Scavenge the Icebox-Cucumber Tomato Salad with Panela and Steak and Peppers


I love cooking outdoors.  And camping.  A lot.  The fresh air, green trees and rustic environment just beckon fresh food to be made.
So I pack our icebox with as much produce that I can cram in-with the ice of course.
But by the end of our camping trips the fruits and veggies are floating in water and I have to find creative ways to use them up.  And that takes us to here.
Look at this beautiful bounty!  I see marinated grilled round steak, sautéed bell peppers and onions with zucchini, a cucumber, tomato and panela salad, grilled baby nectarines and baked potatoes.
Let’s get grilling!


Grilled Round Steak
2 pounds round beef
Lawry’s Garlic and Herb 30 minute marinade [the rest of my bottle from yesterday’s chicken ;-)]
Steak seasoning of choice
Marinate 30-60 minutes.
Grill 5-8 minutes on each side depending on liking
Serves 5-6


Wrap potatoes in foil and grill 30 minutes or until tender.
Place nectarines on grill with steak.
Meanwhile get this beautiful mix of veggies started.  You can actually see the steam coming off this one!


Grilled Peppers and Onions with Zucchini
While waiting for the food to cook, slice about half an onion and a zucchini, julienned.
Sauté the onion in 1 Tb of canola oil with desired seasonings (I used the steak seasoning). When the onion is almost caramelized, add one bag of frozen (now thawed) mixed bell peppers. Sauté another minute more then add the zucchini.  Cook three minute more.
Makes 6 – 1/2 cup servings
And while that’s cooking, chop up this colorful salad with a kick.


Spiced Up Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Panela
2 cucumbers peeled and chopped
2 Roma tomatoes chopped
1 oz Panela cheese
Dash Tabasco (I use Cholula hot sauce at home-even better!)
Toss together and serve.
Makes 6 – 1/3 cup servings


Finally, for your finicky shark, reheat last night’s corn cobs for 2 minutes on the grill.
Rub with butter, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with steak strips to create a spider. Yum yum!
I’d like to mention my little shark requested a baked potato!  And he tasted a nectarine and loved it. All on separate plates of course. With a side of Panela cheese.  Mommy aimed for protein and healthy carbs and he got dairy and fruit too!
And this one is for the big kids 🙂

I lost my natural lighting with the setting sun by the time I served myself.  The perks of motherhood-always last to eat.

Camp on healthy ones. There’s always a rainbow of nutrition in that icebox.


Cucumber Tomato Salad with Panela

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 38 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 2 g


Cucumber Tomato Salad with Panela

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 1

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 oz Panela cheese
  • Dash Hot Sauce


  1. Peel and chop the cucumbers.
  2. Dice the tomatoes.
  3. Crumble the cheese.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and serve.

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