Category Archives: Low fat

Food of the Month, August 2012: Peaches

One of the best things about living in the North Carolina is all of the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables that are available from spring to late fall. One of my favorites is peaches – I get so excited when the locally grown ones start arriving at the Farmer’s Market.

I love to have fresh peaches on cereal, mixed in vanilla yogurt or just by themselves as a late afternoon snack. And it’s hard to beat a sweet peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – yum! August is national peach month so to celebrate I decided to make a cool and refreshing peach and tomato gazpacho.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

Continue reading

Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup with Radish Celery Salsa

I love chilled soups, especially in the heat of the summer. Usually, gazpachos come immediately to mind and that’s what I tend to order or make at home (click here for a tasty recipe I posted last summer.) However, several years ago Brad and I were at this great little French restaurant in Charleston, S.C., Gaulart & Maliclet French Café (98 Broad St, Charleston, S.C. 29401), and I had a wonderful and refreshing cucumber and melon soup that was one of the lunch specials. It was a humid and hot day in Charleston, and that soup hit the spot. Unfortunately, on subsequent visits the soup has not been available – I wish it was a permanent fixture on the menu!

I’ve been trying to replicate this soup each summer, especially when it is so hot like it is now, and have finally come up with a recipe that is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve added is a radish and celery salsa that also has Granny Smith apples in it. The zesty radishes, crisp and crunchy celery, and sweet and tart apples make a great salsa, which pairs excellently with the cucumber and melon soup.

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Food of the Month, June 2012: Rainbow Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so to celebrate I decided to make these festive fruit kabobs with a low-fat cream cheese dipping sauce. These are so easy to make and they’re good for you as well. The dipping sauce has three ingredients and takes just minutes to assemble.

You want to choose fresh, ripe fruit in an assortment of different colors. For this batch of kabobs, I used the following fruit:

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe (I used a melon baller, but you also can cut it in squares)
  • Kiwi (I also used honeydew melon for some of the kabobs)
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Red grapes
  • Black grapes

Preparation

Place the cut up fruit in separate bowls for faster assembly. Arrange the fruit on wooden skewers, basically following the order of the colors in a rainbow. What can be easier than that?

Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

Instead of buying premade fruit dip (available in refrigerated section in the produce aisle of most grocery stores) consider making this low-fat sauce. It goes great with the fruit, especially the strawberries, melon and pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. container low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 14 oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • Juice from a quarter of a fresh lemon

Preparation

Blend the three ingredients using an electric mixer. Refrigerate for at least three hours before serving.

I served these at Gabe and Lexi’s recent birthday party to help balance the other sugar-laden desserts and the kids loved them! So did the adults! This is a great dish to take to a potluck dinner or brunch.

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!