Recipe: The Perfect Healthy Summer Dip (or Side Dish)

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Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salsa Dip

Looking for a healthy dip or side dish you can take to a summer picnic or cookout? Or maybe you just like to have fast and easy recipes on hand for a light lunch? This ridiculously delicious salsa/dip/side dish can easily become your summertime (or anytime) go-to. It packs dynamic flavor, awesome texture, and easy preparation into one quick recipe. And it's so, so, SO good!!!

I got this from a recipe party a friend held a few years back (so fun! I totally need to start those up again!) and have made this about a zillion times since then. It's always a huge hit. And truthfully? I could eat the whole dang bowl by myself. *makes oinking noises*

You can eat this awesome veggie-based dish:

  • On tortilla chips (as a dip)
  • Over salads, potatoes, or cottage cheese (as a topping)
  • On crusty bread (just make sure to drain the juices first)
  • On fish, chicken, or burgers
  • By itself!

Want the recipe?

(You: "Duh, yesssss! Quit holding out on us!)

Okay, then. Here you gooooooo:

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 cans sweet yellow corn, rinsed and drained (I use 2, because CORN)
  • 3/4 cup red onion, diced (or amount to taste)
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • 2-3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, diced (or amount to taste)
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Freshly squeezed lime or a few squirts of ready-made lime juice
  • Mix well, refrigerate, and ENJOY!

Note: the flavors come out best after it's been refrigerated for a few hours, but if you're short on time, room temperature is just fine. I like it any which way. It also keeps well for up to 3 (or so) days ... if it makes it that long! ;-)

Are you going to try this? If you do, stop back here and leave a comment letting us know how you ate it. (My fav way is with super salty tortilla chips! Nommmmm!)

 

 

Need More Fruits and Veggies? Get on the At-Home Smoothie Train

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If you're older than, say, two, you know that eating fruits and vegetables should most definitely be part of your daily routine. After all, these things are "real" food. Nature's candy, if you will. But while we all know in theory that we should be eating more F & V's, how many of us actually do something about it?

Exactly.

Right around Christmas 2015, I pledged to eat healthier by incorporating more real food into my diet. And during those planning weeks, I'd mosey through the produce aisles, eyeing up which items from a farmer's bounty would make it home with me after the clock struck January 1. But then I kind of freaked out. Because eating healthfully takes, well, effort. Was I ready for that?

Enter the Magic Bullet Blender.

Listen, I get the allure of kitchen gadgets ... for the most part. They can be fun and inventive and can get everyone all excited about preparing foodstuffs. But blenders have never really done it for me. They're hard to clean and I'm always stuck with more of the finished product than I want and then I have to figure out storage after that. I mean, blenders are kind of a pain.

But when I found this little sweetie, I dove right in. You can make single-serve smoothies and drink them straight out of the cups you blend them in, if you want. No extra dishes! #Winning!

So now that I had the right gadget in place, it was time to seek out the right ingredients. Sure, one could use fresh fruit, but when it comes to that kind of stuff, I am admittedly *whispers* a little lazy. Who wants to spend time washing, de-skinning, and chopping? Not me!

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Amazing discovery #2? Dole Fruit & Veggie Blends. And holy mama, are these ever delish! Our grocery store carries the Orange Medley kind (mangos, mandarin oranges, pineapple, bananas, and sweet potatoes) and the Fruit 'n Greens blend (mangos, pineapple, bananas, apples, and spinach). I buy, like, a million of these all at once because my kids drink them too, which is amazing!

Since these are nothing but frozen fruit and vegetable chunks, there is no added sugar like you get with a lot of the other packaged smoothies. We blend ours with either a low-sugar apple juice or unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The end result? A healthy, filling, satisfying smoothie that is easy to prepare, consume, and clean up after.

That, my friends, is doing "healthy eating" right!

What about you? Are you a smoothie maven? What are your favorite blends?