Food HAS to Look as Good as it Tastes!

By Amanda Jones

by | Jun 3, 2020 | Cooking | 2 comments

I love to see color on a plate!

Anyone who really knows me and has been around me when I am cooking something, especially in the summer knows that I love to see color on a plate! I will spend extra time arranging a veggie tray so the same colors do not touch. I choose my side vegetables so that they are contrasting colors as well and don’t get me started on overcooked or canned vegetables. That story is for another day. 

Food is best when it not only tastes good but looks great on your plate. My family is more likely to eat fresh vegetables and fruit if they are washed, cut up and prepared for them. In my time as a mother, I have found that the presentation of the food whether raw or cooked really helps entice them. Simply put, the better the food looks, the easier it is to get my kids to eat it.  

An all-time fresh favorite dish- Caprese Salad! It’s beautiful and delicious.

My favorite time of the year is summer when you can get the freshest vegetables from your garden or road-side stand. My heart is happiest when I can walk into the backyard and pick ripe tomatoes, herbs and some zucchini for dinner. Gardening is a labor of love, but well worth the effort! 

One of my family’s most enjoyed recipes is fresh from the garden and requires no preserving. It is great for a night with tacos, chicken or your favorite tortilla chips! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. By the way, I typically quadruple this recipe for our family of 4 to have some leftovers. 

For those of you that know me, this is not my canned salsa recipe. Maybe it will follow…

Fresh Salsa

4 green onions, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 medium tomatoes, chopped (I like mine chunky)

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Jalapeno pepper, remove seeds and finely chopped to taste

Cilantro, finely chopped to taste


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