These hot days call for something really refreshing. Gazpacho (or cold tomato soup) is one of the most refreshing, thirst quenching foods you can have. While you might think your kids don't like soup, a cold soup like gazpacho often appeals to kids because it isn't served hot. It's also really fun for kids to make (and, ps loaded with vegetables).
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 red pepper, seeded
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
5 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut in quarters
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut in chunks (see picture below for how to seed a cucumber)
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp tobacco (or to taste)
1 c water
2 c tomato juice (Sacramento tomato juice is the best)
To seed a cucumber, use the back of a spoon and pull towards yourself to remove all the seeds. This is a great task for kids because it's easy and fun.
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor. (Be aware of fill line as you may need to do in batches.) Kids can also pulse the foods in the food processor (assuming an adult is supervising)
Chill before serving. Garnish with small pieces cucumber