Another try at Homemade Salsa (★★★★☆) and Yet Another Great Green Smoothie (★★★☆☆)

Back by popular demand, I’ve improved upon the previous Homemade Salsa (★★★★☆):

Homemade Salsa (★★★★☆)
Again, absolutely fantastic and very easy to make, and definitely something I’ll continue to experiement with

5 roma tomatoes, halved
¼ cup of tomato puree
1 small red onion (quartered)
3 jalapeño peppers, halved length-wise, with seeds and white insides spooned out
½ green bell pepper (quartered)
several sprigs of cilantro
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 teaspoon lemon juice from concentrate

To start, I added the cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, lemon juice, salt and the tomato puree into the blender, and blend it up.  The idea is to get those flavorful components into a puree.  Then I dial the Vitamix 5200 back down to speed 5, add the onion and bell pepper letting the blender spin for 20 seconds, dialing the speed down to 3 and adding the tomatoes for 10-15 seconds.  While we ate half of it right away, the other half went into the fridge, and tastes even better after it’s chilled.

I also made:

Yet Another Great Green Smoothie (★★★☆☆)
Very easy to enjoy

1 fresh banana
1 fresh Ginger Gold apple, quartered with seeds and stem removed
a few dozen mint leaves
a romaine lettuce heart
½ green bell pepper
a dozen ice cubes
a smidge of salsa still in the blender (see above)

Throw everything but the ice cubes in.  Blend everything, add six ice cubes, blend until smooth and watery, add another six ice cubes and blend for frozen drink consistency.

This is pretty fantastic, but I think the thing that kept it from being four stars is not rinsing the blender, as the faint spice of the salsa wasn’t needed in an otherwise minty, slightly sweet frozen drink.

As with other days, I made another smoothie during lunch, but can’t remember it clearly enough to list it.  It used the rest of my water spinach, which seemed to go pretty well with anything.

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