Simple Ancho chili paste

Ancho chili paste

All right, are you ready for another hot sauce type of post? As I have mentioned before, this world would not be the same without spicy peppers to add to our meals! Here is a new recipe for you with one of my favorite peppers, Ancho chili peppers! They have an amazing flavor!

The ancho chili pepper is typically a mild pepper. It comes from Pueblo, Mexico, and is actually known as the Poblano pepper, but referred to as ancho when dried. In Mexico, it is called chili ancho, meaning “wide” chili. When ripened they are red and much hotter. They are often the pepper of choice for the famous dish, chile relleno.

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Ancho chili paste

How do you make this a delicious chili paste? Check out the details below!

This paste is an all-purpose paste that can be added to numerous dishes to enhance the flavor and add some spice! You can add a couple tablespoons to: salsa’s, beans, guacamole, BBQ sauce, add to chicken marinades, rice, Thai dishes, and so much more…..

If you like the the flavor of this pepper, then be creative, and add it to whatever you like! This super simple, and fast recipe can be left in the fridge for up to two weeks, you can also freeze half of the batch and save it for later date! 

Recipe:

  • 5 Ancho peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp.  olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 drops of Thieves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place peppers in a pot and add your water, bring to a boil and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water, peppers, and rest of the ingredients in the blender, blend on high until mostly smooth or desired consistency. 

Enjoy!

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Homemade Roasted Salsa

Homemade Roasted Salsa

For all you salsa lovers out there, this is good! Yes, one more salsa recipe for ya’ll. Probably not the last either. 😉 I’m sure you are putting it together by now, my family lives on salsa. It’s a BIG “NO, NO” in my household to be without salsa.

If you are a salsa/hot sauce lover like me you might want to try my spicy pico de gallo, or my salsa verde. If you want to get my latest posts you can also follow me on facebook!

Full of flavor, this salsa is great for a bbq, party, or weeknight dinner. It will take you no time at all. broil, blend, add some spice, and you are ready to go! Summer is on it’s way and you are going to need some side dishes for all those fun outdoor-get-together’s, So add this one to your recipe book!

Just a slight roast does the trick, to get that yummy roasted flavor we all love!

Homemade Roasted Salsa

How do you make this yummy roasted salsa:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large tomatoes or 6 romas
  • 1/2 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, I use 4
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. coconut sugar or honey
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 5 ancho chilies for extra flavor and spice optional

Instructions:

  1. Place tomatoes, jalapenos, red onion, and bell pepper in pan and broil for 6-10 minutes.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender. Place tomatoes at the bottom. Pulse a few times.
  3. Blend on high until desired consistency. 
  4. Taste, add more or less salt based your taste.

Like I said, it is very easy and so yummy! It will be a party hit for sure! Who doesn’t like chips and salsa this time of year, right! Enjoy.

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Non Dairy Ranch made with raw cashews

Non Dairy Ranch

This creamy cashew ranch is better than the real Stuff!

whether you are looking to limit you dairy intake, or completely eliminate it from diet this is a great option. Not only is it delicious, it is better than the real stuff. It is also packed full of good stuff your body can use for better health. 

Did you know that garlic, onions, and apple cider vinegar are all great for maintaining a healthy immune system?

Garlic is a potent anitfungal, antibacterial, antiviral, immune system stimulant that aids in the detoxification of your body. Dairy on the other hand, feeds ( yeast, fungus, candida) which is becoming more and more of an issue due to our diets.

Onions are loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin C and has been know for centuries to fight infection.

Apple cider vinegar helps keep our bodies alkaline, and that is want we want! Disease and infection have a tough time growing in an alkaline body.

If you are wanting a great alternative to ranch this super simple recipe is amazing! I was doubtful about the great taste, and was surprisingly wrong. This is a staple in our diet now! My little guy even likes it too! Check out the recipe below!

Creamy Cashew Ranch
Serves 6
Non-dairy gluten free creamy cashew ranch packed full of healthy ingredients your body can use.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup raw cashews
  2. 2 Cloves of garlic (3 cloves if you love garlic)
  3. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  4. 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  5. 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  6. 1/4 Cup of chives or chopped red onion
  7. 1/2 Tsp. Dill
  8. 1/2 Cup water
  9. 1 tsp. Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Place cashews in a blender, cover with water (for extra creamy ranch allow cashews to soak for 20 minutes). Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth (about 2-3 minutes on high).
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Green Smoothies for the littles

GREEN SMOOTHIES

Green smoothies this time of year, what? I know this is not exactly the time of year we are craving, or even thinking of a drink like this but hear me out. If you have little kids at home that don’t like eating their greens, then I recommend giving this a shot. 

A great way to trick your littles! They can’t even taste the green stuff!

This has been hands down. the best way to get spinach and avocado in my little guy. I even thrown a little broccoli in every now and then.

This is a really yummy smoothie loaded with nutrient dense goodness to help you little ones grow big and strong without a fight! 😉

They are not icy at all, making this green drink perfect during the chilly months. I do use frozen blueberries, but they melt quickly. If you let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes you don’t have to worry about brain freeze or getting the chills.

This yummy smoothie consists of banana, spinach, blueberries, avocado, plain whole milk yogurt, and a touch or orange juice which is optional. A ripe banana should sweeten it plenty for those of you that really want to watch the sugar intake of your kids.

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Spinach- This is a great way for your kids to get iron if they don’t get enough iron rich foods such as meat. 

Avocado- This ensures that they are getting enough healthy fats.

Blueberries- Are known for there antioxidant properties, to keep their little bodies clean and functioning at full capacity!

Banana- High in potassium, but not to much as it can be constipating. 🙁

 This is a secret weapon for moms, and anyone else wanting to get their veggie quota for the day. If you want a delicious way to get your greens in, give this a try!

Perhaps you want muscles like Popeye!

Green Smoothies
Serves 16
This is a yummy and healthy green drink to keep you full of energy all year round. I serve this to my little guy to ensure he gets his greens, but great for all!
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Total Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Banana
  2. 3/4 Cup of packed spinach
  3. 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries
  4. 1/4 Cup Orange juice
  5. 1/3 Cup whole milk yogurt
  6. 1/2 Cup of water
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients and blend. I then add the spinach, and finish blending until smoothie consistency.
Notes
  1. I use all Organic ingredients and like to encourage others to do the same!
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Eggs & Spinach Breakfast

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eggs & Spinich

Who wants eggs and spinach for breakfast? I do! For those of you who love to get your healthy on, and want some Pop-eye muscles, I suggest you start eating your spinach! This is a super fast, easy, and “oh so” delicious breakfast. Here at the Mancia household we are trying to get a little healthier. How do we do it? Baby steps.

One good habit at a time…..

Starting with breakfast, we stopped the tortillas and bread, and replaced it with spinach. Whoop, whoop! When I was thinking of how I could make my egg breakfast a little more nutrient dense and filling without using a corn tortilla, I thought of spinach. When it doubt, add greens! Give this healthy “clean eating” morning meal a try! You will love it and go back for more the next day! I promise!

So why do I love spinach?

Spinach is so versatile…………

I love spinach, because it is super healthy, high in iron for us veggie heads, and it saves me money. How does it save me money? Well, because it is so versatile to cook with.  I can use it in a sandwich, with eggs, in a salad, or a delightful green drink! Therefore, it never goes bad, I can always use it something. 

There’s nothing more annoying than throwing something out you purchased with an intent to use it, but it just didn’t happen, so you throw it out 🙁

We all know that healthy meals does the body good! For those of you that like healthy cooking, and need more iron this meal should seal the deal!

I cook my eggs in coconut oil! Yum! Lay the scrambled eggs and a bed of spinach,  add a few slices of avocado, and top with Parmesan cheese and a little green sauce for extra flavor! Oh, and don’t forget a touch of sea salt 🙂

Spinach & Eggs
Serves 1
A simple breakfast with some greens added in!
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Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Eggs
  2. 1 Tsp. Coconut oil
  3. 3/4 Cup of Spinach
  4. 1/2 of an Avocado
  5. 1 Pinch of sea salt, some Parmesan cheese, and salsa of your choice ( I used green salsa)
Instructions
  1. Scramble eggs, place on spinach, top with avocado, Parmesan, and salsa!
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