Cherry tomato and watermelon salad

July 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A delicious summer salad for under $20 in under 20 minutes from celebrity fitness trainer and gourmet cook Rona Lewis. She's also the author of "Does This Cookbook Make Me Look Fat?"

Cherry Tomatoes with Watermelon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Nutritional Facts:

  • Calories 216
  • Total Fat - 5 g
  • Sat Fat- 0 g
  • Dietary Fiber- 3 g
  • Sugars- 35g
  • Sodium - 13 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates- 46g
  • Protein 4g

This salad is actually a fruit salad? tomatoes really being a fruit and all? That's why it's a little high in sugar, but the good part is that it's low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a very good source of vitamin A and C.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pint yellow cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint red cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (red or yellow)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon white or red peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves

Silce half the yellow and half the red tomatoes in halves and place in a large bowl along with the remaining whole tomatoes. Slice the melon into similar size cubes (or use a melon baller) and add to bowl. (You should have about 4 cups of melon.) Crush the coriander and peppercorns in a mortar and pestle until coarsely ground (or, alternatively, place in a clean linen kitchen towel and pound with a mallet). Sprinkle on tomatoes and melon. Add olive oil and mint and gently toss to coat.

Shrimp Scampi
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Serves 4

Nutritional Facts:

  • Calories 271
  • Total Fat- 5g
  • Sat Fat 1g
  • Dietary Fiber- 0g
  • Sugars - 0g
  • Sodium- 409 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates - 6 g
  • Trans Fat - 0 g
  • Protein - 48 g
  • Cholesterol - 355mg

If you're watching your carbs, just omit the breadcrumbs. It still has a lot of flavor. This recipe is a great source of protein, vitamin D and selenium.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of large shrimp
  • Pam Olive Oil spray
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
  • Few shakes of red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • Pepper to taste

Preheat broiler to high. Clean and split shrimp down the back. Rinse and pat dry. Place shrimp in one layer in lined baking dish. Spray with Pam. Put shrimp into large bowl, add all other ingredients and toss well. Replace shrimp in dish in one layer. Place shrimp under broiler about 3-4 inches from flame. Broil 5-6 minutes. No need to turn. Serve.

About Rona Lewis:
Rona is a celebrity fitness trainer and healthy gourmet cook who believes anyone can laugh and cook healthfully at the same time. Her biting sense of humor makes "Does this Cookbook Make Me Look Fat?" uniquely entertaining, while imparting interesting and pertinent information about food not usually seen in a basic cookbook. Included in this low fat/low carb cookbook are nutritional breakdowns of the recipes and explanations of what these vitamin and minerals actually DO for the body. Rona regales us with fun food facts and helpful tips as well as hysterical quotes about food from some surprising sources.


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