Yup, you'll be seeing a lot more soups coming out of my kitchen now that the weather has cooled off in these parts. I could live on soup in the winter. It's just so satisfying and homey... good for the soul.
When not using fresh tomatoes, I use Pomi brand for my go-to packaged tomato products. I like that they are packaged in cartons instead of cans. Canned tomato products can be a health risk. The lining of most cans contain a resin that leaches one of the toxic chemicals of its components, bisphenol-A (BPA), into food, especially tomatoes since they are acidic. BPA has been shown to be a neuroendocrine disruptor and can cause several biological problems.
Eden tomatoes are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on enamel lining. The lining is epoxy based and may contain a minute amount of BPA. It is however in the 'non detectable' range according to independent laboratory extraction tests. The test was based on a detection level at 5 ppb (parts per billion).
Pomi is relatively easy to locate... most supermarkets stock it. Both Eden and Pomi offer salt-free packaged tomato products, a big bonus for nutritarian cooking. Trader Joe's also sells tomato products in cartons.
- 1 26 oz. carton Pomi strained tomatoes
- 1 26 oz. carton Pomi chopped tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 cup soy milk
- ½ cup raw cashews
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 15 oz. can salt-free garbanzo beans
- 3 TBS Spike salt-free seasoning
- 1 TBS onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dill weed (fresh or dried)
- ½ tsp crushed black pepper
- ¼ cup mirin rice wine or 2 dates, pits removed (the mirin adds a great depth of flavor)
- Place all ingredients, except the wine, soy milk and cashews in a soup pot and simmer for about 30 minutes to allow the tomatoes to mellow and the flavors to meld.
- Place the cashews and ½ cup of the soy milk in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth (if you're using dates instead of the wine, add the dates to the blender, too)
- Add remaining soy milk and blend again until smooth.
- Add this to the soup and stir well to combine.
- Add the wine and simmer another 10 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
- Top with a little cashew milk and some dill.