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Fresh From Florida Sweet Corn Tomato and Black Bean Pasta Recipe
I have been going meatless 1 to 2 days a week for a few years now. I can’t quite give up my love for steak but I do realize that going meatless has its perks. By buying the freshest produce as I can from Fresh From Florida farmers, I feel like I’m not only giving my family the healthiest vegetable choices, but I’m also counting on the fresh taste to win them over on my meatless days. I think you will see from my below recipe using Florida fresh vegetables, that taste gets a 100 on a scale from 1 to 100. Your family will never even realize that they aren’t getting meat.
Today’s magic has already been created by Fresh From Florida so there’s not ANY thinking on my part, just a whole lot of warming up (did I mention it’s freezing here today which is why I’m cozying up to my stove? Yes! In April.). All I have to do is follow directions. How easy is that? Even the aroma of my dish is warming me up.
If you are not familiar with Fresh From Florida *gasp, unheard of* let me fill you in before getting started on my dish creation. I grew up on a farm and I married a farmer. So, I can tell the difference in fresh vegetables and not so fresh vegetables. Over the years I’ve learned to follow the fresh. Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round. You’ll have to check with your favorite shopping site to see what is in season when you go shopping.
At our local Piggly Wiggly, tomatoes and sweet corn on the cob just came in and I stocked up. They sell fast because I live in a small farming community. Those who don’t farm know where to get the freshest of the freshest produce.
Other goodies that are in season right now include:
I enjoyed my first watermelon of the year recently and I have to say that it is our most purchased fruit. It goes with any and everything or nothing at all. It complements meals as well as smoothies, don’t you agree? But enough of that, I’m sure you’ll want to purchase all of the in-season goodies on your next shopping trip.
Back to my recipe. You can find this one and more on the Fresh From Florida recipe page.
3 ears fresh Florida sweet corn, kernels cut off the cob
1 pound pasta (corkscrew), cooked as directed on package, drained and cooled under running water
1 can cooked black beans (15 ounces), drained and rinsed
2 cups fresh Florida tomato, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped plus more for garnish
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon cumin, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder, plus more to taste
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat a large sauté pan over medium heat.
Add vegetable or olive oil to the preheated sauté pan.
Add the corn kernels and cook them for 2 to 4 minutes until they start to get some color.
Add the black beans, garlic and diced tomato to the sauté pan.
Cook ingredients for about 3 minutes until the tomatoes soften and release juices.
Add the cumin, chili powder, lime juice and half-and-half.
Continue to cook ingredients and bring to a boil.
Add the cooked pasta and cilantro.
Continue to cook ingredients until the pasta is heated throughout and the sauce has started to slightly stick to the pasta.
Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Remove pasta from heat and serve hot.
Garnish with any extra fresh cilantro.
What ingredient or ingredients would you add to this recipe to make it your own? Hey, it’s okay to make it as is because I can go ahead and tell you it’s perfect. Do you have a favorite Fresh From Florida vegetable or recipe?
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