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Old 01-08-2008, 08:38 PM   #15
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Default Homemade Green Salsa and Red Salsa

For Red Salsa, you will need:

Roma tomatoes
Green tomatillos (ratio: 1 tomatillo for every 3 romas)
green jalapenos (seeded according to your desired hotness, you can also add habeneros too if you want)
white onions
fresh lime juice (not premade)
cilantro
salt substitute
fresh garlic or homemade roasted garlic (wrap a bulb in foil drizzled with olive oil and bake for half an hour-yum!)

This you can really make all your own...the ratio depends on what you're feeling, and what tastes good to you. For a basic batch, in a food processor, combine 2 tomatillos, 6 romas, 3 jalapenos mostly seeded, a couple cloves of garlic, 1 medium white onion, juice of 1 lime, 1/2 bunch of cilantro, and 1/2 tsp salt sub. Blend together, scoop with a baked tortilla chip, and taste. Need more spice - add some jalapeno. Not enough cilantro - toss more in there. Want more lime - squeeze up some more juice. This salsa is super easy, guilt free, all natural, and something you can make a big batch of in no time, and freeze whatever you don't use.



For Green salsa, you will need:

Green tomatillos
green jalapenos (seeded according to your desired hotness, you can add some habenero too here if you want)
white onions
fresh lime juice (not premade)
cilantro
salt substitute
avocado
fat free cream cheese
fresh garlic or homemade roasted garlic

Again, this is really something you can make all your own. Start out with a base of 8 tomatillos, 3 jalapenos mostly seeded, a couple cloves of garlic, 1 medium white onion, juice of one lime, 1/2 bunch of cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt sub, 1/4 avocado, and 2 tbsp ff cream cheese. If it needs more of something, toss it in there Go wild!!!!

So what in the world can you put these sauces on? Well, scooping with bell pepper is really something special, as is zucchini, cucumber, tomato slices, toasted pita bread, baked tortilla chips (or you can be like me and make your own - cut a small stack of whole grain tortillas into 8 triangles, and then spray with Olive oil. Place on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes until desired crispiness), a baked potato, or a salad.

Variations:

-a salad with sliced grilled chicken and fat free cheese, drizzled with one (or both!!!) sauces - yum! Make it even better by adding some black beans for extra protein!

-a baked potato ala carte or with chicken (talk about super protein)

-your own pizza: I always keep dried pinto beans on hand that I have cooked and mashed, with no additives or salt. Take a couple tbsp of that, and spread on top of a whole grain or wheat tortilla. Drizzle some salsa on top, and follow with a sprinkling of fat free cheese. Or of course you can brown up some extra lean ground turkey with some low sodium taco seasoning and add that for extra protein. Place in the oven til the cheese is melted, then make it your own!! Add fresh diced chives, sliced tomato and lettuce, and a couple black olives, and maybe a dollop of ff sour cream. Comes together in minutes, yet is so satisfying and filling, and good for you!

-a wrap - follow directions for pizza except skip the oven Sub out for some chicken if you don't want turkey.

-grilled chicken (or baked)

-over brown rice

-as a dipping sauce for shrimp (sorry not a seafood fan here so you'll hafta let me know on that one )

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