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Somethin' Good is Always Cookin' (Recipes)

Quick-and-easy Cheesy Gulf Shrimp Nachos

¼ pound tortilla chips
1 cup low-sodium black beans, cooked, rinsed and drained
1½ cup shredded low-fat cheese
½ pounds small fresh or frozen Gulf shrimp (or large shrimp cut into bite-sized pieces), boiled and peeled
1 large tomato, finely diced
¼ cup scallions, diced
low-fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)
fresh guacamole (optional)

Preheat oven to broil. In large, oven-proof platter, place tortilla chips in single layer. Sprinkle black beans and half of cheese on top of chips, then evenly distribute shrimp on top. Add diced tomato as next layer, then cover with remaining cheese.

Cook under broiler for roughly 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Garnish nachos with sliced scallions, and top with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. Serves 2-4.

Recipe provided to the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition by Chef Justin Timineri of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Cucumber and Dill Salad

You've heard the expression "cool as a cucumber," it is an apt one. Folklore has it that growing in a field on a hot summer day, the interior flesh is said to be almost 20 degrees cooler than the outside air temperature. Cucumbers are great for a hot summer's day salad. They are refreshing, low in calories, naturally cooling, and high in water.

1 large English cucumber, or 2 medium 8-inch regular
a cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, optional
2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 to 2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon black pepper

Peel and seed regular cucumbers, if desired, leaving a little green, slice very thinly. Place in a large bowl and set aside. Combine all remaining ingredients for dressing in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add dressing to sliced cucumbers. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Yield: 6 1-cup servings.

Nutrition facts: 20 calories; 0.5g total fat; 105mg sodium (210mg sodium for ½ teaspoon), 1g fiber; 2g protein

Cooking Tips

English cucumber vs. regular cucumbers–"English cucumber" is a marketing term for a mild less bitter variety of cucumber.They are generally sold wrapped in plastic to reduce water loss. They are not waxed and, therefore, do not need peeling.
  • They are sometimes called seedless, but the seeds are actually very small and less prominent.
  • The seeds in a regular cucumber, especially in a large aging cucumber, may be bitter; the semi-seedless English cucumber is less likely to be bitter (or you can remove the seeds from regular cucumbers).
  • The English has been bred to be more easily digested than other varieties so people sometimes call it the burpless cucumber.
  • The English is more expensive.
  • Both varieties can be purchased fresh at your local Farmers Market.

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