GAG challenge

September 4, 2009

Challenge Part 1
I actually do have a family gathering coming up at the end of the month. My dad is turning 60 so we’re celebrating with a cookout. My master plan is to drink lots of water to curb my hunger. I may throw in some iced tea just to mix it up a bit. If my mom isn’t planning to have a veggie tray, I will be bringing one with a low-fat ranch dressing I found. It’s made with yogurt…pretty tasty.
I plan to have one plate of food only & one piece of cake. No seconds. My other goal is just to stay away from the food table as much as possible. I’m hoping my cousins will be bringing the cornhole game & Amish testicle toss ( I have no idea what the real name of the game is, but that’s what we call it). I haven’t seen my cousins since last summer so it will be nice to catch up with them AWAY from the food.
I will work out for 45 minutes prior to going to the party. I know once I get there anything else I plan to do that day will fall to the wayside. In addition to that, my brother & his family will be here from Seattle so I want to spend as much time with them as possible.

Part 2
Chips and salsa are always a huge hit. I have 2 great salsa recipes. I think they’re easy to make and so fabulously yum that I probably will never buy jarred salsa again. The homemade fresh just tastes so much better. This salsa is also great toppings for tacos, chicken, or eggs.
I AT LEAST double this recipe because I always end up wanting more once I get a taste.

#1 Tomato Cilantro Salsa by John D Lee

1 big ripe tomato ( or 2 med or 3 small)
2 Tbsp chopped white onion
1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
Fresh chopped chili pepper to your taste
¼ of a lime

Chop tomato & add it to mixing bowl. Include juice, skin, & seeds.
Add the chopped onion, chili, & cilantro.
Squeeze your lime quarter into the mixture.
Add a pinch of salt and taste. Add more as necessary to your liking.
Enjoy your fresh salsa!

The next recipe is from It tastes much like the corn salsa from Chipotle if you have that restaurant near you.
This recipe makes 3 cups.
2 ears of very fresh corn (I save the time & hassle & use a bag of Steamfresh frozen corn)
2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 small red onion
¾ c diced red bell pepper
2 jalapeño chiles, minced (save some of the seeds)
2 tsp pureed canned chipotle chiles (I’ve omitted these before and it still tastes good)
2 limes (juice)
1 Tbsp olive oil
¼ c chopped cilantro
Salt to taste

Remove husks and silk from the corn. Rinse. Simmer corn in rapidly boiling water for 2 minutes; drain and immediately plunge the ears into a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking. Cut kernels off the cob.
Cut tomatoes into the same size dice as the onion and bell pepper.
Combine corn with the diced vegetables; sprinkle in the reserved jalapeño seeds. Stir in the chipotle puree, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, and salt.
Stir and eat!
8 Responses
  1. Those sound really good! When I have to take tortilla chips some place I make my own using flour tortillas that I cut into triangles with a pizza cutter. I spritz them with olive oil (super lightly) and sprinkle with garlic. Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for just a couple of minutes, and they are crispy and delicious. And best of all - guilt free!

    They would go great with your wonderful recipes!

  2. Lisa Says:

    Hi Melanie! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you! LOL... about your Amish Testicle Toss game... If it's what I'm thinking you are referring to, it's called Norwegian Golf! LOL...
    Good Luck to you with the challenge. You've found a great support group here...

  3. Robin Says:

    Yummy! I looooooooooooove salsa.

  4. Katie J Says:

    Sounds like a good plan and thanks for sharing the salsa recipies!

  5. Lisa Says:

    Hi Melanie, I just saw your comment over on another team members asking if she knew who Jocelyn was... I had trouble finding her but found her this morning... here's the link to her page...

    How's it going this weekend so far? I had a great girls night out yesterday... no drinking at all...stuck to two Diet Cokes and the rest of the night was water... I did splurge and a co-worker and I each bought an appetizer to share. But, the good news, I'm down from yesterdays weight...

    Have a great weekend.

  6. "4 oz" Says:

    The main thing is to stay away from the food table at your family gathering! Don't sit near it...don't sit within eyesight of it! =) Sounds harsh, but at my family picnic last weekend, I was avoiding the food area as if it was an ebola hot zone!!! LOL!

  7. Lisa Says:

    Melanie, thanks for the comments over on my blog. It was a very enjoyable evening! I've not had that much fun EVER going out. I am usually just really quiet, not say a lot. But then, usually when we go out, it's with my hubby's co-workers if we go out at all... annually for his Squadron Christmas Party is about it.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Military life. I'm not looking forward to Drew's retirement in three years at all. In a way I am excited to be able to find a place to really call home, but on the other hand, we've pretty much got it made right now. We have a BEAUTIFUL tri-level home on base that is less than 4 years old. We are only the second occupants of it... then you figure in our "free" medical, no bills except our cell's and cable (other than cc)... The Military life treats us pretty well. The thing that scares me most about his retiring is the economy... We are from Michigan and our plan has always been to go back home... but with Michigan the WORST in the country with unemployment, housing, etc... it's kinda scary thought to have to retire...but my hubby is being forced to retire due to medical... Will retire Msgt with 24 years... :)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    sounds like a plan thanks for sharing the recips

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