Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jar of Salsa in < 5 min

This recipe came from a friend at church who is a great cook so I call it Sister H. salsa. It's more of a restaurant style non-chunky salsa which I love and it's super easy to make. I don't like store bought jar salsa very much because the peppers and onions are rubbery. I was so happy when she shared her recipe with me. My mother-in-law gave me the idea to use a canning jar on a blender - it's just like the magic bullet - genius!

1 can of diced tomatoes (the kind with lime and cilantro makes it even better)
2 jalapenos, chopped into a few pieces (with as many seeds as you can handle)
1 clove of minced garlic
handful of cilantro (I used cilantro that I had previously frozen in a yogurt cup of water)
salt to taste (a few shakes worked for me)

Thaw cilantro under running hot water in a strainer. Put all ingredients into a canning jar. Screw the blades of your blender onto the jar. Turn the jar upside down, hold it down with your hand, and give it a whirl. Use within a few days or freeze.

Meal Planning and Menu Board

While I was pregnant I started meal planning. I wasn't a believer at the time but I am now. I didn't think I could plan my life even a day in advance, let alone a week. Well, turns out it makes things a whole lot easier and you don't waste half an hour deciding what to make and then making macaroni and cheese because you didn't thaw any meat out so you can't and don't have time to make anything better. It's amazing. Even with working full time and having a kid, just by planning meals we somehow eat much better meals almost every day and for a lot less cost than I would have imagined, and earlier than 9pm ;) Plus, on a busy night once a week or so, it's ok if we have beanie weenies or mac and cheese, because I planned it and that's what we had time for.

Well, soon after I started I saw the idea to make a menu board here. Though I loved it, I decided that that kind wasn't going to work for me (not practical enough to make a card for every single recipe) and so then I was going to make a white board and then a chalk board, and then had the idea to do a "white board" on glass. I just went through my scrap paper and found some coordinating pieces and whipped it together. I didn't have a paper cutter at the time so excuse the subtle crookedness, I tried my best with an exacto knife and ruler. It turned out pretty cute and it makes me even more excited to meal plan. The entire project cost me a dollar (the price of the frame at Goodwill).