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January 17, 2017

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Tomatillo Sauce (Salsa Verde)

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillos start out tart, but once they're stewed or roasted, the natural sugar in the fruit develops, striking a nice balance in the sauce. You can use this as a dipping salsa instead of a cooking salsa if you omit most of the water in the recipe!

Makes 2 cups


1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 large tomatillos, paper husks removed and cut in half
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes (optional) 


Over medium-high heat, sauté the onion until it is lightly browned. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomatillos, water, salt, and cumin. Simmer until the tomatillos have turned into a chunky sauce. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro and optional lime juice. 

Make It Simple: Add all the ingredients to the pot at once and simmer until the tomatillos have softened and turned into a sauce. You won’t get the caramelized onion flavor, but you’ll be done with the sauce in about 5 minutes, plus however long it takes you to cut the ingredients.

The Gourmet Touch: Leave the tomatillos in their husks and add all the ingredients to a baking dish, including the water. Cover the dish and roast the ingredients at 400 F for about 20 minutes. Puree them in a blender or mash them with a potato masher for a rougher mixture.

Source: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jason Wyrick of the Vegan Culinary Experience.

Per 1-cup serving: Calories: 76; Protein: 2 g; Carbohydrate: 14 g; Sugar: 6 g; Total Fat: 2 g; Calories from Fat: 18%; Fiber: 5 g; Sodium: 109 mg

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