Monday, May 24, 2010
Fresh Salsa
Who's ready for summer???  Me, me me!  I am already busting at the seams to get my hands on summer produce!  The salad I made last night was made of almost all left overs.  It was seriously thrown together and it was the freshest most amazing flavors!  A lot of people make fun of me because I am such a salad eater, but while I do love my salads, I have to have a lot of flavors to change it up!
Yesterday was a long day for me, so when I got home, I was starving!  Here are the players in the game...fresh cilantro (left over from dinner Saturday night...we forgot to use it)!  I love fresh herbs on salad.  It really adds a great flavor layer!
Next up...cucumber...crispy, cool and refreshing.
Jerk spiced grilled zucchini and squash...spicy and delicious!  Falafel crunchy and flavorful!
Black beans add great protein and a creamy texture to this beast of a salad...oh and home made salsa!  Homemade salsa makes you wonder why you would even buy the stuff in a jar!  Fresh, spicy...absolutely delicious!

Fresh Salsa

5 roma tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1/4 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno with the seeds
1/4 tsp salt
hand full of fresh cilantro

Blend it in a food processor and enjoy!

This salad got me thinking.  While I have dietary restrictions, eating stuff like this makes me not think twice about what I "can't" have.  I am helping a friend out with an elimination diet for digestion issues she is having.  I know a lot of people that read my blog have done some sort of elimination in their diet whether it is for health, fitness or digestion problems.  What are some suggestions you have for someone that is just starting out with restricting their diet?  My philosophy is always focus on what you can have and not what you can't have.  It makes the options seem like so much more!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 1:36 PM  
  • At May 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I'm a big salad eater too. Love black beans and salsa on mine. Such a good combo. The jerk seasoned veggies sound fantastic too!

  • At May 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I like the way you think of it- focus on all the things you can still enjoy. And seriously, there are a lot of great substitutes out there for almost anything!

  • At May 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    I love fresh homemade salsa!! Cilantro is the best part!! :)

  • At May 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    That salad looks amazing! I have some fresh jalapenos, I should make some salsa.

    I have digestive issues, too. I had the blood test for Celiac, but it was negative. I plan to have the endoscopy sometime just to verify. My problem is that EVERYTHING seems to trigger episodes, there's no rhyme or reason. I often flirt with the idea of elimination diets, but I want to be as bad as possible when I am tested. I have no idea what's going on, but it's gotten progressively worse over the past 4 years. Ughhhh

    I went to an excellent Celiac specialist in Atlanta when we lived there. She recommended eliminating gluten from my diet anyway, but I am stubborn, lol. I think the best way to go about it is to start with basics and log it all. Every bite and sip! It's crazy what people can be allergic to. I think it's a good idea for people to have an ELISA test done. You can be allergic to the craziest things, like caffeine and mustard. Slowly add things back in your diet and then give it 3 days to see how you react before you add another variable.


  • At May 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I LOVE fresh salsa! Nothing beats it! Yours looks delicious!

  • At May 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    That salsa looks SO fresh. It is the embodiment of summer! Yum!

  • At May 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    your salad looks amazing - love fresh salsa on it. and guac too....

  • At May 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i can't wait for summer!! just three more weeks and im free :)

    I love summer because of how fresh all the produce taste. I feel like there is more variety - and of course salsa is the perfect topping for any salad :)

  • At May 24, 2010 at 8:54 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    I love your salads - I would never pick on you!! You can come make me one anytime ;) Everytime you mention falafel chips, my mouth wters a little bit.
    The salsa looks awesome - and I second the black bean mention. Yum!
    And also completely agree with you to focus on what you can have. These days, there seem to be healthy subs for just about everything that are just as good, if not better than the "real thing." Well wishes for your friend :)

  • At May 24, 2010 at 9:26 PM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    dude I been eating salsa like EVERY DAY. it's such an awesome summery food. great with vino too.

    about yr friend's diet... i'd start with the usual suspects, the stuff that typically upsets digestive health.


    If there are still problems, then definitely nuts.

    But off what Jen said, it does make more sense to get tested. It can save your friend a lot of frustration later!

  • At May 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    salsa and black beans NEED to be together.. especially in a salad with taco chips!! <3

  • At May 24, 2010 at 10:23 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    oh way to go on that salsa! i hate buying salsa b/c it's a garlic/onion/saltfest. at home, i can skip what i dont need. love homemade!

  • At May 25, 2010 at 6:04 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    i LOVE fresh salsa and beans!! i think I may just have to make some tongight!!

  • At May 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    Fresh salsa is best! I love it! My mom always makes it and she uses fresh herbs from her garden. I love that!

  • At May 25, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Anonymous Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life said…

    Your homemade salsa sounds great! Plus I need something to make with all my fresh cilantro I have growing on my porch... thanks!

  • At May 25, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Anonymous Nutritious Foodie said…

    I love Salsa specially homemade. I also love the colors in your first photo :)

  • At May 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Anonymous Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter said…

    I just find recipes that I can have stuff. I don't really have a diet restriction, but there are foods that my body doesn't like such as canned foods, highly acidic stuff and milk

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