Pantry Salsa & Baked Tortilla Chips

Pantry Salsa & Homemade Tortilla Chips

Last summer I was so excited to start my garden.  I planted 10 tomato plants, with the hopes of having enough to last us a year.  By the end of the summer I had *maybe* 5 tomatoes turn out. Five!  It was such a bust.  This year I am hoping things will be better.  Fingers crossed!
Since we didn’t have any yummy garden tomatoes for salsa, I found a recipe for salsa using canned tomatoes.  I was such a skeptic, but this salsa is SO good.  And you can whip up a batch in less than 5 minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 jar diced tomatoes (I like the organic Kirkland brand)- for an extra kick get the RoTel with chiles
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • Handful of cilantro, juice of half of a lime
  • Salt (also a sprinkle of cumin or Mrs.Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning is tasty)
  1. In a mini chopper, add onion and the juice from the canned tomatoes (just strain into chopper).  Pulse until in small bits.  Add jalapeno.  Pulse again.
  2. Now add tomatoes and pulse for about 30 seconds.  Finish with cilantro and lime juice.  Pulse until blended.
  3. Put into a bowl and season with salt!

That’s it!  SO tasty and people will never know it’s from canned tomatoes.  It will last about 5 days in the fridge, although it never makes it for more than 1 day in our house!

Fun add ins:

  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 can of drained and rinsed black beans

You can serve with store bought chips, or bake your own!

What you need:

  • 1 package of corn tortillas (we like Mission ultra thin the best)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Slice tortilla into triangles.  I like to make 10 chips out of each tortilla.
  3. Place a cooling rack on of a cookie sheet.  Spray chips lightly with Pam and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake 6-8 minutes.  These go from golden to burnt quickly, so keep your eye on them!

FYI: If you are on Weight Watchers, it’s only 1 point for 10 chips!  Since the salsa is 0 points, this is a great snack!


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Greek Yogurt & Oatmeal Banana Bread

Banana bread

I have little toddlers that love to eat.  Not quite where it all goes, but their appetite is the main reason it is absolutely necessary for us to shop at Costco.  I am lucky they like to eat healthy foods, at least!  My new trick is I have been adding flax and other forms of fiber to anything I can: smoothies, pancakes, etc.   Just be careful at first…haha.

We like to have banana bread on hand for a quick breakfast or snack.  I have tried many different banana bread recipes.  Some are too dry, some are mushy in the middle and some are just plain tasteless.  I finally came up with a recipe that is perfect!  We usually make 3 loaves at a time, it freezes really well.

Greek Yogurt & Oatmeal Banana Bread

Makes: 1 loaf, 3 mini loaves


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg beaters)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup plain oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
  •  3-4 bananas, mashed (check for markdown bananas at the store!)

Mix it up!

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. With a mixer (or by hand in a bowl), combine the butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix until combined completely.
  4. In a small bowl add flour, salt, soda, oatmeal and flax.  Mix it up with a spoon ans slowly add to big bowl.  Mix for a minute or so to combine.
  5.  Add yogurt and bananas.
  6. Coat bread pan with cooking spray.  Pour into a bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  I always cook it a bit longer than expected to get the center cooked.  It won’t burn, it adds a great crust to the bread.
  • For a nice touch, add a sprinkle of raw sugar on the top before baking or mini chocolate chips!


What’s your favorite bread to make?


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