Monday, February 23, 2009

Foods I Can't Live Without: This Salsa is Like Crack!

Hey Divas! I'm here to blog about a Food I Can't Live Without! Today, I'm going to be writing about salsa. In recent years, salsa has become one of the most popular condiments in the United States, rivaling ketchup and mustard. It's amazing eaten straight up with chips, or piled onto burritos or eggs. Also, it's an incredibly healthy way to add big flavor to food. A good salsa should be fat free and loaded with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions and peppers, some of the best foods for your health and your immune system. Just ask my boyfriend, Kuzak - he basically lives on a diet of chips and salsa!

Now, I'm sure most of us are familiar with the awful, jarred versions pumped out by big companies which don't do this food justice. And, while you could certainly make your own salsa, why bother when you can buy Casa Sanchez salsas! That's my golden rule. If I can't improve on an ingredient I can buy, then I don't attempt to make it. This rule applies double to ethnic foods. And in this Diva's opinion, Casa Sanchez is the pinnacle of salsa-making!

Casa Sanchez (click here) is actually a restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco, an area famed for its kick-ass Mexican food. In fact, I'm so obsessed with their salsa, I even staged a drive-by with my BDFF Ava G. last time we were in the Bay Area! Famous for its salsa, you can buy Casa Sanchez in the refrigerated salsa section at Whole Foods. My favorites are their Medium Organica and their Hot Roja. Whole Foods also carries their other products, such as Pico De Gallo, Guacamole and corn chips. This salsa is so out of this world good, that Kuzak and I regularly equate it to crack! We literally fight over the last drops of this precious veggie crack. So next time you're at the store, try it out. I promise, you'll be hooked in no time!

Kuzak is a purist, usually eating his fav salsa, the Casa Sanchez Hot Roja with Whole Foods brand Organic Sesame and Flax Seed Corn Chips (his salsa delivery method). I'm a little more adventurous, adding my Medium Organica to eggs, breakfast wraps, burritos, and just about anything else I can imagine! Here's one of my favorite breakfast recipes! Loaded with protein, whole grains and fresh veggies, there's no better way to start your day. Instead of kale, you can substitute any other green, such as spinach or chard. For extra protein, you can add black beans, too!

Domestic Diva's Breakfast Burrito

1 organic egg plus 1 egg white
1 organic whole spelt tortilla
(or other whole wheat tortilla)
2 kale leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tbsp Casa Sanchez Salsa


1/4 cup black beans

Beat the egg and egg white together until slightly frothy. Add a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. In a small pan over medium heat, add the oil and allow to warm. Toss in the kale and saute for a few minutes until cooked.

Then, reduce the heat to low and pour the egg mixture over the kale, scrambling slowly until cooked but still soft.

Meanwhile, heat tortilla in a cast iron skillet (if you don't have one, a regular pan will work), turning once to warm each side. Remove to a plate.

To plate, top the tortilla with the egg mixture. Then, ladle salsa on top.

Wrap burrito by folding in one end and rolling it closed. Enjoy!

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