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Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca

10 Feb

Tomatoes, though often considered vegetables, are actually fruit. They are a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Potassium and Vitamins A, C and K (source). Tomatoes provide many health benefits including:

  • high blood pressure reduction and blood sugar regulation
  • protection from sun damage to the skin, cell damage, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • reduced risk of heart disease, ovarian and digestive tract cancers, as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and osteoporosis
  • vision improvement

Furthermore, tomatoes are said to help reduce the frequency of migraines as well as help boost immunity, preventing colds and flus (source).

To help you enjoy these benefits, I’ve created this recipe for Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca. A nice spin-off from your typical Pico de Gallo, it too, is made with fresh ingredients, and is perfect as a light snack or appetizer. Black pepper is added to provide a nice little kick. This Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca is delicious when served with tortilla chips, but can also be used in burritos or as garnish for fajitas.

Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca

Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca

2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
3 small tomatoes, diced (or 2 medium)
2 tablespoons minced, fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl and carefully stir until combined. Drain and discard any excess liquid then serve.

Savory Quinoa with Corn and Peas

20 Aug

Though actually a seed, quinoa (pronounced keen-wha) is an ancient “grain” superfood. It is packed with antioxidants, fiber, iron and magnesium, and contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is said to assist with cardiovascular health, reduce migraines, and help lower the risk of heart failure and type 2 diabetes. This delicious yet simple recipe provides all of the above health benefits and then some.

Quinoa with Corn and PeasSavory Quinoa with Corn and Peas

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread
1 (1-ounce) package onion soup mix
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels
1/3 cup frozen peas

Combine quinoa, water, buttery spread and onion soup mix in a medium-size pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add corn and peas, mixing to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 22-25 minutes, or until liquid has absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.


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