DIY Salsa Verde Recipe and Benefits of Tomatillos

Taco Tuesday’s with homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to mine (and my kids) ears (or should I say – tastebuds?).

While, I do love a good traditional salsa. After growing and harvesting our first tomatillos on the homestead. It’s now, safe to say salsa verde has won my heart.

5 Surprising Benefits of Tomatillos

  1. Tomatillos are a good source of fiber, niacin, potassium, and manganese
  2. Tomatillos contain 20% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C
  3. They contain a healthy amount of iron, magnesium, and copper
  4. They contain all the right ingredients for optimal health and nutrition – even a healthy amount of vitamin K
  5. Modern science is currently studying the anti-inflammatory properties of the Tomatillo. According to a study performed at the University of Kansas this magical fruit (yes, it is a fruit) contains a plethora of compounds showing great potential in it’s fight against cancer.

Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

What to you say? Let’s dive in and enjoy some salsa verde!

DIY Salsa Verder Recipe

DIY Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5.5 C. husked and cored tomatillos
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 1 C. chopped peppers (I use a mix of what I have on hand - both hot and mild)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2tsp. salt
  • 1/2tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 C. pickling vinegar
  • 4 T. Lemon or Lime juice (I have used both with a great result)

Instructions

  1. Have jars ready for canning. Sterilized and hot. I heat mine in a big pot of water while I prepare the salsa verde.
  2. Place half the husked, washed, tomatillos under the broiled (on low) for about 10-15 minutes. They will be slightly charred and juicy.
  3. While the are roasting rough chop your onions,peppers, and garlic (I use my vitamix)
  4. Dump your onions, peppers, and garlic into a stock or mixing pot
  5. De-husk and wash remain tomatillos - giving them a quick spin in the Vitamix or food processor.
  6. Add the uncooked tomatillos to your pot of pepper, onions, and garlic.
  7. Remove broiled tomatillos - let cool for a few minutes. Pulse slightly in Vitamix.
  8. All all remaining ingredients to stock pot. Hot tomatillos, vinegar, lemon/lime juice, and spices.
  9. Bring all ingredients to a slow boil - simmer 10-15 minutes.
  10. Carefully ladle how salsa into prepared (hot jars). Placing sterilized lids and bands proces in a water bath for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove, let cool, and listen for that beautiful "POP"!
  12. Enjoy!
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Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

Be sure to comment below and tell us what you think of our salsa! And, check out our homestead kitchen for more recipes sure to please the entire family!

Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Where Have We Been?

Wow- where have we been? In short, we have been busy homesteading, homeschooling, and  making the best of what each day has to offer. It’s been quite sometime since I have last been in this space. In some ways it almost feels a bit foreign while in others, it feels a bit refreshing.

It would be nearly impossible to bring you all up to speed with everything that has gone on here at my happy homestead this last year+. So, I am choosing to move forward and not look back – taking you all along for the ride with us! We have lots of fun things up our sleeve after taking a good long sabbatical.

Who’s ready for some good old fashion homesteading, homeschooling, home cooking, and homemaking? I know I am and, I hope you are too!

Here’s just some of what you can look forward to in the weeks and months ahead –

Homesteading

Coming soon myhappyhomesteadshop on Etsy for the latest “My Happy Homestead” handcrafted and homemade goods. Looking for unique gifts ideas, handmade goods, and scrumptious treats?

Looking for a bit of rustic farmhouse decor, custom gifts, and homestead supplies then be sure to check out “My Happy Homestead Market“. Come shop with us and thanks for supporting our little homestead!

Join “My Healthy Homestead” Facebook page for the latest recipes, inspiration, and encouragement. Lets raise happy healthy families together – one meal at a time!

Looking for support, tips, tricks, and how to get started on your homestead dreams?

Join us HERE at “All About Homesteading”! Gather with those who understand the in’s, out’s, trials, and triumphs of homesteading. It’s not an easy life but, it sure is rewarding. This group is just for you my fellow homesteaders!

Homeschooling

Looking for a bit homeschool encouragement, craft ideas, book lists, game recommendations, and curriculum reviews? Then you have come to the right place! #myhappyhomeschool isn’t always pretty but, we are in this together.

Check out some of our latest family fun adventures on YouTube! Remember to “subscribe” so you never miss a thing.

Home Cooking

I’m always cooking up something new in the homestead kitchen and, have a plethora of new recipes to share. From delicious refreshing smoothie recipes to gluten free, allergy friendly treats – there will certainly be something for everyone in the months ahead.

Health has been a life long passion of mine and helping others achieve their optimal health goals lies at the root of all I do, believe in, and work for.

Need a bit of hand holding, extra help with meal planning, and nutritional guidance? Fill out the contact form below to schedule your free initial healthy living consultation today  – I can’t wait to help you achieve healthy living success, save time, and money one meal at a time.

Home Making

Home is a place of refuge, grace, love, and productivity.

My Happy Homestead is full of good, bad, and ugly. It’s not a place where I need to prove to you that I am some great home maker. I make mistakes, yell at my kids (I know, right? The nerve.), and struggle to find the beauty in each day. I am a sinner living in a fallen world and, hope you will join me on the journey towards home.

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own HOME!” ~ Harold B. Lee

Lastly, you are not going to want to miss this one! Join us for our first ever Holiday Homestead Blessing Exchange – SIGN UP HERE to be among the first to get all the details!

I’m telling you, you aren’t going to want to miss it!

 

 

Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan

FATHERS DAY-GET-YOUR-GRILL ON - MEAL PLAN- AND GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD

There is something about Fathers Day and a home cooked dinner on the grill. {Kind of makes me wish Mothers Day was in June/July} I just love a good grilled dinner.

I have gathered up our “Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan” and because I adore you of course I’m sharing it! Plan ahead and save yourself the stress of “what’s for dinner”.

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Fathers Day Get Your Grill On Meal Plan

These Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs from Cooking Classy just look scrumptious. Pineapple, red onion, peppers, and chicken in a hawaiian bbq glaze. We will be substituting the soy sauce in the glaze with Eden Foods Organic Tamari.

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As soon the weather breaks my kids start asking for corn on the cob – I mean, come on think about it there are not many foods one can safely pick up, eat with your hands, and your mom won’t yell at you for doing so. I can’t really blame them for loving it.

While this grilled corn from Eating On a Dime does look amazing I am not entirely sure if we will use the aluminum foil method or not. We may actually opt to soak the husks and corn in cold water as we normally do. We soak the corn for several hours and then grill the soaked corn still in the husks placing the whole thing directly on the grill {it is usually our referred method as it locks in a great deal of flavor from the husk} but, this foil idea would certainly save on clean up and prevent the burning of ones hands upon peeling the hot husks off.

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We love cole slaw! ColeSlaw is incredibly easy, economical, and can serve a crowd with minimal effort. While, I could certainly cut/shred all of the cabbage myself – I have recently taken a liking to the bagged premixed cabbage {I know shocking, right?! Remember work smarter NOT harder}. The bagged cabbage from our local grocer is fresh, tastes great, inexpensive, and a whole lot less messy {yes, even with the use of our food processor}.

If you still prefer to shred your own and have not tried using a food processor I  highly recommend it!! The pieces of cabbage will be evenly shredded and it will save you a whole lot of cutting.

Homestead Cole Slaw Recipe - quick-easy-great for summer dinners - and backyard- bbq

Homestead ColeSlaw Recipe

Homestead ColeSlaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Deli Fresh ColeSlaw Bagged Mix (we use Fresh Express)
  • 1 Additional Bag of Purple Cabbage Shreds
  • or use 1 Head Green Cabbage, 1 Head Purple
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 Carrot Shredded
  • 2 16 oz Marzetti ColeSlaw Salad Dressing

Instructions

  1. Carefully add cabbage to large mixing bowl.
  2. Thinly slice the onion and then add to bowl with cabbage
  3. Shred 2-3 Carrots into the same bowl as mentioned above
  4. Add 1.5 jars of Marzetti Coleslaw Salad Dressing and gently toss.
  5. Refrigerate for approx 15 minutes to blend flavors
  6. Serve and Eat {add salt and pepper as desired}
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Our kids will be over the moon excited to sink their teeth into this Gluten Free Strawberry Short Cake. Basically a gluten free biscuit {gf flour, salt, milk, baking powder, and salt} What the Fork Blog uses xanthum gum but, I will omit this as I try not to use a lot of the ‘gums’ in my baking/cooking – from my experience I have found most recipes come out just fine without it.

Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream – I can almost taste it already. Another perk to Fathers Day in June…FRESH Strawberries! Good thing at My Happy Homestead we love our Dad!

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