Today I am feeling more grateful than ever for my health. After what has been the most challenging year of my life I am finally back on the road to optimum vitality and abundance, and I owe so much to the extraordinary women in my life, who have nurtured me with love, understanding, compassion, and a lot of incredible comfort food!

I owe a huge part of my recovery to Dr Elaine Carter who has changed my life, and to Sharon and Lois who work with her. Today we are celebrating another wonderful vegan recipe cooked up with these three wonderful women who have been such guiding lights and wonderful friends this year. I am grateful every day for their wisdom and insight. We have so much fun cooking together and sharing stories over delicious food. I am constantly inspired by their passion for whole foods and their willingness to experiment! They all came over to my house for dinner the other night for soup, salad and ice cream and we had a wonderful night. Elaine made a scrumptious salad, Sharon made some incredible raw flaxseed wraps, I made vegan coconut ice cream and Lois made one of her phenomenal spontaneous green soup creations that was absolutely delicious. She has such a natural flare for flavours and is an incredible cook. I learn so much every time I am in the kitchen with her. 

This soup is so quick and easy! Just throw everything in your blender and season to taste. I will say at this point that it on order to get this soup just right it is important to use the Spice Hunter salt free Mexican seasoning in the flakes. I have tried this soup with a couple of other brands and it just didn't  taste as good. Ground cumin can go rancid very quickly and this can make the soup really unpalatable. You might also want to add more chilli, garlic or salt in order to achieve your perfect blend. What I love about this soup (besides how quick and easy it is) is the rich vibrant colour and the fact that you can enjoy it hot or cold – perfect for this time of the year with the change of seasons and unpredictable weather. If you're using a high speed blender like a Vitamix you don’t even need to heat it. Just allow the friction to bring to soup to a boil. If you are not using a high speed blender, just blend and warm on the stove.

Lois offered this soup as an option for dinner saying “I make this great green soup that is really good”. Once we all tasted it we decided it was more than really good and needed a name! Lois came up with “Fiesta Verde” and so here we go!

Thanks Lois, I love you!

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Raw Vegan Fiesta Verde Soup

Fiesta Verde - Mexican Green Soup

  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup zucchini (about 1 small)
  • 1 cup chopped avocado (1 large)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup celery (1 rib)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper/capsicum (about 1 medium)
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped roughly
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 3 – 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp jalapeno chilli (about 1/2 jalapeno) or 1 serrano chilli minced or more to taste
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp Spice Hunter Salt Free mexican seasoning (add to taste)
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup filtered water
  1. Place everything in the blender (I like to use my Vitamix) and puree until smooth.
  2. You might want to add more water to achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Season to taste – you might want more salt, chilli or Mexican seasoning.
  4. Serve hot or cold garnished with chopped tomato and cilantro. YUM!

Tips!

avoid chilli stings to your eyes and skin

I am always rubbing my eyes and have often, after cutting a chilli, received a nasty hot sting that has blinded me for a few minutes. To avoid transferring the heat to your eyes or skin, there are a couple of things you can do – wear plastic gloves when cutting; or rub the fingers of one hand with some olive oil (the hand you are holding the chilli with, not the hand you are holding the knife). Only touch the chilli with the oiled hand and then wash with hot soapy water.

I had never made a “raw” soup before. I just bought my Vitamix after finding your site and this was the first thing I made. It was so delicious and so easy. Thanks for sharing. Your site is amazing. I am going to make my way through all of the other soups!

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Oh…..thankyou for your kind words about the site. It just made my day.
I am THRILLED that you bought a Vitamix!
That machine will just change your life!
ENJOY :)

I love all things Green…and loved this! Will try it cold when summer comes around. Cheers!

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Yes! This soup is SOOO good in the Summer!
ENJOY :)

Summer is here! This is gonna be perfect! I am a new PIG! And i love your site Tess!

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Thankyou for the lovely support.
I really really appreciate it.

My friend made this for the the other night and she showed me your site. Wanted to let you know how much i loved this soup. I will be sure to have a look at more recipes on here. Your site looks great. Thanks Petra

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Thankyou! I really appreciate your kind words :)

What are the garnish ingredients that shouldn’t go into the blender? Thanks!

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Hey Mary
Sorry about the confusion. I think I wrote that when I was going to include the garnish in with the recipe ingredients. Just throw everything in to blender and tweak to taste. Garnish with chopped tomato, cilantro and avocado. Enjoy :)

Second night this week that I’ve made this LOVELY, creamy, spicy, decadent soup topped with cilantro, tomato, sliced scallions and hemp seeds.  LOVE it!  So filling and nourishing!  Thanks, Tess!  :)

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Pleasure Kibby!
This one is ALL Lois!
She is an AMAZING cook. You would LOVE her!

Love the feeling of the cold, thick, creaminess of this soup in my mouth!  And SOOOO refreshing!

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So glad you enjoyed this.
This quick easy soup is a LIFESAVER!
Thankyou Lois!

I’m almost convinced to try this recipe for breakfast tomorrow morning, having soup is a new idea for breakfast for me…. will let know how it goes!

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Do it! Try soup for breakfast!
You will be AMAZED at how much better you feel starting your day in a more alkaline way. It is so comforting and heating in the morning to start with vegetables. Let me know when you take the plunge!

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