recipes

Vegetarian 10 August 2015

Spaghetti Squash with Avocado Pesto

Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) washed, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 ripe Avocado from Mexico (4 ounces), pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves or Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley (optional)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Pierce outside of each half of squash a few times with a fork. Place squash cut side down on baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until very tender when tested with a fork. Cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, place avocado, basil or parsley, chives, Parmesan, garlic, salt, black pepper and hot water in blender and process until smooth, turning blender off and on occasionally and adding a tablespoon or two of additional hot water if needed. There will be between 1/2 and 3/4 cup of pesto.
  4. When squash has cooled, use fork to rake the spaghetti-like threads of squash into a serving bowl. Discard skin. Drizzle pesto over squash and garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.
Serves

Makes 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Credit: Cheryl Forberg, R.D. "The Biggest Loser: Simple Swaps" (Rodale, 2009)

Source Avocados from Mexico

Appetizers & Sides 10 August 2015

Mexican Fiesta Dip

Ingredients
  • 2 (16-ounce) can Goya black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.25-ounce) can Muir Glen diced tomatoes no salt added
  • 2 (11-ounce) cans Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn no salt added, drained
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso green chilies chopped, drained
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Baked tortilla chips
Preparation
  1. In large bowl combine black beans, diced tomatoes with liquid, corn, green chilies, olive oil, vinegar, salt and Tabasco. Cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. To serve, stir in avocado and cilantro to mix well. Serve with tortilla chips.
Source

Can Manufacturers Institute

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