Simple Salsa!

Sometimes you just need a little fresh salsa in your life! I threw this recipe together on a busy Monday night and it couldn’t have been easier. Another bonus: you can eat this with just about anything. I first served this fresh goodness on top of a grilled steak and then the next morning over my egg frittata. Yum!

Simple Salsa

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Let sit for several minutes before serving so the flavors blend and get happy! Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

img_4376Simple Salsa: Tara Tested, Tara and family approved! I love making my own salsa. You can’t mess it up! This is a very basic recipe which is nice because you can use it as a base and add as many other ingredients as you like – sweet peppers, black beans, mango, or pineapple! Salsa is also a low-calorie and nutritious snack option (just be careful of what you choose to eat it with)! How do you like to make your own salsa?

Campsite Deviled Eggs

Our annual family camping trip is one of my favorite traditions, and although the basics of the weekend do not change very much from year to year, I do like to spice it up by introducing new foods to our menu. This year we had an impromptu appetizer addition – a “fancy” Hors d’oeuvre most typically eaten at a spring brunch.

My mom was a little ambitious and packed a quite a few hardboiled eggs to eat as a snack throughout our trip. Our second, and last night rolled around and at that point, I think only one egg had been eaten. I decided to use the remaining eggs in our cooler and improvise with what condiments we had brought to make deviled eggs! The winning condiment from our stockpile? Salsa!

Campsite Deviled Eggs

  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Salsa

Peel the hardboiled eggs and cut in half. Scoop out the yolk and place into a bowl. Mix the yolks with salsa until you reach the desired consistency (I probably used about 1/4-1/3 of the salsa jar). Stir the yolk and salsa mixture well and portion the mixture back into the yolk-less hardboiled eggs. Top with salt and pepper and enjoy!


Campsite Deviled Eggs: Tara Tested, Tara and Family Approved! I had never made deviled eggs before and I was surprised at how easy these were to put together! This is a great healthy snack or appetizer – eggs and salsa are your only ingredients – both of which you do not need to feel guilty about eating. They may not look perfectly put together in the photo, but as we often say while camping “we’re roughing it!” My uncle’s family joined us camping this year and I even got some of his picky eaters to give them a try!

4 Ingredient Fix: Black Bean Dip

Here is another ridiculously simple recipe for you, (this one from Women’s Health Magazine) 4-ingredient black bean dip! If you like hummus and salsa, this dip is the perfect combination of those two flavors. The black beans provide a hummus-y texture while the tomatoes and cumin add some fun salsa flavor. This is a very figure-friendly dip that would make a  great alternative to calorie-laden queso at your next party.


4 Ingredient Black Bean Dip

  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until chunky. If you like your dip smoother, blend until you’re happy with the consistency. That’s it!

4 Ingredient Black Bean Dip: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! This dip is dynamite. Such great flavor for so few calories, what’s not to love?! Enjoy this simple dip with raw veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips. You could even use this recipe as a substitute for refried beans in other Mexican dishes like burritos, tacos, or layered dips.


Nutrition Information: 2 tbsp – Calories: 16 kcal  Total fat: 0.2 g  Saturated fat: 0 g  Sodium: 54.6 mg  Carbohydrate: 2.8 g Dietary fiber: 1.1 g  Sugar: 0.5 g  Protein: 1 g