1. Tasty low-cal gazpacho

    Gazpachojpg.jpgClick on top title to open and scroll  I just can’t get enough of cool and spicy gazpacho all summer long. It’s a perfect light lunch, or as a low-cal, late-afternoon appetite spoiler. Technically the name connotes a bread soup, so my recipe is not authentic at all. But it is delicious and perfect if you are watching your weight and your carbs – so nobody call the food police.

    Place all of these ingredients in a food processor or a blender, and buzz until blended. If you like your soup chunky, pulse the machine. I like to blend it almost smooth. You can thin it with water, chicken stock, or vegetable juice if you like – and chill. Sometimes I add additional chunks of cucumber before serving.

    1 can of tomatoes, either San Marazano or Muir Garden Fire Roasted. (You can use 2½ cups of chopped fresh chopped tomatoes if you have them. I like canned in this recipe, as they are quick and delicious – and I make this a lot.)

    1/3 to ½ a small to medium-sized zucchini, chopped roughly

    1/3 chopped unpeeled English cucumber

    ½ small sweet onion, chopped roughly

    ½ sweet red bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and chopped roughly

    1 lg. clove of peeled and chopped garlic

    1 tsp. Kosher salt

    1 tsp. green jalapeño sauce

    1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

    Juice from 1 lemon

    Taste the seasoning and correct before chilling.

    Things to add:

    1-2 tbsp. per serving of chick peas, for protein to make it meal;

    1-2 tbsp. of low-fat or no-fat feta, to make it a meal;

    1 tbsp. of ground cumin to the mix for a smoky flavour.