Healthy eating may mean different things for different people. For some, it's counting calories and never going beyond their daily calorie allowance. For others, it's filling their grocery carts with all products labeled "fat-free," "sugar-free" or "low-calorie."
But for good ol' foodies, healthy eating is simply eating on uncomplicated food that our ancestors have been eating for centuries. Clean eating is essentially making the most out of what nature gives us - gorging on food that are least processed and modified.
The simplicity of clean eating can be seen on simple dinner staples like salsa. A mixture of juicy vegetables or fruits and spices, salsa is a rustic and uncomplicated chunky sauce that can add huge flavors to any dish. Salsa is a delicious proof that you don't need jarred or bottled condiments to achieve big flavors.
Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa (Simply Scratch)
This Grilled Sweet Corn Salsa from Simply Scratch is a great recipe to make if you're looking for a fixin that's filling, healthy, and bursting with flavors. If you're serving this for kids and they're not fond of spicy food, you can skip the pickled jalapenos, and the corn salsa will still be flavorful with the combination of orange and red bell pepper.
"Grilled corn salsa; Quick and easy! Grilled corn is teamed up with sweet bell peppers, spicy pickled jalapenos and lime juice and cilantro."
- 4 Ears of Fresh Sweet Corn
- Extra Light Olive Oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, diced small
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced small
- 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced small
- 1/4 cup chopped Fresh Cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped Pickled Jalapeno
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt, plus more to taste
Mango Salsa With Avocado (Natasha's Kitchen)
Mango salsa is another classic when it comes to chunky condiments. Natasha's Kitchen has a great recipe called Mango Salsa with Avocado that combines the unique flavors of two fruits into one fantastic dish. This fruity salsa is great to serve with chips, or can even be a flavorful side to grilled or fried chicken or fish dishes.
"To add some heat to this mango avocado salsa, you can toss in some finely chopped fresh or canned jalapeños. Check out this truly scrumptious and crowd-pleasing family friendly dinner with you which uses this very salsa."
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- 1/ 2 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, (about 1/2 cup chopped)
- Juice of 1 medium lime (about 2 Tbsp)
- 1/4 tsp salt and pinch of black pepper, or season to taste
Easy Homemade Salsa (A Pinch of Healthy)
If you're looking for a classic salsa dish, this Easy Homemade Salsa recipe from A Pinch of Healthy is the perfect thing to make for a weeknight treat. With only eight ingredients (including spices), all you have to do is to pulse everything together on a food processor depending on how chunky or runny you want your salsa.
"It will surprise you at how fresh and awesome it tastes! The fire-roasted tomatoes are so good, if you can find them. If not, I have used plain tomatoes tons of times, and it is still really delicious!"
- 14 ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
- 4 ounce can of green chiles undrained
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 clove large of garlic roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoons chunk yellow onion roughly chopped (About 2 )
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Ludy's Kitchen Healthy Tip:
Want an even healthier snack? Mix that bag of nachos with home-baked chips. Thinly slice sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, or other root crops using a mandolin. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, spread on a silicone baking mat-lined pan and bake until crispy.
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.