Heart Healthy Salsa

Take Care of your Ticker…it’s Heart Health Month!

 

One of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and your heart is to eat heart healthy foods!

Bright colored vegetables and fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals, low in calories and rich in dietary fiber. Vegetables and fruits contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease.  For example, the tomatoes in this Heart Healthy Salsa recipe contain lycopene, an antioxidant.  Many studies suggest that eating lycopene-rich foods, typically red in color, may be linked to reducing heart disease.  This heart healthy, lycopene-rich salsa is great as a dip, or as an ingredient in other recipes.

 

Heart Healthy Salsa

 

28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (optional)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. chipotle sauce
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
zest from 1 lime
juice from 1/2 lime

Place all ingredients into bowl of food processor or blender; pulse until salsa reaches the consistency you prefer. Can serve right away, or chill salsa for 24 hours before serving to let flavors blend. Best served with your favorite dippers or can be used in recipes calling for salsa.

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