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Friday, May 4, 2012

Homemade Salsa

Above is my homemade fresh salsa, a staple in our house.  Below is a pic of how I ate the salsa tonight: with black beans and 1/2 a chopped avocado mixed in.

YUM!  I used this as a dip with my nachos, below.

Yes, our toaster broils unevenly.

½ cup plain oatmeal, cooked in microwave, topped with:
2 Tbsp chopped plain walnuts
½  tsp of cinnamon (no sugar) 
5 oz. glass of OJ (orange juice)
1 cup of regular coffee, black

Wendy’s Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe (350 calories!)
Wendy’s Value Menu French Fries (230 calories!)
 (I have been overtaken by my sons’ germs – they both have ear infections – and we all wanted something yummy for lunch that we could taste- and it was a perfect match for my energy level.)

Tip:  The best way to indulge in fast food is first, don’t do it often!, but also in small portions – I order a Junior Burger off the value menu, which is 230 calories less than the quarter pounder, and an order of value menu french fries is 90 calories less than an order of their 'small fries'. 

Snack:  5 oz. glass of OJ (I also had some water soon after, but it seems silly to list every glass of water I have throughout the day – suffice it to say I aim for 3 glasses of water with fresh lemon every day – in addition to the other drinks and liquids I have with meals or snacks, which I list alongside the food).

Nachos – this is my favorite meal and as a result my husband often calls me “Juanita”.  I make them with: 
corn chips 
part skim shredded mozzarella cheese 
shredded cheddar cheese
Served with my fresh salsa (Salsa recipe below), black beans and ½ avocado mixed together – yum!  Tonight I used more chips and cheese than usual because I am not feeling well and figure “feed a cold” applies here :)
Water with lemon

Tip:  I use Trader Joe’s Organic Corn chips which are also lower sodium than most other corn chips.  I have just recently embarked on lowering the sodium in my family’s meals, so I’ve been paying more attention to the sodium content on food labels.

Side note: Nearly all corn in the US is genetically modified (thus considered a GMO food), unless it is certified organic, and I generally try to avoid GMO foods – which incidentally are largely outlawed in Europe.  Some of the concerns about GMO foods are discussed here: 

1 Gala Apple & Tall glass of water

Amy’s Homemade Salsa Recipe:
1.      1-2 cloves of garlic
2.      1 pint cherry tomatoes (divided as indicated in recipe below)
3.      Scallions
4.      White onion
5.      Red onion
6.      A large bunch of Cilantro, chopped
7.      Freshly squeezed lime juice
8.      EVOO
9.      1/2 - 1 tsp salt 
Amounts in general, as with most of my recipes, are variable depending on how much you like a certain ingredient.  And of course you can eliminate one or two of the onions if it is too much – we love onions in this house. This is basically how I generally make it: 

In a food processor:  Add clove of garlic and process until finely chopped.  Add ¼ of the tomatoes and ¼ of a small sweet white onion and process.  Add ¼ red onion and cilantro and another ¼ of tomatoes and process.  Add juice from ½ a lime and another ¼ cup of the tomatoes and process.  While processing drizzle in 1 Tbsp of EVOO and salt to taste.  Once everything is mixed together add the last ¼ of tomatoes but just pulse them a few times to leave some larger chunks in your salsa.  Then let it sit overnight in the fridge for best flavor.

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