I think that cactus pads ought to be considered much as one would an herb. Add a little bit to almost anything you cook... but generally it's not the thing you eat as a single serving entirely alone.
Here's a recipe I made up to vary my love for cous-cous....
I cooked the cous-cous in the regular way... boil some water and add some olive oil, then the grain. Let it simmer for ten minutes then pull form heat, and leave covered for five minutes or so, and it'll be ready to add to the rest of the mix.
I add almost anything I like as the main mix to go with the cous-cous. Usually I like some cooked peas and corn.... today I decided to add kidney beans and dicded tomatoes along with one cactus pad, scrubbed under running water, then diced.
I added the cactus to the red beans and corn and tomato-spice mix when it was almost done. Our cactus does not really NEED to be cooked, but when everything else is hot, the cactus should be too.
Then when the cous-cous has been placed into a bowl, the cactus/tomato mix is spooned over the top.
Here's one of my favorite ways to eat cactus, fried with scrambled eggs! I also like to fry potatoes and onions until almost done, add the eggs and scramble them until almost done, then add the cactus and cook it long enough to just heat the cactus. Then some salt and pepper and salsa as it is loaded into heated tortilla shells.....
These make excellent breakfast burritos and are an easy thing to wrap and take to work for lunch.
"Great Fresh Yummie Texas Customer on May 16, 2016 Really high quality, delivered as promised, Almost a citrus like flavor."
This customer has been sent the secret code to get a five dollar discount on her next box of edible cactus.
And to tell the truth... I get all happy and prideful when someone from Texas compliments us on our cactus. We enjoy showing people how they can eat cactus, and how many great cactus recipes there are, and how healthy cactus is.
Here's a Spanish-language video showing the making of Nopales Rellanos. Since cooking is international, any cook in the world should be able to follow-along, and listen to the beauty of the Spanish language.
Get your pen and paper to write down the ingredients which are shown at the beginning. This is an extremely tasty way to eat cactus.
Dr. Oz uses some funnels and such to illustrate how it is thought eating cactus helps control the flow of sugar into the body, and thereby help relieve some of the symptoms of Type II diabetes for some people.
Many of our customers say that eating just a little of the cactus every day or two helps maintain their proper blood-sugar levels. I'm not a doctor, so I have to rely on the doctors (and customers) to know these things.