Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

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Pasta with Broccoli Garlic and Olive Oil

Admittedly, this one isn't really very low fat, but it's definitely good for your arteries. It can be low fat, if you're careful not to use too much olive oil.

Ingredients

Half a box of pasta
7 cloves garlic cut into big chunks
1 box frozen broccoli (defrosted in microwave and chopped into bite size pieces)
2-4 tbls extra virgin olive oil (2 tbls will taste really good. 3 is moderation. 4 is decadence. decide depending on occasion and mood)
salt pepper and oregano
grated Parmesan cheese


Use a non-stick pan to cook your pasta. You'll save a lot of stirring and stuck noodles. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add a few shakes of salt to boiling water before stirring in your pasta. When pasta is done strain into a colander and set aside in the sink.

Return your pasta cooking pot to the same hot burner and add 1 tbl olive oil, then your broccoli. Stir and cook broccoli for about two minutes then add garlic. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Once the garlic begins to really give off its aroma add back your pasta and an additional 1-3 tbls olive oil. Stir everything together and cook for a few minutes more. Add your oregano last. Stirring it in and cooking for only a minute or two. Serve piping hot sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese as a whole meal or side dish.

Make lots. Remainder keeps well in fridge and reheats well later.

Onion and pepper make a great additions.