Last weeks post on summer vegetables got me thinking about how easy it would be to just throw together a soup made with veggies straight from the farmers market.
On this weekends trip to the Union Square farmers market I grabbed a bag full of fresh local vegetables. When I got home I combined them and with a few ingredients in my kitchen and I came up with this mexican summer vegetable soup. Just look at that farmers market bounty, it makes me smile The cost: $7.50!
Shallots, garlic chives, garlic, zucchini and purple carrots. Purple carrots not only have the nutrients of regular carrots such as vitamin A and beta-carotene, they also have anthocyanins, an antioxidant that is typically found in blueberries. The origin of purple carrots can be traced back to Afghanistan. Most prefer to serve them fresh or grilled because they lose their color when boiled. I didn’t mind so much in my soup because I got a beautiful purple broth.
To give your soup a mexican flair add in some tomatillos, cumin and a tad bit of red chilli powder. I omitted any real spicy flavor because I wanted my boyfriend to enjoy it and he doesn’t love things really hot. You could add in some minced jalapeno to kick up the heat a notch.
I only thought I was over my obsession with mexican flavors after my recent trip to San Antonio, but it only took two weeks for me to crave it again.
Mexican Summer Vegetable Soup- Vegan
1 14 OZ Can Crushed Tomatillos
3 Large Carrots Chopped (Purple if you can find them)
1 Large Shallot Chopped
2 Medium Zucchini Chopped
2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
1 Can Mini Corn Chopped
6 Cups Vegetable Brooth
2 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
1) In a large pot, sauté shallot in olive oil on medium to high heat until translucent. Add in crushed Garlic and heat for another 2 minutes.
2) Mix in the rest of your ingredients and stir until combined well. Bring soup to a boil.
3) Once boiling reduce the heat to simmer, cover and let cook for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
What is your favorite summer vegetable recipe? Add links!!!!