Tried asian pears... didn't know they were a type of quince! Tried pickled nopalitos so far, don't have a grill to do the nopales. I've tried yellow guavas, found them good. Tried prickly pear cactus figs too, they come de-spined at the store, and I've also picked them in the wild. Tried golden barrel cactus fruit from the wild. Tried persimmons once. You are right, there are really a lot of good things around!
Still haven't tried taro root or yucca root, but I don't do much baking.
Burro bananas are also good. They are very thick, somewhat short, a bit triangular in cross section, and very starchy when unripe. You can cook them like a plantain. But if you wait till they are brown and blotchy and rather ugly looking, the tough skin reveals a very nice creamy banana!
Oh, and recently I've been exploring the Indian section of my international supermarket. I'm going to try flour made from chickpea, lentil and rice. I'm also going to try flour made from mung beans.View Thread
Hm... that sounds like it could be good. I've had the smaller yellow mangoes too, they are fairly regularly stocked where I am. I hear you about the gas! Sure, our prices aren't as bad as the rest of the country and my car is small but it's still a lot to spend.View Thread
Okay, I love tajin! Definitely keeping it in my cupboard from now on. I think I might try jicama with salt, pepper and garlic on it. Such a good low calorie food. Thanks for the tip about the cucumbers, Michelle! The produce guy suggested sprinkling it on apples.
By the way, always peel your jicama. The peel might give you a belly ache. I didn't get one but I was warned.View Thread
Jicama is something I would probably like but my spouse has already tried it, and doesn't. I like water chestnuts so I'd probably like Jicama.
For today's tip, I'm going to give information about Mexican Papaya. These things are big, elongated fruit with a thin, edible skin. You can still peel them if you want though, the skin is rather papery. The flesh is mildly sweet, containing lots of vitamin a as well as enzymes good for digestion. The seeds are small, round, and peppery, and edible.
You can eat papaya raw, put it in smoothies or breads, put it an kebabs too. It has a very mild flavor, not harsh or citrussy. When choosing a mexican papaya, look for a big that is rather dented and battered looking. Also look for one that is slightly soft, with plenty of yellow on it. Those pretty green ones that are well shaped are usually starchy, hard, and need to be cooked like a squash.
You find these in stores that have a lot of food from Mexico, many grocery stores, and they are in season in the summer.View Thread
If you want to make custom flavors, you can get high quality vanilla ice cream, let it soften (not entirely melt) and stir in your own flavors, then let it re freeze. Not quite as good as home made but ultimately cheaper and more customizable.
Some flavors I reccommend: licorice, made with anise extract, matcha powder, nuts, broken cookies, fruit preserves.View Thread
Here is a thread for us to share our food adventures, get ideas of new things to try, and talk about what we learn! I'm going to post a few foods, where to find them, and what's good about them, and I encourage everyone else to do the same. I'm kind of Mistress of Wierd Foods, so I"ll start.
Chickpea flour: Also known as garbanzo bean flour, this is nice for breads, good to add to currys or sauces, or in pancakes. It's also really good as the main ingredient in deep fried chicken or fish. It has a mild flavor, and is high in protein, iron, folate, and certain trace minerals. You can buy it in the Indian section of an international supermarket or buy it from Bob's Red Mill online.
Black Sesame: Much more nutrient dense than regular sesame seeds, these are high in antioxidents and healthy fats. They are good in breads, stir fry, cereal, sauces, salad dressing, and many other ways. They have a very pleasant nutty flavor. You can get them in the Japanese or indian section of international supermarkets, health food stores, and places like that. You can buy it cheapest in the Indian section or online through various retailers.
Blue Potatoes: These have about 90 times the antioxidents of white potatoes and taste really good! Great baked, boiled, microwaved or fried, they tend to be a little smaller and have a deep blue or purple color all the way through. They are a little harder to find. Sometimes they will be at your local grocery store, sometimes you will only find them at the organic foods store or co-ope. You can also grow them, which you should, because they are tasty! The flavor is mild like a normal potato, with maybe a hint of bitterness from all the anthocyanins, but I like it quite a bit.View Thread
Many people with Type 2 Diabetes benefit from limiting their starches and sugars and making sure to have protein at every meal. I've personally benefited a LOT from removing all processed foods from my diet. If I am going to eat cheese, I make sure it is a nice hard cheese like sharp cheddar with a minimum of preservatives. If I am going to eat meat, I cook it myself and don't the kind that's injected with saline or other additives. If I snack, I try to have things like nuts or fruit instead of chips, that sort of thing. When I did that I lost a lot of weight. Dental issues caused me to need soft processed foods and my weight has BALOONED because of it so I know that my strategy works.
Exercise is whatever you can find to do. walking, stationary bike, exercise bands, hefting canned food instead of weights, seated exercises on YouTube. There are so many possibilities. Bottom line, move more, stop when it hurts, go slow and build up to more.
When I think of higher fiber good for you cereal I immediately think oatmeal. Not the instant stuff with sugar added but the old fashioned kind, which still cooks in just a few minutes in a microwave. You can make it with or without milk, you can cook it with berries mixed in for sweetener, you can drizzle a little honey on top, you can make it in all kinds of ways. It helps people regulate their blood sugar than other cereals do.
When people say to limit breads, they also mean grains of all kinds. Look for whole grains and a higher protein content. It is true that bananas and pineapples have a lot of sugar. Here are some fruits that have lower sugar- they don't have NO sugar, but they are better. Grapes are really high in sugar so watch out for those.
Apricots, tomatoes, some apples (the more old fashioned types), blueberries, blackberries, cranberry juice. Pomegranates are awesome for you. Mangoes are good for you too as far as vitamins so they are worth the sugar. Kiwis are pretty good for you too.View Thread