We hate those stressful days when you’ve barely had time to breath yet you still have to come home and cook something for yourself or family. Francesca Pucher, General Manager of New Jersey’s Fitness 121 Personal Training, and holder of multiple fitness and nutrition certifications couldn’t agree more. Time management combined with healthy living served as her inspiration for her new cookbook, Fit Cuisine, which is full of nutritious, delicious, and time efficient recipes. Fit Cuisine is available at Amazon for $14.50 or grab the Kindle Edition for $3.99. Enjoy this exclusive recipe for 24-7 Style readers below – so delicious I skipped the main course and opted for a second serving of salad!
Cucumber Roast Pepper and Tomato Salad
2 large cucumbers (peeled and sliced)
2 large roasted red peppers (from a jar and washed)
1 tbsp. sliced black olive (or your favorite type of olive)
6 oz. cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 tbsps. cut-up, low-fat mozzarella (slice the block long-ways and cut into small pieces)Sprinkle of Mrs. Dash (Italian Medley Blend)
1 tbsp. plain balsamic vinegar
Take your cucumber, peppers, olives, and tomatoes and put them into a serving bowl. Sprinkle your seasoning on top and toss. Add your balsamic vinegar and cheese, toss again, and serve.
From the Author…
This was another dish we ate growing up. I always remember my mother having this salad with dinner in the summer. It has always stayed with me, but I wanted to take a different spin on it by adding a bit more flavor and pizzazz. This was what I felt worked best with these ingredients. You can serve this dish chilled or at room temperature. It’s great as a side dish with your favorite grilled protein, or as a refreshing, light salad.
Time: 20 minutes