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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For the Love of Beans

Here's what the world needs to know right now... beans. I am so sick of vegetarian recipes that are full of vegetables and cheese. That just doesn't work. It's not filling. It's no wonder only 3% of the population is vegetarian when they are misled into thinking they must eat avocado, pepper and feta for sustenance.

Beans are the key. Beans are the alternative to meat. Where you would otherwise stuff your meat simply replace it with beans. Keep all your other add ons. Just swap your meat for beans. It's that easy. And I swear, it really does taste good.

Black beans have a great texture and taste that substitutes well for ground beef. Use them in lasagna, 'meat' sauce or on regular sandwiches. Kidney beans are also very 'meaty'. They have a strong nutty flavor and a rich hearty bite. Instead of roast beef or turkey cold cut, just add beans to your sandwich. I adore bean sandwiches. They taste awesome and are so filling. Even though I sometimes eat meant, I still love a bean sandwich much more than most meat incarnations.

I eat beans 7 days a week and meat probably only twice a month. I love a good bean sandwich. It just hits the spot.

Rye bread, hummus, black beans, onion, cabbage, romaine. Now that's a party. Add in a slice of cheese occasionally and you've really got a home run.

A lot of people seem to be misguided. They think they have to eat either meat or fish to be healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Beans are packed full of protein and fiber. They also boast plenty of iron.

Don't be misled by the meat industry. There are delicious alternatives.