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Fresh Black Bean & Corn Southwest Salsa

Tonight we are having one of our family favorite meals, Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken and will be enjoying it while we watch The Thunder beat the Spurs =) (Go OKC Thunder!).   On the side we'll have this easy to make and even yummier to eat Southwestern Salsa.  And to boot, it is healthy!

Fresh Black Bean & Corn Southwest Salsa

2 (15-16 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large (19 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 large red pepper, minced or chopped fine
1 purple onion, finely chopped or minced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
6 teaspoons minced chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried ancho chili powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill.  Serve as a snack with tortilla chips, or stir into Tequila Lime Chicken Sauce Dip or serve on the side with Tequila Lime Chicken.  So fresh and great for summer time!

Yesterday we saw Jonah off from the recruiters station to OKC where he spent the night and flew out to South Carolina this morning for 9 weeks of Basic Training in the Army.  The past few months I think Jonah and I have become closer than we've ever been and I already miss him so much.  I already miss him calling me Mecha (the nickname they gave me a few months back).   Last night Trevor and I ran to the store for some corn on the cob to go with dinner.  I had held back my tears all day but when I thought about buying only 7 ears of corn instead of 8 that very small realization that Jonah would be eating dinner elsewhere and not with us for a long time hit me. I cried in the car while Trev went in to the store and got the corn!  Isn't it funny how the smallest, seemingly insignificant, of things can bring forth a ton of emotion and fond memories?

(Jonah helped make Tequila Lime Chicken when I posted the recipe originally.  He looks so much older now!)

I am really proud of Jonah's choice and praying this turns out to be the best decision he has ever made. Lots of you sent sweet comments and we truly appreciate them all.  In fact, I am going to print them all off and add them to a journal I've had his friends and family members sign.  I plan to send it to him at Basic Training so he can see all the encouraging words and advice you all have offered and shared.

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  1. Nancy, I can't even imagine! My girlfriend boohooed when her son joined the Oklahoma National Guard and had to go away. You aren't alone.

    I just pinned your blackbean and corn salsa. Yummy!

    1. Hi Stacey, I know I am not alone at all and there are so many families with loved ones serving in the military and those loved ones are much further away. When we lived in Colorado for a year there were more military families than not and it was a regular thing to know kids who had a parent overseas.
      Thank you for your sweet comment and hope you enjoy the salsa!

  2. Hi Nancy,
    It is hard to have our babies grow up and move away. Hope all goes well for him .....and you!
    That looks like a nice treat,thanks for the recipe.

    Just wanted to let you know that Lynne from Lynne's Gifts from the Heart was the lucky winner and I posted about it. Thank you so much for letting me do this and for the kind words and link on your post as well.
    Take care,

  3. Nancy, you have such a special beautiful family. I know it is going to be difficult to have Jonah away from home. I will keep him in my prayers. He is to be commended for serving our country. My heartfelt thanks go out to him and others who take on this responsibility. All the best to Jonah!

  4. Chin up, young person. God's got this.

  5. Salsa recipe sounds great! Must give it a try.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. Hmmmm, my kinda dish! Mexican food is at the top of the food pyramid here in Texas. :) I know it must be very difficult to have Jonah gone. He sounds like he is a very strong and wise young man. Please know that all of you will be in my prayers! Please thank him for his service and sacrifices. I've been a volunteer with Soldier's Angels since I retired in '03. You might want to take a look at the website ~ ~ and see if he might want to be registered. Lots of support for all of our military personnel.

    I've missed seeing what you've been up to...have had a LOT of technical problems the past couple of months. Very frustrating! Thanks for sharing the recipes...would love to try both.


  7. Hi Nancy, what a beautiful family you have. My daughter is moving again to be be located outside Camp LeJeune, she'll now be 20 hours away instead of 14. My prayer is for your son to be safe as he reaches for his dreams. Your Mexican dish sounds so yummy, will save the recipe for the holidays when the kids come home, they will "love" it. I'm so excited to be the winner of the gift card through Carolyns blog... cannot wait to shop for the perfect gift....(I'm not sure how to use it. lol ) fondly ~lynne~

  8. I love salsa and this looks so yummy! ... You must be so proud of Jonah! Wishing him safe travels!

  9. This salsa looks amazing! Thank you for linking up last week at Tickle My Tastebuds. I am featuring this recipe tomorrow. Make sure you stop by and grab a featured button and link up again. I will say a prayer for Jonah.

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  10. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that attract others, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.


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