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“The Full Monte” Roasted Chayote Salad

“The Full Monte” Roasted Chayote Salad

This recipe is modeled after a salad served the recently closed El Monte Grill and Lounge in Fort Collins, Colo. Cubes of chayote are roasted until crisp, then added to a hearty salad with a jalapeño-laced dressing.

Mediterranean Rice with Wilted Spinach and Feta

Mediterranean Rice with Wilted Spinach and Feta

Fresh spinach is simmered with olive tapenade and feta cheese for a tangy base to this rice dish. Some prepared tapenades are made with anchovy paste, so be sure to read the label before buying.

Mirliton Slaw

Mirliton Slaw

Mirliton is the French Creole word for chayote and is also the name the vegetable goes by in Cajun cuisine. Chayote holds a lot of moisture, so be sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible once it has been grated to keep the dressing from getting too watery.

Strawberry “Ice Cream” Cake

Strawberry “Ice Cream” Cake

Sssshhh … don’t tell kids this delicious dessert is actually just good-for-them yogurt and fruit with a few graham crackers and waffle cones thrown in for crunch.

Chayote Ratatouille and Red Beans

Chayote Ratatouille and Red Beans

When chayote is simmered, it takes on a zucchini-like texture and tenderness, making it a perfect cold-weather substitute in this Provençal vegetable dish. We’ve added kidney beans for extra protein so you can serve this as a main dish over couscous, rice, or pasta.

Chayote-Corn Pudding

Chayote-Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is a casserole favorite in the South, but it’s usually served as a side dish. Here, we’ve filled it out with chayote for a satisfying entrée that can be served with bread and a green salad.

Rice with Roasted Garlic, Lentils, and Mushrooms

Rice with Roasted Garlic, Lentils, and Mushrooms

The ultra-versatile combination of rice and lentils can be served as a protein-rich side dish or an easy entrée. Green French lentils, which hold their shape when cooked, will give the dish a firmer texture, while softer red lentils will give it a creamier, dal-like consistency.

Spicy Cajun Rice

Spicy Cajun Rice

Serve this dish with steamed greens and roasted or stewed tomatoes, and you’ve got a full-on Southern-style meal. Frozen peppers and onions are used as a time-saving way to season the dish, but you could also use fresh chopped onion and bell pepper.

Eggplant and Chickpea Pitas

Eggplant and Chickpea Pitas

These hearty sandwiches, which taste good hot or cold, are great options for busy weeknights when dining times are different for everyone in the family.

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