Homemade Salsa

Homemade salsa is one of the easiest appetizers to make. You can do it in advance and pull it out in seconds. I recommend making it the day before you want to eat it for best results. It also will stay in your fridge for a while in an air tight jar. So many people ask me for this recipe. Your friends will too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes (pictured below)
  • Half of a white onion, quartered (has to be white, can’t substitute here)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • Bunch of fresh cilantro
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper for extra heat

Note: the type of tomatoes you use will affect the outcome of this salsa. I recently tried a different brand and the taste was way off. You can get the ones in the picture below a lot of places including Whole Foods. I use them for my Italian sauces too. This is KEY to good salsa.

Instructions


Pour the ingredients into a blender. Pulse until desired texture. I like mine a little chunky so you can see all the ingredients in it.

 



Put it in a jar and refrigerate for 2 hours. It won’t taste good until the flavors have a chance to merry for at least an hour. Serve with chips and you’re done!

No Bake Protein Bites

We have all reached for the bag of potato chips, chocolate cookies or in my case usually goldfish, at some point during the day. You’re hungry or bored (or hungry and bored) and you didn’t pack anything healthy to bring to work. Or the case may be that any healthy choices are uninteresting or too difficult. I’m not going to pretend to solve that problem totally but I have found something that is super easy to make, you can store it in your fridge for a week and they actually do taste delicious. The no bake protein bites have been a craze for a while now but they are new to me so I’m excited and sharing it with all of you. There are endless ways to craft these and I will probably try using raisins instead of chocolate chips and maybe some almond butter instead of peanut butter. But for now, this recipe works great! One ball if made the size of a golf ball is roughly 165 calories and  5 grams of protein. (You can also consider adding protein powder if you’re working out and need the extra protein).

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Ingredients:

This should make 12 snack bites.

  • 1 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used half agave nectar and half honey)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (or flaxseed)
  • 1/4 cup or so of dark chocolate chips

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Instructions:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or so to get everything cold. Then roll them into balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat one for your late afternoon snack!

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Who Loves Popcorn?

In my family, we don’t have those bags of popcorn sitting in our cabinets ready to go in the microwave; we have pots, oil and kernels. You will never have better popcorn than the kind you make right on your stove at home. It’s easy to make, tastes delicious, and the best part is you can control what you are eating (i.e. how much salt, butter, or whatever it is they put in those bags of popcorn). You can make it with or with out the truffle salt, but if you like truffles, you don’t want to miss this tasty anytime snack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Snap Photography

Ingredients:

  • Oil (vegetable or extra virgin, whatever you prefer)
  • Popcorn kernels (I’m partial to Orville Redenbacher)
  • Salt
  • Truffle Salt
Directions:

Take a large pan and place on the stove on med-high heat. Pour in enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour in the popcorn kernels to form a layer across the bottom. Typically speaking, if you cover the bottom of the pan it will be the right amount so you don’t have overflowing popcorn! If the kernels don’t look coated enough, add some more oil.

You will hear the popcorn popping and every so often just shake the pan a bit so nothing burns on the bottom. When you hear the popcorn significantly slow down, remove from the heat. After making this a few times, you’ll have it down!

Pour the popcorn into a paper bag (the kind you get from the grocery store) so it soaks up some of the oil. Sprinkle some salt over the popcorn as you shake the bag to make sure everything gets coated. Try a piece, if it tastes great, then add a pinch of the truffle salt and you are good to start snacking!!

This is one treat you will love and it will impress your friends! Throw out that microwaved popcorn go back to the old-fashioned way–it’s better tasting and better for you!