September 16, 2013

Savvy Bites | Homemade Salsa

Happy Monday!  
Over the weekend I spent some time in the grocery store and the kitchen.  
Have you all heard of the Whole Life Challenge?  

This is a challenge to change the way you live your life.  It encourages you to be aware of what you are putting into your body and what you are doing to stay fit.  Now, I am not doing it {you can't have wine during the challenge... um no thanks!} but the hubs is.  The diet restricts have been the hardest because he is not allowed to have any grain, sugar, preservatives, dairy, alcohol, or processed foods.  And also, if you don't know what it is then you probably can't have it.  Pretty much protein, veggies, nuts, and fruits.  I thought this would be a breeze until you look at the labels and see how many preservatives or items that I can't pronounce are in our foods!  So after a every long and educational trip to 2 different stores, I came home to make some items that we use daily from scratch.  

Though currently we can't be chip and dip sort of people, we do use a lot of salsa on eggs and salads almost daily.  But if you look at the labels of store bought salsa there is a lot of preservatives and items I can't pronounce.  I have made this homemade restaurant style salsa {from the Pioneer Woman} before so I just tweaked it to be Whole Life Challenge approved!

{Makes 4 16oz jars}

1 large can diced tomatoes 
2 reg sized cans of Fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies
1 diced jalapeños {2 if you like it hot}
1 diced onion
1 bunch chopped cilantro
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 stevia {or sugar for non challenge}
1/4 salt
juice of one lime

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend still smooth.  Season with extra salt or cumin as needed.  Store in 16oz wide mouth self sealing mason jars.

These are the canned tomatoes I used because they have no added sugar or preservative.  

Don't make fun of my mini food processor!  I am not sure why I have never bit the bullet and just bought a large one... but because mine is so small I work in batches. 

I empty all the batches into the same bowl and then taste when done to adjust the salt and cumin if needed.  Ladle into mason jars for storage.

This salsa reminds me of the salsa from Chevys!  I love it and it makes me super happy to know everything that is in it!

This will be a long 8 weeks, and even though I am not doing the challenge I am still cooking this way for the whole fam so hopefully I will get some benefits out of these diet changes too!  I have been getting pretty creative so maybe I will share more of these recipes as I test them!


Vel Criste said...

Mmmmmm, this looks so yummy! Will definitely try, thanks!

Katrina@ChicLittleHouse said...

The salsa looks incredible!! i'm actually jealous of your mini food processor, I still don't have one but I know its a must and just need to buy one already, lol!! Thanks for sharing, we love chips and salsa and know I'd enjoy it so much more freshly made!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

So I don't think I could go as far as your hubs, but I have been making a conscious effort to read labels and buy things that I know whats inside. I had no idea taco seasoning was so full of who-knows-what!!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Good for you. You have no idea how much easier it is in California. New Jersey is probably one of the most unhealthy food states. I recently started juicing and feel worlds better. I know this is hard, but you are so smart to start when you are young. You take the most amazing food pics.

Erin and Laura House Envy said...

Wow that would be hard and I don't think I could give up wine even if someone told me it may kill me! That is awesome though and I love your recipes so I will need to be trying this!

House Envy