Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

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Instagram. Sold for $1 billion. It's safe to say that this app is not going anywhere. It has turned into a global phenomenon. Celebrities have used it as a way to reach out to fans. Photographers use it as a platform to display their work. Chefs and foodies alike post pictures of their latest creations.

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I follow Bon Appetit on Instagram and recently came across a post that they regrammed from their bonappetit.com editor, Matt Gross. It was an image of the most beautiful green salsa in the world. The caption gave a brief run through of the ingredients and how to make the salsa. Tomatillos...I had heard of those before, but never in my life eaten one, let alone made a dish that included them.

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Within days I was gathering the ingredients and getting ready to make the salsa. As usual things got busy and my avocado went bad. This past weekend, there would be no excuse, I would finally get around to make this seemingly simple recipe.

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The fresh combination of flavors - lime, avocado, cilantro, garlic - delivers a salsa that will have you coming back for more.

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I was thrilled to get a chance to use my Vitamix as this salsa is more creamy rather than chunky. At first I was expecting a guacamole of sorts, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is in fact a salsa. Summer may be coming to a close, but you can always find an excuse to enjoy some chips and salsa!

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Recipe from Matt Gross, Editor @ BonAppetit.com

Ingredients:

1 pound halved tomatillos 4 halved chiles, seeded 2 garlic cloves juice of 1 lime 1 avocado cilantro, handful salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Broil tomatillos, chiles and garlic for about 10 minutes, turning chiles and garlic halfway through, until blackened.
  2. Blend these ingredients with lime juice, avocado and cilantro. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add salt to taste
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

Are we all about to hop on another health-food bandwagon?

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To begin with, let's get one thing straight: both Greek and regular yogurts, in their plain non-fat (or low-fat) forms can be a great addition to any healthy balanced diet. Both are undoubtedly low in calories and have tons of calcium and live bacterial cultures. However...at the end of the day, Greek yogurt reins victorious.

Here are a few important nutritional comparisons between Greek and regular yogurts:

Protein: A typical 6-ounce serving of Greek yogurt packs a whopping 15 to 20 grams of protein, compared to a measly 9 grams in regular yogurt. This doesn't even compare. This fact could be especially appealing to vegetarians who need to find alternate sources of protein, instead of beef, poultry or fish. The added protein also makes you feel fuller, helping prevent overeating.

Carbohydrates: Having a diabetic mother who counts carbs, I know that you are constantly looking at the nutritional facts to see where you are at. In comparison to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has almost half the amount of carbohydrates. Keep in mind though, if there is added flavoring or sugar, you will in return have added carbohydrates.

Fat: This is where we all need to be wary. Full-fat Greek yogurt can have 16 grams of saturated fat. If you were on a 2,000 calories daily diet, this would count for over 60% of your daily intake of saturated fat. If you choose to go the Greek route, be sure to get the nonfat or low-fat option.

Sodium: A serving of Greek yogurt has about only half the amount of sodium as regular yogurt. Too much sodium can increase blood pressure and the risk of other heart problems.

Calcium: Regular yogurt will provide you with about 30% of your daily intake of calcium while Greek yogurt will only bring in about 20%. As said before, Greek yogurt goes through a strenuous straining process which results in the loss of some calcium.

What I love most about Greek yogurt is its versatility. Mix it with herbs for a great vegetable dip. Or throw in fresh fruit, granola and agave nectar for the perfect breakfast to start your day.

While facts add up in Greek yogurt's favor, it is undeniable that both yogurts, if consumed properly, can help keep you full on fewer calories and can help you lose weight. The key? Stick with the nonfat or low-fat versions.