Pico de Gallo

Hello Friends!

Whew!  Hard to to believe that it’s almost the end of July.  Where did the summer go?  Well before it totally disappears on us and the farmer’s markets follow suit, we thought we would share one of our classics.  Pico de Gallo is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy summer’s harvest.   We just love the versatility and freshness of this recipe and it’s EASY to prepare.  Of course what makes it OH approved is that it’s not only tasty but has some of the following health benefits:

Benefits of Cilantro

  1. Helps remove heavy metals from your body
  2. Is a great anti-inflammatory herb
  3. Rich in magnesium, iron and phytonutrients
  4. Lowers blood sugar
  5. Helps with regulating hormones

So head out to your farmer’s market today and try out this recipe!

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Pico de Gallo

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds of fresh tomatoes – diced
  • 1 medium white onion – diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro – chopped
  • juice of one regular lime or two key limes
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 jalapeno – minced (you may omit or add more depending on your tastes)

Directions

  1. Rinse tomatoes and onion
  2. Dice tomatoes, onions and jalapeno.  Rough chop the cilantro
  3. Put ingredients into a bowl.  Add the salt and lime juice and mix well.

You can serve this immediately but it tastes better after it’s had a couple of hours to mingle in the refrigerator.  Serve with cucumber chips, jicama chips or organic corn chips.

Have a healthy and blessed day!

Love and hugs,

Donna and Daniela

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Paleo Shrimp Salad

Hello Friends!

With summer activities in full swing it’s time to whip out a recipe that is easy and versatile.  Our Paleo Shrimp Salad can be made ahead, taken to a party as an appetizer, travels well and happens to be low in carbs but high in flavor!

We have also accomplished making it dairy-free and naturally gluten-free by eliminating and milk product from the base and substituting bread with endive as the delivery device for the delicious shrimp salad.  This recipe also works great with diced chicken or diced organic firm tofu (making it vegan) if you are so inclined.

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Paleo Shrimp Salad

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wild bay shrimp, rinsed & drained
  • 1 ½ cups diced peeled cucumber
  • 1 ½ cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup diced roma tomatoes, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup slivered green onions including green parts
  • 1/4 cup capers rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ cup of avocado mayonnaise (recipe follows)
  • 8 large endive leaves cleaned and trimmed

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Directions

  1. Add the first six ingredients to a large bowl and lightly toss to incorporate.
  2. Sprinkle the dried dill and garlic over the mixture and toss again to incorporate spices and salad mixture.
  3. Add ½ cup of avocado mayonnaise and mix ingredients together to fully incorporate.
  4. Set in refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve in endive garnished with green onion or serve over a mixed green salad.

This recipe can be made ahead and will keep it’s texture for 1-2 days.  It will keep for a third day a cold refrigerator but may lose some of it’s “crunch”.

Avocado Mayonaise

Yields 3/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado (medium)
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

*If you like garlic, try adding a tablespoon of fresh minced garlic to the mix

Directions

  • Wash the avocado and cut it in half. Scoop out the flesh and put it into a blender or small food processor.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and mustard and blend together.
  • With blender or processor running, add olive oil slowly. You many have to stop the machine a few times to make sure ingredients are incorporated.  Puree to a smooth creamy texture.

This can also be used as a dressing by adding 2 Tablespoons of water in the blending portion to help thin the mayonaise.

We hope you enjoy the recipe and would love to hear how you served it!  Please comment here or email us at info@organichousewives.com

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs,

Donna and Daniela