Monday, July 25, 2011

That's corn-y!

Quest volunteer Kelsey has provided us with another great post, this time about seasonal vegetables.

The treacherous weather that seems to have cursed the Lower Mainland this summer may have left some of us feeling as though it is not really summer at all. However despite the grey skies and damp weather, we are rapidly approaching an exciting time in the Canadian culinary world: the fall harvest is approaching and the beautiful berries of summer are readily available. One veggie that is often equated with the summer months is sweet corn.

As a result of its delicious flavor, corn is not often thought of in the same “veggie” category as, say, brussel sprouts or cabbage. However, corn is definitely vegetable calibre: it's a good source of several nutrients and fibre! Corn is one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, and is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. These high-fibre, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also a hearty and satisfying veggie that can be purchased locally throughout the later summer months.

Below, I have listed one of my own favorite simple and affordable corn salad recipes. I encourage all of our corn loving blog followers to go ahead and post your own favorite corn recipes below.

Ingredients

6 ears sweet corn, boiled or grilled
1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red onion, sliced very thin
1 Tbs. minced cilantro
Juice from one fresh lime

Directions

Mix all ingredients and squeeze the lime juice over it all. Season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!

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