chayote

Ever heard of Chayote Squash? If the answer is no, then you are missing out.

I grew up eating this fruit in Honduras. And my favorite way to prepare it is baked, like a twice-baked potato. Here is how I do it:

1. Cut in to halves and steam until tender (and you can easily pierce with fork)
2. Scoop out the meaty inside and put in a separate bowl, making sure to leave the shell intact.
3. Mash up the scooped out meat, add a little shredded cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spoon the mix into the chayote shells, top with extra cheese, and bake for a few minutes, until cheese is melted.
5. Enjoy.

It is delicious, and a great source of vitamin C!!

Medicine of The Day: Chayote

  • Chayote (chy-O-tay) is the pear-shaped fruit of a west Indian vine in the gourd family.
  • Chayote is cooling and its flavor is similar to a blend of apple and cucumber.
  • The smooth-skinned female fruit is lumpy with small ridges and is considered more delectable than the male fruit, which is covered with wartlike spines.
  • Chayote was a staple food of the Aztecs and is high in vitamin C.
  • In Central America, a tea made from the leaves is used to treat hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
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Chayote is NOT originally from Korea. In fact, I’ve never seen it when I used to live there. But it is a common vegetable in latin America and you can find them in most ethnic/ asian markets in United States. It kind of looks like a deformed melon/apple/pear that I never thought of eating it until my mom’s friend gave us a jar of chayote pickle that she had made. Next thing we knew, we were pickling a whole box of this stuff because it was the best pickle ever!! 

The recipe can vary depending on how spicy you want it to be. If you don’t like spicy food, you can eliminate Jalapeno pepper and just put more chayote or onions in. Experiment and find the right ratio that you like the best, but the soy sauce and vinegar should stay the same to make it a pickle.

Para desayunar fibra + proteína + carbohidrato !

Me decidí por 1 huevo entero + 1 clara de huevo, 2 rollitos de jamón, 1 pan integral tostado y 2 rodajitas de chayote.

Si investigas el chayote te darás cuenta que es buenísimo para adelgazar, ya que contiene sólo 22 calorías por cada 100 gr. Es bueno en vitamitas A, B y C; no presenta contenido de grasas saturadas ni colesterol; y es una fuente ideal de fibra! 

Acompañé este desayuno con medio vaso de jugo de naranja natural :9 

Provecho y bonito día!!

Toph was the only child of the wealthy Beifong family. Her parents went to extreme measures to protect her, including hiding her existence from the rest of the world, because she was blind. They expected their daughter to be well-mannered due to their noble status in Earth Kingdom society, something with which Toph secretly disagreed, causing her to resent their treatment. Acting upon the orders of Toph’s father, her earthbending instructor did not teach her anything other than beginner’s moves, unaware that she’d already achieved mastery in the art. She became such a formidable bender that she secretly entered underground tournaments as the Blind Bandit&was successful to the point where she became the champion of Earth Rumble more than once. After meeting Aang, Toph ran away in order to teach him earthbending but also to escape her parents, who never granted her any real freedom.

Toph, by Sergio Chayote.