Market watch: Mix-and-match melon soup
Soup that's nutritious and fun to make. What more could you want? Oh, and it tastes great!
When you make mix-and-match melon soup, the possibilities for delicious combinations are virtually endless. That's the word from Timaree Hagenburger, a registered dietitian and nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
"This recipe is perfect for making with kids, since tasting is key, ingredients are few, it can be plated with pizzazz and is ready to be enjoyed right away or chilled for later," she said. "My kids like to freeze part of the batch in Popsicle molds."
Combine the following ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender, and blend until silky smooth. "Be sure to taste as you go!"
Here are the key components to a great mix-and-match melon soup:
- Melon: Any variety will do! Cantaloupe, honeydew, Crenshaw, ambrosia, Galia, Cantadew, watermelon….
- Citrus: Lime, lemon, orange—even experiment with grapefruit. Use some (or all) of the fruits' zest and juice.
- Extra sweetness (if needed): Tasting is critical. Some melons are so sweet that you'll skip this step; however, if you want to add a boost of sweetness, go for a whole food source. I use 1 to 2 soft, pitted Medjool dates because they blend perfectly and add extra fiber and health-promoting phytonutrients.
- Flavor bursts: We all know how healthful leafy greens are, so throw in some fresh mint or even basil. Adding some jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne pepper will create a sweet-spicy flavor profile.
- Creamy touch: Adding a splash of soy milk or almond milk can bring a hint of creamy richness to the soup.
- Garnish to your heart's content! Mint sprigs, fresh or frozen berries, a dash of cayenne or cinnamon, or thin slices of citrus would make for a work of art. Have fun with two different melon soups served in the same bowl or cup.
For more ideas and suggested combinations, visit thenutritionprofessor.com.