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What is your favorite cuisine?

Such a tough question…

I was recently asked what my favorite cuisine was and struggled to come up with an answer. After making this recipe I think I might have to go with Mexican! Although others (Indian and Thai) are VERY close runners up.

I went on a girls trip to Cancun a few years ago and still think about how delicious the guacamole and fresh salsa were!

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This recipe is a lot easier to make and healthier than authentic enchiladas but just as tasty! It reheats and freezes perfectly too. Using flavored tortillas can add a punch of flavor and fun color. Or, if you have the time, you could get really fancy and make your own!

Since my last blog post I have attended the National Dietitians of Canada conference, finished my dietetic internship in Prince George, BC, moved to Vancouver, BC and I’m about to start my first “real life” job as a Clinical Dietitian with Fraser Health! It’s been a whirl wind!

I’m excited to be slightly more settled now and back to my blogging. I even have the perfect summer recipe for my first blog post as my new self, fresh strawberry salsa! My twin sister (who I now live a few blocks from) ordered strawberry salsa when we were out the other night. I had never heard of such a thing. It was delicious!

Green-Double-Bean Salad

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Well the holidays are over and it’s back to the same old routine. If you are looking for some extra time to relax why not toss this salad together and keep it in the fridge for quick lunches all week!

I have never thought to put green beans in a salad before, but I love them so I was intrigued by this recipe. Also anything with avocado in it must be good right? I once saw someone munching on these string beans raw and had to try it myself —–> YUM! As long as you get fresh, crunchy ones they are a delicious snack.  Green beans are also rich in many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium and manganese.

Add a grain such as barley, kamut, spelt or wheat berries to make this salad even more satisfying.

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Green-Double-Bean Salad

Modified from Rose Reisman’s Complete Light Kitchen

Ingredients

• 8 oz green beans, chopped into thirds or left whole
• 340mL can corn kernels, drained
• 190z can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•1 large diced red bell pepper
• 1/2 cup diced red onion
• 1 large diced ripe avocado

Dressing

• 2 tsp lime or lemon zest
• 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
• 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
• 1 tsp minced jalapeño
• Pinch salt and black pepper
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or basil/parsley)

1. Steam the green beans just until bright green and still crisp, about 3 minutes. Place immediately under cold water and rinse until the beans are no longer warm. Place in a serving bowl.

2. Spray small non-stick skillet with cooking oil and place over medium heat. Sauté corn, stirring frequently, until browned, approximately 8 minutes. Add to the serving bowl, along with the chickpeas, bell pepper, onion and avocado.

3. Whisk the zest, juice, oil, garlic, ginger, jalapeño, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and toss with salad. Chill.

Jicama Salad

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Jicama (pronounced HIK-ka-ma) is what I like to call a Mexican potato (with half the calories and more than twice the fiber of a potato with skin). It is a crisp, sweet tuber that has been cultivated in South America for centuries, and is popular in Mexican dishes. It can be eaten raw or cooked. I love it raw chopped up into matchsticks and sprinkled with a little cayenne and lime juice. I have also shredded it before and used it to make hashbrowns, sauteed with garlic, onion, tex-mex seasoning and olive oil. They where delicious. It stays slightly crunchy and absorbs all the flavors beautifully.

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Also known as yam bean, jicama can be stored in a cool, dry, dark place for a few weeks. Choose ones smaller than about two fists as they get more tough and fibrous when they get that large. Jicama can be used to replace waterchest nuts in recipes, just add at the end of cooking. They are also great to use in a slaw, and perfect for stirfrys as they add a nice crunchy texture.

Quick word of warning the peel and other plant parts contain rotenene, an organic poison and should be discarded. But the white flesh is perfectly safe for children and adults.

This jicama salad is another one of my favorite ways to enjoy this awesome vegetable. Looking for something else to add to your xmas list? A mandoline makes this salad a breeze. Enjoy!

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Jicama Salad

Yield: Serves 4.

Modified from simply recipes

-1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
-1/2 red bell pepper,  diced
-1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
-1/2 green bell pepper, diced
-1/2 cup chopped red onion
-1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped
-2 navel oranges, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered (reserve any juices)
-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
-1/2 avocado chopped
-1/3 cup lime juice
-2-3 Tbsp olive oil
-2-3 tbsp honey
-Pinch of cayenne
-Pinch of paprika
-Salt

1 Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, avocado and cilantro in a large serving bowl. Whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey and any orange juices and pour over salad. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season with salt. Toss.

2 Let sit a half an hour before serving.

Avocado and Feta Scones

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Avocado is natures butter right?

Well, I like to think so!

But, when it comes to baking, you just cant mimic the way butter melts with an avocado. However, I still love this recipe. You don’t get the same flaky texture as scones made with butter, but they are a fun twist on the traditional.

These “scones” are chalked full of scrumptious, healthy ingredients.

Find out where the word avocado originates (you may be surprised) and more interesting avocado facts here.

Avocado and Feta Scones

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup whole flax seeds
  • 1/2 large ripe, but still a bit firm Avocado (or more if you like)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (heaping), crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh curled parsley
  • 1 finely chopped green onion
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Directions:
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flax seeds
  • Grate the avocado into the flour mixture (if you are using a very soft one it might be easier to cut it in with a pastry cutter – to the size of small beads)
  • Add the cheese
  • Add the parsley, green onion, eggs and buttermilk
  • Mix, and press together into a disk shape on the counter, cut into 8 wedges
  • Space the wedges out on a greased baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.  Do not over bake.


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