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.
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)
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.
Before the advent of the Bacon Age, when it was decided that everything goes better with bacon, I always thought that most things can be improved with one simple fried egg added to almost any dish. So, yeah, the egg came first. You really can take a not totally interesting dish to the next level by adding a sunny-side up, over easy or poached egg.
Here’s ten dishes made better with a fried egg:
1. Cheeseburger with Fried Egg. The image above was taken by me at bar & restaurant, Greenpoint Heights, of their “Brunch Burger” made with: smoked gouda, bacon, grass fed beef, pickles, tomato, onion, lettuce with cherry mayo and of course a messy egg that brings all the flavors together.
2. Chili with Fried Egg, Cheese and Hot Sauce. Homemade chili or even chili in a can sometimes doesn’t feel like a full meal unless it has that extra kick, like a fried egg. Let some grated cheese melt on the chili and make it a little extra spicy with some Cholula or Tapatio.
3. Ramen with Fried Egg. This is the most common combination you’ll find online and it turns a one dollar snack into a two dollar meal. It would be crazy not to include it on this list, however, I hit my Ramen limit way back in my third year in undergraduate school.