I Finally Made Soup

by HEAB on December 16, 2009

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A lot of you mentioned that you would make soup if you owned Vita-Mix. So many in fact that I almost felt guilty for never using my own Vita-Mix for soup purposes. It’s just that I’ve never been much of soup girl. Nor do I ever crave it. Well, all your comments got me thinking that perhaps I was missing out on something wonderful, and so this morning, I decided on soup for breakfast.

I had all the ingredients on hand to make Gena’s raw tortilla soup. I blended everything up in my Vita-Mix until warm. I love my blender.

Now, don’t think I forgot about Pancake Week! You CANNOT eat soup without something to dip in it, right? ;)


I made my coconut flour pancakes, omitting the protein powder, but added cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mmmm…savory pancakes and warm soup. Guess how I ate them?



Now that’s a breakfast taco!

Yesterday in my kettlebell class we did circuit training. There were 10 different stations, and we did three rounds, spending one minute at each station. My favorite were the lat pull-downs on the TRX, and I am feeling those this morning! For today’s workout, I think I might run a few sprints up the parking deck at my old gym. This used to be one of my favorite workouts – run up the ramp and then jog back down to the first level. Repeat 5 times. Quick and efficient, and it will tighten up those glutes. In other words, your butt will look amazing. :)

Before I go, some happenings around the blogosphere…

1. Smoothie Girl Deb announced the winner of her HEABiversary Nut Butter GIveaway. Click here to see if you won.

2. Marla is giving away some of the best chocolate ever. Click here for your chance to win.

3. Gena over at Choosing Raw has partnered with Spark! Wellness for an anti-fad cleanse in January 2010. I think it would be a great way to start the new year. Click here to read all about it.

P.S. Soup is filling! I like it. :)


Katie December 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

You are so creative, I have never thought to make a savory pancake!

Sounds like kettlebells/balls are a butt kicking workout huh??!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 16, 2009 at 9:43 am

I’ve never had a savory pancake, unless you count potato pancakes – they look very good tho!

Melissa December 16, 2009 at 9:45 am

Love spicy soup in the morning! Speaking of spicy…my fav wake up Vita-mix concoction is fresh pineapple, ginger and cayenne pepper
Going to get some coconut flour tonight…thanks again for the inspiration!!!

Heather December 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

That breakfast looks AMAZING. I love making savory pancakes with chickpea flour and curry powder. I’ve definitely used those as dippers before.

Cali December 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

That soup looks fantastic. Can you e-mail me a copy of your breakfast so I can eat it for lunch? … I wish it worked that way!

kandkfood December 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

Wow, your breakfast tacos look better than mine did this morning! That tortilla soup looks great, especially with avocado.. love south of the border inspired dishes.

Erica December 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

I love love soups! Totally filling and you can easily change up any of the ingredients. Love that you had it for bfast :)

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

Gosh I want to eat your breakfast… but probably as a dinner. I usually don’t get cravings for savory in the AM.

Estela @ Weekly Bite December 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

So creative! Love it!!

The little pancakes are too cute :)

Carolyn December 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

Pancakes without the protein powder?????

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 10:27 am

Carolyn, I know. I know. Crazy, huh? They still came out beautifully, just not sweet. Not sure if it would have worked if I did not beat the egg whites first. Now you can make your savory chicken cakes!

Kristen December 16, 2009 at 10:42 am

Yum savory pancakes! Never thought of that one :)

Chloe December 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

I LOVE the TRX, so much so that I am thinking about buying one. We use it in my kickboxing class and it is killer. I also love telling people that I do the same workouts that Navy Seals do ;)
Looks like a great soup, I’ll have to try it – with some pancakes of course!

plamarie December 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

Savory breakfast are great. I had leftover polenta circles from last night’s dinner with sunbutter. Does that count as a pancake? :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 10:50 am

Plamarie, Yes. Polenta pancakes – they sound yummy!

VeggieGirl December 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

Soup sensation!

The Voracious Vegan December 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

That soup for Choosing Raw is one of my favorites! Isn’t it delicious? I am in love with your idea of having a side of savory pancakes, the perfect dunker. Thanks for the great idea!

Lindsay December 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

Soup is awesome but add savoury pancakes and wow what a combo!!! Looks delish!

Mama Pea December 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

Yes, you should feel guilty. ;) Pancakes and soup? Not the weirdest thing I’ve seen you eat. Keep trying.

Ameena December 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

The soup looks SO good. So do the pancakes. I never thought of having them together! What a great idea.

Jenny December 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

ah yes, thank you for giving me yet another reason to wish I had a vita-mix!

Chrysta December 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

oh yum! The vita mix is still on my wish list! Savory pancakes sound great!! Thanks for the link to the soup. Will have to check it out!

Quix December 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Oh geez, that looks AWESOME. Savory pancakes. So creative! I love tortilla soup and now I just want to eat your entire post (it is just about lunchtime, so I’m just about to eat my desk too – but your soup looks MUCH BETTER). :)

Heather December 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm

holy crap…a savory pancake to go with soup! why have i never thought of this??
thank you :)

Light Delight with Tou Tou December 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

The soups looks so enticing!! I love the thick red color with avocado on it (I remember someone said you are an avocado queen?? :-p)
but the idea of dipping soup with pancake is absolutely new and creative!!! is your pancake sweet or salty ? interesting combination !

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Light Delight, My pancakes were savory/salty. Perfect paired with the soup.

ajalaa December 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm

That looks like an awesome combination! Now I just need to convince the husband to buy me a vita-mix . . .

Pure2Raw twins December 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Wow that soups looks amazing. Yeah I need to make that soup from Gena!! YUMMY!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) December 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

That is like the most exciting breakfast ever! I like it! Those pancakes are definitely most taco-worthy.

Now just wondering how long you can keep this up before you miss the oatbran. ;)

Gena December 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Wow, so glad you liked the soup! I’m totally flattered.

And thank you, thank you for the mention. That means a great deal to me, Heather.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Gena, You’re welcome. :)

Soup was delicious, but I’ve never tried a Gena recipe that wasn’t!

Veggiesmack December 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm

This makes me want a Vita Mix even more! :-) Then I could make raw soups like crazy! And the savory pancakes are genius!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Ok so I am guilty as charged of also never making soup in my Vita although others ask me all the time about it. AND I dont really crave it either. Every once in awhile, but since I feel kinda cluelss about it, I just dont make it. I have wanted to make Gena’s Tortilla Soup before, too! Too funny that’s the one you chose! Karmic connection on that one :) Anyway the savory pancakes with cumin, etc look amazing and that looks like chunk of avocado? Whatever it is…it all looks AWESOME! When I Get home, soup’s on!

rebecca lustig December 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

You’ve done the impossible. Combined my two favorite foods (of the moment).

YOU, my dear, are a rock star.

Tiffany S. December 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I’ve pulverized soup in my Vita but never made it from scratch in there, so you’re not alone. On the other hand, I can’t even count how many smoothies/juices I’ve made in there – over 500?

Your savory pancakes look awesome!!!!

Sagan December 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Cute breakfast taco! Vitamixes sound fantastic.

Kristy December 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Just one question on the soup….what did you put in yours to make it that deep red? More tomato? The picture of the soup on the recipe page is greenish-brown. Just wondering ;)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Kristy, Not sure. I followed Gena’s exact recipe. The only thing I did differently was to used canned tomatoes rather than fresh. I used maybe 1/2 or 3/4 cup (I halved Gena’s recipe). So maybe that’s why it’s more red?

marla December 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Funny, I usually don’t crave soup either. This looks yummy with those savory pancakes…the photos could make me actually want some soup! I usually use the Bella Cucina Rocket Blender. Thought I liked it, but now I am not sure sure. Have u ever tried it? Mine is staring to leak……not good. How well does the vita mix blend ice for shakes?? Is it single serve??
Thanks again for the link to my giveaway!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Marla, The Vita-Mix is amazing. It holds up to 64 ounces I think, and yes, it blends ice. It will blend the nut of an avocado seed, grinds nuts into nut butters, and blends so fast, that it you put raw vegetables in it, it will turn them into HOT soup. It’s the most amazing kitchen appliance ever. Expensive but worth every penny. I’ve never used a Bella Cucina Rocket Blender…nothing but a Vita for me. :)

Jenna December 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

wow! those breaky tacos look delish.

eatmovelove December 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Heather, you should start your own pancake business – I think you’d rock it :)
Hmm this vitamix does sound intriguing, I’m not really a smoothie girl though so not sure how much use I’d put into it…not to mention my kitchen is the size of a pug and I barely have room for the little I do have (but I still thank God for it :) ). Cheers girl.

B December 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm

That is a very creative way to eat breakfast. I never thought of doing that!


Jess December 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Great breakfast! Very different and creative! Neat pancakes!
<3 jess

theemptynutjar December 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Heather, I see a lot of gingerbread pancakes lately. Nothing like yours of course, you have the one-of-a-kind spin on pancakes (not typical for sure :)
It must be so nice to have your own kitchen !
I have to share a fridge, cupboards, kitchen, etc. The roomies are neat though (for most part anyway), but I still miss my old days of my own space. Oh well , that is life :)
You love your vita-mix !! I totally do not do blenders and stuff…they all seem like splurges I cannot ever afford…they should give you a free one with all the promotion you do :)

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Nut Jar, No blender? How do you make smoothies??????

pureblissnutrition December 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Miss Heather!
You never cease to amaze me with all of the different types of flours you use!!!
I never knew so many existed! I find myself checking your blog to see what type of flour and ingredients you will use next. Fascinating and so creative!!!

kbwood December 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

love what you did w. the pancakes girl! YOU ARE soo CREATIVE!

JDawn December 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

That looks awesome! I’m now collecting ideas.. :)

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) December 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I think that if I religiously made my vitamix soups for lunch or dinner, I might shift some of these el-bees. they are sooooooo filling, I’ve never actually finished one. It gets pushed off til the next day and then I add more stuff, and can’t finish that, so it gets pushed again. etc. Then I get bored of it. I think I will try the tortilla soup though as it looks really tasty!

yogiclarebear December 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm

hey heather! this is so crazy, i was JUST wondering yesterday if you ever ate soup! i love soup, espeically in COLD minnesota in winter.

glad you souped it up and liked it! :)

the vegster December 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

You’ve got me wanting some soup and pancake tacos…Looks so good! Gena’s tortilla soup recipe is delish!

Katie December 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm

If I owned a Vita-mix I would make soup like that (and pancakes) every day! It’s cold where I live, and I am a soup ADDICT. I’m going to have to try your savory pancakes with tomorrow’s soup dinner.

Ashley December 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm

It’s nice to see some savoury fare at breakfast! Your pancake tacos are so cute too :-)

I’m a BIG soup luva, and I do it without a vita mix. But I like chunky bits in my soup. And yeah, its really filling. And perfect for cooler whether too.

Goldie December 17, 2009 at 2:53 am


soup is the ultimate winter food.

nom nom nom!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 17, 2009 at 7:49 am

That soup looks delicious. And pancakes to dip in it? Yes, please!

theemptynutjar December 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

Heather: I don’t make smoothies!
I know I am the only girl left on the planet to not make these smoothies or drinks that everyone else does !
Maybe I am lazy? cheap? Who knows?

Jess December 17, 2009 at 7:59 am

I LOVE soup! In fact, when I pop by the grocery today I’m grabbing a head of cauliflower (spicy roasted cauliflower soup, recipe to come) and a head of cabbage to make Mama Pea’s Nacho Mama’s Cabbage Soup. LOL

Also I have a CuisinArt and it works very well. *heart*

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