Archive for January, 2012

One of my resolutions this year is to eat healthier (of course).  It always comes after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s- we eat like the year is going to end (pun intended), and punish ourselves later by limiting everything we like, right?  Well, I’m hoping it’s not a punishment, but more of an unhealthy “flush”, if you will.  So my challenge is to find healthy alternatives that are still great, just less greasy with more overall nutrition.  So yesterday our very loved San Franisisco 49ers played in the NFC Championship Playoffs, and sadly lost to the New York Giants.  My husband is from the Bay area, and this was an extremely somber occasion as we hoped for them to make it to the Super Bowl.  None-the-less, at least our stomachs didn’t suffer a loss from the poor game food that is accustumed.  And seeing as the Super Bowl is not just for football fans, but has become more american culture, I thought perhaps an amazing Super Bowl salsa would be useful for anyone who wants an amazingly flavorful  and fresh snack with the added bonus of it being healthy.

SuperBowl Salsa

4-5 plum tomatoes, small dice
1/2 of a large red onion, small dice
1 avocado (i used a zutano, but hass will work fine as well) diced.
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of corn kernels (i use the “no added salt” kind) drained and rinsed
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
1/2 cup of lime juice (about 4-5 limes)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


In this recipe technique is the most important from an okay salsa, to a spectacular one.  You want to make sure your onions are evenly diced and small enough to not be pungent. 

Keep most of your vegetables evenly diced and your results will be impeccable.  In a large bowl mix together all of your ingredients except your avocado, adding enough lime juice to wet and dress all your vegetables. 

Add salt and pepper to flavor as you like, and at the very end gently toss your avocado, coating with the lime juice to prevent from browning.  Serve with corn tortilla chips.  You can even spoon this over salads or top grilled meats with it for a tropical twist.   Beware:  I’ve been told this salsa is very addicting–and I have to agree!  Enjoy without the guilt!


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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a great start to the new year!  My Christmas break was really fun, but extremely busy- ironically I spent most of my time baking and cooking, with little of that time to actually blog about it!  As this New Year has rolled in I have started to, of course, re-evaluate my schedule and my priorities.  And I have found that even though I am a stay-at-home mom and wife, and don’t actually report to a job where I clock in and out, I find myself extraordinarily busy most of the time, and stressed out over things that should not be stressful.  So one of my “resolutions” this year (more of a goal, really) is instead of doing more, which is the norm for me, to do less.  I am going to try to do less of the things that I consider distractions and non-essentials, and focus on the things that are really important.  Making more time to focus on my husband and son, to actually read (especially the Bible as I’ve started a one-year plan), and have time to actually be available to others, to serve and to really “suck out all the marrow out of life” as Henry David Thoreau said.  So this blog will not be a daily blog, as you’ve probably already noticed, but it may be a weekly or even bi-monthly blog.  I hope to post some really good recipes and tips along the way and hope you’ll check in from time to time.  God Bless you this 2012! ~ Pamela

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