Chilled Blueberry Soup – A Recipe Makeover

Chilled Blueberry Soup

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The completed chilled blueberry soup


I love British Columbia’s abundance of fresh blueberries in the summer.

We are really lucky indeed here. Instead of using blueberries over my pancakes or topping some ice-cream (*so boring*), I decided to make Blueberry Soup today for an afternoon treat, which is much more creative and slimming.

Blueberry soup is definitely perfect for a hot day. I’m giving this one two thumbs up! Kids would love it too, I am sure.

For this recipe makeover I decided to replace sugar with maple syrup and grape juice for natural coconut water. Both ingredients are alkaline forming and better for you. Coconut water also has a high potassium content and contains antioxidants linked to a variety of health benefits. Read more about coconut water on Wikipedia here.

I have plans to redo many soups in the future and I will be:

  • cutting calories and trimming fat from some favorite recipes
  • adjusting so they are vegetarian, gluten-free as well as vegan – where I can
  • adjusting dried herbs for fresh herbs
  • adjusting processed foods for natural and/or organic – where I can
  • adjusting highly acidic forming recipes to be more alkaline forming (healthier for you)

This soup makeover is:

  • vegetarian
  • vegan (exclude the goat yogurt from recipe or use a soy-based alternative)
  • gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup natural coconut water
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup plain goat yogurt
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Cooking Instructions:
In a deep saucepan, bring the maple syrup, orange juice, coconut water, and cinnamon stick to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring.

Add the berries and cook 5 minutes more (until the berries are soft), stirring.

Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes and then discard the cinnamon stick.

Purée the mixture in a blender, strain it through a fine sieve, and chill.

Pour the Blueberry soup into bowls and swirl in the yogurt and a dash of orange zest just before serving.

Enjoy!

Original Recipe that I tried and adjusted: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chilled-Blueberry-Soup-238874#ixzz1XahnyG87

What I changed from original recipe:

  • added cinnamon stick
  • added orange zest as garnish
  • replaced 1/2 cup of sugar with only 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • replaced white grape juice with coconut water
  • replaced water and used more orange juice
  • used goat yogurt instead of cow

Soup Mistress Rating for Chilled Blueberry Soup Recipe Makeover:

Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (5/5)
Presentation: (4.5/5) 
Taste: (5/5) 

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