So the lovely Labute made a new salad yesterday. It's called Strawberry Fields, it's all organic, dairy, nut and gluten-free gorgeousness and contains such things as: fresh picked, local strawberries, jicama, zucchini, spinach and red quinoa. Not to mention the sweet and sour tamarind dressing and tiny seasoned seed mix with hemp, sesame, chia and poppy seeds. Wait a minute, did you say jimaca? What tha..? Well, this legume is round, tan and bulb-like so kinda looks like a turnip. Its lovely white insides are smooth and crisp and some think tastes like an apple. It's high in vitamins C, A and B, along with calcium and phosphorus and TONS of dietary fiber. But remember: The skin is inedible so remove it first. Here's a recipe I found on line that I'm totally trying this weekend (with my own tweak).  But let's be honest - I'll probably just sit with the bowl and a spoon. Corn Jicama Salsa 2 cups of corn, roasted ½ cup jicama, peeled and diced ¼ cup cooked black beans 1/8 cup of shallots, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped fine ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 avocado diced Small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped with membrane removed (optional) Mix together, refrigerate for an hour.

20130331-224231 Oh the wondrous spiralizer! Love this contraption, though it's a bit clunky for many city kitchens, it turns out some pretty great veggie noodles. It works with zucchini, squash, carrots, apples, beets, jicama and most firm fruits or veggies. Adding toppings of choice and tossing the spiralized veg in vegan sauces and dressings makes them almost unidentifiable as anything other than pasta. Here are simple recipes for crazy delicious raw pasta sauce, alfredo sauce and pesto.

Lunch date with some of my lovely bitches and one handome gent this afternoon and I was super excited to find that Milagros' Ensalada Costena was not only delicious and fresh but living! It's a tasty mix of cubed  mango, pineapple, avocado, jicama and cucumber tossed in cilantro and oil with a few spices. How exciting, this meant I got to enjoy some of the best guac in the city followed by a lovely salad and no stomach ache for $14 including tip! Plus the company was outstanding as usu! Hooray for Milagros for putting such a awesome raw vegan option on their menu. I will be back sooner than I expected.