Meatless Monday: Onion Tomato Soup
It appears the cold weather is sticking around. At least for a few more days. And nothing is better for cold days than a bowl of homemade soup. Quinn, one of our fantastic team members, whipped up a batch of this onion tomato soup in celebration of the chilly weather AND Meatless Monday. Who needs meat when you can have a soap full of delicious, farm fresh produce?
For those of you who don’t know what meatless monday is, here’s a short summary. Started by the US government as a way to save food staples during World War I, the slogan for the movement was, “Food Will Win the War.” This campaign was revived in 2003 by health advocate Sid Lerner as a social initiative to bring awareness about the benefits of cutting out meat once a week (or more!)
Not only does cutting out meat help reduce your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity it also greatly reduces your carbon footprint. If everyone in the United States cut out meat just one day a week, it would have the same environmental impact as 7.6 million cars being taken off the road. One day a week isn’t so bad, right?
If you’re playing with the idea of going meatless this Monday, consider this soup. It’s a recipe that calls for few ingredients, and is a great choice when you’re looking for a quick dinner. Pair it with some nice Easy Tiger bread, and you’ve got yourself a meal. Happy eating!
Onion Tomato Soup
From: Taste of Home
- 2 cups thinly sliced onions
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2-2/3 cups tomato juice
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
- 2 tsp minced fresh oregano
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups diced seeded plum tomatoes
In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the tomato juice, water, basil, oregano, sugar and celery salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes; cook 10 minutes longer. Add in two cups milk and warm completely. Serve, scoop up with some bread, and enjoy!