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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Salad Wonders

I've been eating super light over the last month or two. Trying to shed a few unwanted pounds. When I lost my job I kinda went into binge mode. It's a good lesson in even if it's vegetarian that doesn't mean you can pig out. Calories are calories regardless of the source.

What's been working for me is a big breakfast, followed by lighter lunch and dinner.

To that end I've been incorporating a lot of salad into my daily food intake. I've discovered that a hearty salad can be quite filling without the burden of as many calories as other meal choices.

A really big salad of romaine, carrots and broccoli will fill me up for hours and hours, yet I've eaten far less calories than I normally would

I'll usually sprinkle the salad with some beans or diced roasted potato or vegetarian chili.

For dressing hot sauce and vinegar are great. A little sprinkle of nutritional yeast ties it all together.

But don't let your salad stagnate. Mix it up. The romaine base is open to so many possible additions. Red pepper, cucumber, jalapeno, red cabbage, tofu, apple, avocado, mango, the list can go on and on.

A great dessert for dieting is peanut butter on whole grain bread. Peanut butter is incredibly delicious on a slice of rye bread. I try to use way less than the serving size on the jar. A teaspoon or maybe 2. Just to lightly cover the surface of the bread.

It's funny how gaining weight is so easy, yet losing it so difficult. Some strange Darwinism at work in that respect.

But what I've learned is the salad done right can be quite satisfying. I didn't think it was possible, but with the right lettuce and the right additions and a careful eye toward restraint, a lunch or dinner of mostly salad can be more filling than you've ever imagined possible.