This heart healthy soup helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels due to the abundance of potassium and vitamin B found in the main ingredient-tomatoes. Reducing blood pressure and lowering high choles- terol levels, helps prevent strokes, heart attacks and other potentially life-threatening heart problems. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, sat- urated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes are also a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, all of which are necessary for good health. In addition, this tomato leek soup recipe contributes to heart health with the leeks aiding in a flavonoid called kaempferol. Kaempferol helps provide protection of the blood vessel lining, also allowing the blood vessels to rest and decreases the risk for hypertension.
3 leeks, finely sliced
4-5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup olive oil
2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 teaspoon fresh basil (finely chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
basil sprig, for garnish (optional)
In a saucepan, bring leeks and broth to a boil, boiling 5-7 minutes. Next add chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Reducing heat, simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Stir in basil. salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with remaining leek slices and basil sprig if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.
Calories: 200 Protein: 21.8g Carbohydrates: 9.2g Total Fat: 8.7g Saturated Fat: 1.5g Dietary Fiber: 2.0g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 56mg
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