Thursday, July 24, 2014

Witches Stitches - Summer Salsa

This time of year I seem to be flooded with zucchini and yellow squash. I don’t grow it in my garden, but people give it to me. I m a vegetarian and people give me all kinds of goodies from their garden. I am not complaining…produce is expensive and free is always good. The thing is, what to do with it all. Here is a great way to use it all up, make something that is high in fiber, protein and just down right good. Did I mention low in calories? Yes that too. I make super chunky summer salsa. You can make as much of this as you want and freeze it in smaller portions for whenever you want it.

There are no measurements, you use as much of whatever you want. Here is what I do, you can change it to fit your likes.

Chop 1 onion and 2 peppers into small pieces and cube the zucchini and squash into 1” cubes.

 In batches in a large frying pan sauté, (in a touch of olive oil) 1 large white onion 2 large red, green or yellow peppers, (I use whatever someone has given me). To that I add as much squash and zucchini as will fit in the pan. When it is fully cooked, I put it into a large soup pot. Then I do another batch of the same.

When the second batch is done and in the soup pot I add the following:

2 small cans of tomato paste

2 cans of white kidney beans

3 cups water

1 packet of taco seasoning

Stir it all together set your stove to the simmer setting and cover your pot. Let it simmer for about an hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.

This makes a very chunky salsa that is like a meal. It can be eaten with crackers or corn chips. It can be put over rice or noodles. It is so good.

You can add any other veggies you may want to add. My MIL gave me small bag filled with green beans so I cooked them and added them to the pot.

**Hint** - It is always better the next day!