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?

Mid-Week Muffins

Last week I had promised some co-workers that I would bake some sort of treat to bring in and share. I knew I wasn’t gong to have much time to get to the grocery store, so I was on the prowl for a simple yet tasty recipe. I found a recipe and each ingredient listed was already stocked in my pantry! I get frustrated sometimes when recipes say that all of the ingredients are staples that you should have on hand – I’m sorry, but I am still in the process of getting my cabinets filled to Rachel Ray or Ina Garten standards. There are some things I just don’t always have around. This recipe however, was perfect for my post-work evening baking session, here it is:
Easy Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup milk
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease muffin tin or line with paper muffin liners (a generous spray of Pam did the trick for me). In a small bowl, combine milk and oats, let soak for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat together egg and oil; stir in oatmeal mixture (at this point, I added 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries to the mix). In a third bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour into wet ingredients, just until combined. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins until they are 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Enjoy!
these muffins made the whole apartment smell delicious!

these muffins made the whole apartment smell delicious!

Easy Oatmeal Muffins: Tara Tested, Tara, boyfriend, co-workers, and friends Approved!
What I really love about this recipe is it’s versatility. You can add pretty much anything to change the flavor of the muffin! Shredded apple, mashed banana, nuts, or even a dash or two of cinnamon  are all delicious add-ins. My boyfriend had the first chance to taste-test the muffins, and even though he claims not to be a “muffin-guy” he enjoyed them (victory!). They were a hit at work, and the few leftover muffins I had were quickly devoured by a group of friends before leaving for happy hour! I give this recipe a 10 out of 10 – it was simple, quick, delicious and a definite go-to if you are in a bind and can’t make it to the store for fancy ingredients.
Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins