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Tomatillos: Discover This Sweet and Tangy Veggie

Have you ever been in the produce section and wondered what those odd looking, small, green tomatoes were? Or seen tomatillos referenced on the menu at your local Mexican restaurant?  If so, it’s time to add this delicious veggie to your grocery cart.  Tomatillos are also known as the Mexican Husk Tomato and are used in similar ways you would use tomatoes.  They have a sweet, yet tangy flavor and are especially good in salsas.  Tomatillos are also nutritious.  They are low calorie, cholesterol free, sodium free, and a good source of Vitamin C.

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Mango Tomatillo Guacamole puts a creative spin on an already delicious recipe.  You’ll roast fresh tomatillos and add them to a food processor until smooth.  Combine this with avocado, chopped mango, chopped jalapeno pepper, chopped garlic. chopped onion, chopped fresh cilantro, salt, pepper, and the juice of a lime.

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Courtesy of Destination Delish

 

Roasted Tomatillo and White Bean Soup is a spicy dish that’s quick to make (40 minutes).  You’ll roast the tomatillos until the skins blacken and then puree in a blender.  In a large pot add olive oil, chopped onion and garlic and cook until the onion begins to soften.  Add vegetable stock, tomatillo puree, and one can of navy beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add fresh lime juice before serving.  Serve this soup with tortilla strips, chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, and plain yogurt.

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Courtesy of The Kitchen Paper

 

Tomatillo Salsa Verde is perfect to enjoy with tortilla chips or as a topping for chicken or fish.  Roast fresh tomatillos along with onion, jalapeno and garlic.  After roasting, deseed and chop the jalapeno.  Peel and chop the garlic and chop the onion.  Add all the roasted ingredients to a food processor along with fresh cilantro and salt and process to the desired consistency you want.

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I’ll return next week with some easy recipes you can use for your Labor Day festivities.

 

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