Friday, July 8, 2011

Oven Roasted Salsa

This salsa is amazing. Really amazing. And easy to make. The hardest part to making this salsa is trying to let it cool down before eating all of it. I think it's perfect partner is sweet potato chips.

Oven Roasted Salsa
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2 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, cored
1 onion, quartered
2 Serrano peppers
3 garlic cloves, still in paper
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 c fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper

Place tomatoes, onion, Serrano peppers and garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Broil in oven for 10 minutes, or until skin on tomatoes starts to bubble and char. Turn tomatoes, onion and peppers over and broil for another 10 minutes. Peel garlic from paper, remove stems from peppers and peel as much skin off the tomatoes as possible. In a blender or food processor, place cilantro, lime juice, onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Blend until well chopped, or to your desired consistency. Optional: if you would like a thicker salsa, strain it through a mesh strainer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chipotle-Mango BBQ Sauce

The last 2 months have been crazy. In a number of ways, both good and bad. But mostly good.

-Work has been a struggle for me. On April 29th, my supervisor was apart of the cuts in our district. So my coworkers and I had to emotionally deal with losing our supervisor while trying to figure out how to close the school year without her. If possible, I now have even more respect for what she did.

-In May, my doctor, asked me to write a meal plan for the specific food lists of her patients. This was a big task that made my brain hurt, but was so rewarding to accomplish.

-Toward the beginning of June, I went to Illinois to visit my parents. We were in Peoria, where I got to see my good friend from college, Dani. Then my mom and I went to Michigan City, IN, to visit my aunt.

-My Aunt Alice and I went to see my nephew, Luke, at his boy scout camp. It was a long, hot, but fun adventure.

-My best friend from college, Erin, got married last week. I had the honor of being one of her bridesmaids. I went up to Chicago in May for her Bachelorette Party, then Stephen and I just returned from the wedding and a Chicago visit this week. Such a great time!

-All of these events have been very significant in the last 2 months, but the most significant is that I'm going back to school!!!! I enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. It is based out of New York but is an online program. It is a year long program that officially starts July 11. At the end, I will be a certified Health Coach and Nutrition Consultant. I am so very excited about this journey that I am about to take and can't wait to share my new knowledge with all of you.

Chipotle-Mango BBQ Sauce
*I doubled this recipe and used half as a marinade and the other half to baste the chicken the last 15 minutes of cooking.