Tomato & Black Bean Salsa

By contributing writer Kristia

Tomato season has arrived in my garden, and my favorite way to celebrate is by making homemade Tomato &  Black Bean Salsa. But don’t limit this fresh salsa to tortilla chips. It also pairs well on top of grilled fish or chicken.

Tomato and Black Bean Salsa at The Happy Housewife

 

Tomato & Black Bean Salsa
Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped
  • 1 small hot pepper, such as a jalapeno, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped red onions
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup frozen corn, thawed or 1 ear cooked corn on the cob, cut corn off the cob
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Allow the tomatoes to drain in a colander while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Chill or eat immediately.
Notes
If the salsa has too much liquid from the tomatoes, pour the salsa through a strainer or colander.

Tomato and Black Bean Salsa at The Happy Housewife

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Cheesy Baked Mexican Rice

Cheesy Baked Mexican Rice | The Happy Housewife

Cheesy Baked Mexican Rice is a simple side dish perfect for any Mexican meal.

My family loves all kinds of Mexican food. You will often find it on our menu plan because it is a meal everyone enjoys. One of the things  I enjoy serving with Mexican food is rice. I often make a simple Mexican rice, but sometimes I like to change it up with something a little different like this cheesy baked Mexican rice I am sharing today.

 

Cheesy Baked Mexican Rice
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients but using only half the cheese.
  2. Spread into a greased 8x8 pan or similar casserole dish and spread remaining cheese on top.
  3. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until hot through and cheese is melted.

 


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Lemony Asparagus Pasta

 

Lemony Asparagus Pasta | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Kristia

When asparagus is in season, I take advantage of its peak flavor (and the low prices) and include it in many of our meals. This Lemony Asparagus Pasta takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, so it’s an easy dish on hectic weeknights.

It is great served warm or cold with grilled chicken or your favorite burger (find some burger ideas below the recipe).

Lemony Asparagus Pasta (h)

Lemony Asparagus Pasta
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • half a red onion, chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 (16 oz) box of farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • Parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta per box instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat and saute the the onion, garlic and asparagus for about 5 minutes or until the asparagus is tender, but not over-cooked. The asparagus should be bright green and you should be able to pierce with a fork.
  3. Remove the asparagus from the heat and stir in the lemon juice..
  4. Combine the asparagus with the pasta.
  5. Top with Parmesan when serving.

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Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

By contributing writer Kristia

If you’re looking for a  side dish for your Thanksgiving Day menu, give this Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole a try. The combination of maple, pecans and sweet potatoes is tasty and delicious and makes you think you are eating dessert for dinner. The recipe is easy to prepare, so you can be with your family on Thanksgiving instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen.

Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ -3 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a pan and cover with water. Place lid on pan and bring water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook potatoes until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to pan.
  3. Add the butter, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla and mash the sweet potatoes using a potato masher.
  4. Spoon the sweet potatoes into a 11 x 7 inch pan that is coated with butter or non-stick spray.
  5. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the sweet potatoes.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
http://thehappyhousewife.com/cooking/maple-pecan-sweet-potato-casserole/

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