Latin Bodegas Offer Great Options for Your Menu Plan


Produce Section of a Latin Bodega

If you are bored with your current diet and looking for new alternatives, you might want to try some Latin bodega food items. Select produce find in Mexican or Latino supermarkets add a kind of flavor you otherwise might not experience from everyday grocery items.

Popular Latino Vegetables

One versatile fruit that you could use is the papaya. It has a flavor and texture similar to a pear and combines well with salty and spicy herbs. It often has been used along with rice not only for Mexican and Latin dishes but in some Asian-style stir fries. Cayenne pepper is one that works well with it. You could also mix papaya with brown sugar or other sweetener in moderation for use in pies. Papaya also adds an extra-special touch to many fresh fruit salads.

Tomatillos are another favorite Latino produce. One of the most common uses is in the making of Salsa Verde (green sauce) which usually is spread over a Mexican-style taco or similar dish. These veggies also make an excellent asset to chili meals or can be grilled and added to eggs or used in dressings.

Another versatile food you might enjoy is the guayabas known in English as the guava. It comes from a tree native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. It is rich in antioxidants and can be used in similar ways as papayas especially for fruit salads, and you could blend it fresh and drink it. Perhaps you could get creative and use it as a smoothie ingredient, too.

If you need more fiber in your diet, malanga might also be a wise choice. This root vegetable also is an excellent source of potassium and is often served mashed, roasted or baked as a side dish. It originates from South America.

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