling your body, mind and soul.

So if you want to learn how to quiet your mind, start listening to your body, and love your whole self, then you are ready for this blueprint to a life that lights you up from the inside out. You are ready to live your best life with a clear head, open heart, and boundless energy

WHAT’S INSIDE?

There are five chapters devoted to helping you learn how to eat with intention, shift your habits and integrate change into your daily life. These are followed by six chapters of recipes each one with it’s own meditation mantra.  Cassandra suggests some ways to use the book e.g. choose a recipe that appeals, prepare the dish and then read the mediation, or find the message in the mantra that you feel you need, and then make the corresponding recipe.

There are a wide range of recipes covering juices & smoothies, breakfast, soups (including the Creamy Tomato Soup), salads and bowls, Entrees and even some desserts. All of the recipes are plant based,  packed with fruit, vegetables and whole grains. 

Cassandra also provides some basic information about how to meditate. 

WHO IS IT FOR?

Anyone who is looking for a better relationship with food, whether because of allergies, yo-yo dieting or seasonal over-indulgence.  Cassandra’s personal story also focuses on a history of negative thinking and low self-esteem, I’m not convinced that reading a book would be enough to overcome major issues like these, but could be used in conjunction with other therapies. 

PROS

An interesting concept, although not a new one.  The recipes are very good and most have beautifully styled photographs.

CONS 

I would have preferred a more concise outline of the concept and more recipes. 

THE VERDICT

If you are looking for inspiration to reconnect more meaningfully with food, and some delicious recipes, then this is the book for you. The Creamy Tomato Soup was simple to make and absolutely delicious, really thick and creamy.  I will definitely be making more of the recipes, they are impressively creative and I can see that they will also taste good.  The meditation mantras are really not for me, but they are not pretentious and are simple to follow, so if you are looking for a way to make some ‘me’ time in your life they might be just the thing to get you started.  

Eat with Intention -Recipes and Meditations for a Life that Lights You Up by Cassandra Bodzak

Published by Race Point Publishing RRP: £14.99

THE RECIPE

Creamy Tomato Soup
Yields 4
Recapture the childhood memories of creamy tomato soup with this plant based recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 2 white onions
  3. 1 clove of garlic
  4. 1/2 cup (65 g) raw unsalted cashew nuts, soaked in water for 2-3 hours and drained
  5. 1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
  6. (3) 14.5 ounce (400 g) cans stewed tomatoes
  7. 1/2 cup (120 ml) canned light coconut milk
  8. 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  9. 3/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp paprika
  11. 3 tablespoons (8 g) basil leaves, shredded to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor or high-speed blender. Add the remaining 1 tablespooon (15 ml) olive oil, the soaked and drained cashews, vegetable broth, tomatoes coconut milk, and spices and puree until thick and creamy.
  3. Transfer the soup to a medium saucepan and heat over a medium heat until the soup is warmed through. Serve hot and garnish with the basil leaves.
Notes
  1. I didn't have any basil leaves so garnished the soup with some sun dried tomatoes and a little sprinkling of paprika.
Adapted from Eat with Intention
Adapted from Eat with Intention
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Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

I made the Creamy Tomato Soup with my Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series Blender made by Froothie. It’s a high powered blender that makes short work of ingredients like cashew nuts,  if you use the G2.3 blender, it has a setting for soup and even warms it up to a perfect temperature, so it is ready to eat immediately.

Making Creamy Tomato Soup in the Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series Blender

You can use the Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series Blender for soups, smoothies, sauce, nut milks power balls, smoothies, cocktails and much more.  I’m a Froothie Ambassador and if you use my ambassador link to order your blender, you get free delivery in the UK as well as a super powerful blender. There are many more healthy recipes on the Froothie site has many inventive and healthy recipes to inspire you, including ones from me. If you order in Jumpstart January do write “3116” and “free ambassador delivery” in the comment section of the order. Delivery will be credited back to your card.

All through January I’ll be sharing recipes for Jumpstart January, look out for these and  recipes from other Froothie Ambassadors with the hashtag #Jumpstart17  good food for a wholesome, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

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Creamy Tomato Soup, vegan, dairy and gluten free

Disclosure: Froothie UK sent me the Optimum G2.3 Platninum Series Blender to use and review at home. I have not been paid for this post and was not required to give the G2.3 Blender a positive write-up.  All opinions are my own.  Affiliate links included in this post.

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    Janet Highland
    January 6, 2017

    I am very much looking forward to see what you have for us this month – and I love the warming and healthy approach. Must admit that tomato soup has to be one of my all time favourites.

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    Gingey Bites
    January 7, 2017

    Wow, I’ve never thought of using cashews in a tomato soup! But it does look really tasty 🙂

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      Janice Pattie
      January 7, 2017

      It’s really amazing how the cashews add a creamy texture to the soup, you wouldn’t know they were there!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 7, 2017

      A lot of good sense in the book, Becca. The cashews are a revelation, I’ll be using them again!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 7, 2017

      Thank you, it is delicious Margot.

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      Janice Pattie
      January 8, 2017

      Sounds good to me 😊

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    Jane Willis
    January 8, 2017

    The soup sounds delicious. I only discovered how versatile cashews are after soaking a few months ago and am still amazed at the ways they can be used.
    My eating goal for this year is to reduce the amount of meat I buy, concentrating on quality and provenance rather than cost, and so I’ll be eating a lot more vegetarian food and the cashew nut trick is going to feature heavily!
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      Janice Pattie
      January 8, 2017

      Sounds similar to my goals Jane, look forward to seeing how you get on and any recipes you recommend.

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    Sheila Reeves
    January 8, 2017

    This soup looks and sounds delicious – haven’t used cashews like that beofre, sounds interesting.
    My food goals are to meal plan better, so less waste and better food choices made, hopefully!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 8, 2017

      Sounds like a good choice, do try the cashews, they are so good.

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    Fish Fingers for Tea
    January 12, 2017

    I’ve never used cashew nuts in tomato soup but I can see how they would give a fab creaminess. The book sounds like a very sensible approach and I know I could definitely do with switching off the social media when I eat!
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      Janice Pattie
      January 13, 2017

      It is a lovely book to make you think about what you are eating and the recipes are excellent.

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      Janice Pattie
      January 13, 2017

      It is a lovely creamy soup, Michelle. Thank you for your kind comments, I love reviewing cookbooks, they are my passion.

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      Janice Pattie
      January 22, 2017

      Thanks Jan, yes definitely required on a chilly day!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 22, 2017

      Thanks Choclette, I loved the cashews creaminess and I need to show off my random pottery more often!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 24, 2017

      Aw, what a lovely memory, Sarah.

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    January 24, 2017

    Ooh, that soup looks just like Heinz Cream of Tomato (this is a good thing!) Where do you get cans of stewed tomatoes, or did you stew them yourself? (Sorry if this is explained in the post, I did look but couldn’t see anything!)
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      Janice Pattie
      January 25, 2017

      Thanks Cathy, it does indeed look like Heinz Cream of Tomato and it tastes really good too. Stewed tomatoes is the term used in the book, I used cans of quality chopped tomatoes which I think are sort of stewed. It worked anyway!

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      Janice Pattie
      January 28, 2017

      True, I was amazed how good and creamy it was with the cashew nuts

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      Janice Pattie
      January 29, 2017

      It’s so easy to make, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it

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      Janice Pattie
      January 31, 2017

      Thanks. Yes love the cashews.

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    Rachel Smith
    February 14, 2017

    This looks delicious. I’ve been using a mary berry recipe for a while now for tomato soup but this looks so much creamier. xx

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      Janice Pattie
      February 14, 2017

      Thanks Rachel, it was super creamy

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      Janice Pattie
      February 16, 2017

      Yes, it is easy will be over to see what you’ve made with your G2.3 soon

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