Salsa Verde [Mexico]

There are many “green sauce” recipes out there across different cultures that makes use of fresh and vibrant green herbs, however one of our favorites is the Mexican version that’s built on a foundation of tomatillos. Our recipe is straightforward and almost a no-recipe recipe giving you the ability to adjust the flavors to your liking. All you need to do is get a good char on the tomatillos, onions, and serranos before blending them with some cilantro, lime, and salt. You can char them on a grill, in a cast iron skillet, or under a broiler. We start with a recommendation of 2 serranos for every 5 tomatillos, but of course you can control the spice level of the sauce by either adding more or taking one away. Remember, taste along the way to see just how much salt and lime juice you want to add!

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Cacao Cashew Bars [USA]

These cacao cashew bars are made with roasted cacao nibs and cashews bound together with figs and dates for a healthy bite when you’re craving something sweet! It’s a guilt-free snack that comes with no added processed sugar as long as you’re paying attention to the ingredients label when purchasing. Feel free to add or take away any ingredients such as dried fruits or nuts when making these bars to customize your own.

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Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich [USA]

There are tons and tons of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich recipes out there in the blogosphere, but there’s always room for one more right? After reviewing a handful of recipes, we picked and chose aspects of each that we liked to create our own version. Instead of using sugar, we substituted in a red bell pepper for sweetness and a bonus color boost. Also, while some recipes called for blanching and peeling the skin off the tomatoes, we’ve opted to keep the skin on for extra fiber. Any leftovers can be cooled and then portioned in zip-lock bags to be frozen for up to 3 months. If you’d like a richer tomato soup, just whisk in some cream prior to serving.

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D.I.Y. Citrus Vinegar Cleaner [USA]

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Instead of automatically discarding citrus peels into the garbage, start saving them in a glass jar in your refrigerator to make this D.I.Y. citrus vinegar cleaner! It’s a great natural substitute for harsh, chemical solutions and works just as well for disinfecting your kitchen counters and stovetop.

To make, just start collecting the peels from any citrus fruit (making sure that there are no remains of the fruit still attached) in a glass jar in your refrigerator. Once the jar is near full, pour in enough distilled white vinegar to fully submerge the peels and tighten the cap. Allow the mixture to sit on your counter for 1-2 weeks, until the citrus oils have infused into the vinegar and the clear vinegar has taken on a tint of orange. When you feel that the vinegar has taken on a sufficiently strong citrus scent, strain the liquid into a spray bottle and dilute it with about 25% water. You can use this cleaner on just about any surface except stone (such as marble or granite), cast iron, or aluminum.