Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader's Digest CanadaMarch 3, 2008
This chilled soup is a delicious concoction of tomatoes, red and green peppers and cucumbers with a hint of garlic'all high in what's good for you and low in fat and calories. Ladle this gazpacho with garlic croutons into cups as an entree, or into bowls for a light dinner.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut 1 garlic clove in half and rub the cut sides on the inside of a large bowl and on both sides of the bread slices. Tear the bread into 2 cm pieces. Place the bread in the large bowl and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake the garlic croutons in the oven until golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
Pulse the onion and remaining garlic in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Add half the tomatoes with all their juice, and purée. Add the breadcrumbs, parsley, vinegar, oil and remaining pepper. Process just until blended and pour into a large nonmetallic bowl.
Chop the remaining tomatoes. Stir them into the tomato mixture with half the chopped cucumbers and half the green and red peppers. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Ladle the gazpacho into bowls and top with the remaining cucumber, green and red peppers and garlic croutons. Serve chilled.
6 g protein
6 g total fat
1 g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
24 g total carbohydrate
13 g sugars
5 g fibre
181 mg sodium
Acids in foods like tomatoes, citrus fruit, vinegar and even buttermilk can react with some metals, resulting in an undesirable metallic taste. Prepare acidic dishes such as this soup in glass or pottery bowls.