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Fresh Salsa

Fresh salsa is so unbelievably delicious and simple to prepare.  It is way better than store bought because you can tweek it to your taste!

 

Fresh tomatoes

Red Onion

Fresh cilantro

Green Pepper

1 lime

Jalapeno

 

Chop the tomatoes, onion and green pepper in a small dice.  Chop the fresh cilantro and mix in with the tomatoes, onion, pepper.  Dice the jalapeno in very small pieces (this will help get the heat, but will hopefully not give a mouthful of spicy) and mix in.  Squeeze the lime over the fresh salsa.  If you want even more heat, you could do a dash of hot sauce into the mix.  A bit of salt and pepper gives extra flavor.  If you don’t want any major heat, leave the jalapeno out.  I did a bunch of “mild” without the jalapeno and then another with.

 

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Tilapia with Pineapple and Mango “Salsa”

Over the summer, I have heard from a few different sources about making a fruit salsa and how delicious it is over fish.  I thought it sounded fresh and light and perfect.  So, here is my version adapted based on what I like and what I had.  I used tilapia this time, but think it would be better with a more substantial fish, maybe mahi mahi?!  I think it would also be great with grilled chicken!

Tilapia (again, base this on how many people you are serving)

Lemon Ginger Sesame Dressing and Marinade

1/2 fresh pineapple, chopped pretty finely

1 mango, chopped

1/2 yellow pepper (in the future I would use red to give it more color, but I was using the other half for something else)

1/4 red onion, minced very small

1/4 jalapeno, minced very small

1 lime

Splash of orange juice (I’d say about 1/4 cup)

I marinated the fish for a bit with a ginger and lemon dressing that I found and then baked it in foil packets at 350 for about 20 minutes.  The fish is done when it’s slightly opaque and is flaky.

While the fish is cooking, chop the pineapple, mango and pepper in small pieces.  You want to make them small enough so you can get a mouthful of all of the great flavors at once.  For the onion and jalapeno, I minced them very small.  I wanted the heat that they offer, but someone getting a huge chunk of jalapeno would not be enjoyable!  Mix all the items in a pour and juice 1 lime over the top and add the orange juice.  You want enough moisture to help the fruits become nice and juicy, but you don’t want it super wet.  Add the fresh chopped cilantro and give it all a toss.  The measurements that I used gave me about 2 cups.

Very easy.  Very fresh and summery.  Very tasty!!

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Orzo with Chicken, Blue Cheese, and Red Onion

I love pasta.  It is like the party bus of foods.  Not only is it made it all kinds of awesome shapes and sizes, but it’s also an amazing vehicle to carry all kinds of different ingredients.  The party bus doesn’t discriminate; it welcomes all kinds to the culinary celebration of dinner time.  It tells marina sauce and meatballs to hop on for the classic tour around town.  It pre games for vodka sauce with chicken to be tossed in for a crazy night.  Throw some shrimp, garlic and butter into the mix for a decadent affair.  Your options for a delicious pasta meal or only limited by your imagination.

I recently decided to be the driver of the party bus and used orzo and added chicken, blue cheese and red onion so that we could use the car pool lane right to Yummytown (aka my stomach via the tongue entrance ramp!).

Another great thing about pasta is that it’s cheap and really stretches.  You can feed a lot of people with only 1 or 2 pounds of pasta.  This recipe can easily be adapted for however many people you are planning on.  I am terrible with portions of pasta, so I honestly can offer no guidance as far as how much uncooked pasta would serve 1 person.  I do know I made spaghetti with lemon chicken and asparagus (using 1 pound of pasta) and it feed 7 and still had left overs.  I originally anticipated making just 2 servings of this (1 for dinner that night and 1 for lunch the next day), but it did in fact feed me for 3 meals.  Orzo is especially tricky to determine a serving size of!

So this again was 3 full meals.

1/2 bag of orzo

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size cubes)

about 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese

1/2 red onion

1/2 cup flour

salt and pepper to taste

a couple of shakes of Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon!

Cook the orzo according to package directions in salted water.  Meanwhile cut the chicken in small bite size pieces.  Combine the flour, salt, pepper and Bacon Bacon (if you are using it) in a bowl.  Dredge the pieces of chicken in the flour.  Warm extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the chicken.  Cook, stirring often, to brown and cook through.  Chop the onion in small pieces.

Once the pasta is done, drain almost all of the liquid.  Reserve a little bit still in the pan to help the other ingredients stick and thicken the dish slightly.  Add a drizzle of EVOO to the pasta.  Add the blue cheese and stir, letting the cheese melt.  Add the uncooked red onion and the chicken.  Give a stir to combine well.  Pour into the serving bowl and top with a little bit more blue cheese crumbles.  I opted not to cook the red onion, because I wanted the crunch and the bite.  But, the onion did soften slightly from the pasta.  I’m sure it would also be really good if you sauteed the onion a little bit.

This is a super easy meal to prepare for 1 or 10!

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Momma G’s Potato Salad (AKA as the most incredible tot salad out there!)

This is seriously a great THE BEST potato salad that I have ever had.  It’s not heavy and ordinary like so many potato salads.  It is light without being fussy.  This will be gobbled up at your next picnic faster than you can get worried about leaving mayo out in the sun.  I got this recipe from Momma G (Therese Ganster) several years ago, and my family has never made another tot salad since.  You will really love this recipe and I’m sure be asked for it every time you make it!

2 lbs potatoes (5-6 medium), peeled and cut into bite size chunks (and sometimes I’m lazy and don’t even bother to peel them!

1 cup Hellmans

2 TBSP lemon juice

1 packet of Splenda (and if you are like any members of my family, you snag these from restaurants on a regular basis!)

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

4 hard boil eggs, chopped

Pinch of black pepper

Loads and Loads of fresh dill (yes, that’s an exact measurement straight from Momma G)

Cover the potatoes with salted water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Once it boils, reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are just fork tender.  You DON’T want them to be too mushy, because we’re not making mashed potatoes!  Drain and cool.

To hard boil the eggs, place them in a pot and cover with cold water.  Bring to a rolling boil.  As soon as they boil, turn off the heat and cover for 17 minutes.  Not 16 minutes.  Not 18 minutes.  17 minutes!  When the buzzer dings, drain the water from the pot and add cold water continuously while draining and adding water.  This stops the cooking process and gives you perfectly yellow yolks.

In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Splenda, pepper and dill.   Add the onion and eggs to the potatoes.  Pour the liquid over the potats and give it a gentle stir to combine.  Top with loads and loads more dill for a pretty presentation!

Tip: It tastes really great if you make this the night before and give the flavors time to meld.  But, if you do let it sit over night the onion can become over powering (at least to me).  So, I would recommend adding the onion not too long before serving.

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Guacamole

I love avocado.  I love it by itself.  I love it in salads.  I love it on sandwiches.  I love avocado.  I cringe when I am looking for a nice ripe avocado and notice a guacamole “mix” to make your own.  I don’t understand how fresh from scratch guacamole is any more difficult than using a processed packet mix.  Gross.  Don’t do it, it’s the simplest thing in the world!  So, here’s how to do it.

To make sure you get a nice ripe one, give them a light squeeze.  You don’t want to put a lot of pressure and bruise it, but it should have a little give to it.  If it feels soft, it’s past it’s prime and it’s not for you.  If it’s really firm, just give it a couple of days and it’ll be perfect.  If they are all a little under ripe, but you need it ripe by the next day, put it in a paper bag, it helps speed up the ripening process.  When you cut into it, it should be a vivid greenish yellow.  Delish!  Oh and a simple way to get the pit out is to just cut it in half long ways (when you cut into it you will feel the pit, so just rotate the whole way around it).  Once you separate the 2 halves, hit the pit with your knife with a little force then just rotate the knife.  If the avocado is nice and ripe, the pit will release from the fruit easily and you can lift it right out!  Easy peasy 🙂

2 ripe avocados

fresh lime juice (pbly 1/2 – 1 whole lemon) I used lemon juice this time, because I had it

1 tomato (I used plum) diced

about 1 TBS red onion diced very small (to taste)

about 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Dice the tomato and onion and chop the cilantro.  In a bowl, mash avocado with some lime juice and salt (the salt helps it break down) with a fork.  Once it is chunky, add the tomato, onion and cilantro.  This (as pretty much every recipe) is a guideline, adjust to your taste with salt and pepper and lime juice.

Serve with tortilla chips or with tacos on scrambled eggs.  Endless possibilities!  Any way you serve it though, I promise you will get an empty bowl back!