Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Quick & Easy Chunky Gazpacho
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I love gazpacho, especially during the summer, but I don’t make it very often, probably because Rod’s not a big fan, and if the quality of your tomatoes is anything less than terrific, the results can be disappointing.
That’s where this quick and easy chunky gazpacho comes in.
I first heard about it during a meeting I was subbing, when our receptionist shared it with the group, but then it totally slipped my mind, until I came across it while thumbing through one of my latest cookbook acquisitions: the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Power Foods Cookbook. There it was right before my very eyes: the quick and easy chunky gazpacho recipe she’d mentioned.
I thought it would be perfect for this week’s 38 Power Foods Group ingredient: tomatoes.
Our little group continues to chug along on our mission to blog our way through the ingredients featured in Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, by Martha Stewart and the editors of Whole Living Magazine. Other participating bloggers writing about tomatoes this week include:
- Alyce – More Time at the Table
- Ansh – Spice Roots
- Jeanette – Jeanette’s Healthy Living
- Jill – Saucy Cooks
- Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits
- Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink
- Casey – My Sweet & Savory
- Bambi – Adobo Down Under
- Alanna — Kitchen Parade AVeggie Venture
What gives tomatoes their “power food” status?
Tomatoes contain lots of vitamin C and beta-carotene; as well as a good amount of iron, potassium, fiber, and B vitamins. But it’s the antioxidant, lycopene , that seems to provide the biggest health benefits. Because lycopene is located in the cell walls, you get more lycopene from processed or cooked tomatoes than you do from fresh ones.
So, while locally grown fresh tomatoes available at the peak of summer, will always be a healthy tasty choice, canned tomatoes (as well as tomato juice, tomato soup, tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, jarred salsa, and even ketchup) are delicious and healthy alternatives the rest of the year.
Skinny on Weight Watchers Quick & Easy Chunky Gazpacho
This quick and easy chunky gazpacho is a great example of just how yummy recipes made from canned tomatoes and tomato vegetable juice can be. I substituted Spicy V8 for low-sodium and skipped the jalapeno (because I didn’t have one). I also used sherry vinegar instead of balsamic, because I love it and it seemed more traditional, but I’m sure any vinegar would be fine.
Studies have shown the more often you eat soup , the more likely you are to lose weight because it helps you feel fuller on fewer calories. With just 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus (1 SmartPoint) value per generous 1-1/2 cup serving, this is a great example of that research in action. Enjoy!
Spicier – add more chopped jalapeno, cayenne pepper or hot sauce
Heartier – top with any of the following – cooked shrimp or crab, croutons, chopped avocado, crumbled feta cheese
Moroccan – add rinsed and drained chickpeas, cumin, chopped golden raisins
Southwestern – add cumin, cilantro and lime juice
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cups reduced sodium tomato-vegetable juice (such as V-8)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 English cucumber, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed, minced
- 1 small red onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper and vinegar, as necessary, before serving
My modifications: I didn't have a jalapeno, but I did have spicy V-8, so I used it instead of the low sodium kind and thought it was great. I also used sherry vinegar instead of the suggested balsamic, but feel free to substitute whatever kind of vinegar you like best.
To make this a more filling "main dish" it would be great to add top it with a few cooked shrimp, just remember to adjust your PPV accordingly.
Source: Weight Watchers PointsPlus Power Foods Cookbook
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Links to More Weight Watchers Friendly Tomato Recipes:
Weight Watchers Pico de Gallo (Fresh Tomato Salsa)
Weight Watchers Chicken, Tomato and Feta Pasta
Tomatoes, Basil & Brown Rice
Heirloom Tomato Salad – SkinnyTaste
BLT Pasta Salad – Kitchen Parade
Tomato & Sausage Risotto – Emily Bites
Sauteed Cauliflower and Tomatoes – Weight Watchers
Shrimp with Zucchini & Tomatoes – Weight Watchers
Sweet Onion Panzanella Salad – Everyday Maven
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