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Coconut Tomato Soup with Crispy Kale

Coconut tomato soup with crispy kale
Coconut tomato soup with crispy kale

Warning: This is not your traditional tomato soup.

Sure, it’s hearty and comforting, and it is definitely chock-full of tomatoes, but it also offers a unique richness that allows it to stand apart from others of the variety.

Thickened with creamy coconut milk and protein-packed chickpeas, this soup is just right for a rainy afternoon, lazy evening meal, or any time you need a few spoonfuls of home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water (more if you want soup to be thinner)
  • Kale

Instructions:

  • Heat oil and add onion and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes and then add salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Stir in tomatoes, then add chickpeas, coconut milk, and water.
  • Add red pepper flakes and any additional seasoning.
  • Simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer contents to blender and pulse until soup turns thick and creamy.

If you’re like me and enjoy a little crunch with your meals, you can lightly coat some small pieces of kale with extra virgin olive oil and put them in the broiler on high for four to six minutes. Top your bowl of soup with crunchy kale and enjoy.

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Greenpoint Love Bites: Blind Date #3

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The nights are drawing in and it’s the season to snuggle! With all this potential for autumnal romance in the air, we’re proud to present the results of another wonderful Love Bites in Greenpoint blind date!

Last week Lizzie, 30 and Dakota, 33 went for dinner at Greenpoint’s awesome Balinese restaurant Selamat Pagi  (152 Driggs Avenue) and got to know each other over some fruity red wine and an amazing vegan chocolate cake.

But while their minds were blown by dessert, were they blown away by each other??! Continue reading

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Easy Like Sunday Morning Coconut Macaroons!

When a friend invites you to a party and you ask, “Can I bring anything?” be prepared for “How about dessert?” And if you don’t want to take the easiest route and go to the bakery, try this incredibly simple and festive macaroon recipe.

Aside from how tasty they are, there are two things I love about this recipe: 1. most of the ingredients (aside from coconuts) are in my cabinets and 2. I can easily remember all the ingredients. They also survived despite our wonky oven temperature fluctuations. Continue reading

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