Fabulous Fruit Salsa

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This Salsa can be made in summer or winter. It doesn’t matter if you use fresh or canned fruit, however Mango is best fresh. When Mango is not available use more peaches. If you are using canned Pineapple, it is recommended you soak your sliced Bananas in the juice (this prevents them from turning brown). When using canned fruit, drain juice before using in salsa.

 

2 tbsp fresh squeezed Lime Juice (1-2 Limes)

1 sliced Banana (optional)

1 cup diced Pineapple

1 1/2 cups diced Peaches

1 Mango diced (optional)

1 chopped Green Onion

1/2 cup Cilantro finely chopped

1/2 Red or Green Bell Pepper chopped

1-2  Jalapeño Peppers finely chopped

pinch of Salt

Place first 3 ingredients in a bowl in order as listed above. Mix thoroughly. Then add peaches and remaining ingredients.

Classic Marinara Sauce

marinara

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 small sweet Onion finely chopped

1-2 cloves of Garlic

3 tablespoons Basil finely chopped (fresh is preferred)

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Thyme

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1 28 oz can of diced Tomatoes

 

Heat oil in sauce pan on low – medium heat. Add Garlic and Onions, cook until translucent, do not brown. Add spices, cook for 30 seconds, then add diced Tomatoes. Cook sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

This sauce has many uses, can be used as sauce on pizza, pasta, and over veggies. This sauce is a favorite served over Spaghetti Squash. If you would like to have a meaty flavor try adding mushrooms or TVP.

How To Make Zucchini Pasta

Making your own Zucchini pasta is very cheap and easier than you think. There are a few ways to make Zucchini pasta. Using a peeler you can slice into thin long strips.

Zucchini peeled

 

If you purchase a special shredder peeler, it will shred the Zucchini like short spaghetti.

 

Zucchini shreds

If you have a mandolin or a food processor with a shredder attachment often you can achieve the same results. You may come out with long spaghetti like noodles.

 

Zucchini Mandolin

You can also hand cut your own noodles using a knife. There are also a variety of ways to cook the noodles. The easiest method is in the microwave on a plate for 1-2 minutes. No need to add any water or anything, they steam nicely as is. You can boil noodles for 1-2 minutes in your favorite pasta sauce over the stove. Another method is to lightly saute the noodles in a frying pan with a little Olive Oil, Garlic and fresh Basil, and then adding a little salt and pepper.

Summer Strawberry Pie

 

strawberry pie

I admit, I stole the idea for this recipe from Betty Crocker and modified it a bit, and changed some of the ingredients. So technically this is a different recipe. This recipe of course is gluten-free as well as vegan.

 

1/2 Cup of Sugar

1/2 Cup of Water

1/4 Cup of Corn Starch

4 Cups of sliced Strawberries

Mix together sugar, corn starch, water, blend until smooth. Add to a sauce pan and cook on medium high heat, stir constantly until bubbly. Turn heat down to medium, add strawberries. Stir constantly until it reduces down. Pour into pre-baked Chex® Pie Crust (see previous blog post how to make). Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. 

 

 

{Here is the link to the original Betty Crocker recipe so that you can compare.} http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-strawberry-pie/f89a1779-aceb-4fa1-a1ab-da3a172e66cf?nicam2=Email&nichn2=Core&niseg2=BC&nicreatID2=BC_06_06_2013