It is the last day of of February and because it's a leap year it's like a bonus day. So let's celebrate it with a wellness spotlight on Chayote also known as vegetable pear and a member of squash family. A bright green color pear shape found in the spring and summer. Chayote is low in calories, full of vitamin C, folacin and is made up of 90% water. In addition there are beta carotene properties in the squash and ma be able to lower blood pressure. Popular in many Indian, caribbean and Hispanic food cultures this squash is used in many ways.
Chayote can be stored wrapped in the fridge for up to a week. It can be prepared a variety of ways including raw added to salads, steaming, boiling, sauteing, grilled and fried . This is a desired item that is put into a lot of soups to help thicken it up as well as add in flavor. One favored Haitian dish with Chayote is Legume which translated to vegetable, a hearty dish full of nutritional and green leafy goodness. Another dish that uses chayote was made popular through the movie titled by the dish Ratatouille, an eggplant and squash based dish full of nutrient value.
This green squash can make a world of difference in many dishes including potato pancakes .
Hot Potato & Chayote Pancakes :
- 1-Onion Grated
- 2-Eggs beaten
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 Large Potatoes Grated
- 1- Chayote Grated
- 2-TBS Flour
- 3-TBS Coconut Oil
- 2-Tbs All Purpose Flour
- 3-Tsp Hot sauce
- 1-tsp Cayenne Pepper
In a bowl beat eggs, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and flour together add salt and pepper. Grate the onion, potatoes, chayote add to the egg mixture. Ball up mixture in small rounds, In a pan heat up oil add pancakes, 3-4 minutes on each side. remove place on paper towels. Can top off a salad, eaten with sour cream, bacon and green onions, with either grilled chicken or salmon.