Friday, October 9, 2009

Zeb Was Right: Salsa Edition

I love it when Zeb turns out to be right in the end. After I fight him tooth and nail over some trifle, to be finally proved wrong has just a touch of bitterness, for sure, but mostly just strengthens my admiration for the superior being I married. Such was the case with salsa.

When I'm gone for an evening Zeb tends to eat chips and salsa for dinner and I used to feel guilty about it and pester him to eat something 'real.' I'd always thought of it as boy/junk food. 'Boy' because I've known quite a few who think salsa is its own food group, and 'junk' I suppose because of the slimy version that comes with Mexican fast food. Z kept insisting that salsa was good for you and I kept scoffing when he said it. Then one day he broke it down for me - fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh onions, fresh herbs, maybe some black beans - and a light went on! I believe in all those things. Salsa is good for you!

The remaining issue for me was taste - slimy fast food salsa had left a bad one. But one day the CSA was brimming with tomatoes and peppers and Zeb found a recipe that changed my mind about salsa forever.

(Feeds a boy and his wife for several hours)

3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1/2 - 1 tsp salt

1 medium mild or sweet onion, chopped

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped

Juice from 1 lime

3 T fresh cilantro, chopped


This salsa knocked my socks off. Not too spicy, amazingly flavorful, highly addictive.

I know, I know, I'm probably the last person in the world to discover the joy that is a good simple salsa. Zeb was so right on this one. And he didn't even rub it in, he just welcomed me to the salsa club and asked if I'd prefer plain or Hint of Lime Tostitos. Now, if he knows what's good for him he'll rest content in this victory and lay off the campaign for the frozen mini tacos.


Zebulin said...

... about those mini tacos... did you know that sodium, in the correct amount, is a vital mineral?

Sarah said...

My love - I said LAY OFF!

Zebulin said...

you want the truth? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

sufferingsummer said...

can you convince me that chips are good for you? I'd really like that kthanks.

Melanie said...

You like it when he's right? That's cute! I don't think I've ever experienced that reaction.

However, I'm glad you've finally seen the light with fresh salsa - so yummy!!!

meg said...

summer's on the same track I am...we call chips 'triangles of death' because of how addictive and unhealthy they are...what's a healthy alternative??

but yes, the salsa part I totally agree with!

Axon L. Parker said...

I agree with Zeb. About sodium. I also agree that salsa is healthy. I also think that nacho cheese dip (more exotically known as "queso") is a food group worthy of more consideration. I also think that your new banner is lovely.

Dad said...

The REAL test would be to run it by MY taste buds. If I ended up liking salsa then ANYONE would like it!

spergerswoman said...

Love the fresh recipe! Can't wait to try it. I'll leave my "winter weather salsa" here for you to try when the tomatos in the store leave you wondering what continent they were shipped from!
27 oz of canned tomatoes
1/4 bunch of cilantro (or to taste)
1 1/2 t. garlic
5 t. vinegar
2 1/2 t. salt ( I leave this out)
1/2 t. cumin (or again to taste)
2-3 jalapenos
1/2 of an onion
Combine all ingredients into blender and pulse until desired texture is achieved. Place in saucepan, heat to boiling, cool and eat!!!