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Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Garden Update: What’s growing on our rooftop?
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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs
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3 Ingredient Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies – Share a Coke!
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We went to Toronto.. and now we’re back!
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Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
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No Butter Homemade Pancakes
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Peeking Into Amish Farmer John Kempf’s Garden
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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad
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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!
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A Stop on The Writing Process Blog Tour
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Behind The Scenes: V Magazine Fashion Shoot
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Preparing for Tomato Season With Double Cages!
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Easy Jelly Donut Holes
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Double Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie
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OneBar One Serving of Fruit + GIVEAWAY!
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Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs
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This Week’s Harvest – Bok Choy, Broccoli, Peas and More!
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Diced Tomato Salsa (Made with Canned Tomatoes for Easy Cooking!)

Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!

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I work from a mixture of at home and a mixture of our shared work space.  The work space is only about a 10 minute walk away which is great because it’s close enough that you can get home quickly if a storm is coming but yet it’s far enough from the cats to actually get work done.  It’s so hard to get work done when you have 4 pretty kitties crawling all over you!  Meow!  In the last few weeks I have been spending most days at our work space but there’s been one thing bugging me about it – lunch!  If you’re a person who loves to cook (you probably do, you’re here!) then you probably hate buying take out.     We have been getting sandwiches almost every single day from this place across the street from our space but that is easily $10-$20 a day!   I love saving money so I have been exploring some new apps on my phone to clip lunch time savings!

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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Today we’re going to make one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich by throwing cauliflower, jalapeno peppers and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

We’re gearing up for pepper season in the garden.  The pepper plants are exploding with a variation of new baby peppers and jalapenos that are already a few inches big.  This is the first year we’re growing jalapenos but it won’t be the last.  I am obsessed. I could just rip those babies off the plants, brush out the seeds and eat them raw.  I love the taste of a fresh jalapeno.    This recipe mixes  new and old as I also used up our last fresh cauliflower head.   It’s like Spring harvest meets Summer harvest meets grilled cheese in a loving match in cheesy heaven.

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Garden Update: What’s growing on our rooftop?

Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! 

This week has been hot here in NYC.  It has me muttering “Have mercy!” just like Uncle Jesse whenever I’m outside.  Since our rooftop is silver and reflective, it makes things a little uncomfortable up there on the roof.  That’s why we have to take extra precaution with the plants in making sure their leaves don’t get burned.  We also have to make sure the plants stay watered as being so hot up there they can dry out rather quickly.   Sub irrigated planters really help that situation and since we always put plastic on top of the containers it locks in the moisture.   That’s just one of the many reasons why container gardening rules.    This post is going to be all about a garden update, but first a few other notes.

Brooklyn Farm Girl got a redesign over the weekend!  Do you see it? I hope so!  There was lots of things that my last layout just couldn’t provide me and after many months of being fed up I finally switched to a new design.  There are still some bugs that are being taken care of but for the most part they are just bugs that super picky me can notice.  If something breaks on the site or you see something weird, just let me know.  I’m already noticing the speed time has greatly improved and traffic has picked up so I’m hoping that’s a sign of good things to come!  You can read more about my blogging theme and other helpful tips here.

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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs

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These Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs are quickly becoming a Summertime favorite here!  We had them a few nights ago and we’re still discussing how good they were.  In fact, I’m planning to grill up a few more for dinner tonight!

Who doesn’t love a grilled sausage, covered in cheese?  Throw on some Mexican taste of salsa verde, jalapenos and onions and you got a Sausage Dog bursting full of flavor!

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3 Ingredient Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies – Share a Coke!

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Are you ready for a life changing discovery?  You can make brownies with Diet Coke.  Let it sink in for a minute.  Now let’s hug and share a coke!

I made these brownies over the weekend and they were a giant hit.  We’re talking fighting over crumbs.  We’re talking pushing and shoving in the kitchen. We’re talking every woman and man for themselves.  Can you believe that such brownie grabbing would be caused by 3 simple ingredients?

12 ounce can of Diet Coke
1 box brownie mix (I used 18 oz box of Ghirardelli)
handful of chocolate chips

That’s it.  

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We went to Toronto.. and now we’re back!

Well this post is well overdue!  We visited Toronto and I have been meaning to post it! It’s been at the top of my notebook for weeks, but somehow Pancakes,  Jelly Donuts and Twix Popcorn got posted first.  Can you tell my stomach decides the order of posts? ;) 

But first I wanted to alert you guys that during this weekend Brooklyn Farm Girl will be going through some design changes.  I’m hoping on Monday you’ll see a all new pretty design but with that comes the fun of switching themes and making everything look good.  The site will still be up over the weekend if you need to find any garden details or recipes but it just might not look very pretty.  Wish me luck!

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Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers.
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If there’s one side dish that is almost always requested for dinner and holidays it’s Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.  This is a healthier take on regular mashed potatoes as it’s made with cauliflower instead.

With cauliflower so popular in the garden right now Summer often becomes a time to enjoy it.  One of my favorite dinners is some BBQ chicken served alongside a big spoonful of Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.   As soon as the basket is full of cauliflower heads it’s almost a given that this recipe will be made in the next few days to be enjoyed.  Right now we have multiple cauliflower heads that we harvested so we’re lucking out being able to have this pretty often.  

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No Butter Homemade Pancakes

Don’t have any butter?  That’s ok.  Today we’re going to make some No Butter Homemade Pancakes.  They’re just as delicious as butter made ones… maybe even better. :)

I wish I could say these pancakes were created because suddenly I wanted to make healthy pancakes and do without the butter, but the truth is that we were out of butter.  Actually 4 days later we’re still out of butter, I really need to pick some up.  This leads me to a conversation I wanted to talk to you about: grocery shopping.

How do you grocery shop and how often do you do it?

Do you drive to the grocery store on a weekly basis?  Do you shop a few times a week and pick up groceries as you need them? Do you do a giant bulk haul?  Do you shop online?

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Peeking Into Amish Farmer John Kempf’s Garden

Today we’re going to peek into lifelong Amish farmer John Kempf’s garden.  

Peeking is a ongoing series where I peek into other’s gardens and snoop around.   If you’re in the NYC area and have a garden you’d like to share, please email me.  I’d love to see what you are doing and share your garden story!   For more peeking posts click here

“Really healthy plants start with really healthy seedlings,” explains John Kempf.   I got John to answer a few questions about garden memories and helpful tips.   He also shared some great photos with Brooklyn Farm Girl of his farm in Ohio.  Hope you enjoy today’s feature! 

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Happy Monday everyone!

First of all, do you have World Cup fever?  I get so darn excited every 4 years.   If you’re from America, did you watch the USA vs Portugal game yesterday?  Did you scream, yell, cheer, cry, then become confused why you are crying because after all tying Portugal 2-2 is actually ok?  Yeah, me too.  The game had so many ups and downs and the last 30 seconds.. oh man.  I can’t even talk about it!   Let’s get psyched for USA vs Germany on Thursday though!  Here in NYC they have been showing all the World Cup games on a big screen under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO (part of Brooklyn).  Being a Sunday evening, the game was packed with USA USA USA chanting fans.  We went and it ended up being such a blast.  Large groups of people cheering with positivity and little negativity (basically only when Ronaldo is on the screen) is always a good time.

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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!

Can you freeze bok choy?  Yes, you can!  Learn how to freeze it without it turning into mush in today’s post.

This is part of a ongoing series on how to freeze and preserve your vegetables.  For more freezing instructions on other vegetables, check out the entire list here

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A Stop on The Writing Process Blog Tour

Today we’re going to take a minute and talk about blog identity and process writing on a stop on The Writing Process Blog Tour.  The lovely and talented Shashi made her post and then nominated Brooklyn Farm Girl to continue the tour.  I’d like to thank Shashi and all her amazing recipes and inspirational posts she makes.  Plus I really want to thank her for her No-Bake Mocha Protein Bars because seriously… look at them! 

Brooklyn Farm Girl was created a year ago.  Prior to that I was blogging on a personal blog where I think 5 other people knew about for many years.  Prior to that I always had a blog in some capacity since I got my first computer when I was 13 years old. I’ve always loved sharing information with others and building relationships online with people that shared similar interests.   Towards the end of my previous blog I started to really enjoy posting about our garden and recipes so I decided to create a blog that went full force into that world.   Brooklyn Farm Girl started…. and here we are.

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Behind The Scenes: V Magazine Fashion Shoot

I’ve been promising to start posting more of what I do outside of gardening and cooking, so here I am with a Behind The Scenes of a recent project we did.    If you guys dig this new feature, let me know  in the comments as I’d love to start documenting and sharing more of our work!

For this post here we’re going to look at a recent fashion shoot we did for V Magazine.    You can see the final project on our website as well as V Magazine’s website

We’ve been working with V Magazine for years now and they were one of the first believers in showing moving images and videos for fashion content.  They really let us do our thing and be creative so it’s always fun working on a project for them.    For this shoot our goal was to do a project that focused on 3D scans.  We wanted to shoot the model as is on a regular background and then have her avatar, a 3D scan of herself, next to her.   After some testing on ourselves we figured out what was the best software to use along side the Microsoft Kinect which we’d be using for scanning.

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Preparing for Tomato Season With Double Cages!

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Well it’s that time of the year where the heat hits and the tomatoes start to take off to the sky!

Let’s talk tomatoes and enjoy a big glass of iced tea while doing so.  A post garden refreshing iced tea is pretty much the best treat. 

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Easy Jelly Donut Holes

So there’s no judging here, right? So when I tell you we made these Easy Jelly Donut Holes late at night one evening and the next morning they were gone already, you won’t judge me, right?  Ok good. Because this totally happened and I have no regrets.

Before we get to the donuts, can we talk Game of Thrones? Why is it by the way whenever I talk Game of thrones I talk about sweets?  Can we talk last night’s season finale?  I am a book reader so I knew what was coming and just thinking about this episode for the last week I felt like I was bursting with excitement.   And now the dreaded year wait comes with waiting for the next season… it’s so hard!  If you only watch the show, you should totally read the books.  I think it puts a new perspective on watching the show and you get to compare book to show.  Also, there are some things that the show has been adding in which is new to even book readers that leaves me shocked.  See you next year Game of Thrones, I will be waiting for you.  

Back to the recipe!  I have been craving donuts.  Bad.  I think I say at least once a day “I want a donut” and I really do want one.  I love chocolate donuts, peanut butter donuts, tea donuts, carrot cake donuts and more but I have a very soft spot for Donut Holes, especially when they are cinnamon sugar covered.  Oh and also when they are filled with homemade jelly that just smells like strawberries and Summertime.  These donuts you guys, they’re made of happiness and magic.

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Double Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie

This Double Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! 

When I made this Smoothie we enjoyed it for dessert one evening.  Matthew is not big on bananas at all but he sipped this smoothie down with a smile.    Although the banana flavor can be tasted, it’s not a banana overkill making it a happy pick me up snack or dessert for both banana lovers and not so big fans. 

This Smoothie is also double chocolate because I think everything in life should be double the chocolate. Don’t you agree? This recipe calls for cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter. Chocolate peanut butter is something I’m obsessed with in baking and smoothies but if you don’t have access to it, regular peanut butter would totally do the trick too!  Also don’t you love having Double Chocolate anything for breakfast?  Talk about a great way to start the day!

Enjoy this Smoothie and have a great weekend!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana
  2. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 cup chocolate peanut butter (or regular smooth peanut butter)
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all in blender.
Notes
  1. If you do no have a frozen banana, use a fresh one but add a handful of ice cubes into the blender.
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OneBar One Serving of Fruit + GIVEAWAY!

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If you’re anything like me then you crave  fruits during the day, especially in the Summer time.  In the morning I prefer a banana or raspberries, in the afternoon I love some apples or blackberries and for dessert it’s all about cherries!  Because I’m often on the go or am not working from home I always love a healthy snack that I can throw in my bag.  Have you ever thrown a pint of raspberries in your bag, forgot about them, and then thrown a laptop on top of them? Ugh.  Or don’t remind me about that banana I totally forgot about… weird things can happen to bananas that are forgotten.  Trust me.

Let me introduce you to my new favorite friend that solves all these problems.  OneBar!  OneBar is a low calorie snack that offers one full serving of fruit in each bar.  I know, isn’t it amazing? What makes OneBar unique is that it’s line contains baobab as a flavor.  Baobab is a super fruit that is packed with more nutrition than any other super fruit.  Because of how awesome Baobab are, their trees are endangered.    Because OneBar sources the fruit fair trade then they’re able to protect the trees from being cut down.  Baobab is a great source of dietary calcium – perfect for vegans and vegetarians.  It also has nearly 6x (!) the amount of potassium then bananas.  You can use baobab in OneBars as a healthy snack, but you can also use it in smoothies, baked goods, cereals and more.  

What’s my favorite OneBar flavor? I’m glad you asked!  I am totally in love with the Cherry flavor.  It reminds me of a adult fruit rollup.. in bar form.  It’s pretty magical when you take that first bite! I can’t wait to hear what you think of OneBar.  Tell me in the comments if you have tried them.  If you haven’t tried them – which one do you think will be your favorite? Cherry, Apple or Mango?

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Check out how awesome the ingredients are of the Mango flavor.  
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Because I think you rule (I really do) enter the giveaway below for three boxes (Apple, Cherry and Mango) of OneBar.   40 winners (!) will be picked!  The giveaway ends on June 19th at noon PST.  
If you can’t get enough of them, you can also buy here and use the coupon code EasyFruit which will give you 25% off.  Just make sure to order before April 31.

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OneBar is encouraging people to show all the places you snack at so share your Onebar photo on their Instagram page.

Make sure to enter the giveaway!  

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Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs

 This is a meatball recipe full of flavor! It’s perfect for pasta and meatball subs!

With our big lettuce harvest, you might have heard me on Twitter exclaiming it was a Meatball Date in the kitchen!  There’s Matthew, Me, 16 pounds of ground meat, dozens of eggs and a entire sink full of lettuce that was just washed.  If that doesn’t sound like a romantic evening then I don’t know what is!  So there we stood for the next few hours, in assembly line fashion, making meatballs!  How many meatballs did we make? I’m glad you asked.  We made 226 of them!  After we made them, we divided them into bags for dinner and froze them.  With this big lettuce harvest we were able to freeze over 25 dinner meals.  Pasta and meatballs? Done! Meatball casserole? Done!  Meatball subs? Done! 

These meatballs are full of lettuce! Each batch of 30 meatballs calls for 4 cups chopped lettuce making it a great way to use up a ton of lettuce at once.   Combined with the lettuce we’re throwing in a few tablespoons of soy sauce making them extra full of flavor.    I don’t think I can go back to not adding soy sauce to meatballs now.. it makes them real special!

I hope you enjoy these Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs!

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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 4 cups chopped fresh lettuce
  3. 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  4. 2 pinches of dried rosemary, parsley and oregano
  5. 6 cloves garlic
  6. 1 pound ground beef
  7. 1 pound ground turkey
  8. 1 cup bread crumbs
  9. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add lettuce, spices and soy sauce. Cook until your lettuce is wilted.
  2. Put lettuce mixture, garlic, beef, turkey, bread crumbs and eggs and pulse until it's combined. Depending on food processor size you might have to do 2 batches.
  3. Form this mixture into 1-2 inch balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Put meatballs on foil and cook 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  7. Enjoy right away, or freeze for later.
Notes
  1. Makes 30 meatballs.
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This Week’s Harvest – Bok Choy, Broccoli, Peas and More!

Hi guys!  Happy Wednesday! In today’s post I’m going to show you some of the yummy green harvest we’ve been picking!

The season usually starts with lots of green and then it’ll lead into more colors… the reds with tomatoes, the pinks with watermelon, the oranges with pumpkins… but first up the bushy green friends that make my heart pitter patter!  Right now it’s all about bok choy, broccoli, peas and cauliflower!  Because of these harvests we’ve been having some pretty delicious dinners… I just can’t say enough great things about a simple pasta dinner with fresh veggies! It’s always the best!   And if you want to take it to the next step, you can always make the dish creamier.  Who doesn’t love that? 

Last week we picked our first cauliflower.  Since then we picked a few more!  Cauliflower is one of those extra special plants that always gets you excited to see grow.  As soon as I see the small white head start to poke out I always let out a big sigh of happy relief.
Also, I’m totally living in black linen dresses this Summer!  
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Right next to the cauliflower is the broccoli, also a winner of hearts and sighs.   Right now our refrigerator is filled with broccoli, there’s no greater sight than that!  
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I love a good basket full of broccoli!  I’ll soon have a whole post dedicated to broccoli.. just because I love it so much!
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Want to see something silly and sweet? This broccoli here had a leaf guarding one side so it left him with a half tanned design!
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Next up is the Sugar Snap Peas!  We’re about to enter into a world full of Sugar Snap peas as the pounds we’re picking a day has quickly increased.  We tripled our sugar snap pea plants this year so it’s about to get intense!  One day it’s just plants… the next day it’s flowers.. then suddenly it’s peas everywhere!
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Lastly we have the bok choy!  The bok choy plants grew amazing this year, pretty much we never expected them to grow this big or well.  What we’re left with is big bags full of bok choy!  Last night I made a delicious garlic bok choy noodle recipe that left me with ultimate harvest happiness!  I’ll be sharing the recipe on the blog next week!
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I hope you guys enjoyed a look at this week’s harvest!  
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I also want to thank this little bee who keeps stopping by the garden.  It always makes my day when a bee somehow finds it’s way up to the roof and lives in the garden.  The same goes for ladybugs.   You guys are always invited in the garden!
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Don’t forget to check out our Garden Yield Chart where we’ll be weighing all the vegetables we pick this year!

Diced Tomato Salsa (Made with Canned Tomatoes for Easy Cooking!)

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It happens to us all. We’re out of fresh tomatoes and we need salsa. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can totally make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes! Let’s check out this easy cooking recipe that you’re going to love!

This salsa is delicious and can fight with the best of them in terms of a salsa battle.  So grab a bag of tortilla chips and meet me in the kitchen for some Diced Tomato Salsa! 
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You might be surprised by how fresh this salsa tastes.   When I made it I kept getting compliments and questions about if all the ingredients were homegrown.  Alongside the diced tomatoes this recipe calls for fresh green peppers and onions so there’s a great fresh crunch that happens when you take a bite!Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa_1

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I also want to thank Goblin, who’s my official photography helper.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  2. 1/2 onion - diced
  3. 1/4 cup green pepper - diced
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. pepper to taste
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  9. pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times. Start out with 3 pulses and then decide what consistency you want from there. Pulse more for a wet salsa, pulse less for a thick salsa.
Notes
  1. Makes 32 oz of salsa.
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I shopped at Walmart for my Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes.  As a kid I would slather their tomato sauce on just about everything so it’s no surprise I turn to them for diced tomatoes as well.  You might not know this but Hunt’s uses a flashsteaming peeling method instead of lye like some other companies do.  In only 10 hours the tomatoes are picked straight off the vine and then canned.  That’s sometimes quicker than I work at home with our own tomatoes!  You can find more great recipes here and here.  #DinnerDone #CollectiveBias
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Enjoy this Salsa! 


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