Summer is coming.
This means adventure bucket lists, Redbox movie nights, opportunities to blow-up our beach balls, weekend trips home, and bright and colorful recipes.
We created a summer bucket list when Allison was finishing up her finals to help her see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, it always seems like when we cross off one item we end up adding a new one as we find inspiration for new activities everyday.
Abbey Sisters’ Summer Bucket List:
Start a sister project to share our healthy dishes
- Finish a book we’ve been dying to read
- Get an acai bowl at Turquoise Cafe in San Diego (a.k.a. go back to San Diego)
Hike Four Peaks
- Get hot yoga memberships for the summer
- Pool floatie hangouts
- Get sister tattoos
- Summer concerts
- Redwoods Camping Trip
- Buy Aloe Vera (and more sunscreen)
One thing we’re very excited to continue to commit to this summer, is to make recipes that are loaded with colorful ingredients: we want our healthy summer recipes to be saturated with nourishment.
The inspiration to make a colorful salsa recipe came to us as we were cleaning out our pantry one afternoon, which is something we try to do often to just check on our baking inventory. However, there are a few shelves that we seem to always neglect, like that darn top shelf. On the tippy-top of our pantry, our cereal box shelf, we discovered a couple unopened bags of tortilla chips that we both believed our mom made us take home after one of our visits (maybe last month…or maybe two months ago? Three? We should start to look past our cereal boxes).
We knew the chips would make a perfect summer snack if they had the perfect salsa to go with them, and so came the creation of our bright mango strawberry salsa.
WHY EAT THAT: Mangoes
Mangoes are one of those fruits that we find to be quite difficult to cut — but don’t let that stop you from buying them! Mangoes can be very beneficial to your health as they are high in vitamins like Vitamins B6, A, and C. They are also rich in potassium and magnesium which can make mangoes a good food choice to help lower high blood pressure. They also contain fiber and water which can help prevent constipation and can help promote a healthy digestive system.
2 regular mangoes & 1 yellow mango
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 yellow onion chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
Handful of cilantro
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pink salt*
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper**
1. Cut up your mangoes, and for those who find cutting mangoes to be difficult (hi, that’s us) we think this YouTube tutorial is pretty helpful.
2. Our food processor can’t hold all of the ingredients at once, so we did our salsa in steps. Place the mango slices/chunks into the food processor and turn it on.
3. When your mango slices are chopped up into little pieces, turn off and place in the sliced strawberries and onion.
4. Turn on and let those ingredients chop up quite small, as well.
5. Turn off and squeeze in the lime juice, toss in as much cilantro as desired, and add the garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.
6. Turn on food processor until your salsa reaches your desired consistency. Take this time to taste the salsa to see if you would like to add more spices or more lime juice.
7. Let the salsa sit the fridge for 30 min-1 hour before serving.
8. Enjoy! You can store this salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. We used this salsa as a snack with chips or crackers, and to top our basic bean burritos and even our chicken and rice dishes. The flavors will deepen as it sits in the fridge, so by the end of the week the salsa was starting to taste nice and sweet!
*if you don’t have pink salt on hand (we have pink Himalayan salt in the pantry that we’ve been looking to use up in some recipes) you can use your salt of choice
**add as much or as little cayenne pepper to your salsa to reach desired spiciness
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