Cooking Delights

Monday, September 11, 2006

Roasted Tomato Soup

The tomatoes are still overflowing in our backyard garden. I picked these beautiful tomatoes to make oven roasted tomato soup from Dreena's The EveryDay Vegan. Roasting these tomatoes in the oven for over an hour really enhanced the flavour.

Here is the soup after it has been pureed and served up.

This soup was accompanied by a hearty fresh salad.

Why was this dinner a nutritional home run? Eating fresh seasonal organic vegetables (and all of the vegetables in my garden are organic) is a fantastic way to boost your nutritional income. Colourful fruits and vegetables such as the tomatoes contain health-protective phytonutrients that promote optimal health. Eating raw food with your cooked food gives your body healthy enzymes that help to digest your food. Also eating a huge green salad such as this one helps to fill you up with less calories. Also, the increased fiber content means that the food will pass through your bodily more easily. All you protein enthusiasts need not worry. All these greens do contain some protein, however the nuts and the hemp nut seeds boost the protein count of this dinner.


  • At Tuesday, 12 September, 2006, Anonymous Emmy said…

    Those tomatoes are gorgeous. How many varieties of tomatoes do you grow in your garden? The soup looks yummy. The Everyday Vegan is a great cookbook. Haven't tried this recipe yet. Soup and a salad is always a great meal combo :)

  • At Tuesday, 12 September, 2006, Anonymous toofondofbooks said…

    I usually don't like salads (weird, I know), but your salad picture has inspired me to make a salad for lunch. It looks delicious!

  • At Tuesday, 12 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Both the soup and salad look fantastic. Looks like apples on the salad? Paul loves fruit in his salad.

    megan the vegan

  • At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Blogger Carrieā„¢ said…

    Roasted tomato soup?! Mmm, sounds devine. Looks mighty tasty too. I want to try that recipe for sure.

    I read your post about the food fair. I missed that book! How could I miss it??!! I walked away without any books for a change. I had a good time strolling around. The day was gorgeous. We didn't go into the food tent because we had a late brunch and weren't hungry. We just sampled little bits of what vendors were offering, so I didn't see a lot of the mock meats and deep fried stuff. Dark chocolate vegan cake from Whole Foods was one of the highlights for us. :o)

    I sent you an e-mail about Kleo's trip, but I don't know if you got it. I used the address linked to this blog. Megan is coming too and we'd love to meet you as well. Drop me a note at and we'll get a game plan ready.

  • At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOW, those are great tomatoes! I am sad that mine have ended, my big tomato blitz was earlier in summer. I love your blog, I am so adding you to my favorites!

  • At Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, Anonymous kleo2 said…

    Wow, such colour like i can't believe, Melissa. Lookin' GOOD!! Really good!! And nice soup, how flavourful that must be. I love that you can have those at your fingertips in your very own garden!!

  • At Thursday, 14 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    Hi emmy
    We probably had about 5 different varieties of tomatoes in our garden. I love the colour combinations this year.

    toofoodofbooks - I didn't used to like salads either... but after reading Eat to Live I decided to get into them and fast. Now that I am eating them regularly I feel totally undernourished if I don't have at least one huge one a day. Last night I even went to the grocery store, bought a salad in a bag and then proceeded to sit down and eat the entire thing.

    Hi megan - I *love* fruit on my salad too... fruit and nuts together make it more like a dessert!

    Hi Carrie - maybe the book was sold out by Sunday. There was only one left after I bought mine. Hmmm the dark vegan chocolate cake sounds divine. I sent you an e-mail back, looking forward to meeting all of you in October.

    wonder who anonymous is? I've been getting so many more anonymous posts since blogger changed to beta. I haven't switched my blog over yet - haven't got the invite and I am too impatient to figure it out - despite trying.

    Hi kleo- yup I love walking back to my garden to pick fresh produce for dinner... things are starting to dry up now so it will be back to the super market for me. boo hoo.

  • At Thursday, 14 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

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