When I emptied my CSA box last week I saw a big ol’ container of bibb lettuce and a bunch of fresh tomatoes that matched the bibb lettuce and tomatoes still stocked in my kitchen from the week prior. I’m not sure what I was doing all week, but I guess it wasn’t much cooking! Instead of another big salad for dinner, I searched for ways to use up my old lettuce and tomatoes to make room for the new ones. Insert BLT minus the bread. I know it’s not exactly soup weather anymore, but it sure feels like it watching all this rain fall. Enjoy!
1 package nitrate free bacon–reserve the fat
1 large head bibb (butter) lettuce, cut roughly
4-6 large garden tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 6oz can unsweetened coconut milk (plus 6oz water–fill up empty can)
sea salt and pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes to taste
Cook bacon as you wish. I recommend in a 400 oven on a foil lined baking sheet for 12-15 minutes. Reserve 1-2 Tbsp bacon drippings and add to soup pot. Set bacon aside to cool and chop up later for garnish. Heat up oil and add onion and bell pepper. Sauté until soft. Add remaining ingredients and cook until tomatoes are soft and lettuce is wilted. Let cool slightly and pour contents into blender or food processor. Purée to your preference, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour into serving bowls, top with chopped bacon, and serve. Garnish with fresh-cut avocado for an extra nutrient and healthy fat boost.
If you don’t subscribe to a local CSA, here’s a link to show you how to find one near you. It’s a fun and affordable way to get fresh local produce and keeps you trying new foods–which means accessing a wider variety of micronutrients!