Pineapple Mango Salsa

Is there anything quite as ‘refreshing’ as a good blend of some yummy fresh fruits or veggies into a good salsa? I’m not sure, but around here a good, fresh salsa always hits the spot. And this fruity, pineapple mango version is a family favorite.

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It’s perfect served up with our favorite or tortilla chips. Served over top grilled fish, or other seafood? Yes sir-ee! We even like it paired with grilled chicken. Serve the meat over a bed of rice with a hearty scoop of  salsa on top, and dinner time is a fresh, healthy hit.

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Put a little pep in your step and some groove into your meal with a heaping helping of this refreshing salsa.

Pineapple Mango Salsa

Pineapple Mango Salsa

1 (heaping) cup pineapple, diced
1 cup mango, diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, diced
1/2 whole red onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of one lemon
pinch of sugar, optional
pinch of salt, optional

Directions

1. In a large bowl, gently stir together the pineapple, mango, tomatoes, peppers, onion, and cilantro until evenly incorporated.
2. Squeeze the lemon juice overtop the salsa mixture. Again, gently stir to mix it in.
3. Add salt and/or sugar, if needed, and stir to incorporate.
4. Serve chilled with tortilla chips, or on top of grilled chicken or fish.

Pupusas with Salsa Roja

Grilled cheese is one of the quintessential comfort foods. Even better? It’s one of those things that’s just as good, no matter how old you get, that’s just as comforting in its original, unaltered form ( just like Mama made it) or growing with you into more ‘gourmet’ versions. And we’ve run the gauntlet, bringing you all different varieties- especially these Pupusas with Salsa Roja.

 Pupusas with Salsa Roja

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7 Layer Cornbread ‘Casserole’

Before you guys call BS on me calling this a recipe, I’ll be the first to say, there is zero skill required for this so-called ‘recipe’. I can’t even call it a recipe in good faith, because it’s just so darn easy, and there isn’t even really any technique involved. Basically if you can open a jar, turn your oven on, and stir things together, you are golden.

Okay, so I know, I’m not exactly selling this, huh? Alright, well, let me start this over again and tell ya what is great about it. Well, it’s delicious, for one. For another thing, it’s perfect for a busy weeknight ‘meal’, alebit not the healthiest of weeknight meals, but yesterday was Cinco De Mayo so it’s totally acceptable, right? Of course! Snack suppers are totally a thing. Shoot, make it tonight. Even though it’s now the 6th of May, it’s still a fun change of pace. It also makes for a great game day appetizer.

 7 Layer Cornbread Casserole

Is your mouth watering yet? Forget tacos. Get a fiesta going in your house any night with this fun, easy, new Tex Mex idea. There that works 😉

7 Layer Cornbread Casserole

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Cornbread:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups milk
3 large eggs

1/3 -1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

Toppings:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 (1.25 oz) packet taco seasoning, or 2 tbsp taco seasoning
1/4 cup water
1 (15 oz) can refried black beans
1 1/2 cups prepared guacamole
2 scant cups of sour cream
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 cup pico de gallo
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
¼ cup sliced green onions

Directions

1. Grease a large rimmed sheet pan with oil and set aside, or generously coat with non-stick cooking spray to prepare.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, eggs, and corn. Transfer the combined wet ingredients into the dry ingredients ands tir until evenly incorporated. Spread the batter evenly out into the prepared sheet pan, using a spatula that’s been coated in flour or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
3. Bake the cornbread at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until  the middle is set and the top’s starting to turn a light brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before layering the remaining ingredients on top.
4. While the cornbread is cooling, brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. When browned, drain the grease, and return to the skillet. Stir in the taco seasoning and ¼ cup water until evenly incorporated with the beef. Continue stirring, and cooking, until the sauce has thickened. Once the meat is cooked all the way through, remove from heat and set aside.
5. Start by spreading the refried beans over the top of the cornbread, leaving the edges of the cornbread exposed. Spread the guacamole over the beans and then the sour cream over the guacamole. Spoon the ground beef mixture over the sour cream and then sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Top the cheese with the pico de gallo and sliced olives and then finish it all off with the green onions.
Serve and enjoy!

recipe adapted from The Baker Mama

Baked Chili Lime Nacho Mozzarella Sticks

These make a perfect appetizer or (in the sons case) an after school pick me up. They have an awesome chip-like exterior courtesy of the baked egg roll wrappers, and they’re oozing, gooey, melted mozzarella from their middles. Thought nachos couldn’t get any better? Did you think a plain, fried mozzarella stick was where it was at? This fun, easy hybrid is going to take your tastes buds to a whole new world of flavor.

Chili Lime Nacho Mozzarella Sticks

 Baked Chili Lime Nacho Mozzarella Sticks

recipe originally from Carl’s Bad Cravings

24 mozzarella sticks
24 egg roll wrappers
1/4 cup water (you won’t use it all)

Chili Lime Olive Oil

1 tbsp lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Directions

1. Freeze unwrapped mozzarella sticks for 90 minutes.
2. Whisk together the Chili Lime Olive Oil ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Working with one at a time, place a mozzarella stick diagonally in the bottom third of the egg roll wrapper. Brush the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold the bottom of the wrapper up tightly over the cheese, then proceed to roll the up the cheese, folding in the edges of the wrapper as you roll. You want the edges to be tightly sealed so the cheese doesn’t spill out when cooked. Take care not to tear the wrapper. If you’re confused, no worries! The egg roll wrapper packaging should have pictures demonstrating the steps in order.
4. Place the wrapped mozzarella sticks on a baking rack on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush wrapped mozzarella sticks with the Chili Lime Olive Oil, stirring to make sure you get the spices that have settled. Note that the mixture will thicken as flour from the wrappers deposits into the oil.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Broil for 3-5 minutes, or until golden, then flip mozzarella sticks and continue to broil until other side is golden.
6. Serve with your favorite salsa and enjoy!

Fiesta Tuna Salad Sliders

Tired of eating the same old thing for lunch every day? Look forward to lunch again with these quick & easy, relatively healthy Fiesta Tuna Salad Sliders. Chock full of fresh veggies, with a little kick from some fresh jalapeno peppers, they’re the perfect way to add a little ‘ole’ to your day!

Fiesta Tuna Salad Sliders

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Sloppy Joe Tacos

Did you ever start to make sloppy joes and halfway through realize you didn’t have hamburger buns on hand? Yep. Totally happened to me you guys. (And, sadly I can’t say this is the first time either. Don’t get the sons started on how many nights we’ve had to have bunless hotdogs and hamburgers.) And so sloppy joe tacos (what??!) it was. I was weary that this would just end up tasting funky, but it didn’t. It is everything you love about a sloppy Joe along with the comfort of taco shells and all the fixins.

Now: calling all napkins!!! Who am I kidding?! Forget the napkins. I just need a hose. Especially with all four sons in the house eating these. For real! Seriously though… they rock. Grab a bib (and a hose) and dig in!

Sloppy Joe Tacos

Sloppy Joe Tacos

1 lb ground beef, or ground turkey
half a medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
shredded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce

Directions

1. Brown and drain ground beef (or turkey). Place cooked meat back into skillet and saute the onions and pepper until onions begin to turn clear. Add in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and garlic powder. Cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and remove from heat.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Line taco shells in a 9×13 pan and evenly divide the meat mixture in the shells. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, and place it in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and shells are warm.
Divide lettuce evenly between taco shells.