This salsa verde (Spanish for “green sauce”) is a combination of salsa and guacamole. It features the zesty spice of salsa, married with rich creamy avocado. What’s missing is the artery-clogging sour cream. Garlic is a known immune booster, cancer fighter, and blood pressure regulator, so use it plentifully in your dips and cooking. This salsa verde is perfect for dipping with natural roasted corn chips. You could also use it for topping the black bean burger or any Mexican dish such as enchiladas.
1 Tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 ripe avocado
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt to taste
In small skillet, heat oil over medium heat and gently cook onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper. Cook 5 minutes until soft. In a food processor, blend avocado, cumin, and lime juice and then add cooked onion mixture. Blend until smooth. Add just enough vegetable stock to make a thick dip. Add more liquid if you’re making a topping sauce.
source: "Tex-Mex Barbecue", alive #272, June 2005
Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the flavour profile of these stuffed chard smacks of cozy fall. It looks all fancy, but everything comes together surprisingly quickly. If desired, you can use turkey or pork sausage and brown rice. Time-saver tip For larger grains, such as wild rice and spelt, it’s a very good idea to soak them for several hours before cooking. This will slash the cooking time by about a third. If not soaking the wild rice, add roughly 20 minutes to the simmering time.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.