Fresh Mango Salsa

If you are looking for a dish to bring to a cookout this Memorial Day or just a fresh, healthy (and low calorie) treat, this mango spring salsa is amazing!

Fresh Mango Salsa

I actually found the recipe in a mailing from Kroger. It looked so good, I had to try it.

And since it was so good, I had to share it.

What you will need:

Fresh Mango Salsa

1/2 cup mango, diced
1/2 cup (each) green and yellow peppers, diced
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup corn (canned or fresh)
1/2 up canned black beans, drained and rinsed
4 tsp. jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. red onion, chopped
Juice of 1 fresh lime
1 1/2 tsp, sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This salsa is great with chips.

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But I also spread it over a chicken breast and it was wonderful.

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This would also be great with pita chips or over fish. It has the most refreshing taste and is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer.

I actually had two batches going because I wanted to experiment with a couple different ingredients.

All I can say is this recipe is perfect just as it is!

Enjoy!

 

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Fluffy Pizza Bites

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I’ve been seeing recipes for these pizza bites around and every time I saw a picture, my mouth would start to water. To me, this is the ultimate comfort food. Add a side of macaroni and cheese and a hot chocolate and you can get through just about any horrible day.

Normally, I like to create a healthier version of a recipe, but for these, you just need to go all out. Enjoy every carb!

To begin, you will need:
-2 cans of pizza crust
– 3 cups mozzarella or pizza cheese
-Pepperoni
-Olive oil
-Garlic powder
-Marinara sauce

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Some recipes called for biscuit dough but I found it to be too, well, biscuity. I like the pizza dough better.

First, unroll your dough and cut it into bite sized pieces.

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Cut your pepperoni into quarters.

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In a large bowl, mix together your olive oil, garlic powder, dough bites, pepperoni pieces and cheese. Mix with your hand until all the pieces are covered in the oil.

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Pour into a bundt pan and/or other baking pan. This recipe makes enough to make two pans.

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Bake on 350 for 30-40 minutes or until the pieces are golden brown.

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Serve with warm pizza sauce.

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Enjoy!! And have nothing to do afterwards except lie on the couch 🙂

 

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Healthy Ice Cream (non-dairy)

If you are avoiding dairy or just looking for a healthier version of ice cream, you will love this recipe.

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It is so easy and tastes amazing. Plus, it has no dairy, added sugar, or weird ingredients.

All you need are:
2 (frozen) bananas
1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
3-4 tablespoons almond milk.

For a low-fat version, just omit the almond butter.

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First you will want to slice up some bananas and put them into a freezer bag.

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Be sure to separate the pieces so they freeze flat. Otherwise you can get a big clump of banana slices when they all freeze together.

This is a nice way to save a bunch of bananas that aren’t going to make it much longer.

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Slice them up and freeze them so you have them ready when you get a sweet craving. You can freeze them in single serving bags to make it easier. I usually do two bananas per bag.

When you are ready, pour a bag of your frozen bananas, carob powder, almond butter and almond milk into a food processor.

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Blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and you are done. If you want more of a milkshake consistency, just add more almond milk.

I love this treat because kids think they are getting a sweet dessert but it’s actually all good stuff!

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You can also do this with frozen strawberries for a version of strawberry ice cream. I’d love to hear your variations on this. I’m sure there are a ton!

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Donut Hole Acorns (The Healthy Version)

I was at a work event recently and someone brought donut hole acorn balls that looked something like this.  (This image is credited to Evi-Enjoying-Life from Pinterest)Evi-enjoying-life Acorn Balls

I thought they were so cute! I had never seen them before. My coworker told me it was just a donut hole, Nutella spread over the top, nuts or sprinkles and then a pretzel stick for the stem.

Unfortunately for my family, whenever I find a yummy, fun recipe, I always find a way to suck the fun right out of it. I figure they will thank me some day (or not) when they learn for themselves that being healthy IS the fun part. But for now, they need to eat what I serve.

My version of the acorn is a pumpkin bread ball with almond butter and granola. A stick of apple will be the stem.

I just used a pumpkin bread mix.

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If you want to get crazy, you can add ground flax or chia seeds to your bread batter before baking.

Then I used almond butter and a pumpkin granola mix. I sliced an apple into sticks.

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If you have a cake pop pan, they are the best for making ball shapes.

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Once the bread is baked, let cool and then spread a layer of almond butter over the top.

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Then immediately dip the almond buttery side around in a small bowl of granola to coat the top.

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Poke the tip of a small, sharp knife into the top to make a small hole and insert an apple stick to make the stem.

Now you have a beautiful, healthy acorn treat!

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Enjoy!

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