Salsa, Reinvented

A twist on a favorite…. When you’re training, it’s wise to change things up to keep your muscles challenged. If you always do standard bicep curls, with the same weight, for the same number of sets and reps, your biceps will get used to it and eventually those bicep curls won’t be as effective. All you need to do is tweak the move just a bit – turn the dumbbells upright for hammer curls, turn the arms outward and curl, do half-curls, do pulses, change the resistance – to break or prevent a plateau. Just like with training, you can tweak any recipe to keep things interesting! A common worry is that eating healthy isn’t interesting. That healthy foods are lacking in variety and flavor. But with a bit of creativity, we can find all kinds of ways to “spice up” some of our usual foods. Here’s an example of a new twist on a common snack. Salsa made from scratch is chock full of nutrients, but odds are you’ve been eating or making the same salsa over and over. Tweaking the ingredients means you’ll not only add a different nutrient profile to your diet, you’ll turn something normal and uninteresting into a new and exciting dish! This fruity salsa variation is tasty and full of Vitamin C and antioxidants. I’ve served this many times and it’s always a hit! Don’t knock it ’til you try it. Bitches, this salsa is YUMMY – and gorgeous, too! Blueberry Salsa 2 oranges (or 1 grapefruit), sectioned and chopped 1.5 pints blueberries – lightly smash some, keep some whole 2 TBS red...

Foodie Friday Recipe – Kale Squash Sauté

It’s #FoodieFriday and today’s recipe is one I served to my 8-gajillion guests last week. It was a hit and has been requested by all who were there – even the teenagers! Even one adult who said, “I loved that! And I don’t like vegetables!” Last summer was our first foray into growing kale in one of our five gardens. (Yes, five.) We fell in love so we’re always on the prowl for kale recipes. This one is a delightful combo of sweet and savory. It works well as a side, or toss in some additional protein – nuts or meat – to serve as a one-dish main course. Kale Squash Sauté  2 TB olive oil 3 lbs butternut squash, peeled and cubed (could substitute sweet potato) 1 c diced onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 4-1/2 c roughly chopped kale 2 TBS balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper dried cranberries feta or goat cheese crumbles Heat olive oil in a pan on medium, then add squash, onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add kale, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and cook just until kale begins to wilt. Remove from heat and toss with dried cranberries and...