Frugal Healthy Food: Gazpacho
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One of my favorite topics to talk about is food. I am a hardcore foodie who also happens to be pretty frugal. One of the non-negotiables in my budget is good food. I believe that eating healthy is one of the reasons why I rarely get sick and why I feel so good in general. And, let’s be honest, for me eating isn’t just to fuel my body-it’s a an experience for my senses. I love to look at a beautifully presented dish, wonder about how it was sourced, and I also think about how can I make the same thing…for less? Summertime is a great time for inexpensive and delicious food.
It actually drives me crazy when people insist that it’s not possible to eat healthy food and be frugal. It is, but sometimes you need some recipe inspiration, tips, and tricks. I’ve got you covered!
The following gazpacho recipe is an easy to make, delicious meal or starter for people who love tomatoes. If you don’t like tomatoes or eating cold things-it’s not for you.
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There is nothing better than a refreshing bowl of gazpacho. No, it’s not salsa. It’s like salsa’s half-sister. Here’s how I make it.
- 5-6 tomatoes ripe (any kind but I used cluster tomatoes last time). Get on sale, don’t forget to check your iBotta savings app to see what’s on sale. New customer? You’ll get $10 added to your account after you make your first savings. I usually spend around $1-$2 for loose tomatoes.
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes (no sugar added) always check canned tomatoes because companies have been adding sugar to them. Yuck. I usually get good quality canned tomatoes for $1.00-$2.00. I try to grab as many as possible when they are on sale.
- 1-2 cloves of garlic-I usually get 2 cloves for a $1
- 1-2 stalks of celery or 1/4 chopped fennel-Celery is usually around $2 but I typically prefer to buy fennel from Trader Joe’s for $2.00-$2.50 I love fennel and that’s a pretty good deal.
- 1 small red onion or green onion if you have that instead. I wouldn’t recommend using white onion as that might be too strong an onion taste. The red onion is usually less than a $1 for a pound.
- Cilantro* this is optional but for me it’s a non-negotiable. Cilantro is around 2 for $1.
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 a jalapeño or red chili flakes (to taste)-I usually have jalapeno and chili flakes. I normally spend less than a dollar on the jalapeño.
- 1/8 cup of veggie broth* Or, I use 1/2 a tsp of Better than Boullion to give it a more nuanced flavor. You can leave this out but I like it. Better than Boullion is NOT cheap-It ranges in price between $3.5-$5.00 I uses this in a number of different recipes and will typically buy a couple of these when they are sale.
Total: $7.50 on the low side for the ingredients. A couple of things I would like to point out:
- I always have the following ingredients on hand: garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro, canned tomatoes, Better than Boullion, fennel, and red onion. Basically, I end up buying fresh tomatoes to make this because my pantry usually has the other items on hand.
- $7.50/3 servings=around $2.50 but, I would say that it’s cheaper than this because I’m using portions of what I already have on hand.
This usually ends up being around 3 servings for 1 person or 1 serving for 2 people depending on the size of the bowl that you’re using.
From start to finish this should take no longer than 10-12 minutes.
- Grab your blender. I have a Vitamix but any decent high-speed blender will do.
- Chop up the tomatoes-add to blender
- Add canned tomatoes to blender
- Add chopped up garlic
- Add the broth or Better than Boullion
- Pulse a couple of times (don’t blend) you want it chunky
- Pour into the container that you will store the gazpacho in.
- Add the celery or fennel.
- Add the Salt (to taste) and Chili flakes
- Add the onion
- Let sit in the fridge overnight. I think the flavors taste better the next day.
- Add one of the following items on top of the gazpacho
- Chopped avocado
- Fake crab(krab) that you can get for $1.99 at most stores
- Nice drizzle of good quality olive oil (not optional) makes it taste so good.
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