asparagus salsa

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in healthy food, local food, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

6894166320_c36a50322e_oNow that it’s officially asparagus season, we’re coming up with fun ways to use it.

This spring we’re transforming our spears into a light and refreshing seasonal salsa!

You’ll be surprised at how delicious this recipe comes out, we promise.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 7 minutes

Serves 6-8 small portions

  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and chopped (save the ends for soup stock)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 limes
  • 2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, minced (seeds removed)
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

1) Mix: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, and chill in your refrigerator (or eat right away).

2) Serve: Serve salsa with tortilla chips, over quesadillas, tacos, or chili!

Photo courtesy of Liz West

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rhubarb strawberry compote

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in healthy food, local food, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments

SI ExifOne of the easiest ways to incorporate rhubarb into your diet once it becomes available in Spring is to make a 10 minute compote.

You can make a high end looking and tasting dessert with this easy recipe. Get ready to woo your family with your seasonal cooking skills!

Prep Time: 1 minute Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium stalks of fresh rhubarb, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of frozen strawberries (or fresh if in season)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1-2 T coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 squeeze of lemon or a dash of balsamic reduction

Directions:

1) Prep: Rinse and chop your rhubarb into small pieces.

2) Cook: In a saucepan add all of your ingredients. Bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, mixing and smashing strawberries until mashed well.

3) Serve: Let compote cool. Add to the bottom of a small bowl, then layer with chocolate or vanilla ice cream, and top with a crumble of your favorite ginger cookie. Or eat all on its lonesome!

We hope you enjoy this seasonal treat!

Posted by Flora McKay, Director of Community & Nutrition 

Photo courtesy of Patrice Beaulieu

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