Sun-dried Tomato & Corn Chowder (raw, vegan, gluten-free)
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This soup turned out gorgeous. Forget eating, I could just sit and stare at it. hehe Ever have moments like that with food? This soup would be perfect any time of the year. Eat chilled during the summer months or warm it up a tad for those chillier days.
As you can see in the recipe, I used both the blender and food processor. I am normally am not one to dirty extra dishes but I wanted to create two different textures, one smooth and one chunky. Mouth-feel of a dish is almost as important as it’s flavor, how it looks and even how healthy it is for you.
One very important thing that I want share with you before I let you go is… CORN, always, always buy organic, non GMO corn. If the corn you have locally isn’t clearly labeled as such, don’t be afraid to call the manufacturer and ask them. In fact, I encourage you to do so.
This will help to create a strong awareness that we, the consumers care about where our food comes from and how it is grown. For this recipe, I used a great quality brand of frozen corn, but if you have access to fresh, that is always the best.
You can also make this soup without the soaked cashews but I don’t recommend it. It will still taste good but the cashews add a smooth and creamy base, much like a creamed soup would be when using dairy. Enjoy!
Ingredients: yields 5 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup cashews, soaked 2+ hours
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 2 cups organic corn kernels
- 1 cup chopped Sun-dried Tomatoes, rehydrated
- 2 cups organic corn kernels
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 2 Tbsp fresh chives
- 2 cups water (as needed)
- After soaking the cashews, drain and rinse them.
- Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Allow they to rehydrate while you get the rest of the recipe going. Drain the water from the sun-dried tomatoes when ready to add them. They should be soft.
- In the blender combine the cashews, water, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, black pepper, salt and cayenne. Blend until creamy and you don’t notice any gritty feeling.
- Add 2 cups of corn and the sun-dried tomatoes. Blend until smooth and then pour into the food processor that is fitted with the “S” blade.
- Add the additional 2 cups of corn, dill, chives and water. Process until broken down but leave chunks for texture.
- Eat right away or store in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can warm the soup by placing it in the dehydrator at 145 degrees for 30 minutes or until the right temp is reached. It also helps to heat the serving dish before adding the soup.
- Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F). Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
- When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe. Learn why (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.