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Quick and healthy food ideas

Updated: Friday, February 10 2012, 02:27 PM CST
Quick, easy, and most importantly tasty...that's why Chef Paul Schunder from Central Market joined us in the studio.

Spinach, Orange and Avocado Salad with Chilitas

The Chilitas

2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons chopped nuts (almond, pecan, peanut or other)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne

Combine the seeds with the oil. Sprinkle in the spices, then roast on a large baking sheet at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool, place in an air-tight container.

The Salad

2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican leaf oregano
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
9 cups clean, dry baby flat leaf spinach
1/2 cup sliced white onion, soaked in ice water for 5 minutes, drained
3 radishes, cut into very thin matchsticks
1 ripe avocado, cubed
12 tortilla chips, broken up
2 oranges, peeled, cut into supremes
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco

Combine the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper, and oregano, then whisk in the oil. Toss with the spinach, onion, radish, avocado and tortilla chips. Divide onto 6 plates; top each with a few orange supremes, some queso fresco and a sprinkling of chilitas.Quick and healthy food ideas

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