Yeah, this is totally amazing

Yeah, this is totally amazing

Tomato peach gazpacho? Do I sound a little crazy? Maybe, but MAN this is a killer combination and a perfect cool down meal on a hot summer day. Plus, tomatoes and peaches are in high season at your farmers market, which makes this all the better. And, bonus: it’s so easy to make.

Make this for company as an appetizer or part of a meal, and trust me, you’ll have an impressed group of people. This tastes like something you’d get at a nice restaurant, because of the unusual flavor combinations that just work. Last time I served it I had a friend literally licking the bowl.

Budget: $10, serves 4, $2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

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Not very pretty, but very tasty French onion soup

Not very pretty, but very tasty French onion soup

OK, secret here: the cheapest dish you can make that is healthy, low calorie, and low fat is soup. I have so many soups in my repertoire, from butternut squash and apple (I make it without the cheese topping and it’s delicious), turkey chili, classic tomato soup, curried pea soup,  and the great summer hit peach and tomato gazpacho.

French onion soup, with the melted cheese topping, isn’t exactly low fat or calorie, but it is a great dish for these cold winter days. Like most soup, it does take time to make, but the reward is how cheap you can make it for. And, it’s so hearty it can be a whole meal for me, maybe with a side of salad.

I have to admit, I found this recipe harder to make than I expected. The onions took forever to caramelize, and I had to speed up the process by turning up the heat to make it in less than two hours. But, the results were still very tasty.

And, if anyone has any tips to get onions to caramelize in less than an hour and a half without turning the heat up, I’m all ears.

Budget: $10, makes about 4-6 servings, $1.66-$2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

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