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Home Care Recipes: Fresh Gazpacho for a Cool Summer Lunch

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Home Care in Duluth GA

Summertime care for your elderly parents is all about keeping your parents cool, healthy, and comfortable as the temperatures creep up. One of the greatest challenges their home care provider may face during these hot months is getting your parents to each a well-balanced diet that gives them all of Home Care in Duluth GAthe nutrients they need. Heat tends to suppress the appetite and discourage eating heavy or hot foods. This recipe is simple enough for you to put together on a weekend day and tuck in the refrigerator so that your senior loved ones and their in home health care services provider can enjoy a fresh, cool, and nutrition-packed lunch no matter how hot it is outside. You can also ensure all of the ingredients are available so the care provider and your parents can create the soup together.

Gazpacho is a vegetable-based soup served cold. Though there are many variations, the traditional recipe is predominately tomato and can be spicy if that appeals to the tastes of your aging loved ones.

What You’ll Need

• 1/2 pounds tomatoes

• Tomato juice

• 1 cup of peeled, seeded, chopped cucumber

• 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

• 1/2 cup chopped red onion

• 1 jalapeno

• 1 garlic clove

• 1/4 cup olive oil

• 1 lime

• 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

• Fresh basil leaves

• Large pot

• Sharp knife

• Large mixing bowl of ice water

• Another large mixing bowl

• Blender

• Paper towels

• Mesh strainer

• Medium mixing bowl


What to Do

• Place 3 quarts of water into the large pot and bring to a full boil

• Use the sharp knife to cut an “X” shape on the bottom of each of the tomatoes

• Place the tomatoes into the boiling water and allow to boil for 15 seconds

• Remove the tomatoes and put them in the ice bath for approximately 1 minute

• Remove the tomatoes and pat them dry with paper towels

• Peel, core, and seed the tomatoes

• Place the seeds and pulp in the strainer and press them over the medium mixing bowl to collect the juice

• Squeeze out as much juice as possible and then measure out enough bottled tomato juice to come to a full cup

• Chop the tomatoes and put them in a large mixing bowl with the juice

• Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce

• Roll the lime across the counter to loosen the juice inside, cut it in half, and squeeze the juice out of both sides into the soup. Prevent seeds from going into the soup by squeezing through your fingers

• Stir in the cumin, salt, and pepper

• Chop the jalapeno and garlic clove and add to the soup

• Add the chopped red onion, cucumber, and red bell pepper. Other colors of bell peppers are fine as well, but they will discolor the soup, so red is preferable

• Measure 1 1/2 cups of the mixture into the blender and puree on high speed for 15 to 20 seconds until completely smooth

• Pour the pureed mixture back into the bowl with the chunky soup and stir

• Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to combine

• Chiffonade the basil leaves to garnish the soup and serve

If you or an aging loved one are looking for home care in Duluth, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.