Taco night is a favorite meal at our house. But with my sensitivity to nightshades, I usually don't get to enjoy the same foods as my family. What are nightshades? They are a family of plants that include potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant... to name just a few. These plants contain a toxin that can cause joint pain and inflammation in people who are sensitive to them. If you'd like more information about nightshades, check out this informative article.
So what's a girl who loves salsa supposed to do? Not wanting to miss out or feel deprived, I came up with a salsa that I could enjoy as well. I started with my No-Mato Sauce recipe as a base, and came up with a delicious substitute. It isn't spicy like tomato infused salsa, but still close enough in flavor to satisfy my cravings. Now I can once again enjoy chips and dip with my family when we have our family taco nights.
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Nightshade Free Salsa
1 pound baby carrots, cut into coins and boiled until very soft (about 25 minutes)
1 - 15 can sliced beets, drained, rinsed well and chopped
3 - 4 green onions, chopped (Depending on how big your green onions are. Mine were on the small side, so I used 4.)
1/4 to 1/2 bunch of cilantro (Depending on how much you like cilantro. I used half a bunch.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 - 2 limes (start with 1 lime, and add more if desired, to taste)
1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until blended, but still slightly chunky.
Cover salsa and refrigerate for at least 2 hours for best flavor.
Serve with plantain chips or sweet potato chips
Makes about 2 cups
Notes: *I eat a lot of salsa. As a snack with plantain or sweet potato chips, as a topping for meats, and to dip veggies in. So this recipe makes quite a bit. Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you'd like. I'm experimenting to see if it's freezable, and will update the recipe once I find out.
*Trust me on the chilling part of this recipe, and don't skip it. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of the salsa.
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