Easy All American Potato Salad

Easy All American Potato Salad

Grilling season is finally here! It’s time for the backyard BBQ and I could not be more happier. Of course, that might be because I just now learned to use a grill. I know, it’s bad. In my defense, I was given a George Forman grill in college and that is all I’ve known.

I branched out a few weeks ago and began grilling everything. I love grilled veggies and my family does as well. That being said, if you’re grilling out, making side dishes is a big thing too.

Everyone loves a good potato salad however, the store bought potato salads are full of unpronounceable ingredients and honestly, they don’t taste nearly as good as homemade. This recipe is very easy and customizable, I hope you enjoy it!

All American Potato Salad

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds Idaho Potatoes
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1 Green Pepper seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup Sweet Relish (optional) adds a sweetness
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

Directions:

  • Peel and dice potatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, boiling potatoes for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  • In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes, mayonnaise, chopped onion, green pepper, and relish.
  • Easy All American Potato SaladSeason with salt pepper and celery salt.
  • Mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

That’s it! Super simple and crazy delicious. You could use Vegenaise in place of mayo if you’d like and you’ll still get that original all-American taste. Your family will love this potato salad! Serve it with some grilled veggies such as zucchini, corn and asparagus or even delicious grilled fruit such as pineapple. It is amazing what a good grill can do!

I hope you enjoy, don’t forget to check out our co-op if you live in or around the Broken Arrow area!

Easy All American Potato Salad

Quick and Easy Basic Salsa Recipe

Quick and Easy Salsa Recipe

I’ll admit, I’m not a salsa person. That’s mostly because I’m not a spicy person. It dawned on me a few weeks ago, I could make my own salsa and keep all the spicy ingredients out. The result was great (for me personally), basically chopped tomatoes on tortilla chips. I liked it.

That being said, I thought I would share the basic salsa recipe I used and based our recent produce pack on during our produce sale. It’s simple and completely customizable which I love.

Quick and Easy Salsa Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

6-8 roma tomatoes

1 chopped onion

1/2 bunch chopped cilantro

1 jalapeno

1-2 limes

DIRECTIONS:

I added all the ingredients to the food processor and pulsed for a few seconds. Then, I simply squeezed the lime juice over the chopped mixture to taste. It’s really that simple.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop all the ingredients finely, add lime juice and call it good.

That being said, the one appliance (I’m assuming you call it that) I could not live without now is my food processor. I didn’t own one for years because I thought chopping food myself or throwing it in the blender is the same thing. Turns out, it’s not. If you don’t have one, add it to your Christmas list folks.

In the meantime, try out the salsa, it’s great!

Quick and Easy Salsa Recipe

Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Here’s a new recipe from my sister over at MommyHatesCooking.com:

This past week at The Produce Gathering, we picked up a carton of blackberries and then we also always get fresh lettuce too.  I saw those blackberries and of course I had cobbler drifting through my mind, but I am trying to eat healthy.  That means my cobbler may have to sit tight for a bit.  In the meantime though, what about a delicious dressing?  I decided to make a Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing to serve over the fresh lettuce.  I paired it with other produce we received at the sale too for a delicious summer salad.

This vinaigrette is very simple and can be adapted to the fruit you have on hand, like strawberries or raspberries.  The biggest thing that is a must have for this recipe is a mesh strainer, find it here.  This is what I use to push the blackberries through so that the juice comes out but all the seeds are left in the strainer.  This can be used with all of the fruit to avoid lots of seeds.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the blackberries and 1/2 Cup water in a small sauce pan, warm up until the blackberries are softened.
  2. Use a fine mesh strainer over a mixing bowl, then place the softened blackberries into the strainer and use a spatula to smash them down.  Do this until all the juice is into the bowl and the seeds are left in the strainer.
  3. Combine the juice from the blackberries with the vinegar, juice from 1/2 a lemon, sugar, olive oil, and garlic salt.
  4. Whisk this well then serve over fresh salad.

I’ve just started to make my own dressing recipes lately, as I’ve found that they are simple to make with ingredients straight from the pantry.  It’s always nice to enjoy salads that are topped with homemade dressing, that way you know exactly what went into the dressing too.

Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing

This salad is delicious with the fresh lettuce, strawberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges, and then topped with the Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing.  I think a great addition would be adding in pecans to this too.  Sadly, I’m allergic to pecans or they would be on this too.

Blackberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Are you ready to try this delicious dressing?  I’m ready for lunch with it!

Easy Nice Cream Pops

How to make banana nice cream pops

OH. MY. WORD. Where have these things been? If you don’t know it already, I am obsessed with nice cream or nicecream or whatever. It’s the idea of making frozen mashed bananas trick your body into thinking it is eating ice cream only it’s not.

Believe me, if you do this right, your body will take your frozen bananas and all of your troubles will disappear. Ok, not really. But, isn’t that why we eat ice cream? Next time, try this instead.

First, check out my Chocolate Strawberry Nicecream recipe from a few weeks ago. It’s crazy good. Now, it’s time to make a whole new kind of popsicle, the nice cream popsicle.

INGREDIENTS:

Frozen bananas (sliced-about half a freezer bag full)

Anything you’d like such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, peanut butter, sunbutter, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.

Dixie cups (large)

Popsicle sticks

How to Make Banana Nice Cream Pops

DIRECTIONS:

First, grab your ripe bananas and start slicing. Throw them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. I love this, I have bags of frozen bananas in our freezer so I can grab them whenever I have an ice cream emergency.

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Blend the bananas in a food processor until you reach desired consistency. You can place a little topping in the bottom of one of your dixie cups or simply pour in the banana mixture and top with toppings or add in the middle. I melted the chocolate and poured it on top, I also did a few where I added it to the middle.

How to Make Banana Nice Cream Pops

You can make flavored banana nice cream by mixing any type of berry or adding cocoa powder if you’d like a chocolate taste.

Once you have the pop exactly as you want it, place your popsicle stick in the center and freeze. You’ll want it to freeze at least 2 hours, it does take a little while for it to set. Then, simply tear off the cup and you’re good to go!

How to Make Banana Nice Cream Pops

Do you see how amazing that looks? Crazy good.

How to Make Strawberry Salsa

How to Make Strawberry Salsa

It’s almost summer and we’re already seeing berries! This week, I decided to experiment a little and put together an easy strawberry salsa your whole family will love. I’m not a huge “regular” salsa fan but a few years ago someone let me try mango salsa. It never occurred to me that I could make salsa with different fruits.

This week, my mangoes were a little iffy. So, I decided to try out the strawberries instead. The best thing about this salsa is your kids will love it too. If the zing is a little much, you could always leave out the onions or substitute with something milder such as leeks (my fav).

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound strawberries

3-4 green onions

Cilantro

1 lime

jalapeno (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

If you want to make it the super easy way, simply clean and slice the strawberries, green onions and a little cilantro. You can use as much or as little cilantro as you’d like. Personally, I’m not a fan of it so I did not use much. Throw the ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times to the desired consistency.

How to Make Strawberry Salsa

You can throw in a jalapeño if you’re crazy enough to do so, I’m not a wild child so I skipped that part. Once the ingredients are pulsed, simple squeeze the lime juice over the mixture to taste.

How to Make Strawberry Salsa