With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summertime has begun and one of my healthiest, favorite summertime foods is salsa. Here are some things I combine with it and my very own salsa recipe!
Salsa is one of those things you can make ahead of time in big batches and everyone loves it! Here are some of the ways I love to eat it especially in the summer time:
- Top off your egg beaters or egg whites with salsa.
- Make an egg white omelet stuffed with spinach, a small amount of low-fat cheese and salsa.
- Cook up a big batch of brown rice, mix equal parts of salsa to rice add some low sodium kidney beans (optional), sprinkle with low-fat parmesan cheese. It is so yummy and healthy.
- Season your chicken breast or ground chicken breast with a low sodium taco seasoning. Make up a salad loaded with fresh veggies, top with the chicken and use your fresh salsa as a dressing! This is one of my favorites on a hot summer night.
- Top a veggie chicken patty on a whole grain wrap with fresh salsa and a touch of low-fat parmesan cheese – it’s just like eating a chicken parm grinder!
- Top grilled chicken with salsa.
- Of course salsa is good on tacos made with ground chicken breast, served on a whole grain wrap loaded with veggies.
- Lightly brush a whole grain wrap or 2 or 3 with a light olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Then broil them on low just until lightly toasted. Break them up into pieces and dip in salsa. They’re so super yummy and this is a good recipe for parties! Bonus – no one even knows they are eating healthy!
- Everyone loves this one. Take whole grain bread, lightly brush with olive oil and a little garlic powder, lightly broil it until toasted. Remove from oven, top with salsa and add a small amount of low fat mozzarella cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and there you have your healthy bruchetta.
- Steam some fresh green beans, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and add some salsa. This is a good side dish or snack!
Jen’s Healthy Salsa Recipe
4 ripe tomatoes, chopped and drained
½ of a medium-sized red onion, chopped fine
8 sprigs of chopped cilantro
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1 finely chopped jalapeno (optional)
After chopping all ingredients, mix well and serve or refrigerate for up to a good 5 days!
Optional add-in’s for Jen’s Healthy Salsa (omit jalapeno and or garlic):
1-2 chopped oranges
1-2 cups chopped pineapple
1-2 cups chopped mango
1-2 cups chopped cantaloupe
1-2 cups chopped honey dew melon
1-2 chopped apples
1-2 cups chopped watermelon (seedless)
Experiment with it and have fun, just like I do! Enjoy, cha cha cha!