Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wild Smoked Salmon & Kale with Mustard Sauce (Five Things to Do with Quinoa-5)



So it's been a long day, you're exhausted, you managed to hold down most of your healthy habits today, but now it's dinner time. The fridge is kind of empty, you're starving, and while normally a frozen pizza makes you want to turn up your nose, it's currently inviting.

Don't do it! I have a really fast healthy dinner recipe for you! It will taste gourmet, won't break the bank, and there's minimal prep involved! I hope you love it! You can add to it and make it more elaborate if you want, but you're tired remember :) Chances are you have some these foods at home already.

Making Healthy Easy

Do yourself a favor and keep a few bags of organic frozen veggies at home, a fairly good assortment. Yes, I'm all about fresh and local, but ya know it just doesn't always happen. 

Believe it or not recently I made a new discovery at the grocery store that totally made my day, it's the simple things. So I'm sure other markets do this, nonetheless I'm a Whole Foods shopper. So in the seafood section they sell wild smoked salmon trimmings. So ya know those perfectly shaped fillets they sell for way too much money in the glass seafood case, well there are still really good pieces of salmon left that didn't make it on the fillet. So they shave it off, already trimmed from skin, no bones, and broken up into pieces. It's inexpensive and makes healthy recipes really simple! I hate touching fish! Can you hear me singing?!!! How did I not see this before??? It's like a dream come true for me! Yes, I know....and.....oh surely there are odd things that make your day too!





On to more ingredients I like to let live in my pantry or fridge, like mustard. So while I know how to make mustard, I also keep good, gluten free bottled mustard around in case I run out of my homemade version. Yes, there is a such thing as gluten free mustard, and it's not just marketing. Vinegar in mustard can be derived from wheat, so read your labels. 
Mustard can make a meal a party, therefore keep it close. 



Another item that I let hang out in my pantry is organic lemon juice. Now I adore freshly squeezed lemon juice, but in case I run out of fresh lemons, it's there. Lemon juice, much like mustard can send flavors over the roof in a dish.



The Recipe: Wild Smoked Salmon & Kale with Mustard Sauce

Okay, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. 

This should serve 1-2 people and you can easily increase it.

Ingredients:

1 Package of Wild Smoked Salmon Trimmings
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Organic Kale
1/2 Tsp Organic Garlic Powder
1-2 Tbsp Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Organic Lemon Juice
4-6 Squirts Organic GF Mustard
1/4 Tsp Celtic Salt
1 Cup Organic Quinoa (dry, uncooked)

Directions:

Now if you happen to have left over quinoa already cooked, that just eliminates a step. If you don't have any made, cook it.

Take out a large skillet
First cook the kale in the oil for 1-2 minutes on low to medium heat
Next put in the salmon, cook the for 3-4 minutes, stirring
Add the lemon juice, salt, mustard, and garlic powder, stir well

At this point I would either throw my cooked quinoa into the skillet with everything to warm it up or I'd put the just cooked quinoa into a bowl and dress the top with the salmon and kale.

You could use any frozen green for this you want and even add capers or butternut squash, your options are endless. Regardless you will think you got take out from a fancy restaurant and not spent anything close to it had it been from one.

If you try it, let me know! Be healthy and blessed! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Detox Baths ( Detox Series 2)


I never made time for myself as a busy mom before I was a wellness coach to take a soak in the tub. I whole heartedly believe today that I deserve a rebuke for that way of thinking. Moms everywhere need to soak in a bath at least once a week. I say lock the door, grab a magazine, and just enjoy it. This is a such a gentle and non-invasive way to take care of yourself.

Bathing can actually be a therapy to cleanse the body. Before beginning any detox regimen make sure your body can handle it by eating properly with plenty of vegetables and fruits along with a "healthy for you"daily water in-take. 

Detox baths are an extra luxury because it's an inexpensive day at the spa in your own bathroom. This is an opportunity to relieve emotional and physical toxins. This is NOT an option. Our bodies are covered in pores and were designed to release all foreign undesirable visitors in the body. Our lymphatic system, underneath our skin, is one of our bodies' hugest defenses against disease. According to Ayurvedic Healing Expert, John Douillard, it is easily clogged to due digestive distress with the villi in the digestive tract being irritated by inflammatory foods as well as stress. Much of the lymphatic system surrounds the intestines. 

Detox baths encourage good movement of the lymph as by helping to rid the body of non-beneficial bacterial disturbance as well as releasing negative stress so the white blood cells can get where they need to go to fight for us.

Simplicity

I'm a single homeschool mom and business owner, so I don't have a whole lot of time, and every penny counts.  Almost everyone has real Epsom salts laying around the house. If not, they are extremely inexpensive. I bought the brand below at Costco. In my area it came with two 6LB bags for $8.99.Epsom salts are rich in magnesium sulphate, which removes impurities from the body as well as relaxes the internal systems. Since the magnesium does relax the body, consider taking them in the evening before bed. I use them in all of my detox baths. Use 3-4 cups.


I also always use high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. Depending on what I am trying to detox from or achieve or the time of day that I take the bath will dictate the oils I use. Including lemon is a great idea because it promotes liver health. (Citrus oils are photosensitive on the skin though, so be sure if you choose a citrus oil like lemon that you are not in direct sunlight for an extended period of time within 24 hours of taking the detox bath.) Lavender is a wonderful choice if you are dealing with a great deal of stress or if you are unable to sleep easily. If you are experiencing aches and pains, peppermint can be extremely soothing. Use 6-8 drops of each oil. You can blend oils.

 ***IMPORTANT TIP*** Make sure when using essential oils, that you first mix them with the Epsom salts before putting them into the tub. This will result in much more pleasant experience. Certain essential oils have a very heated effect on the skin when not diluted, in this case by the Epsom salts. Mixing them will prevent the oils from all rising to the top and sitting on the skin in an overwhelming fashion. This way the oils will be evenly disbursed which will make the experience heavenly.


Good Options

Another helpful addition is bentonite clay.


I really like Redmond Clay because it is food grade. (Yes, it can be ingested for a detox too. That's a whole other article.) The bentonite helps keep heavy metals out of the body. This is a great option if you aren't using filtered water to bathe in. You can use 1/4 of a cup mixed as well as possible into the water.


Utilizing Himalayan or pink salt, like the one by Redmond, will purify the body as well as add minerals that are needed. Use 1/4 of a cup.

Use What You Have

Do not despair if you don't have these items. If nothing else, use Epsom salts if the other items are too difficult for you to ascertain right now. Do be sure to use water as warm/hot as you can possibly stand it. If using essential oils with the Epsom salts, then mix them in the water just before or as you are getting in the tub. Extreme heat can damage the effectiveness of the oils. In order for the bath to be effective, bath for 20-30 minutes. You will probably sweat, and that is a good thing. That means impurities are being released. After your bath rehydrate yourself with a filtered glass of water with a sprinkle of Himalayan or Celtic salt. I hope you will make detox baths a regular part of your regimen to live healthy now!

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

References:

http://lifespa.com/the-miracle-of-lymph/

 http://draxe.com/detox-bath-recipes/


Monday, February 9, 2015

What's Your Vision of Wellness?





Blessings today to you! Do you have a vision of what healthy looks like? I think we all do, and that's awesome! It is unfortunately far too easy to get distracted as well as discouraged and get off the healthy train. Remember it's a journey, not a single destination. It looks different for everyone, and we ALL need growth.

Today I'll share a snap shot of one of my weekly module exercises in my holistic wellness counseling program. I pray it helps you get one step further in accomplishing your goals of health and wellness for you, family, and friends.

Here is a peek into your virtual holistic health counselor's world. Above is a picture I shared last week on Instagram of my night stand. Right next to my bed, I keep closest to me the items that help me stay healthy: a picture of my lovies, the One Year Bible, Young Living essential oils and diffuser, my Kingdom Health Holistic Magnesium Spray, my Kingdom Health Holistic Lipbalm, a finished mug of lemon and ACV water, a pen and small pad of paper, and my sleep mask.

What's Your Vision?

Do you have a vision board to help you stay on task? When I wake up in the morning the first things I see are those boards.



Creating a vision board really helps to keep me hold positive focus instead of waking up to negativity. There is so much yuck out there, and it is our choice to get sucked into it, or to look beyond. This is part of my healthy morning routine. I gaze over the board after I read my bible and meditate on how good God is and how I know He wants good things for me.

Two Sides

I have one side for professional goals and the other side is for personal goals. You don't have to have two boards, it's simply how I've chosen to break it up.

Professional Side

You don't have to have a professional side. Being a business owner this helps me to see goals and tasks to achieve as well as where I'd like to be professionally. On my board I actually printed out someone else's inspiring blog article and popped it up there because this woman is in a place with her business that I'd like to be. Even if you don't own a business or work out of the home, you might consider it though. Every stay at home mother reading this blog article is a professional home manager as well as the one billion other hats that you wear! You're beautiful, and yes honey, you work!

Personal Side

My personal side right now includes my Young Living calendar; those pictures inspire me. I also have up vacation spots I'd like to visit with my family. I included approximately how much each vacation would cost too. That's the getting real part is making the dream a reality, no matter how long it takes. Attaching a break down of food, tickets, transportation, ect really helps make it less pipe dream and more attainable. My fiance often says the phrase pie in the sky when referring to just saying things we would like, but not doing anything about them. Our personal goals and dreams are very important. When we lose them, and just go on with the mundane hum drums of life, we lose momentum, and forget that God put us here to live! Ultimately, yes, it's all about Him and service to Him. At the same time He put us here to enjoy life as well.

Personal goals for you might be to improve your immune system and digestive health. Examples of things to put on the board is first the reason you are doing this. So I would suggest in one to two sentences on a piece of paper to physically write out what your greatest desire is over all, then stick it on the board. Then include things like recipes to try, a picture of someone who inspires you, a new health tip, healthy grocery lists, pictures of items that encourage your progress like a cup of herbal tea, a bottle of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, or words like: grain-free, earth, deep breath, essential oils, planks, oil pulling, probiotics, squats, fermented foods, coconut oil...you get the idea.

Boards Will Travel

Recently, I attended this fabulous business building seminar by business mentor, Clare Luffman. Check Clare out by the way, she was awesome! She actually has her vision board in a binder. So Clare's active practice is to take her board with her even if she is traveling to be a source of support in her day no matter what happens. I loved that idea! So make this your own! If boards on the wall like mine won't work, maybe a binder like Clare's will! Maybe you could create both, so when you travel you won't be without that inspiration. Get creative, use your fridge, your bedroom mirror, or a blog if that works for you! You could digitally take photos of your goals and place them on the blog. Whatever style of board works for you, just do it!

This Is For You

If it seems silly, please try it. Maybe you have stayed on task for the most part up until now. If that's the case, a vision board could only be a boost to your progress.

Maybe you're like me though and on occasion people really discourage you or you get overly distracted. This is your chance to make an active practice of every time you get off track to return to your board. Tack up something new, look at the positive changes you've made, and just be still with God asking for His strength and help.Your board will grow and change as you do. You will add things and take them down.

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC


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Monday, January 26, 2015

When Gluten Free Isn't Enough (Part 1)


Perhaps you've been running this race for your own personal healthy journey for a while. Like many you've discovered that if you have any food intolerances, immune disorders, or have had chronic gut health disturbances then chances are if you haven't gone gluten free already, that either someone has told you to do so, or you are in the process of thinking about it or slowly getting yourself there. First things first, that's awesome, great job, and please know that I am proud of you! It is a wonderful first step towards wellness. Gluten must absolutely be removed from your lifestyle.

Removing gluten is not the be all end all to getting well though. Often times in many cases it is simply not enough. There is not a standard one size fits all elimination diet. There are many factors that enter into our bodies rejecting certain foods. It takes time, often quite a few tests, and trial and error to really be sure what each individual needs.

Keep in mind there is hope. This is not the end of the world. Once your gut begins to heal, there's a huge opportunity to put healthy, real versions of those foods you removed that were junky back in. A lot of food intolerances go away after the body returns to a healthy state. The key here is thankfulness. Be thankful that God allowed your body to get to a place that you probably never thought it could again, and keep up the lifestyle. Don't return only to become sick again. This is not a band-aid, this is what a cure feels like.

There are other foods that can cause gut and immune health disturbances. Certain foods fit into certain categories. Today I will cover cross reactive foods. These are foods, that while don't contain gluten, can make the body feel as though it has been attacked by a glutinous based food.

Cross Reactive Foods:

Corn

A staple in many countries, corn is an inexpensive, easily accessibly, and good tasting grain. Due to its lack of gluten it is used in many gluten free mixes, crackers, cakes, and dishes. 

Corn, however, is one of the three top genetically modified organisms or foods (GMOS) in the world. Purchasing corn as USDA organic fortunately significantly lessens the possibility of it being a GMO as well as eliminating pesticides. Eating GMO corn can be detrimental to your gut health. GMO corn or otherwise known as Bt corn is developed with a bacterial organism called Bacillus thuringiensis. This was done to resist insects. When we eat this corn the bacteria mutates inside of our gut, goes into our blood stream, and starts to break down our immune systems. To learn more, read here.

You can avoid GMO corn by purchasing USDA organic. Yet, even as organic it is also extremely difficult for the body to break down and digest. The body has to work extremely hard to rid itself of the hard fiber. Eating corn on a regular basis, especially consuming a lot if you are consuming a gluten-free diet, can wear down the digestive system. 

While many consider corn to be a vegetable, it is not. It is a starchy grain that when body does break down what it can it is processed as high amounts of sugar. Too much sugar is a danger zone to the body. Sugar causes inflammation and feeds disease.

Corn is hidden in many products, especially natural supplements. If you find corn makes you breakout, lethargic, or cause stomach pain, be diligent to do a search as to what other products are produced with corn.

The best way to eat corn if possible is sprouted. When the corn is sprouted it makes it much easier to be processed in the body as well as to access any nutrients present. If you are experiencing gut health distress, it is best avoided sprouted or not.

Rice

There are so many different varieties of rice. This grain populates Asian and Latin cultures. Rice is the main staple of many homes in the US as well. 

The skinny on rice is if you purchase white rice, it is basically pure starch without a whole lot of nutrition. That means a lot of sugar is going into the body, and if there is a bacterial imbalance like candida overgrowth present, the condition is just being fed. 

Brown rice has significantly more nutrition, however it's extremely difficult to access due to the bran. It's ironic, the nutrients are in the bran, but our bodies don't possess enough phytase to break the bran down to access the vitamins and minerals. This are chemicals in the bran called phytates that cause our bodies to stop absorbing minerals. Once our bodies stop absorbing minerals we become malnourished. Other foods with high amounts of phytates are nuts and beans.

If you'd like to keep rice in your diet, one way to make it more nutritious to break down a lot of the phytates is to soak it. The Weston A. Price Foundation suggests milling and soaking with a starter culture. For those of us on restricted time, read below (similar to how I prepare gluten free oats).

How to Soak Rice:

Get a 1/2 gallon mason jar. Put 2 cups of rice inside.  Pour hot filtered water over the rice, just to cover it. Add one tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Soak for 7-8 hours. Rinse off the rice after soaking. Cook in homemade bone broth for extra nutrients and add a little bit of good fat like grass fed butter.

I would also suggest consuming a high quality digestive enzyme with phytase with your meal.

Oats

Oats for me are such a comfort food. I adore both traditional rolled and steel cut. Oats have a ton of fiber, which helps the body stay regular and clean out the colon. Never eat quick oats. They are a processed food and serve no nutritional purpose. Besides it doesn't take any longer to cook traditional oats in comparison to quick oats. So kick out the quick oats!

Unfortunately, they can also wreak havoc in my body. I've noticed that when I eat oats more than once a week I become overly lethargic. More research is being done on whether it is wise to include oats as part of a gluten free diet if they can affect certain people the same way that gluten does or in other ways that seem to wear down the body. Specifically adults and children with confirmed Celiac Disease are cautioned to consider leaving oats out of their dietary regimen according to a government study here. If you notice the continuation of chronic foul gas, bleeding gums, teeth enamel problems, blood or mucus in the stool, or indigestion, then it is advised to eliminate them from your plate.

When I removed the oats I did notice that I didn't experience that overwhelming lethargic state. I really enjoy the taste and texture of them though. Oats are in the same camp as rice with high amounts of phytic acid. Due to the lack of minerals being absorbed this can absolutely tear down the immune system and cause lethargy in the body. It was when I learned how to prepare oats properly that all the difference was made. Preparing oats in a traditional fashion of soaking, much like rice, allows for much better digestion, and use of minerals in the oats.

How to Soak Oats (1 person serving):

Get a 32oz mason jar. Put 1 cup of traditional rolled oats inside.  Pour 1 cup of filtered water over the oats in the jar. Add one tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Soak for 7-8 hours on the counter. Rinse off the oats after soaking. Cook in fresh water as usual. In the serving bowl add a little bit of good fat like grass fed butter or my favorite organic unrefined coconut oil to encourage even better digestion.

It is always a good idea to take an enzyme supplement as mentioned early with your meal. 

At the End of the Day

If all of your gut health or immune system troubles don't seem to have fully dissipated after removing gluten, and you are still consuming grains, consider keeping a food journal. After eating these foods at meal and snack times, write down the time of day when you ate it, what you ate in it or what it was with, and how much of it you ate. 

Try removing these foods for 2-4 weeks. Make a section in the journal record for your cross-reactive free food meal trial period. Make a note of each of your meals and snacks as well as how they made you feel. 

Introduce one of these foods back each week after the trial period. Pay special attention to how you feel when you eat, and write it down. Take this journal to a doctor, nutritionist, or health coach for help if any is needed in designing a safe meal plan for you.

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Be healthy and blessed! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

Friday, January 23, 2015

Oil Pulling (Detox Series 1)


January is the start of the New Year. It's a great time to start fresh and commit to healthier habits. Many of you may be wanting a way to recharge your system and rid it of accumulated garbage throughout the year. This article is part one in a series on detox. Here I will present safe practices that can be used throughout the year by most people. I would urge anyone who wants to emply these methods to already be on a daily, healthy eating regimen. That is the first step to physical wellness. If not, start there, and come back to this series.

Oil pulling is a several thousand year old Ayurvedic form of natural, safe detox for the body. This method is able to pull impurities through the mouth. Depending on how long you perform the method will determine your results. 

There are many reasons to detox in this way. People suffering from anything such as acne to dental problems have experienced positive results. This is a long time used safe practice. It is gentle and noninvasive.

So what you do is in the morning, first thing before eating and brushing your teeth, you take 1 tbsp of a good oil, and you swish in your mouth for 20 minutes. Then spit it into a trash can so the oil doesn't accumulate in your pipes. 

Brush your teeth immediately after and rinse well to remove any released impurities. Rinsing with a therapeutic grade essential oil blend like Young Living Clove Oil and water would be a great way to kill any released toxins. To create the oral rinse  use 8 ounces of water and 1-2 drops of clove oil.


As for length of time, it really varies. If you have a deeper condition then oil pull longer. The minimum time would be 2 weeks. The maximum time is up to you. I would personally recommend a month of oil pulling.


Traditionally unrefined untoasted sesame oil was used. As of late a popular choice is organic unrefined coconut oil due to its already natural detoxing and antibacterial properties. That is the oil of my choice. If you use coconut oil and it is solid, don't worry. It will easily liquify in your mouth. If this grosses you out, you can melt it by put a tablespoon into a glass jar. Then put it into a small pot with some water. Bring the water to a boil on the stove. Once the oil is melted you can take it out. Test it on your clean finger to make sure it's not too hot for your mouth. Never use a microwave to liquify the oil. The microwave will damage the properties of the oil. To learn more about oil pulling from Dr. Joseph Mercola, Osteopath and expert on natural health, read here.

Do you oil pull? How long have you done so or how often? Share with me below!

Be healthy and blessed! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Creamy Potato & Mushroom Soup


Do you know what freezing rain outside means? It means I'm making soup! I love making soup so much! It's a great way to use up just about everything still hanging out in the fridge, it's super nutritious, and tastes outstanding!

Kinda cute how your kids think like you sometimes. My 14 year old requested potato and mushroom soup. Those were exactly the ingredients that I had put on the counter. I wanted something warm and comforting. Nothing like a hug from potato soup. 

I utilized some really healthy ingredients to give a nutritional punch with every bite.  Most ingredients were organic to eliminate genetic modification, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. Did you know that these pesticides build up in our bodies, and certain one mutate in our guts, and grow inside our gut, then damaging healthy flora that destroys our natural immunity? It really does make a difference whether not we eat organically and sustainably grown foods.

Ingredients & Nutrition Facts:

2 LBs Organic Red Potatoes, diced with the skin on: Always buy potatoes organic, they are heavily treated with pesticides. Eat them with them skin on for fiber and a slower release of sugars in the body. Red potatoes actually have less sugar in them than other potatoes. They are rich in vitamin C, B6, and potassium.

1-2 Organic Leeks, washed well, sliced: Rich in vitamin K and maganese leeks are a member of the same family as garlic and onions. They also provide soluble and insoluble fiber, and great flavor!

2 Organic Celery Ribs, diced: This gut friendly, anti-inflammatory food is rich in vitamin K and many antioxidants.

1 Medium Onion, diced: For cell renewal and flavor

3 Large Garlic cloves, minced: for wonderful flavor (unfortunately the antibacterial properties are killed with heat)

 3 Cups Organic Greens, roughly chopped (could be whatever is in the fridge or freezer, kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chard): These are Superfoods all on their own! To get loads of fiber, vitamin C, and chlorophyll to keep the blood clean.

2 Cups Shiitake Mushrooms: They taste awesome, give a meaty like texture, and are super awesome for the immune system!

2-3 Tbsp Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil: for healthy fat and to saute veggies

7 Cups Homemade Bone Broth: So very good for you and healing for the gut as well. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy gelatin. Read here for more information as well as how to make it.

1 Can Native Forest Coconut Milk: (I only use this brand because it is organic and the cans are NOT lined with BPA.) This adds healthy fat, minerals, and creamy yumminess

1 Can Native Forest Coconut Cream:  For extra lovely creaminess. (I only use this brand because it is organic and the cans are NOT lined with BPA.)

 2 Tbsp Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos: For flavor and added minerals

2 Tbsp Braggs Nutritional Yeast: This is an inactive yeast rich in B vitamins that gives a really nice almost cheesy flavor

1 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt: Himalayan is fine as well, use real salt for minerals

1/4 Tsp Organic Black Pepper: Just for flavor and antioxidants

Fresh Organic Parsley: for a garnish and extra fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins

Instructions:

 *You'll need a good cutting board, a blender, a large pot, and a good knife

Prepare veggies

Saute in a large pot the onion, leeks, garlic first in oil, soften them,  then add potatoes and greens, saute 3-4 minutes low to medium heat

Saute the mushrooms and some oil in a separate pan, brown a bit

Put half of the sauteed veggies from the pot into a bowl (you're going to blend these; not the mushrooms)

Add a little bit of the sauteed veggies in the bowl and a little broth to the blender (if you have an immersion blender then everything can just stay in the pot), blend a bit of broth and veggies at a time, and pour back into the pot; I found doing a little at a time makes less of a mess (You can potentially blend all of the veggies from the pot, but I opted to leave some whole, totally up to you, do blend some though)

Pour the remainder of the broth into the pot along with the mushrooms

Now the coconut milk, coconut cream, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and aminos can go into the pot, stir, simmer for 25 minutes on low heat

*Meat Eater Tip: I don't do meat, but my guys do, so I warmed up some shredded chicken that I already had and threw it in their bowls!

Serve with a salad and a slice of this quiche for a fantastic meal!

Be healthy and blessed! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC





Saturday, January 3, 2015

Easy Homemade Green Salsa


On New Years Eve afternoon I was out grocery shopping preparing for a small get together at my home the next day. While on the phone with a friend talking about menu, I was undecided about salsa choices due to tomatoes being out of season locally. I was very dissatisfied with my store bought options. Due to my frustration making my own was the only route that made sense. After all you cannot throw a Mexican themed event without good salsa!

I'd watched my sons' grandma make it a gazillion times, so I knew it was simple enough. I opted for green salsa because of its ease and that good tomatillos were in abundance at the market. I'd put my own twist on it. Normally she makes spicy salsa, and I'm not a spicy food kind of girl. To the recommendation of my friend, I broiled the tomatillos. I cannot believe I never made green salsa myself before! I'd made red tons of times. Green over the years has actually become my preference due to flavor, so enjoy!

Ingredients: 

1 LB Tomatillos
1/2 Small to Medium Red Onion
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Organic Green Bell Peppers
2 Large Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Whole Green Onion 
2 Tbsp Fresh Organic Lime Juice
1 1/2 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt
Pinch Of Organic Dried Cayenne (add more if you like heat)
1/2 Cup Filtered Water

Directions:

Broil the tomatillos on a baking sheet, each side 4 minutes, a little black is good for flavor

Sauté the onion, bell peppers, and garlic for 2-4 minutes in the coconut oil

Add everything to a blender, don't over blend, a little chunky is good

Be creative and top different foods with the salsa. Below is my favorite dish with it.


Tomatillos are so good for you! They have a ton of magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium...so super mineral rich.  They are a good source of folate as well.

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe or another way to use tomatillos? Share it below! 

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC