Today is the winter solstice, the day that marks the end of one solar year and the beginning of the next. In the Northern Hemisphere, we will experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is a time of celebration and reflection, a time to ruminate over what has transpired and a time to party like you just graduated from college… which I kind of did. This day, for me, marks the completion of my Holistic Nutrition course which I began in 2014. The past two years have definitely not been a walk in the proverbial park, but they have brought many lessons and much abundance in fairly unexpected ways. So I am celebrating. Celebrating the end of one cycle that is clearing the way for a new one to begin. And guess how I’m gonna do it… With soup!
The recipe I would like to share with you is for a soul-warming tomato bisque, and I want to tell you just how special tomatoes are and why they are the perfect vegetable (fruit!) to light our way into the new year. Tomatoes are brimming with antioxidants which are so important at this time of year when stress is high, nerves are frayed, and the performance of our immune systems may not be up to snuff. Antioxidants essentially keep our bodies from aging. They protect our cells from the damage generally caused by these little doodads called free radicals. The antioxidants found in tomatoes play key rolls in heart and bone health, as well as cancer prevention.
So let’s end/start this thing on a delicious note with a soup that not only stokes the coals of the soul, but fires up our immune systems and helps us to endure this winter and come out swing dancin’ on the other side!
Plant-based Tomato Bisque
yields about 5 servings