Black Bean Salsa- SRC Post!

Happy SRC Reveal day! Ah, I just love the Secret Recipe Club!! So much fun to explore new blogs, while someone else gets to try one of your recipes and post all about it.

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

This month, I got Renee’s blog, Eat. Live. Blog. Renee went from the busy business world to world of education. She keeps in touch with her creative side by keeping up with her blog. I think that it is awesome that she has truly found that perfect balance in her life!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Originally, I was going to make her black beans over rice dish, which sounds so yummy to me. A couple months ago, I made the switch over to becoming a vegetarian, so it is always exciting to find tasty, filling entrees.

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

However, I did not get around to making the beans and rice dish, so I whipped up her black bean salsa in a jiffy. Whew-eee! I’m glad I did! It was so quick and simple and I go through jars of salsa like crazy, so it was nice to have such a big homemade batch around. You guys have got to try this salsa, and check out some more of her yummy concoctions!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Black Bean Salsa

(From Eat Live Blog)

1 can black bean (drained but not rinsed)

1 jalapeno (seeded and roughly chopped – keep a few seeds for more heat)

1 small tomato (roughly diced)

1/2 small onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 handfuls fresh washed cilantro

1 lime

    1. Place beans in a bowl and lightly smash with a fork, I left about half of the beans whole, unmashed.
    2. Squeeze lime juice over the beans
    3. Place cilantro, garlic and onion in a food processor or blender and pulse until diced but not liquified
    4. Mix diced veggies into beans
    5. Add diced tomatoes and mix
    6. Salt and pepper to taste
    7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, stir and serve!

Black Bean Salsa | Beautiful Disasters

Random Fact of the Day: Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

SRC Post- Homemade Salsa

Woohoo! Another month of the Secret Recipe Club!! :) For the month of March I was assigned to blog about Apeksha, from Veggie Wiz. She is 30 year-old girl from India. She is vegetarian and fun fact-she can speak French, Spanish, German, and English! You can read more about Apeksha on her “about me” page, she’s a pretty cool cat!

After searching through Apeksha’s recipes, I finally picked her “Fresh Tomato Salsa in a Jiffy” recipe. I love salsa with everything. It’s perfect for substituting in a salad to make it more flavorful and a bit more healthy than dressing, it’s great in wraps, awesome with chips, pretty much perfect for spicing up any dish!

I have never made my own salsa before, but I’m sure glad I tried this recipe. It was super easy and pretty darn tasty. Plus, I love having salsa in the house at all times. It’s a definite must around here. With this recipe, you are pretty much always 10 minutes away from fresh salsa. Yum!

Oh yeah, and if you’re picky about the texture of spiciness of your salsa, this is perfect for you!

P.S. Don’t forget to go over to The Heritage Cook in exactly one week from today to see my guest post! It involves chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Can’t go wrong! ;)

Fresh Tomato Salsa in a Jiffy

(from VeggieWiz)

5 tomatoes (I used a 24 oz. can of diced tomatoes)

1 onion

2 gloves garlic

2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeños (1 jalapeño)

1 green chile, chopped (I used chopped green chiles from a can, I used about 3/4 teaspoon of chopped green chiles)

1 Tablespoon olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon salt

  1. Roughly chop the tomatoes (I used canned diced tomatoes), onions, and garlic. PUt all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, and turn on at the lowest speed for 10-15 seconds. Check the consistency. If needed, repeat on more time. Be careful not to puree it. We don’t want Tomato sauce here! It’s best on the chunky side. Keep in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to allow to flavors to mix. Serve with crisp tortilla chips or use in your favorite mexican dish and enjoy! :)

Random Fact of the Day: Alaska is the only state that can be typed using one row of keys of the keyboard.

Review! PART TWO

Alright with the incredible amount of products I tried, I found it would be much easier to split it up into two separate posts. There is really quite the variety here. One of the things I really like about these salsas was that little jars. The avocado salsa stayed so incredibly fresh and green unlike most sauces that have avocados that turn yucky brownish. And the plastic makes me so much less nervous than the regular glass jars. yep, I’m a nervous nelly.