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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