Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yummy Easy Salsa!

Getting my kids to eat veggies is a serious chore, especially for super picky B. Monster Man does a bit better, but here is one way to get BOTH of them to eat veggies (and sometimes fruit) and ASK for more!!

 Yes, salsa with tomatoes, onions and avocado.  Will my kids touch avocado?? Oh yes they will now and it's so super easy!
The first time I made this I did follow a recipe which I thought was from or  Pioneer Woman Cooks, though I can only find her avocado corn salsa, not this one...hmmm.  So since then,  I kind of wing it, which isn't difficult with only a few ingredients. Easy to play with and vary according to your family's tastes.  :-D

The Basics:
1 sliced/chopped avocado
1 large (or 2-3 small) diced tomato
about 1/4 to 1/2 of a chopped or diced medium onion
*(all the above can be diced or chopped, depending on how smooth or chunky you like salsa...or how   tired you are and really don't want to dice anything! :-D)
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of pepper
1 or 2 TB of cilantro flakes or fresh, finely-chopped cilantro (better)
1 TB of lime juice

The easy part is you can improvise:
-use some plum or cherry tomatoes cut in halves or quarters OR
- use small can of already diced tomatoes (fresh does taste better)
-In an "OMG I'm have NO onions" panic, I even used dehydrated onions from the Amish store (set in warm water for a few minutes first)
-Fresh minced garlic instead of powder
-Totally leave out the lime juice or use just a splash balsamic vinegar

Mix well with a spoon. Can be enjoyed right away, though the flavors do enhance if you chill the mix for a couple hours.  Dip with white corn chips or layer on tortillas, use as a side to grilled fish, or Mr. FixIt's fav- dipped using pretzel chips as an "I'm starving and can't wait for dinner!!" snack.

In searching for the original recipe, I came across several others- some with corn, some use chillies or jalapenos and even apples. Yes- APPLES!! Veggies and fruit- BONUS!! That was the new ingredient for us last night.  I added a teaspoon of taco seasoning, the balsamic vinegar and one chopped granny smith apple.  Talk about YUM!! I didn't tell Mr. FixIt what was in it before he tasted it. He kept going after it saying, "Wow- a little heat but something sweet is in there!!"  S-U-C-C-E-S-S! 

Ok, there you go- Take it! Play with it!! Enjoy!!