Happy New Year everyone! Now that the holidays are over, many of us are resolving to make healthier choices in 2016. If you are one of those folks, go you! I love how the month of January brings a focus on making healthy nutrition choices. However, where allot of us (myself included) get stuck is finding the time to find new recipes and make fast healthy meals. Let me clue you in on a little trick I use that has helped me make healthy choices when I seriously felt like busting open the box of mac and cheese in my cabinet. It’s super easy, are you ready?
Yes, salsa is my go to put it on everything meal save. Put salsa on a piece of baked chicken, boil some brown rice and steam a veggie and presto! You have a zippy healthy meal for the whole family. If I am short on time, I buy a premade salsa. However use caution as many times store bought salsa can have huge amounts of sugar! That’s why I love to make my own salsa and store in the fridge.
Enter my tomatillo salsa. I love this salsa in the winter when tomatoes are mushy and flavorless. Tomatillos, or the Mexican husk tomato are fantastic in the winter and a fun change to a traditional salsa. This recipe produces a richly flavored, spicy salsa that is great on its own or on chicken, fish, tofu or even veggies! Enjoy!
10 medium tomatillos, husks removed and cut in half
2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup water
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
1tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
Pinch ground coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix tomatillos, chiles, onion and garlic in a bowl with the olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
Add roasted veggie mixture to a food processor. Pulse until a thick consistency. Add cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and coriander. Pulse until combined. Add in as much water as desired to reach your ideal consistency. It can be super thick and chunky, or smooth and thin, the choice is yours!