Monday, March 28, 2011

BSI and Magazine Monday - Avocados & Salsa

I am combining Magazine Monday and also hosting the Blogger Secret Ingredient this week - yea! Hosting is cool and fun :-)

OK, avocados and salsa first....then read on about the Secret Ingredient hosting.

Avocados were featured in Southern Living magazine in the Sepetember 2010 issue. Just a page, more of an informational thing but I found it interesting.

There was a short info blurb which included a variation on a guacamole recipe using salsa. It was so good!

Simple simple stuff.....

Mash the pulp from 2 avocados. Stir in a 1/3 cup drained chilled salsa and 2 Tb lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

You'll note using salsa with the guac kept it from being that vibrant green color.....DElicious!

When buying avocados check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the fruit. It shoud have just a bit of give to it.

This was a great appie with corn chips before enjoying some grilled chicken, corn on the cob and a few beers. Pop in a Jimmy Buffet CD and enjoy him serenading us over a sloppy hands on breeze. Doesn't get any better. (Big sigh of contentment)

5 Reasons avocados will make you healthier (according to Southern Living)

1. They protect your eyes from disease. Avocados have a high content (more than any other fruit) of earotenoid lutein, which protects against cataracts and macular degenertaion - a leading cause of blindness.

2. They will lower you cholesterol. Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance that has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. (I had always heard they are high in knows)

3. They help regulate and reduce blood pressure. A great source of potassium containing even more than bananas. This may reduce your risk of stroke.

4. They are a great source of vitamin E.

5. They will moisturize your skin. Avocado butter and oil, two deep-conditioning emollients, will soften skin and (supposedly) restore your skin's elasticity.

Blogger Secret Ingredient Event!!!

This week I am hosting the Blogger Secret Ingredient event!! Just cook or bake something using the secret ingredient from the current week and this time it’s……….Salsa! I can think of so many dishes to add salsa …… because I like salsa…..very much.

Make your own or use store bought stuff

At the end of the week I pick the winning recipe and will send you a prize. I feel so empowered……I have never been a judge before.

How to enter:

Simple......Make a recipe using the secret ingredient (SALSA)and write a blog post about it. Include a link back to this post.

Email me your entry at hexandkobe AT yahoo DOT com with the permalink to your entry ( not homepage, please). Older/archived posts may be used as long as they're updated with a link to this post.

If you don't have a blog, but would still like to enter, please email me your entry (w/ photo) to hexandkobe at yahoo dot com.
For a list of all the previous hosts/choices, check out Biz's BSI page.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 3rd at 9pm (Eastern).

I will post the roundup and the winner the following day. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment area or send me an email.

Let's have fun!!!!!!


I may also be found at Novel Meals.


  1. Hooray for SALSA! I love that you chose an ingredient that may not always be thought of as an ingredient. Now, to come up with a dish! Great pick...and I wish I could dive in...I'm a total avocado lover!

  2. I love your BSI ingredient choice this week! I'll update my BSI page right now - I loves me some salsa! :D

  3. Great ingredient choice!! Now I have to get my thinking cap on! :)

  4. What a fun meal this is. I am crazy about avocado and you come up with the perfect recipe. Love this.

  5. FYI, the link to Novel Meals doesn't work.

  6. This looks wonderful. I don't often comment but I sure do love to visit here. You've created a love spot for your readers to enjoy. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Great ingredient choice! Adding salsa to avocado is the fastest way to make guac, but I always forget that trick when I go to make it. Must. remember. next time! You're making me crave it now. I just emailed you my BSI submission-thanks for hosting!

  8. I love avocado and salsa! Great choice for a secret ingredient!

  9. Woot woot! Salsa is such an excellent ingredient. And pairing it with avocado...makes it all the better!

  10. I have three submissions already - cool!

    WC - thanks for letting me know about the broken link. (Off to repair)

  11. I emailed a submission to you today! thanks!

  12. Here is my submission - thanks again for hosting this week!


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