Homemade Salsa

With summertime almost here, there will be a ton of graduation parties, BBQ's and holidays coming up with tempting snack food. There is always a gooey cheesy dip that is calling your name at every gathering, but there isn't anything in that dip that will benefit you in anyway. A great way to avoid these temptations is to bring your own healthy snacks such as a fruit tray, homemade veggie chips, vegetable kabobs, hummus, etc... Homemade salsa is a healthy alternative to bring to a party that everyone will enjoy. It is packed with healthy fresh vegetables full of Vitamin C & A and assist in a healthy immune system. Enjoy the recipe below with homemade chips if you're feeling extra motivated! Homemade Salsasalsa Fills 4-6 small mason jars Ingredients: • 6 large, ripe tomatoes • 1 large onions • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 serrano pepper • 1 sweet green pepper or red pepper • 1 (5 1/2 ounce) can of tomato paste • ½ a lime juiced • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper • 1 tablespoon of stevia or honey • 1 teaspoons salt • ½ teaspoon pepper • chopped cilantro- optional Directions: 1.Cut up all you’re vegetables first. Chop the tomatoes into small squares. Followed by the minced garlic, serrano pepper diced very small (leave in seeds if you want heat), diced green/red pepper and the diced onion. 2.Once the vegetables are all cut up add half of them to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Set aside the other half. Blend the salsa a few times till it is incorporated well. 3.Once the salsa is blended pour into a pot with the salsa that wasn’t pulsed in the blender. Once both of the salsas (the chunky and the blended) are combined heat at a low temperature for 30 minutes. Once it reaches a low boil take if off of the heat and let cool. 4.Once cooled jar the salsas into the mason jars. They can be refrigerated for a week, otherwise they should be placed in the freezer till needed. 5.Enjoy with homemade tortilla chips or sweet potato chips!

Recipe by: Colleen Stanko