Travels, Healthy Foods & Tomatoes

One of the many reasons I love travelling is that I get to meet and learn from people from all walks of life! The world is so big and beautiful with so many different kinds of people living in it. 🙂

During my stay in South Korea this summer, I had the fortune to stay with my dear friend Lucy and her wonderful family after my teaching assignment ended. I was excited to experience the Korean family lifestyle!

I discovered that Lucy’s family usually eats a very big breakfast to start the day which includes all sorts of vegetables and fruits, from fermented vegetables to fresh vegetables and fruits, and a combination of hot and cold dishes. They do not eat meat for breakfast. From my previous readings when I was exploring the possibility of becoming vegetarian or vegan (I’m still on the journey), I already know that consuming too much animal protein creates toxins and acidity in the body and eventually ages the skin and body (The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder, page 14). Furthermore, animal protein is the most complex of all foods, and it takes almost twice as long as other foods to pass through the digestive system, which allows a greater chance of toxins to be created. Eating whole, unrefined plant foods with some fermented foods (has probiotics and enzymes that are good for healthy digestion and elimination) and complex carbohydrates is a much better choice in improving overall health and energy. Therefore, I loved the healthy vegetarian concept behind these big delicious breakfasts!

A healthy filling vegetarian Korean breakfast that includes salad, pumpkin porridge, cold Korean Soybean Noodle Soup (Kong Gooksu), rice,  kimchi, fermented eggplants, pickled green plum, garlic and grapes.

A typical healthy filling vegetarian Korean breakfast from my friend’s family that includes salad, pumpkin porridge (hobak jook), cold Korean soybean noodle soup (kong gooksu), rice, kimchi, fermented eggplants, pickled green plums, fermented garlic and grapes.

One morning I was introduced to this healthy, hearty delicious soup cooked by Lucy’s dad, Mr. P. Mr. P is an active, happy, health conscious and nature-loving gentleman who frequently hikes up on the highest mountain near his home. He loves cooking and eating this soup for breakfast. It just requires two ingredients: tomatoes and olive oil. Mr. P told me that both tomatoes and olive oil are very healthy and when combined, they are very good for the body because they lower risks of many diseases and cancers. I would never have thought of having soup for breakfast, but the inner healthy foodie in me was eager to give it a try. We also sprinkled some pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds into the soup. The minute I tasted it, I was sold on having soup for breakfast and gained a new appreciation for tomatoes! I asked Mr. P immediately for the recipe and he simply told me to put these two ingredients into a pot and then you have a meal.

I cooked the Tomato Olive Oil Soup successfully this morning and I can’t wait to share with you this simple recipe made literally in under 15 minutes! I think Mr. P would be so proud of me!!

I hope you give this soup recipe a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

Happy Cooking!!

XO,

Violet

Tomato Soup_Korea

 

Serves: 1 person

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 washed and chopped tomato

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,

Toppings: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds/hemp hearts, raisins

Optional toppings: any type of nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds

 

Instructions:

1. Put one tablespoon of olive oil into pot on medium heat.

2. Place chopped tomatoes into pot to be cooked with olive oil.

2. Mash and stir tomatoes for a bit. Leave some tomatoes in partly whole form.

3. Allow soup to simmer a few minutes.

4. Once the soup boils, pour it into a serving bowl and add one tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Sprinkle a handful of your favourite toppings and mix everything. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Special Notes:

Tomatoes- has carotenoid lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their red colour and may be useful in decreasing the risk of some cancers and heart disease; cooking tomatoes increases the lycopene content

Olive Oil- rich in monounsaturated fats which is important for optimal health; it can help with healthier blood cholesterol level and control blood glucose levels, improve insulin sensitivity and a fatty liver and lower the amount of fat around the abdomen; good quality extra virgin olive oil has a high smoke point of around 210 degrees so it can be used for stir-fries, roasting foods in oven and pan-frying

*Information for both ingredients are taken from Superfoods by The Australian Women’s Weekly, pages 103 and 112

http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/australian-womens-weekly-weekly/aww-superfoods-9781742454733.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Travels, Healthy Foods & Tomatoes

  1. I love tomato soup! Although I find I can’t have too many tomatoes because I get acidity I think and my stomach feels funny. Everything in moderation I suppose – but they’re so delish and I use some in pretty much every dish. Also a shame as to how they’re $8 a kg in Australia at the moment!

    • Anna, I hope you’ll try out this recipe then, and of course as you say have it in moderation. 😉 I’m looking forward to seeing some of your recipes with tomatoes in it then. I hope you have some up on your blog. 🙂 That’s really really expensive in Australia!!! Hopefully price will be lowered soon. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to so will be visiting your blog sometime in the next few days. ^^ Love, Violet

    • Hi Anna! Lovely to hear from you! 🙂 I love teaching and travelling at the same time because I get so much out of it..a chance to interact with and learn from the locals and their cultures, and for the time being feel like a real “local”. hehe

  2. Thanks for sharing this simple, healthy recipe! I also appreciated the little peek your post providinto the cultural norms and traditions around food and meal time in Korea. From your experience, would you say that the delicious variety of foods eaten by your host family are the norm for most Korean families? Thanks again for sharing!

    • My pleasure, dear Naomi! 🙂 I hope you’ll give it a try. Let me know what you think of it if you do. I would say traditionally this kind of meals is the norm for Korean families; however, with the changing of our times and fast-paced life of the 21st century, not all Korean families are having such elaborate variety of foods anymore. It really depends on each family and their preferences. Thanks for your comments here. 🙂 Love, Violet

  3. I LOVE that image of your host’s breakfast banquet! That is my kind of sustaining breakfast. I try and have kimchi at least three times a week (my gut is much happier for this) but am intrigued by all of the other goodies on the table too. Love the simple soup from Mr P. And your pretty embellishments. I too sometimes have soup for breakfast. I just pop things in my Froothie and it heats as it blends. Instant soup! Thanks for your seer comment on my blog, btw. Sounds like you had a wonderful summer.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Kellie. 🙂 I was really happy eating this sustaining breakfast while in Korea because it is so healthy and also love the family bonding time over these meals when everyone eats together. Thank you for your compliments. ^^ I’ll have to look into a Froothie, and will check out your blog and see if you have any recipes using it when I get mine sometime soon. 🙂 Yes, enjoyed my summer very much in Korea. I hope you’ll have a fantastic time in Japan too!! Love, Violet

    • Hi there! Yes, Korean food is very healthy and I love it too. 🙂 I’ll have to go to Australia one day to try it. If you ever have a chance, you must go to Korea to eat it..nothing tastes as good as from its place of origin. 😉 Thank you. Cheers, Violet

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