Guest Column by: The Chefanies

I know this recipe might be a bit premature as it is not quite summer yet (eggplant doesn’t hit the farmer’s markets until June/July), but the outcome is sensational. What started off as a base for a roasted caponata sauce turned into a velvety soup that left us licking the bowl.

This recipe is a filled with Super Foods that are known to combat specific skin problems from winkles to sun damage. Sounds too good to be true right? Think again!

Eggplant (which is actually a fruit, it is classified as a berry) contains a potent antioxidant called nasunin. While this antioxidant specializes in brain function, it is still like all antioxidants and helps you age gracefully. It is also very high is Vitamin B1 which prevents you from getting bug bites and Vitamin B6 which is known to combat acne.

Roasted Tomatoes are a terrific source of lycopene which helps to fight against sun damage and wrinkles. And according to the American Cancer Society, they may even help prevent and treat skin cancer.

Onions contain a high level of sulphur which helps keep skin smooth.

While this soup will help make your skin glow like the goddess you are, it is also easy on your waistline. 1 cup only has about 150 calories and under 2 grams of fat.

ROASTED EGGPLANT SOUP
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 large Eggplant, cubed
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Red Onion, chopped
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Sriracha or hot sauce of choice
1 cup Garbanzo Beans (for garnish)
Crutons (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat Oven to 400.

Meanwhile mix the Olive Oil, Sriracha, and Balsamic Vinegar. Coat the vegetables with the mixture.

Spread evenly on a roasting pan or cookie sheet and roast for 40 minutes.

Transfer vegetable mixture to soup pot and add Vegetable stock. Cook for about an hour to let all the flavors marry. Blend together until velvety.

Put some Garbanzo Beans in each serving bowl and pour soup on top. Garnish with croutons.

Enjoy!

The Chefanies is the blog of 2 Stephanies cooking up a healthy storm using fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients. We focus on everyday cooking that is impressive enough for entertaining and hearty enough to enjoy solo. Go to thechefanies.com for more!

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