Grapefruit, avocado, and arugula cold soup

Today marks the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year: Restaurant week!!

During restaurant week some of the top restaurants in the city offer 3-course meals for a fraction of what you would normally pay. This is my first year in Amsterdam, so I am trying to make the most of it. Tonight I have organized a lovely-ladies night at Mashua. Can’t wait!

Since I will be having super lux, high-fat meals for dinner most nights this week, I thought that I should try to get a super-dose of health beforehand. Although I am not sold on going completely raw (since some foods have improved digestibility with cooking), I do believe that eating raw when possible is a great way to boost your nutrition. Besides, although cooking food can change the taste and morph otherwise dull foods into mouth magic, the right combination of raw ingredients can do this, too. Don’t believe me?

This “cold soup” can also be served as a smoothie…since it is essentially the same thing. But I think that the cold soup concept is a good way to retrain your brain. So when you think, “What’s should I make for dinner tonight?“, it doesn’t always mean that you need to slave over a hot stove or just throw together a salad.

To be clear, I married a meat-loving omnivore. While he enjoys eating a mostly vegetarian diet (since I always cook), he does occasionally prepare himself a steak. He also might eat more rice, tofu, egg, or other heavier fair than I would for any given meal. That being said, if I were to present him with a smoothie in a cup for dinner, I’m pretty sure he would be all like, “What else are we having?”

Put the same thing in a bowl…and BAM! Dinner is served.

Him: What is this?

Me: It’s soup. Cold soup. 

Him: **feeling trendy, elitist, and refined** It’s great. I love it. 

Mission accomplished.  P1020592

Grapefruit, avocado, and arugula cold soup

*Makes two large bowls*

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2 large handfuls of arugula

2 ripe avocados

1/2 english cucumber, peeled

1 handful sprouts

1 small bunch cilantro

1 piece bread ( I had a piece of stale bread….not necessary for the recipe…can omit)

1 ruby red grapefruit

1 lime

1 lemon

1 inch piece of ginger

1 cup of plain yogurt (soy or dairy…your choice)

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

P1020579After gathering all your ingredients  blend all the veggies, and juice of the grapefruit, lime, and lemon together in a bowl.

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After everything is blended together, add the yogurt and bread. If the bread is stale, let sit for one minute to rehydrate before blending again.

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Finally add your seasonings and garnish with fresh, non-green veggies  I added some carrot and fresh red peppers.

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To your health <3<3

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