Strawberry Salsa

I have a fun recipe coming your way today! Whether you’re going to a cookout, making a dish for a luncheon at work, or simply looking for something summer-y to snack on at home, you will find a way to put this recipe to use in your kitchen. I just know it. 🙂

Today, I’m linking up with Andrea for her monthly series of Recipe Club!

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Last weekend, my friend Hannah and her husband hosted their “Second Annual Summer Solstice Strawberry Soiree”. It was every guest’s duty to bring some kind of food or beverage that incorporated strawberries, and our spread of food turned out to be delicious!

I had two hopes for my dish: new-to-me and unique. Pinterest to the rescue!

Original recipe here.

Strawberry Salsa

Here is what you will need:

1.5 cups chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 T fresh cilantro
2 T lime juice
1 T brown sugar

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Chop x 3…

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Strawberries…

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Then green pepper and cilantro…with the Slap Chop that saved my cilantro-chopping life. 😉

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I added ingredients to the bowl as I chopped…then I cut a lime and squeezed the juice over the bowl. Added the brown sugar and got to mixing!

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Your final product should look something like this…and tastes delicious with cinnamon chips or tortilla chips! When you eat the salsa with a cinnamon chip, it tastes sweet, and when you eat the salsa with a tortilla chip, it tastes fresh. A yummy combination!

Happy chopping!

P.S. Today is the 100th post I’ve written on this blog. Pretty cool. 🙂

– What’s your favorite strawberry dish?

– What have you been cooking this week?

What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday: Recipe Club Edition

Hi. My name is Kylie and I am a serial snacker. Yes, that’s right, I love me some snacks. And I bet you do too. 😉

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On Wednesdays, I usually share what I’ve been eating recently…but I’ve been a huge slacker in the picture department so I’m linking up with Andrea to share an oldie but goodie…no bake energy balls!

When it comes to cooking, I have two major beliefs. Number one: everyone knows how to cook. If you know how to follow directions (aka a recipe), then you are a chef to me! Number two: it must be easy and it must not include 9,472 ingredients that no one has in their pantry. Do you hear me, Pinterest? I don’t have the grocery store’s entire spice section in my kitchen! I will admit to frequently omitting ingredients…especially when only a teaspoon is called for. This may not be the best method, but it’s part of my method…which is that cooking and baking should be simple. Fewer ingredients is better and easy assembly is where it’s at!

Exhibit A:

My usual omelette…

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…because you throw things in a frying pan and let it go. And it still looks pretty and tastes delicious no matter what!

Pinterest goes through phases where I swear I see similar recipes pinned over and over again and then they seem to fade away. A few years ago, I found a recipe for energy balls and I’m pretty sure that my mom and I have made these at least twice a month ever since! In our family, this Pinterest trend stuck around. 😉

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This is the Pinterest image I originally found and pinned to my “Healthy Is Happy” board. Follow me!

This little snack tastes like a mini chocolate chip cookie with a little extra sweetness because of the coconut. It’s right up my alley because you mix everything in a bowl, roll it up, and put them in the fridge. I mean, come on. What could be easier?!

Here is what you need:

1 cup oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
⅓ cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Once you have combined all the ingredients, use a spoon to “measure” a little bit of “batter” and roll it into a ball. Put the rolled energy balls on a cookie sheet or in a container and store them in the fridge. 🙂

You can call me out on the ground flaxseed. I know it’s not an ingredient that everyone has on hand and I honestly never purchased it until we made this, but now there’s always a bag with our baking ingredients!

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Our first successful batch!

We made these before going on our annual girls’ trip to Atlantic City and they were the perfect snack for the car and for the beach! Plus, it always helps to know that you’re eating something healthy on vacation. At first, my mom pinned this recipe, too…then she grew to love it so much that she wrote it on a little index card and put it in the cabinet with all our baking ingredients. Now I’m pretty sure she could make it with her eyes shut, but I don’t want to call her out. 😉 I’ll just say that’s a testimony to how good they are!

Sidenote: I recently tried a vanilla energy ball recipe recommended by The Beachbody Blog. It’s also a simple recipe, but it calls for almond flour…which I don’t keep on hand in my kitchen. So in true Kylie fashion, I skipped it. Let’s just say the end product wasn’t as good as it could have been. 😉

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Happy snacking!!!