Who thought that blogging would lead me to chayote squash with thorns? Buying this vegetable was easy. The tricky part was making it edible.
This squash intimidated me. It was unwelcoming and my poor fingers can still remember the thorns.
Raw, whole vegetables can sometimes take a little work to get on the table, especially ones with thorns. I didn’t want to be intimidated by a vegetable and made a tasty fresh salsa to accompany lunch.
Here’s Our FearLESS Lunch Menu:
- Spinach Quesadillas
- Black Beans
- Chayote Squash Salsa
A fresh, easy Mexican accompaniment for eggs, tacos, burritos, fish, and chicken dishes.
- 1 diced chayote squash (with or without thorns)
- 1 diced tomato
- 1 diced avacado
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons lime juice or the juice from one lime
- salt to taste
- a pinch of ground arbol chile (optional)
- Mix diced ingredients together in your favorite bowl. Squeeze lime. Salt to taste.
I added a few pinches of arbol chile to mine - but not the kids'.
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Why do we have anxiety over preparing vegetables? Take a peek at this article by Julia Roskin in the New York Times.
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Our weekend was packed. I can’t say I missed the computer. While we were driving in the Big City (Denver), we decided to do a little Produce Tourism. The traditional grocery store will always have a place in feeding families. But creative minds have multiplied the ways to get fruits and veggies onto your table.
Have you tried any of these?
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Organic Home Delivery Companies
- Farmers’ Markets
- Food Co-ops
- Produce Stands
- Community Gardens
- Wholesale Produce Suppliers
On a whim during FearLESS Friday, we Googled and GPSed our way to Alpine Summit Sales, a wholesale produce supplier open to the public. Big P and Middle E had the time of their lives running through the warehouse and looking at exotic fruits and vegetables. Big P picked out a dangerous-looking (and painful) “cactus pear.”
Thanks to some Facebook friends, we identified it as a chayote squash with thorns.
It was refreshing to be in a store devoted to my favorite things: fruit, veg, grains, and spices. It feels good to find a grocery store that features tomatoes instead of candy bars at the checkout.