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Apr 04

Creamy (Raw) Red Pepper Soup

Rules can inspire creativity.

 

Translation: no body puts baby in a corner!

One of my favorite things about this particular cleanse is that, while there are parameters, the rules are easy to work within.

For instance, one of the guidelines is to eat more raw veggies than cooked.  I love raw vegetables, but sometimes that can get a bit boring.  Raw soup, on the other hand… that’s interesting!  Eating a soup raw may seem strange, but it really is good.  And perfect for this warmer weather!

Creamy Raw Red Pepper Soup

 

The cool thing about this chilled soup is the creaminess.  The avocado and hemp seeds lend healthy fats and a smooth, cooling factor that is perfect against the jalapeño kick.

Red pepper and carrots add a natural sweetness.  It’s still early in the season, so I added just a bit of stevia.  I may or may not have added an extra jalapeño in my version… don’t worry, that’s not in the recipe as written below.

Red Pepper Soup

 

All you need is a blender to make this souper-easy soup.  I used my Vitamix, but any high-speed blender would work.  If you chop up the veggies a little more, I think you could even make it in a Magic Bullet!

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Raw Red Pepper Soup

Creamy Raw Red Pepper Soup

  • 1 C warm water
  • 1 medium red pepper
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1 T red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: 3-4 drops lemon liquid Stevia

 

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (I used a Vitamix) and process until thick and smooth.  Allow to run for 4-5 minutes until slightly warm.

Makes 4 sides or 2 larger servings.

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I always feel a little high after eating raw – is that just me?

What inspires (or forces) you to think outside the box in the kitchen?

Are you a raw food fan?

 

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  1. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I’m totally intrigued by this soup and its rawness! Looks delicious.

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Raw veggies MURDER my stomach!!!!!!!! If you want to off me, feed me raw veggies! LOL!

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    O yum! Looks so good :) The pepper may totally kill my stomach, but if it’s worth it….. ;)

    1. Laura

      Awwww! I bet you could sub a couple of tomatoes if that’s easier on your tummy!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    So it’s almost like a smoothie in a bowl? I like the idea and will try it soon!

    1. Laura

      I didn’t think of it like that, but yeah! A savory smoothie. :)

  5. Meredith @ DareYouTo

    MMM I’ve only made red pepper soup once and loved it. Don’t know why I haven’t since… definitely going to try this one. Pinning! THanks

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Please let me know what you think. :)

  6. Linz @ Itz Linz

    this looks really good! i’ve eaten raw foods before but have never made them myself!

  7. Tina Muir

    Oh interesting, I am not really a fan of cold soups, but I think I should give it a try. Everything else I have tried recently that i was not sure about, I have loved! Thanks Laura :)

    1. Laura

      You should! You can always warm it, but I think its really refreshing with the warmer weather.

  8. lindsay

    i like it raw! ohh that doesn’t sound right.. I mean i like this. Even raw!

    1. Laura

      Aren’t your balls raw? ;)

  9. Jennifer F

    Soup looks so good, love all the ingredients — hemp seeds rock! I’m all about creativity in the kitchen, it’s fun to look in the produce bin and whip up something colorful and healthy out of the ignored fruits and veggies that have been sitting there since the beginning of the week!

    1. Laura

      I’m with you! I love the end of the week when you need to use up the last of the grocery haul.

  10. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I love raw food! Looks delicious!!

  11. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Genius! I may even throw this into my reset group’s menu. :) And I’m saving it for myself too- can’t wait to eat more raw this spring and summer!

    1. Laura

      That would be so cool!! I’d love to hear what they (and you) think!

  12. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Oh I so need to eat more raw!! Especially carrots. Or this soup. I had gazpacho in February when I was in spain, this cold tomato soup. So good.

    1. Laura

      I love gazpacho! Have you ever doe it with fruit? It’s really good!

  13. Kirsten

    Laura,
    This looks like a terrific soup to make after bringing home a box full of CSA farm share produce in the summer. I’ve pinned this to remind me, since looking out the window convinces me that summer is never gonna get here . . .
    I’ve got a strange but good muffin for you today–I’ve been having hashtagcarrotweek using my farm share carrots in everything from sushi to side dishes, but today I made carrot cake without sugar. That’s the strange bit. The good bit is that I used a little honey, and a little maple syrup, and some dates and raisins to keep these soaked oat muffins just delicious.
    Thanks for hosting!

    1. Laura

      Love your muffin idea! Carrots are one of my favorite veggies.

  14. RavieNomNoms

    YUM! That sounds so good!

  15. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    You always think outside the box my friend and I love it!

  16. misszippy

    Love the ingredients list so I think this would be a winner for me! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    This sounds incredible, something very easy to fit into almost any meal plan!!!

    1. Laura

      Just wait until I tell you my latest diet snafu…

  18. Christa @ Edible Balance

    It’s a hit or miss with me and raw foods… depends on what the ingredients are and how much of it. I LOVE raw soups though, so I definitely need to make this!

    1. Laura

      Girllllll… I need to talk to you about my intolerance discoveries.

  19. Kierston

    I love the addition of jalapeño pepper! I love spicy so I know this would give your soup an awesome kick :)

  20. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I think we both know that I eat A LOT of raw veggies! A LOT! This sounds perfect! Love it! I hope you’re feeling well after the first week of the cleanse! I love that you see this as an adventure and opportunity to come up with new recipes!

    1. Laura

      I really am! How’s Tony doing?

  21. Megan @ The Skinny-Life

    I’m not sure about cold soups. I’ve never had them honestly. I love all the ingredients in this recipe though so I would try it and I could always warm it up!

    1. Laura

      They are really great in the spring when everything is so deliciously fresh! But it is good warmed too. :)

  22. Carly @ Fine Fit Day

    I am a huge fan of every single ingredient in this soup, but I have this weird aversion to chilled soup!! Even gazpacho. I guess I would be a fail at a raw food diet. Or maybe I just need to give cold soups another try. ;)

    1. Laura

      You can definitely warm it up! I find it easier to eat a blended chilled soup than a apache. Less like a mouthful of salsa maybe? ;)

  23. jill conyers

    Yum! I love making soup in my Vitamix! Adding this to my menu.

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Let me know what you think. :)

  24. Laura@ Fit Running Mama

    yum– all of these ingredients sound perfect!!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!

  25. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    If this is what happens when you get put into a corner, I like it.
    This looks and sounds delicious especially with the extra jalapeno. I’m pinning it for when it’s above 70 here. I think it’d go great with your cornbread muffins too.

    1. Laura

      I fight my way out with FOOD!

  26. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    So I just want you to know that making this soup last week inspired me to make another dish with a raw avocado sauce that I basically “un-rawed” by adding nutritional yeast…whatevs! The pictures didn’t come out the prettiest, but after eating the leftovers yesterday, I gonna post that shit anyway…it’s DAMN good and features another of our favorite veggies…spaghetti squash! :D

    1. Laura

      I’m going toned that recipe. Ugly food tastes better!!!

      P.S. I was totally flattered that you made this so fast. You rock.

  27. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Made this today and loved it! You’re a genius :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! Beefy oats next? ;)

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