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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Low Calorie Avocado Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa Recipe

Summer is a great time to add spicy, different salsas as a side dish. There's an abundance of fresh vegetables to use in totally different ways and this salsa is one of my favorites. This recipe is low calorie and refreshing, and the avocado is full of good fats. Serve it beside grilled chicken or even to top a salad and shrink your waistline while still eating delicious food.

2 ears of corn, shucked
2 green onions, chopped fine, both green and white parts
1 ripe avocado, chopped in approximately 1/2 inch pieces
3 medium tomatoes chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
Juice and zest of 1 fresh lime (about 1 Tbsp each)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
1 small jalapeno, chopped fine, ribs and seeds discarded if you don't want it too hot
Salt and pepper to taste

Grill corn on preheated medium grill until tender and lightly browned 5-8
min, or wrap in foil and bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut corn from cob. Combine corn, onions, avocado, jalapeno, and tomato in medium bowl; toss to
combine. Whisk lime juice and zest, olive oil, and cilantro in small
bowl. Pour over vegeatable mixture; toss. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature or in refrigerator for at least one hour to let flavors mingle.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mango Salsa Recipe

It's mango season here in Florida, and that means it's time for mango salsa. It's low calorie and delicious, and it's great with chicken, fish, or just as a great side dish for any meal.

Mango Salsa

1 mango, peeled and chopped fine *see note*
1/2 green pepper, chopped fine
1 tablespoon jalapeno, chopped fine
1/2 small red onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in refrigerator for at least two hours before eating, so that all the tastes meld together. It's better if you leave it overnight.

*you may need to wear gloves when peeling the mango and chopping the jalapeno. Many people have an allergic reaction the oils in the mango's skin, and it can give you a nasty burn. The jalapeno can be transferred easily to tender areas such as eyes if it gets on your skin, so be careful with both of them. Wash hands thoroughly after chopping, even if you do use gloves.*

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Low Calorie Strawberry and Lemon Cream Dessert

This is a gorgeous, easy summer dessert that is very light. It has approximately 150 calories per serving, and it tastes so good. You can substitute any kind of fruit for the strawberries. I've used it with blueberries, blackberries, and peaches. Not so good with melon; the tastes just don't mesh. It's a lovely, elegant dessert that will satisfy your craving for sweets without ruining your waistline.

4 ounces (1/2 package) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese, which tastes exactly the same)
3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 cups fresh strawberries

Soften cream cheese, or put it on a plate in the microwave for 8 seconds, then flip it over and microwave it 5 seconds more. Scrape it off the plate using a spatula into a bowl. Add yogurt to the bowl along with honey. Using an electric mixer, beat at high speed until light and creamy. Stir in lemon zest.

Layer the lemon cream and strawberries in dessert dishes or wineglasses. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

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