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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Easy Veggies

Making vegetables in the microwave drastically reduces their vitamin content. Boiling has the same effect. Sauteing in oil adds lots of unwanted fat.

Try this matehod for a quick and easy way to make healthy and convenient veggies from frozen bags.

Coat the bottom of a small non-stick skillet with water. Add frozen veg of your choice. Cover and let simmer to 3-5 minutes. Cookng time varies depending on the density of the vegetable.

Monitor pan carefully to make sure veggies don't burn and water doesn't boil over.

Vegetables are crips and tasty. They are sauted in water instead of oil so there is no added fat.

They taste great. Are crunchy and wholesome.

Works with frozen carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and more. Works with fresh vegetables too. Just shorten the cooking time.

Add saome salt and pepper to season near the end of the cooking process. Lemon or lime juice in the cooking water adds a nice zing.