Summer is in full swing, and so are the tomatoes. Matter of fact, if you know a gardener you probably have some of their gifts sitting on your counter right now. The red coloring in tomatoes is a substance called lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which can protect you from the damaging effects of pesticides and other chemicals. Foods that contain lycopene can fight cancer, improve your eye health, improve your heart health and keep your bones strong. And you thought you were just eating tomatoes because they tasted good . . .
“Salsa” is a type of Latin dance with a jazz/rock vibe. “Salsa” is also a fun and brightly flavored food easily whipped up from super fresh ingredients. And it is a great way to use all of that bounty sitting on your counter. In addition to tomatoes, many salsa recipes contain cilantro, which is a powerful heavy metal detoxifier. I know you’ve eaten the canned variety from the store, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted homemade. With a food processor, salsa becomes a quick and easy snack. Keep a big container made up in your fridge and put it on everything. You’ll feel like salsa dancing.
Sometimes you’ll see Salsa Verde, which is made with tomatillos. These green Mexican cousins of the tomato are easy to find in the store and make a delicious salsa with a different twist.
Its easy enough to find lots of recipes for salsa; just google “Salsa Recipe.” Click the pictures on this page for some of my favorites. I’ll be on WBIR-TV this coming Monday (around 11:38 Eastern Time), and I’ll be making some of these salsas. So tune in!