I have a confession to make – I have been just plain lazy lately. Honestly, there have been no miles logged on the treadmill, projects I started lay there half done and my oven has seen very little use.
I blame the heat. It is seriously hot out there! And it is not, as my friends who live in the desert can say, a dry heat. Oh no, it is a sticky, yucky, energy-zapping, wet, humid heat. We are talking 96 degrees and 96 percent humidity. I swear little slits have starting opening up on my neck and gills are forming.
No matter how hot it is outside, apparently we still need to eat. This is a lovely, Greek inspired, gluten-free recipe for a cold soup that is perfect for summer. You don’t have to turn on the stove, it requires you expend very little energy and it will help keep you in bathing suit shape with no fat and only about 100 calories in a bowl if you use fat free Greek Yogurt. If making it dairy free and using either soy or coconut yogurt the fat and calories will be higher.
Do you have any go-to, beat the heat, gluten-free recipes?
Gluten Free Cold Cucumber Soup Recipe
3 English or European Cucumbers (also called seedless cucumbers), peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup water
½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt (for vegan or dairy free use dairy free yogurt)
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Place the cucumbers, garlic, green onions and mint leaves in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Add the lemon juice, water, yogurt, salt and pepper and process to combine.
Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours or until cold. To serve right away, pour the soup into a large mixing bowl and set that bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice and water. Stir occasionally until chilled, about 10 minutes.
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