Raw Food Delights, Gazpacho: Who Needs an Oven?

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by Jennifer Appleton

Eating low fat in this day and age can be quite a feat, with creamy donuts, rich mud cakes and cheesy dips sometimes making it incredibly challenging to stay on the straight and narrow. Then again, websites like Low Fat Chick are here to prove healthy and delicious foods can go hand in hand. In fact, when we get used to eating seasonal, fresh, healthy dishes, we begin to wonder what we were missing in the first place, when we decided to forego greasy, sugary foods.  In this post, we introduce Gazpacho, the first of a series of raw food recipes. Once you try your hand at these easy, delicious dishes, you’ll see why, for at least one or two days a week, going raw is a great way to take advantage of the high phytochemical content of uncooked fruits and vegetables.

It is said in the summertime, the Spanish live on a diet of sun, sand and Gazpacho.  Just a sip of this deliciously, refreshing cold soup (which is ‘drunk’ directly from the bowl or a tall glass) will definitely turn you into an addict.  This is a fresh and light dish, but if you like a spicy kick, add a dash or two of hot sauce.

Ingredients

3 large tomatoes
1 medium cucumber, cubed
½ small red pepper, cubed
½ small green pepper, cubed
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice, or red wine vinegar
1 cup cold water
salt and pepper to taste
Tabasco hot sauce (optional)

Preparation

Peel tomatoes after submerging for a couple of seconds in boiling water. Slice roughly and place into a blender or large food processor. Blend for 1 minute. Add cucumber, peppers and garlic. Continue to Blend.

Slowly add water. Add oil and lemon juice (or vinegar). Blend for 1 additional minute.

Pour into a sealed container and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Mix before serving. Add salt, pepper, and Tabasco (optional) to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe (9.9 ounces).
Calories 68.83

% Daily Value
Calories From Fat  32.79  48%
Total Fat 3.72g  6%
Saturated Fat 0.51g  3%

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