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Black Bean and Corn Salsa Easy, delicious, and the perfect side dish with Cuban or Mexican food. 1 can black beans 1 can corn 1 pepper, chopped 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 bunch chives (optional) 1 tbs. chopped jalapeno ½ tsp. cumin 1/3 c. fresh cilantro (optional) ¼ c. lime juice 1 tbs. olive oil salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients
Stacie's Curried Chicken Salad A favorite of teas and showers and girly events, this fruity chicken salad has a slight hint of curry in the dressing and lots of crunch from the celery, pecans, and apple. Easy to throw together ahead of time and makes plenty to share. 2 C cubed chicken
1 apple, chopped
3/4 C dried cranberries
1/2 C celery, chopped
1/4 C pecans, chopped
3/4 C mayonnaise (or 1/2 c. mayo and 1/3 c. yogurt)
2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp curry

Combine chicken, apple, celery, cranberries, pecans, and green onion. Mix mayo, lime juice, curry, and toss with other ingredients. Serve as sandwiches or with crackers.

From: Stacie (via allrecipes.com)
roasted_salsa_mexican_casserole.jpgThis is definitely best Mexican casserole I have ever had. Fresh summer corn, zucchini, and red pepper are sauteed in green enchilada sauce with precooked shredded chicken, layered with corn tortillas and homemade smoky tomato salsa, then topped with a mix of cheeses and baked until the flavors meld. It is, however, also a lot of work - and although the casserole is well worth the effort, but I do advise planning ahead before tackling it. I think we ate at around 9:30pm the night I decided to make it. But it makes a ton - would be great for feeding a crowd, and has so many veggies that it doesn't leave you feeling greasy like most cheese and sour cream casseroles.

Salsa:
8  plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
3  garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1  small onion, peeled and chopped
1  seeded jalapeño pepper, quartered
Cooking spray
1/3  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
3  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
Casserole:
1  cup  chopped onion
1  cup  fresh or frozen corn kernels
1  cup  diced zucchini
1  cup  chopped red bell pepper
3  cups  shredded cooked chicken breast
1  tablespoon  minced garlic
2  teaspoons  chili powder
1  teaspoon  ground cumin
1  (10-ounce) can green chile enchilada sauce
1  (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
12  (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2  cup  (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
1/2  cup  (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese or queso fresco

Preheat broiler.

To prepare salsa, combine first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 20 minutes or until charred, stirring once. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Place tomato mixture in a food processor; add cilantro, lime juice, and pepper. Process until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare casserole, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion, corn, zucchini, and bell pepper; sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through green chiles); sauté 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.

Spread 1/2 cup salsa over the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange half of tortillas over salsa. Spoon 2 cups chicken mixture evenly over tortillas. Top with 3/4 cup salsa. Repeat layers, starting with remaining tortillas. Finally, sprinkle the cheeses on top. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until bubbly

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mangosalsa_sm.jpgMangoes are delicious and sweet when ripe, but have a much different flavor if even slightly under-ripe. Pick mangoes that smell sweet and give a little when you press the skin with your thumb. Goes well with fish, chicken, or even tofu tacos.
 
2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (I removed the seeds and veins)
1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
Juice of 1 large lime
Peel and chop the mango. Rinse and drain the black beans. Chop the green onions, jalapeno and cilantro. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice and cumin until well mixed. Place the mango, black beans, green onions, cilantro, and jalapeno in a large bowl. Pour the lime/cumin mixture over and mix gently. Taste - add more lime juice if needed.

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Simple fresh salsa, great on chicken tacos or enchiladas.

4 tomatoes chopped
½ of a large white onion chopped
1 jalapeno or Serrano pepper minced (discard seeds)
¼ cup of cilantro chopped
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
I lime, juiced
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.

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A sweet, nutty tofu dish with a nice texture from the saute-steam cooking method.

2 cups diced tofu, extra firm
3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
1 Tbsp peanut or olive oil
1 lime, juiced
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp honey
1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes (or cayenne) (optional
3 garlic cloves, grated or chopped
garnish: chopped cilantro and fresh chopped ginger/garlic
Chop tofu into cubes or thin slices and marinate in 3-4 tbsp soy sauce soy sauce and 2 Tbsp water for five minutes (while you do the first saute above).

Add oil, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, agave syrup, lime juice and a pinch of sesame seeds to a frying pan. You might need to add a bit of water to keep from sticking, but don't worry if it's thick.
Saute on medium-high heat for a minute.

Add tofu to pan with the peanut mixture.
Stir/toss well over high heat for a minute to coat tofu.

Turn heat to medium. Cover pan and allow steam and heat to cook tofu for a few minutes.Constantly move covered pan around, to preventing burning.
Uncover pan and check for doneness of tofu. It should be fluffy from the steam and cooked through.
If the mixture looks dry, add a Tbsp of water and a tsp of soy sauce and re-cover to steam.

Once the tofu looks fluffy with a few browned edges, turn heat to medium-low. Sprinkle in red pepper flakes and toss tofu a few times-gently.
Pour in sesame seeds. Allow the seeds to stick to tofu. Add more or less if necessary to coat about 1/2 of the total surface area of the tofu.
Saute sesame crusted tofu for a few minutes- uncovered. Sesame seeds should be crusted and lightly toasted.
Garnish with garlic/ginger/cilantro.

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orangetempeh_sm.jpgMy absolute favorite way to eat tempeh: sauteed until golden, and glazed in a tangy, sweet orange sauce. I always seem to forget how thin the sauce is starting out, but don't worry, it will thicken as it cooks.

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3-4 large juicy oranges) (I usually just use bottled)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons mirin - Balsamic vinegar can be substituted for a tangier version
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
roughly 10 ounces of tempeh (or extra-firm tofu)
1 tablespoon olive oil
optional:
1/2 lime
a handful of cilantro leaves
Put the orange juice in a small bowl. Add the soy sauce, mirin (or balsamic), and maple syrup, ground coriander, and garlic. Mix together and set aside.

Cut the tempeh (or tofu) into thin-ish, bite-sized pieces, and if working with tofu, pat dry with a paper towel.

Put the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the tempeh and fry for 5 minutes, or until golden underneath. Turn and cook the other side for another 5 minutes, or until golden. Pour the orange juice mixture into the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced to a lovely thick glaze. Turn the tempeh once more during this time and spoon the sauce over the tempeh from time to time.

Serve the tempeh drizzled with any remaining sauce and a squeeze of lime, with the cilantro scattered on top.

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A fresh tasting pasta salad with roasted southwestern flavors. Double the dressing to add a bit more flavor. Add chopped cooked chicken or steak for a full meal.

2  poblano peppers
2  red bell peppers
2  ears shucked corn
4  cups  hot cooked penne (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
2  cups  halved grape tomatoes
1  cup  finely chopped onion (optional)
1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
1  chopped peeled avocado
3/4  cup  (3 ounces) queso fresco
Dressing:
2-4  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
1-2  tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
1  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
1  garlic clove, minced

Preheat broiler.

Cut poblano and bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Add corn to baking sheet. Broil 18 minutes or until peppers are blackened and corn is lightly browned, turning corn occasionally. Place peppers in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop. Cut kernels from ears of corn.

Combine juice, oil, salt, black pepper, cumin, and garlic in a large bowl; stir. Add peppers, corn, pasta, and remaining ingredients except cheese; toss. Top with cheese.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese)
Calories: 234 (29% from fat)
Fat: 7.5g (sat 1.6g,mono 4.1g,poly 1g)
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Sauteed tofu gets more of a fish style preparation with fresh, tangy Mediterranean flavors: tomatoes, green olives, basil, oregano, bay, and marjoram. Don't skip the pickle juice, it sounds weird, but adds a vinegary tang that makes the whole dish work.

1 14oz package of extra firm tofu.
1 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
4 large tomatoes, blanched, peeled and chopped (or a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes)
2 tablespoons liquid from a jar of sweet pickles
10 fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 green olives, pitted
Slice the tofu into four slabs and pat dry. Lay them on a plate and cover with the lime juice.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions. Saute for 5 minutes on medium-low.
Add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes more.
Add the tomatoes, turn the heat up a little and saute for 15 minutes, stirring often
Add the pickle juice, herbs, salt, and olives, saute for another 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is cooked off.
Remove the bay leaf.
In another pan, melt the butter on medium to medium high heat.
Add the tofu and fry for 3 minutes on each side.
Remove from pan and top with the Veracruz sauce.

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spicyroast_sm.jpgMy favorite meal growing up, easy to make in the crock pot or on the stove (measurements approximate).

3 lb. roast (approx. 2-3" thick)
1 lb. baby carrots
5 med potatoes, cut in half
2 sweet onions, sliced
2/3 c. ketchup
2 tbs. molasses
2 tbs. brown mustard
2 tbs. teriyaki
2 tbs. soy
1 tbs. Worchester
¼ c. lime juice (1 whole lime)
Crockpot prep:
Brown roast in skillet.
Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
Add baby carrots, potatoes, and ½ onion in bottom of crockpot, (crockpot should be ~1/2 full).
Place roast over vegetables, add remaining onions.
Mix remaining ingredients for sauce, pour over meat.
Cook on high for 7 hours.

OR
Stove-top prep (with potatoes on the side):
Cut roast into 1" cubes. Heat a little oil in a large pot or skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add meat, saute until browned. Remove the meat and set aside. Wipe out the pot, heat another tsp. or so of olive oil, add onion. Cook until soft and just translucent, add baby carrots, meat, and sauce. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer. Cook for 1-2 hours on low or until meat is tender. Optional: if sauce is too sweet add tomato sauce or diced tomatoes.

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