Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black Bean Salsa - AVOID PROCESSED FOODS - Week 2 of 10 Easy Ways to Living Affordably Organic

Today we end Week 2 of 10 Easy Ways to Living Affordably Organic...  We avoided processed and ready-made foods and saved a bundle.  Feels good, right? (Your body and your wallet thank you.)

O.k., show of hands:  Who loves salsa?

Me, me, me! 

This items falls squarely in the camp of "why is this stuff so darned expensive in the store" and is yet another great example of food that you should make yourself.  Store-bought salsas often contain preservatives, sugar (why?!?!?) and mystery ingredients that you don't need or want.

The recipe listed below is wonderfully simple, healthy, flavorful and is so colorful and lovely that your friends will swear it came out of one of those fancy jars.  (You don't have to tell them your secret.)

Next up:  Week 3!  GROW YOUR OWN, MAKE YOUR OWN.  (Do you see a trend?)   

See you soon! Enjoy the salsa!

Organically yours, 


Black Bean Salsa

One 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
2 cups of  corn (if not in season, substitute one 15 oz. can, drained) 
1 medium tomato, diced (if not in season substitute one 15 ox. can, drained)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 c. finely diced onion (red is best, but yellow or white is good too)
Juice of 2 limes (approx. 1/2 c. lime juice - fresh is best, but you can use bottled if good quality)
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cumin
Pinch of cayenne
**optional - 1 fresh, green serano or jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, seeds and all

Combine all veggies in large bowl. 
Mix all other ingredients in small bowl then add to veggie mix. 
Set aside for at least one hour to allow flavors to blend. (Overnight is best.)


Dyar Baby Momma said...

Looks great - so do you buy organic canned black beans & corn?

minde herbert said...

Yes, I usually buy organic canned goods for this recipe. Try the store brands for your best deal. :)