Low-fat, low-cal crunchy cucumber salsa recipe

chopped-cucumbersWe are fortunate to have an abundance of local farmers markets in our area. Plus, our tomatoes and peppers are finally coming in and we’re enjoying homegrown produce at home. We didn’t grow any cucumbers this year, though, so I need to hit the farmers market for some! I ran across this on Facebook and tried to pin it on Pinterest, but it limits descriptions to 500 characters. Also, the poster on Facebook linked to some spammy weight loss products site, so I don’t want to point anything in that direction. My guess is she copied it from somewhere else, too.

So, I’m putting it here for myself and for you readers. This sounds delicious!

Crunchy Cucumber Salsa

Only 16 calories per 1/4 cup.

First Combine:

2 cups finely chopped, seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped, seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed


Then combine:

1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp seasoned salt

In a bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over cucumber mixture, toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips.

Easy peasy! Don’t be intimidated by cooking. It’s really not difficult to make healthy, delicious salsas. If you’re unsure of how to chop or mince ingredients, check out YouTube and search for how to chop vegetables. For instance, this series featuring Norman Weinstein is great!

Make sure your knives are sharp – that’s the biggie. A sharper knife is a safer knife, plus it will do its job better.

If you have a food processor, here’s some help on how to chop veggies in a food processor:

If you have some tips or techniques to share, post them in the comments below!

Ohio garden in the winter

Here are a couple of photos of our snowy, cold garden pond and yard, taken this morning at about 9:15AM. Yay, sunshine! It is bitterly cold, but we have had sunny days this week. That’s been wonderful, a break from winter’s normally grey and dismal days. These shots were both taken using the Snow setting in the Camera ZOOM fx app on my Samsung Note II.

Winter garden and pond

Winter garden and pond with ornamental grasses


If you have winter photos of your garden, post a link in the comments below so others can check them out!

First fruits of our 2009 garden

I plucked the first cherry tomatoes today! Sun Cherry is this variety and I’d had it in my head that they were a red variety; they’re decidedly orange, however, a warm orange. They could be any color for all I care, for they’re incredibly sweet, especially popped off the vine and directly into your mouth.

I finished tying up the burgeoning vines today. The DIY self-watering container gardens (SWCG’s) each sport four plants and the plants are all lush and covered with fruit.

Because I’d neglected pruning and tying them for a few weeks, a couple vines bant and split. These are on the Brandywine and Cherokee Purple plants and each has a lot of fruit! Even so, there’s enough connective plant tissue there, I hope I can salvage them if I bind the split parts together so they’ll graft.

I moved the two SWCG’s containing the bell and jalapeno peppers, basil and patio tomatoes to the side of our house. The tomatoes in the first two containers were getting so tall, they were beginning to shade those boxes. It was already sunny there by 11:00am and I’m pretty sure that spot will get sun all afternoon.

If not, I’ll just drag ’em back or to another sunny spot. This is another reason to grow your veggies in SWCG’s!

Self-watering container garden

My tomato garden, 8 plants in the space of two Rubbermaid totes! Those are habanero peppers in the pots on the ground.

Tomatillo, basil, peppers and patio tomatoes

Habanero peppers

These were tiny seedlings when I set them out in late May, so they’re actually doing pretty well, considering.

Garden walkabout July 4, 2009

The footage shown at the end of each week’s CBS Sunday Morning always has us transfixed. The pastoral images are just beautiful. I thought I’d make my own pastoral video and share some footage of the plants in our yard. The jazz music in the background is “No Good Layabout” by Kevin MacLeod.

I wish I could better duplicate the videography I see on TV, but my camera’s a little Sony pocket cam, a Sony Cyber-Shot Sony DSC-W150. It’s not a proper videocam, but its image quality is very nice. We’ve recommended it to several friends and they’ve been happy with it and its closest models.

It has its limitations as such, such as no way to zoom while shooting. I must walk around and physically move the camera forward and away from the subjects if I want to “zoom”. I do that, then use my video editing software’s features such as pan and zoom to give the illusion of more sophisticated shooting techniques! For editing, I use Windows Movie Maker 6 from Microsoft. It comes free with Windows and for the price, you can’t beat it. Windowsmoviemakers.com is a great site with all kinds of info about it, plus user forums.

Someday I would love a real videocamera and some higher end amateur video editing software like Pinnacle. Maybe I can pick both up used somewhere.  In the meantime, I’ll do like I’ve always done and learn ways to get the most out of the equipment I do own. I learn more that way, anyway!

New photos added to Flickr

I’ve uploaded some new dog photos to Flickr, both in the Misc Dog Shots and B&W Dog Shots sets. They’re the last ones listed in each set.  I’m very happy with the Tamron lens I bought last week!

Off to work I go, though I’d rather play with the camera and edit photos. See y’all later!