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What to cook with cucumbers?

Cucumber is not only tasty, but also useful, very low-calorie vegetable. It can be used both fresh, adding to salads, and in the form of pickles, hot dishes, in the preparation of rolls - options weight.

Useful properties and contraindications

Numerous studies have shown that cucumber is the most useful and most dietary vegetable. And all because 98% of it consists of liquid, therefore, it has a minimum calorie content of only 15 Kcal per 100 g.

The main components that have a positive effect on the body are:

  • alkali salts;
  • iodine;
  • cellulose;
  • sugar;
  • folic acid;
  • carotene;
  • copper;
  • silver;
  • chromium;
  • potassium.

Due to the content of alkaline salts, the inclusion of cucumber in the menu will avoid the appearance of kidney stones, it also slows down aging. The presence of iodine has a beneficial effect on the work of the thyroid gland and the heart. Excess moisture is eliminated from potassium from the body. Cucumbers help lower blood pressure and remove swelling.

And the juice of fresh cucumber also has a useful cosmetic effect: it strengthens the walls of blood vessels,rejuvenates the skin.

Despite the fact that this vegetable is practically one liquid, there are a number of contraindications that are worth remembering. It is undesirable to use:

  • in case of individual intolerance.
  • kidney disease, gastritis, enterocolitis;
  • salted cucumbers should be excluded from the diet for those suffering from obesity.

The most popular dishes with cucumbers

Japanese radish salad

A very healthy dish that requires a minimum of ingredients: cucumbers, radishes, a bit of greenery to taste (cilantro is a must-have ingredient, but if you don’t like its taste and smell, it’s better to give up), sesame seeds. It is prepared simply: all the ingredients are cut, mixed, dressed with olive oil and mustard.

Cold soup

Ideal for hot summer: tasty, healthy, cool. All you need: cucumber, spinach, celery and airan for refueling. Additionally, you can take any greens to taste. Only 5 minutes, and the soup is ready: cut all the ingredients, season with airan and serve.

Ham salad

Great snack for the evening. It is necessary to cut the ham, boiled eggs, fresh cucumber, season with mayonnaise or sour cream (so that the salad was less fat) and serve to the table, sprinkled with greens.

Simple and delicious recipes

Hot pickling

Undoubtedly, the most popular recipes are for pickling cucumbers. There are many options, but the easiest to perform is the hot way.

Prepare the required ingredients:

  • 600 g cucumbers;
  • 1 tbsp. salts;
  • horseradish leaf;
  • rosemary;
  • dill;
  • 1 lukovia;
  • 2 cloves of garlic;
  • peppercorns.

Cucumbers and greens should be thoroughly washed, put in a jar, pour the prepared salting and roll up the jars.

However, this recipe has some nuances, which the author's step-by-step instruction with a photo - https://vilkin.pro/recipes/bystraya-zasolka-ogurcov-v-litrovyx-bankax-goryachim-sposobom will tell you more about.

Rolls with fresh cucumbers

To make delicious and, importantly, low-calorie rolls, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 Art. rice;
  • 2 cucumbers;
  • 0.5 Bulgarian pepper;
  • 5 pieces. nori;
  • 4 tbsp. rice vinegar;
  • salt and sugar to taste.

Cooking:

  1. Rice need to wash and boil.
  2. Vegetables cut.
  3. Put boiled rice, cucumbers, peppers on the nori on top, wrap and slice the rolls.
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