A few weeks ago the wonderful folks from My Brother’s Salsa sent me some samples to try out. Oh my gosh, they are so good! I love that these are not the tomato-heavy type you find at the grocery store. These salsas taste much fresher and lighter but still with a ton of great flavor.
Since I started my weight loss journey one thing has been very evident to me, I crave flavor and spice in all foods. Since I have taken away a lot of the fat in the foods I eat (most of the time), I think that is one of the reasons I am craving bold flavors. Salsas are a great way for me to add this to my meals or snacks. All of these varieties I tried were under 30 calories per serving, all natural, no preservatives, naturally gluten free, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Umm, yes please to all of that!
The first way we had to try My Brother’s Salsa was just with tortilla chips. Now chips are not known for being healthy, but there are a lot of varieties and options available out there. Find one that fits your needs most and keep your portion size in check with them.
The photo is My Brother’s Salsa Fire Roasted Medium. It was delicious. Fire roasting brings out this great smoky depth to the salsa. This makes it great for richer dishes like ones containing pork and beef especially I think. It compliments the protein very well but does not overpower it at all. With just chips it was great too. No complaints!
My actual favorite variety out of all of them for general salsa use is My Brother’s Salsa House Medium. This reminded very much of a salsa I used to get at a local restaurant that is now closed. Very fresh, thinner than typical salsas, very small pieces of veggies instead of large chunks, and a great light flavor that was good on chips, tacos, enchiladas, fish, chicken, and everything I tried it on.
Another great way I used some of the salsa was to mix it with plain Greek yogurt to make a creamy dressing for a healthier taco salad at home. The ratio is about 3 parts salsa to 1 part Greek yogurt. This was delicious and gave us that creaminess we love on taco salad but without all the fat!
Finally, I wanted to try cooking with the samples. I browsed the recipes on their website and found a recipe for Spanish paella. I have never made paella before, but I like it, so I thought I would give it a shot. I kept my recipe simple since it was the first time making it and I was not sure how Hubby would feel about this. Heat up some chicken stock and add turmeric – okay traditional paella calls for saffron threads but it is crazy expensive so I went the frugal way and used turmeric instead and it was just fine. I chopped up an onion and garlic and sautéed it in olive oil in a cast iron skillet (because I don’t own a paella pan). Then stir in the Arborio rice. Now is where the salsa came in. I added about 3/4 of a cup of My Brother’s Salsa Original Recipe Hot to the rice. This was the only other seasoning I used in the entire dish and it gave it a great deep flavor I thought.
After you add in the salsa, you add your stock and let it cook. Then at the end I threw in the seafood. I used shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, and calamari. You can use any seafood you like. The original recipe from My Brother’s Salsa has options for a vegetarian version and a version that uses chicken and sausage.
This is right after I added the seafood, but it is not quite done yet. When it was time to eat I was so anxious to try it that I forgot to take a picture of the finished dish. Doh! It really was a great dish. The rice gets extra well done on the bottom of the pan (it is supposed to) so you have some contrast in the rice alone and the salsa really add a tremendous amount of flavor. I like hot, but Hubby is more a medium-heat kind of guy but this was okay for him. I knew that the rice and stock would soften the overall heat of the dish. If you really lean towards very little heat in your foods I would use mild or medium though. I made a half recipe of the original and it was still a ton of food. Next time I will just have to invite guests over when I make this paella. Anyone want to join Hubby and I?
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