Salsa a great side dish

Most of you know I have been a motivational speaker in the weight loss industry for 18 years. I lost 55 lbs in 1999 and have kept it off  with no deprivation and boring diet foods.  Variety  in all meals is so important.   One of the things I personally struggle with on a daily basis is making proteins more exciting.  If I get bored I always end up back at breads and potato’s so I had to get very creative.  So I started playing around in the kitchen and found that Homemade Salsas are an amazing way to bring in a ton of flavors and a huge variety of ingredients.  First things first lets talk all the different ingredients you can use.

Vegetables  Diced into a small pieces

Peppers: poblano, jalapeño, green, red, yellow, orange, habaneros

WIth peppers the heat depends on the type.  To keep the heat down be sure to remove the seeds and ribs if you like heat  keep them in.

Corn ( I love fire roasted you can get it in cans or in the freezer section) tomatoes, shallots, red onions, scallions, sweet onions, green chilies, tomatillos, cucumbers

Fruits diced into small pieces 

mangoes, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, kiwi, apples mandarin oranges, avocado

Beans, etc 

black, garbanzo, garlic, lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, parsley, cilantro, mint, basil

Salsas come in several different ways.  A smooth salsa Can be used as a sauce for big flavors.  Adding it to meats that are going to cook all day in the crock pot or in an insta pot. Chunky salsas can be eaten hot or cold depending on your preference.

The proteins I love to add salsas to are Eggs, chicken, pork, and steak.

Using canned corn and tomatoes as well as beans.  I rinse them all well.

Chopping all your fruits and vegetables into small pieces and storing in the refrigerator you can throw a salsa together in minutes,  You get to make them with all of your favorite flavors.

Here’s some favorite combos.  You can make them in any combo your love and amount.

Corn salsa great on chicken and steak or as a snack

  • Fire roasted corn
  • tomatoes
  • red onions
  • black beans
  • avocado
  • salt and pepper
  • lime juice and a little olive oil.

Fruit salsa over chicken or with yogurt or cottage cheese 

  • Strawberries
  • red onions
  • mango
  • cilantro
  • jalapeño
  • honey
  • lime juice

Pineapple salsa Great over pork or chicken. 

  • pineapple diced
  • Roma tomatoes diced
  • cilantro
  • red onion finely chopped
  • jalapeno peppers seeded and finely
  • fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste, optional

Tomatillo Salsa Excellent over pork, chicken and eggs.

  • Also add to crockpot with pork or chicken.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1½ pounds tomatillos, husks removed
    1 jalapeno
    ¼ of a medium onion
    2 garlic cloves
    ½ cup cilantro
    1 tablespoon lime juice

Quarter onions, jalapeño and tomatillos add garlic cloves  on a roasting pan drizzle with olive oil and roast on 425 for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool put all ingredients into food processor, pulse until smooth.

Easy and fast Salsa.

  • 1 can rotell tomatoes
  • 1 small onion quartered.
  • Salt and paper to taste
  • 1 jalapeño quartered (remove seed and ribs to calm the heat)
  • lime juice to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • cilantro bunch (optional)

Throw in the food processor pulse to smooth.

Chick pea salsa

  • chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • red bell pepper, chopped
  • small red onion, finely chopped
  • sliced black olives

Mix together Drizzle with an oregano flavored olive oil and lime juice.

Black Bean and Avocado salsa 

  • black beans (canned works great just rinse)
  • Avocado (diced)
  • Roasted corn
  • shallots diced
  • cilantro
  • tomatoes diced
  • red pepper diced
  • olive oil
  • lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

As you can see I just offered you lots of ideas your amounts and varieties are up to you.  I love to make big batches and keep in the refrigerator .  Things with avocado I wait until ready to wait to add .  The longer salsas sit the stronger they taste.  Always give them at least an hour together.

I hope this helps you explore different flavors combinations and fins the variety you may need to stay the course.

Please if you have any questions or ideas comment I would love to hear what you threw together  or how you used these ideas.

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