Cucumber Almond Gazpacho Sauce

Last night I decided to whip up a cooling gazpacho sauce to take off the nonstop heatwave that we’re feelin’ here in Manhattan…it surely has been a bit too hot to turn on my oven and strike up the stove, so I opted for a fresh gazpacho sauce which I drizzled atop my tilapia dinner.

This sauce was the best idea because I was instantly rejuvenated and felt like  new person after sweating in this sweltering heat all day…So, why not get creative when making a gazpacho sauce and toss in some blanched almonds, agave and balsamic vinegar to add the perfect hint of pure sweetness to my fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cucumbers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Heirloom tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of sea salt and white pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine all ingredients; blend until well combined.
  • Serve atop fresh fish, tofu, salads or any summertime dish.  Garnish with chives.
  • Enjoy!

Do you enjoy making cooling meals during the summer days? If so, I’d love to hear your recipe for chilled go-to entrees.

Product Review: Kettle Cuisine Gluten-Free Soups

I was recently sent a delicious complimentary package from Kettle Cuisine soups that were sent to me to sample.  Kettle Cuisine soups are my new go-to soup when I’m in a time crunch or when I’m yearning for a savory soup. Kettle Cuisine soups have been around for 23 years and use raw and unprocessed ingredients, all natural meat and poultry and top quality produce.  Moreover, in order to maintain the integrity of their quality ingredients, Kettle Cuisine prepares each soup by hand-cutting meats and vegetables, soaking raw, unprocessed beans and blending their own spices.  Wow; just like cookin’ in your own kitchen the way grandma used to cook, without the mess and with all the convenience and taste!

Kettle Cuisine sent me three delicious flavors and I must say that I enjoyed each one…especially because they were gluten-free and dairy free.

Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables

This tomato and veggie soup was incredible…I’ve always been a fan of tomato soup, however, the addition of garden veggies to this soup gave it incredible flavor.  I paired this soup with a gluten-free, dairy-free grilled cheese….How perfect does that sound? I surely enjoyed it!

Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

This soup was by far my favorite…I love carrots as I’ve been known to eat too many, hehe….Coriander is one of my favorite spices in my spice rack and I often toss a dash of coriander into my chicken and chili dishes.  I paired this smooth soup with a arugula and balsamic beet salad…it was quite delish.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Who can turn down roasted veggies? They’re inredibly versitle for any dish whether hot or cold… I would have never thought to add them to a soup…this soup had an incredible hearty texture and I loved the chunky veggies.  I paired this soup with a grilled chicken breast and quinoa…what a well rounded meal!

Congrats to Shannon and Heather for winning my Siggi’s Gift Certificate Giveaway! Please email me your mailing address to thehealthyapple@gmail.com.

Thanks, Ladies! Enjoy your Siggi’s yogurts.

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