Jan 14 2013

New Year, New Beginnings and a Roasted Pepper Salsa Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)

Published by at 2:02 pm under Dee Thoughts,Gluten Free Recipes

Last year became really overwhelmingly busy and I let this blog fall by the wayside. Blogging is a lot of work – a labour of love and wonderful and inspiring and motivating – but it was time I didn’t have to spare, so my apologies for the disappearing act and I hope you understand!

Yes, I’m still here, still trying to figure out how to eat and NOT piss off my body, and still cooking up a storm in the kitchen and I have a TON of stuff I can’t wait to share!

So here I am starting out 2013 and fulfilling one of my resolutions – to keep up with my food blogging!

My first recipe to share this year is one for SALSA. We really like the stuff – and it’s a great condiment alternative to conventional ketchup if you are trying to cut back on sugar (or corn syrup or whatever Heinz is putting in there these days…). Now I know a lot of people prefer raw/fresh salsas, but I find them too acidic for my poor tum and usually end up with indigestion when I indulge (which I do – especially if they are heavy on the cilantro! Mhhm!) So this is a COOKED salsa recipe, which is easier on my stomach and also means that it keeps better in the fridge!

My inspiration for the recipe comes from our dear friends G & K who live in Copenhagen, Denmark. During our visit last September, G made salsa a few times to fuel us while we were engaged in long hours of wine-powered board game battles, and I had to get the recipe because it was SO delicious! (Additionally I have been paying through the nose for organic salsa here in Toronto!) I’ve made a few alterations to the original recipe including roasting the peppers (because I looooove roasted pepper flavour) but it’s an extra step that isn’t NECESSARY – if you need salsa fast just chop everything up, simmer it for 20 minutes and then blend it until it looks right to you. Some people like chunks – I prefer a smoother salsa!

The recipe is SUPER forgiving and you can be really creative with the ingredients! (Scotch bonnet peppers anyone?)

Roasted Pepper Salsa Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow OR orange pepper (or both. or whatever)
  • 2 cubano peppers/hot hungarian peppers (or other hot peppers of your choice)
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil/olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning (I use Emeril’s Essence recipe listed below – if you are using a premade cajun mix try to avoid preservatives/msg!)
  • 1 onion, diced roughly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced roughly
  • 1 15 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • A handful or so of fresh cilantro, chopped (to taste – but I like a LOT of cilantro)
  • 1 tbsp raw, unpasteurized honey (you can use agave if you want to make it vegan!)
  • half a lime OR lemon, squeezed
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to broil at 500F
  2. Wash, de-seed and slice peppers into large pieces. Place on baking trays. Put trays under the broiler for 10-15 minutes, checking on the peppers every 5 minutes or so. When they start to blacken you can remove them from the oven and let them cool. Once cool, dice the peppers roughly and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the Cajun seasoning and heat for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic, and continue heating for another minute. Add tomatoes  and peppers and bring up to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in fresh cilantro, salt, honey and the citrus juice.
  6. Using your hand blender, process the salsa until the desired consistency is reached.
  7. Taste & adjust seasoning as required!

Will keep for about a week in the fridge.

Makes about 4 cups of salsa.

CAJUN SEASONING (Emeril’s Essence)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  1. Mix.
  2. Use.

 

Hopefully this post inspires you to start making your own salsa! Save money, control the ingredients, make your kitchen smell AMAZING! And it’s easy & the perfect snack while reading/relaxing with your favourite furry baby!

 

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One Response to “New Year, New Beginnings and a Roasted Pepper Salsa Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)”

  1. Leanneon 22 Jan 2013 at 8:05 am

    Glad to see you are back at it!!!

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