4 Tempting Homemade Salsa Recipes

I love salsa and am always on the lookout for new recipes. I’ve come up with a few easy homemade salsa recipes to share with you today. Use these for dipping veggies and chips, serve them on tacos or main dishes. Don’t feel guilty about adding salsa, either, because it’s made of fresh, healthy ingredients and isn’t loaded in fat and calories. Consider it a relatively worry-free snack. It’s also great to serve at parties and other get-togethers, or just to keep on hand at home for snack time. In the summers, you can even grow your own fresh ingredients. Or at least become a frequent flyer at your local farmers market.

Grow your own fresh salsa recipe ingredients or visit your local farmers market.

Here I have four fresh salsa recipes for you to try. Happy cooking and eating! Continue reading “4 Tempting Homemade Salsa Recipes”

Drink a Peach Ginger Smoothie for a Plant-Based Diet Breakfast

Whether or not you subscribe to a full-time plant-based diet, you cannot deny that there are a lot of healthy, great-tasting options out there to incorporate even part time. What I love about the Peach Ginger Smoothie is not only the great taste, because I love peach-flavored anything, but also the ginger. I have a wonky stomach at times, and ginger is so wonderful for helping it to balance out. Add in some other healthy ingredients to this smoothie recipe, and you’re definitely kicking off your morning in the right way. Continue reading “Drink a Peach Ginger Smoothie for a Plant-Based Diet Breakfast”

Indulge in a Carrot Cake Smoothie

Breakfast smoothies are a great way to start the day. I like to mix it up with a variety of flavors, depending on my mood. I also have a tendency to get bored with the same thing day in and day out, but want to focus on healthy smoothie recipes as much as possible. The carrot cake smoothie is one that tricks you into thinking you’re enjoying a dessert, even though it is actually healthy.

Tempt your taste buds with the natural sweetness of oranges and carrots, balanced with complementary spices. Top it off with homemade coconut whipped cream for that dessert-y final touch if you want. And sometimes, to mix it up a bit, I may skip the whipped cream, and try other alternative milks for different flavors.

This smoothie recipe makes enough for two people. Plan ahead and plan to share. Or go ahead and be selfish on occasion. 🙂 Continue reading “Indulge in a Carrot Cake Smoothie”

How to Make Refried Beans

Have you been wondering how to make refried beans without being a slave to the stove? Do you want some good flavor to accentuate your favorite dishes? When my sister and I were living together, she used to make a lot of Mexican meals from scratch and she taught me a lot. I always loved her beans and eventually had her tell me how she did them. Then I made my own adaptations to fit my own palate. So here you go.

Note: To truly cook refried beans from scratch, you need to start with a bag of pinto beans and boil them on the stove for a couple of hours until they are soft. Time can range anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or more. When I have a craving for refried beans, I don’t usually feel like waiting quite that long. So I choose to use canned beans. I also like the taste of the canned beans a little bit more, but add enough of my own flavor. Continue reading “How to Make Refried Beans”

Homemade Salsa Verde Recipe

A fresh batch of salsa verde is the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of meals from breakfast to dinner, from eggs to enchiladas or chicken. Stir it into your soup or chili for a flavorful kick or serve it as a dipping sauce with tortilla chips. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and this salsa verde recipe is quick and easy to make. It’s done in well under an hour and this batch is enough for about four to six people. Double or triple as needed! You can also put the extra in the freezer for later, but I doubt you’ll have a lot of leftovers. Continue reading “Homemade Salsa Verde Recipe”