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Bringing the Taste of Mexico Home

August 30, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian

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When I think of Mexico (which is strangely often), vivid images of bright colours, intense warmth and vitality come to mind. These concepts seem to personify the culture and certainly are descriptive of the cooking of Mexico.

Homemade salsa is a portal into Mexico. It is an easy way to transform an everyday meal into a family fiesta on the shores of Puerto Vallarta.

You don’t need to be eating Mexican food to incorporate fresh salsa. Simple grilled or roasted seafood, chicken, beef or pork are all made gourmet by the pure zesty flavours of salsa. Salsa adds bursts of imagination to food while being almost entirely vegetables and/or fruit - and it just happens to be low in sodium and low in fat.

Here are a few salsa recipes that will help make your meals sizzle!

A word of caution:

Once, while cutting a chile at home, I inadvertently rubbed the tip of my nose. A “fire” broke out on my face so fierce that cooking was halted and I had to hold a bag of ice on my nose for half an hour for pain relief. The oils in chiles can burn your skin and eyes. A pair of plastic or rubber gloves when handling chiles is recommended to avoid any uncomfortable mishaps. If you do touch chiles with your bare hands, be sure to wash your hands very well with soap and water before touching anything else, including your nose.

Share your favourite salsa recipes!  What foods do you spice up with salsa?


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