Recipe of the Week: Power Play Salsa

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Ok, I'm back with the salsa recipe I promised a couple weeks ago from the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Nutrition Network. Did you know salsa is poised to take over ketchup as the most popular condiment in America? I personally love salsa (not a ketchup fan) because it is such an easy yummy way to get some veggies in, and kids seem to like it too. Classic salsa consists of tomatoes, onions, chile, cilantro and lime juice. But really you can make so many versions of salsa with different fruits, corn, beans, jicama, whatever you fancy. I.e. Peach salsa, mango and papaya salsa, corn and bean salsa and so on and so on. With that said here is the Nutrition Networks classic salsa recipe.


Power Play Salsa

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 tsp finely chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

3 Tbs finely chopped cilantro

1 Tbs lime juice


Instructions:

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and voila, you're done!


You can go the traditional route and serve your salsa with tortilla chips, or get more creative and top your baked potato, fish, chicken, whatever you like. Salsa makes a great topping for all kinds of foods, and saves you a lot of calories. In college I used to make a quick meal by microwaving a baked potato and topping it with low fat cottage cheese and salsa. It was delish!


I'm sure you'll be downing the salsa now at your Memorial Day Barbeques this weekend. Enjoy but try not to overdo it with the tortilla chips. Scoop more salsa per chip rather than lightly dipping to help cut down on the chip over indulgence.


Have a fruit and veggie filled day!


(Photo courtesy of daveyll)

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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.

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