Hot and spicy food

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Next Friday is National Hot and Spicy Day.

Dietician Adrienne Raimo talks about different spices and their health benefits, and shares some recipes.

Calabacitas
Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped
1 poblano or Anaheim chile pepper, seeded and diced
2 cups diced zucchini
2 cups diced summer squash
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, (optional)

Directions
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and chile; cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add zucchini, summer squash and salt; cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cilantro (if using).

Spicy Avocado
Ingredients
2 Haas avocados, halved, pitted, and diced in shell
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Mash the avocados with a fork and combine with the red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.