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Wow, are you in for a treat! I came up with the most delicious soup recipe today! I wanted to make something that didn't require use of the food processor, blender, or dehydrator because I've gotten quite a few emails saying that it's too hard to be raw if you don't have the money for the appliances.

I disagree that it's too hard to be raw without the appliances. It's definitely easier to do it *with* the appliances, but it's not overly hard to do it without. So, from time-to-time I'll try to create recipes that don't use anything more than a knife and a chopping board to show you that it's not too difficult to eat raw. :-)

Italiano Zuppa

(serves 3)

3 cups of diced mixed veggies (I used kale, cauliflower, sugarsnap peas, carrot, celery, red bell pepper, and yellow squash)

3 cups chopped tomatoes, kept in a separate bowl and sprinkled with salt

1/4 cup packed sundried tomatoes, soaked in 3/4 cups of water for 2 hours, or more

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

less than 1/4 cup diced onion

3 teaspoons olive oil

1 + teaspoons of salt (I used a total of about 1 1/2 teaspoons in the entire dish)

1 1/2 Tablespoons oregano (dried or fresh)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon bay leaf, ground

About three cups of mixed veggies, diced.

About three cups of tomatoes, diced.

Veggies and spices ready to be mixed.

Set ingredients aside to marinate for 2 hours or more.

Mix ingredients together. Finished zuppa - enjoy!

If you try the recipe, I'd love to hear what you think!

Original Comments

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On March 17, 2009, Yardsnacker wrote:

GREAT VIDEO! We're having this today I've decided. ;) Looks so yumalicious! I see you are using love to hear what you think about it! Have a fantastic day!


On March 17, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

OMG, Sam!! It was truly delicious!! I'd cut back on the amount of carrots,
though--they tasted too strong. I only used a small amount of each veggie,
so that I didn't end up with a huge pot of soup. Now, however, I wish I
would have made A LOT more!

I'd love to hear what you think of the recipe when you make it! :-)

Kevin Gianni has been giving us helpful tips on ways to do things better
for Pure Jeevan. We actually use TubeMogul to upload videos and then they
get distributed to some of the major places for viewing (like and
YouTube). There you go...some truly valuable info for you. :-D Now,
please share with me how you got the VitaMix to give away in a contest!

Lots of love to you,


On March 17, 2009, sandra wrote:

oh man, looks good! i'm definitely trying this -- thanks!!

On March 17, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:


You won't be sorry that you tried it. It's AWESOME!!!

Lots of love to you,


On March 17, 2009, medamoso wrote:

Wow, that looks fantastic!!!

Have you gone ice skating yet? If you haven't, Thursday or Friday morning would work for us this week, let me know.

I miss you and will have to see you very soon!!!!


On March 17, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

I hope you try it, Melissa! It's great for if you have a small amount of
different veggies leftover in the fridge. :-)

No, we haven't gone ice skating again. Friday sounds good--just let me
know what time works best for you!

I miss you, too!

See you soon,


On March 19, 2009, Patty and Denny wrote:

Yep, another winner, Wendi!

We tried it today and it was delicious. Ours wasn't quite as wet as yours looks, but it still deserved a super yum-m-m-m.

We'd been looking for a good raw soup, but all that we had tried so far left us unsatisfied; this recipe is the answer to our wishes.

Thanks for your efforts.

On March 20, 2009, DebB wrote:

Hi Wendi ~ I've made your soup twice since Monday! It's definitely going into my 'Favorite Recipes' binder.

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I added a bit of fresh cilantro (I just love it!) and thoroughly enjoy your soup.

Debbie *�*

On March 21, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

Patty and Denny!

That's so great that you made the soup and liked it!

As for it not being as wet, that can happen with any kind of raw recipe.
Some veggies are filled with water, others aren't. When I made it the
second time, mine was even more soupy. I've found that many raw recipes
fluctuate in their sweetness, as well, depending on how sweet the fruits
are that I use. It makes each dish a bit different every time! :-) Did
you add water to your soup to make it less thick

You are very welcome!

Lots and lots of love to you both,


p.s. I hope Patty is fully recovered, now!

On March 21, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:


I'm so happy you not only made the soup, but that you loved it so much you
made it again!

I'm going to add cilantro the next time I make it, too! I LOVE cilantro!

Lots of love to you,


On March 23, 2009, Wendilou wrote:

I made the Zuppa last week, and it was fantastic! For my veggies, I used 1 zucchini, some cauliflower, carrot, lacinato kale, a handful of sugar snap peas, and some red bell pepper. It's a keeper, WendiDee!

On March 23, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

Yay!! I'm so glad you not only tried the soup, but came to tell us about
it! Thanks, Wendilou! We made the soup again, doubling the recipe since it
was soooo delicious! :-)

Lots of love to you,


On May 1, 2009, Hayley wrote:

This looks sooo good! Can't wait to try it!

On May 1, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

You won't be disappointed!! I've received so many emails from people who LOVE this soup!!