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Mexican Superfoods: Nopales.

fernanda alvarez
Mexican Superfoods: Nopales.

Nopal is a common name for cactus pads or prickly pear. The nopal pads can be eaten raw or cooked, used in marmalades, soups stews and salads, juices and smoothies. Since they are high in fiber and lower blood sugar levels, they are also commonly used for weigh loss. 

Nopales are generally sold fresh, cleaned of spines, and sliced. They can also be found canned or bottled, and less often dried, especially for export. Cut into slices or diced into cubes, nopales have a light, slightly tart flavor  and a crisp, texture. 

This recipe is ideal for lunch or dinner, over  EZEQUIEL toasted tortilla or as a side of your black beans or quinoa bowl with cubed avocado. 

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Remember, anything you do i can teach you how to mexicanize it!

5 nopales, clean and sliced
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
3 limes, the juice
1/2 cup tamari sauce
Celery salt
2 tsp coconut oil
Optional: serrano chile
•Take a saucepan into medium heat.
•Add coconut oil, nopales and onion.
•Cook covered for 10 minutes or until turn its color into dark green.
•Add tamari sauce, lime and celery salt.