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Monday, March 11, 2013

Papaya (and Papaya Pineapple Salsa?!)

1/2 of a small Papaya has at least 150% of your daily Vitamin C needs plus is a great source of fiber, potassium and folate.
My friend Kim Hall of Given Breath and All About Athlete REintroduced me to papaya at a recent AHMAZING retreat.
I went to Whole Foods today as part of my STAYcation, yes, food geeks like me do that... 
ANYWAYS, I brought it home and immediately had the hubby and son try it...
VERDICT: veto--so, proud of them for trying...but more for me! 
The seeds are supposed to be edible and have a pepper taste to them.  I will admit, they are not super appetizing to look at....so I'll be brave and try that next time...
UNTIL THEN, I will try the other half of the papaya and make the following recipe I found for Papaya-Pineapple Salsa!
UPDATE:  I made it! The Fam is not a huge fan of papaya...so I went heavier on pineapple and jicama and NOT spicy for the kiddo.  Will taste way better tomorrow...but with shrimp on a corn tortilla tonight?! YUM

Papaya-Pineapple Salsa
Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
3/4 cup ripe papaya, diced
3/4 cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/2 cup diced jicama
3 tbsp chopped red onion
1 chili pepper, Serrano or jalapeno
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp minced cilantro
Combine papaya, pineapple, jicama, red onion, chili pepper, garlic zest, lime juice, and cilantro. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 37, protein 1g, fat 0g, percent calories from fat 5%, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrates 9g, fiber 2g, sodium 2mg