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    Chicasquil (Tree Spinach) Casserole With Noodles (Or Chaya)

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    35 mins

    10 mins

    25 mins

    Ambervim's Note:

    This is from a garden forum about the Chicasquil (Cnidoscolus acontifolius) which is a form of tree spinach. It is an evergreen vegetable that grows like a bush. I learned of this plant recently from Guachipelin, Chef #2245414. I went to one of my favorite nurseries for something else and while the fellow was driving me around, he pointed this out as Tree Spinach. It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was on my want list for the yard. I am very lucky as this one does NOT have the stinging hairs that some have.

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    • 30 large leaves greens, chopped and boiled (Chicasquil, Chaya or other green leaf)
    • 1 1/2 cups egg noodles boiled in the leaf water
    • 1 lb ground meat, browned but not drained
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 12 ounces tomatoes, diced (canned tomato and chilies ok)
    • 2 ounces green chilies, diced
    • 4 ounces tomato sauce
    • garlic, minced to taste
    • salt


    1. 1
      Sautee onions and garlic, then add and brown meat. Set on warmer. Cut Chicasquil leaves into about 1" pieces or chop, discarding the stems and heavy veins, then boil *15* minutes, stirring frequently. Drain and reserve water.
    2. 2
      Cook noodles in Chaya water and drain. Add tomato, chilies and Chaya leaves to onion/meat mixture - heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in egg noodles and simmer 3 minutes more. Serves 4.
    3. 3
      NOTE: Please observe 15 minute boiling time. This allows all the Hydrocyanic Acid to be driven off as steam. A 1 minute cooking time, seen elsewhere in this blog, is insufficient to accomplish this - undercooked Chicasquil or Chaya may cause nausea and vomiting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicasquil (Tree Spinach) Casserole With Noodles (Or Chaya)

    Serving Size: 1 (255 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 43.0
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 159.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
    Sugars 5.7 g
    Protein 1.8 g

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