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A Simple Start to Summer plus Quick and Easy Gazpacho

Posted by Elizabeth Sopher on

I keep coming back to the simple things - at home, with the kids and at Clouds and Stars.  Through the craziness that surrounded us for the last month of school, I was amazed that what stood out were a few simple lessons, like basic manners, using silverware correctly, and learning to make a good first impression (taught to my 11-yr old son through a cotillion program at his school) and some elementary rules for a successful life such as being on time (or slightly early) to appointments or to work, saving a portion of everything that you earn and always doing  more than you are asked to do  (lessons from 8th grade awards night),  so I resolve to start the summer off on a fresh note and stick to the basics. 

For my first Summer Simple Start resolution (and I have enjoyed one week on it) - I am eating better on my most simple diet yet....  "FVP"  - Fruit, Vegetable, Protein.  Its basic...  but the basics don't really change - I have to eat less and exercise more so that I feel better and function better.  So before I eat something I think of those simple words and then consider what I am eating.  On my version of "protein" in addition to meat and fish I eat plain Greek yogurt (mixed with fruit), milk in my coffee (an essential for me) some low fat cheese, as well as some beans/lentils/quinoa.  I also allowed myself a rare piece of whole wheat bread.  For some reason I am in the right frame of mind for this change and getting off sugar didn't feel hard, and I didn't even stick my finger into the red velvet cupcakes that have been sitting on our counter.  A friend that I workout with is also trying FVP, and it has been nice to report to each other about how it is going.

gazpachoOne of my favorite things to eat in the summer is gazpacho, and it fits into the FVP and is good for you - a great thing for lunch, to snack on late in the afternoon, or have at the beginning of a meal.  Here is my recipe (all the amounts can be adjusted to your taste). 

Gazpacho Vinaigrette

  • 2 medium cucumbers  - peeled and diced)
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  • 4 bell peppers (mixed colors) - diced
  • 1 bunch green onions - diced
  • 1 small red onion - diced
  • 6 radishes - diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro - diced
  • 64 oz bottle of V8
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • a few dashes of Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • Avocado to garnish - optional

Chop all the veggies (or chop in a food processor for a quicker, and more pureed version), add the rest of the ingredients and let sit for 4 hrs (that lets the vinegar mellow a bit).  I like it very tangy, so I usually add extra vinegar and hot sauce.  Yum!

Let me know if you have any summer resolutions and how they are going,

Elizabeth


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