WW Recipe of the Day: Quick and Easy Gazpacho
(68 calories | *1 WW SmartPoint)
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.
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 Freestyle SmartPoint) value per generous 1-1/2 cup serving, this is a great example of that research in action. Enjoy!
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Quick & Easy Gazpacho Recipe Variations:
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
If you’ve made this Chunky Gazpacho, please give the recipe a star rating below and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it.
Weight Watchers Quick & Easy Chunky Gazpacho
- 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 cup minced red onion
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 1/4 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
*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 each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Links to More Weight Watchers Friendly Tomato Recipes:
- Weight Watchers Pico de Gallo (Fresh Tomato Salsa) – Simple-Nourished-Living
- Weight Watchers Chicken, Tomato and Feta Pasta – Simple-Nourished-Living
- Tomatoes, Basil & Brown Rice – Simple-Nourished-Living
- 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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