This recipe would be such a fun way to get your kids involved with meal preparation! I always thought the spiralizer was such an amazing tool that would excite children, but these almost take the cake. Let them cut out the letters and spell things along the way. If you don’t want to buy these alphabet cutters you can easily make the zucchini into any shape or form for this soup. Remember, zucchini is the “pasta noodle” replacement in recipes. You could dice it up into small chunks, make noodle ribbons with a potato peeler or a spiralizer machine if you have one. The Wilton Fondant Alphabet Cookie Cutters
run $10 for the full alphabet and number set… a small price to pay when creating wonderful memories with your loved ones.
I mean really, look at these adorable letters! They are guilt-free… gluten-free (I always spell it gluton-free, I guess they are that too hehe) Also, if you don’t have a blender, you could make this in a food processor. Personally, by the time all was said and done, I had blended mine on the Blendtec “soup” button several times.
While I was playing around, spelling out words on the cutting board, my husband walked by and I asked him to give it a taste test. I held my breath… HE LOVED IT! I knew it was good, it tasted wonderful to me but for him to love it, well it just put the biggest smile on my face. He was walking around talking to Verizon on the phone, trying to set my new iPhone, I mean camera. lol (I refer to my iPhone as my camera rather than a phone). And as he was on the line talking to the rep, he kept taking spoonsful and moaning and groaning, telling the rep that I had just made the best soup ever. Now, I am not sharing this with you to toot my own horn… my hope is that it will be a strong encouragement for you to make this soup yourself.
- I used 2 zucchini total for this recipe. I sliced the zucchini into thin strips with my mandolin and punched out the letters. See photos below. The leftovers from the letter making is what I used in the soup base. Therefore, no ingredients were wasted.
- Place in the blender the top ingredients listed under ” blend to a puree”. Blend to a creamy soup mix. I used the “soup” button on my Blendtec.
- Pour the puree into a large bowl and hand mix in the; alphabet letters, cherry tomatoes, peas and corn.
- Serve at room temperature. To warm the soup you can place the bowl into the dehydrator and warm to the desired temperature. Another alternative is heating it on the stove. If you wish for the soup to remain raw, only warm it to 115 degrees.
Photo below ~ To make the zucchini alphabet “noodles”, you will need a mandolin, zucchini and alphabet fondant cutters. If you don’t own a mandolin, you can use a sharp paring knife and cut thin strips. Be slow and careful. If you can’t find organic zucchini be sure to peel the zucchini.
Photo below ~ Slice the zucchini length wise about 1/8″ thick. If your zucchini has large seeds,
only slice down to those. If you have large seeds it will be mushy when trying to cut out the letters.
Don’t worry though, that seeded part will get used in the rest of the recipe, so nothing goes to waste.
Photo below ~ Press the cutters into the zucchini.
Photo below ~ This is what it looks like from the bottom side.
Photo below ~ Use a pointed stick (I used a skewer stick) to gently push the zucchini out of the cutter.
Photo below ~ Playing around. How can one NOT!
Photo below ~ Depending on how large the zucchini is,
you can see here that you can fit a lot of letters on one strip!
Photo below ~ Spread the letters out on to a baking pan and sprinkle a good dose of salt on top.
Set this aside while you prepare the rest of the soup. The salt will draw the water out of the letters,
making them softer.
Photo below ~ These are the leftovers from punching out the letters. We will use these in the soup base.
Photo below ~ See how shiny the letters are getting? They are “sweating” out the water.
Photo below ~ I moved them around a bit so you could see how much water is being released.
Photo below ~ Once you are ready to add the zucchini letters, rinse them off so the soup isn’t to salty.
Meet Reuben… our friend and also an amazing electrician. He happily agreed to be a taste tester for my soup. I explained that he could eat it at room temperature, as a person eating a raw food diet would… but that if he didn’t care for it “raw”, I could heat it for him. He taste tested it in the “raw” form and said he liked it that way. You know that saying that goes something like, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? Well, he agreed, “When in a raw kitchen, do as the raw foodies do!”
Thank you Reuben for all the hard work you do and for allowing me to put your picture on Nouveau Raw!
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