Ripe tomatoes roasted, blended with garlic, onion and spiked with coconut oil make a warm spicy rustic tomato soup. Perfect for that cold day when you are stuck indoors and craving comfort food. The second day of ‘Sandy’ and everyone was craving soup. Tomato soup is always popular in my home, but I usually buy it. I looked at the ripe tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter and felt them beckoning, calling out to me to turn them into homemade tomato soup. I decided to roast the tomatoes before turning them into puree. Roasting intensifies the flavor in anything and gives tomato soup a whole different flavor. I tossed in some garlic and onion, smeared everything with a dab of coconut oil and roasted/baked them for 40 minutes. After that, I just pureed them, added spices, coconut oil and my home made roasted tomato soup was done ! Easy and It tasted yumm ! I didn’t have garlic bread to go with it, but we just ate it with toast and felt that warm feeling that you only get with home-made tomato soup ! I will never buy canned or packaged tomato soup again.
Nutrition Wise !
Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C and A. They are also packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that prevents skin damage from ultra-violet (UV) rays and offers protection from skin cancer. Lycopene is also found to be protective of other cancers, especially prostate, breast and colon cancer. Absorption of lycopene increase in cooked tomatoes. So tomato soup, marinara sauce, ketchup are good sources of this antioxidant. This vegetable also has Zea-xanthin which helps protect eyes from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly persons by filtering harmful ultra-violet rays. All the more reason to load up on tomatoes. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral properties and coconut oil adds a nice boost of healthy fat. All in all, a very healthy dose of nutrients in this tomato soup.
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