Homemade Salsa

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I like to make my own salsa – it tastes so much fresher and more like something you’d find at a Mexican restaurant.  The store bought brands tend to taste too tomato saucy for my taste.  So here’s my recipe (adapted from Pioneer Woman’s original recipe).

Homemade Salsa

1 can of whole tomatoes

1 can of Rotel tomatoes (I use MILD) *drained of all liquid*

1/4 yellow onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp coconut sugar

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 – 1 tsp lime juice (depending on your preference)

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel (drained), onion, garlic, coconut sugar, salt, cumin, & lime juice in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Enjoy!

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Tomato, Basil, & Cheddar Soup

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On a cold spring day, there’s nothing better than a bowl of homemade tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich to dip into it.  Seriously – it’s great comfort food!  I’ll post the recipe for my primal bread later, but for now, trust me, this bread makes one heck of a grilled cheese to this tomato soup recipe.

Tomato, Basil, & Cheddar Soup

2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 tsp of olive oil

1 cup of vegetable (or chicken) broth

1/2 cup of full fat plain Greek yogurt

1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tsp of dried basil (or 1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh basil)

1 tsp of dried oregano

1/2 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp of black pepper

Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and chopped onion.  Sauté onion until tender; add in garlic and cook another minute.  Pour in 2 cans of tomatoes, juice and all, into pan, along with the broth.  Stir in seasonings.  Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes.

Right before you are ready to serve the soup, mix in by hand your yogurt and cheese, until well blended.  Then use this handy dandy immersion blender and blend until smooth:

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Serve this soup by itself or with grilled cheese (yum).

Enjoy!

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