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Cucumber, Mint, and Pineapple Smoothie Bowl
Cucumber, Mint, & Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

Give a warm welcome to this cool smoothie. Mint has traditionally had a role in welcoming guests throughout history, and by many different cultures. The ancient Greeks rubbed mint leaves on the dining tables to greet guests, mint tea is offered to guests in the Middle East and many cultures boil the leaves to freshen the air. This is also the recipe to say goodbye – to stomach problems – mint has a soothing effect on the digestive tract, relieving symptoms of indigestion, cucumber too is high in fibre, also good for digestive health and pineapple contains a digesting enzyme that is unique to pineapples, Bromelain. Bromelain is know to be good for brain health, also, when you are cooking one of our delicious meat recipes, the meat can be tenderized with pineapple because the Bromelain breaks down the meat proteins. Cucumbers are cool too, they are mainly water, 95% in fact, making them ideal for hydration. Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans which are considered helpful in lowering the risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Be prepared to be bowled over by this smoothie!

Crisp Tofu and Thai Cucumber Raita
Crisp Tofu & Thai Cucumber Raita

If there’s any dish you should be eating RAITA now, it’s this one. Tofu is a powerhouse for protein and all 9 of our body’s essential amino acids. As if the taste isn’t enough, tofu also provides an overwhelming amount of minerals and nutrients, such as calcium which promotes bone health, iron that helps with our metabolism and haemoglobin formation, and magnesium which can help with high blood pressure, reduces your risk of heart attacks and lowers anxiety too. The olive oil in this raita is also full of healthy monounsaturated fats! Cultures throughout times have shown that those with diets containing this elixir of the gods, have a higher life expectancy and also a much lower risk for heart disease! So, not only is this dish pleasing to the eye and taste, but also does wonders for your heart, keeping it happy and healthy!

Summer Pasta Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta (Gluten Free)
Summer Pasta Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, & Feta (Gluten Free)

This Pasta Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, and Feta was not something I had planned on blogging about. It merely came about because I had nothing to cook for dinner, save a package of gluten-free pasta I had picked up for emergencies and a variety of veggies from my CSA. Then my husband loved it so much that he had two helpings, and he insisted that I write about it. I’m trying to move my family towards a more grain-free existence, but sometimes I just don’t have it in me to think gourmet. Sometimes, we do the best that we can. All this is my way of saying that the amounts of ingredients here are really just approximations. I have no idea what exactly I put in here to make it taste so yummy. You’ll have to channel your inner Italian grandma, and just mix in ingredients until the food tastes good.

Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup
Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

This delicious chilled avocado and cucumber soup recipe is refreshing, light and full of nutrition. It makes the perfect lunch or starter and is super easy to prepare, so is great for when you’re short on time.

Cucumber Soup with Spring Vegetables
Cucumber Soup with Spring Vegetables

All veggies are young, fresh and full of spring garden aroma. Is there anything more lovely?

Mixed Greens with Cucumber Chives and Parsley  Vinaigrette
Mixed Greens with Cucumber Chives & Parsley Vinaigrette

This easy to make mixed green salad is tasty, the cucumber herb vinaigrette is just perfectly balanced taste, hard-boiled eggs give the protein, a light salad for any of your meal during the day!!

Crisp Cucumber Salsa
Crisp Cucumber Salsa

wow! tangy and so good!

Cucumber and Yogurt Dip
Cucumber & Yogurt Dip

A quick and easy side dish that can be served with any Indian or hot main dish helps cool down the spiciness and bring the refreshing taste.

Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber, and Tomato Pasta
Artichoke Hearts, Cucumber, & Tomato Pasta

Marinated artichoke hearts, warm pasts, crunchy cucumber, and juicy tomatoes are tossed together with the marinade juice from artichoke hearts, some red pepper sauce, and fresh cilantro. Quick, easy, and refreshing.

Thai Cucumber Salad
Thai Cucumber Salad

A quick yet refreshing Thai cucumber salad accompanies well with most of your summer Barbecue dishes.

Chilled Cucumber and Woodear Mushroom Salad
Chilled Cucumber & Woodear Mushroom Salad

Nutritionally boost your day with this chilled cucumber and wood ear mushroom salad, it’s an effective way of getting flavour and nutrients rolled up into one meal. Eating cucumber, a chilled one especially, not only thaw any encumbrances in the digestive tract, but also goes flavourfully on the tongue. Wood ear mushroom, commonly sold in Asian markets, is a dear ingredient-mate of the cucumber in the cooking of this tantalizing salad. If you’re struggling to find wood ear mushrooms then Oyster mushrooms would be an excellent replacement. Furthermore if you don’t have access to Japanese cucumber, then the ordinary type of cucumber would be perfectly fitting too. Also if you’re buying them fresh, then instead of boiling, blanch them by dropping the oyster mushrooms into boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute at the most, then submerge them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. The glossy look of this salad is not only pleasing on the eye, but contributes perfectly to a balanced diet. Wood ear is known for its ability to reduce cholesterol in the body, aid blood circulation, and improve melanin and keratin efficiency too. Cucumber will not be left behind as it can also help in weight loss, hydration, is good for eyesight, among other benefits. And if you take a look at the other ingredients, sesame seed, ginger, lime etc. you should definitely add this to your recipe book! Let us get into its preparation without further ado. Shall we….

Easy Cucumber Raita
Easy Cucumber Raita

Make this quick, easy and refreshing cucumber raita to go with your favorite Indian curry dish.

Cucumber Appetizers
Cucumber Appetizers

If you’re looking for a simple stress free appetizer for a get together with friends then look no further. This cucumber, cottage cheese and smoked salmon delight is super easy, really delicious and so inexpensive to make, there’s no reason not to give it a try.

Israeli CousCous and Cucumber Salad
Israeli CousCous & Cucumber Salad

A very refreshing and clean salad/side dish.

Simple Cucumber and Tomatoes sandwich
Simple Cucumber & Tomatoes sandwich

Tomato Cucumber Sandwich has always been a favorite of mine. I remember I used to ask my mom to make them, when we used to go for picnics. She would lovingly make them and nicely wrap them in aluminim foil. They would not get mushy or moist, even after 3-4 hours. These sandwiches can also be made for children’s school tiffin as well as wrapped and taken while travelling. However, its better to consume them within 4-5 hours.

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