Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

Every time I pick up a piece of corn, I am reminded of how grateful I am that I no longer have braces. For real, this thought passes through my head and is not at all out of the ordinary. I am someone who experiences very frequent deja vu. If you catch me staring up at the ceiling (I look up when I’m thinking) completely dazed out, I am likely reliving a memory of the past rather than daydreaming about the future.

As much as I would like to forget the far too many years I had braces, I was unfortunately (or fortunately?) blessed with a very good memory. I have the occasional relapse where I forget something very obvious, but most of the time I can remember very obscure details of something from years ago. I have a particularly good memory for anything involving food.

Fresh Corn Salsa With Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips // thehealthymaven.com I suspect that most people have vivid memories of things they really love which in my case is food. I can tell you exactly what I ate for almost every single one of my birthdays, but even more creepy is my ability to recall less momentous occasions, like what I ate for breakfast 3 years ago (Strawberry Special K Cereal with warm almond milk in case you were wondering…questionable choice).

I remember the first time I tried lime flavoured chips in Mexico when I was 11 and I also remember hating all of the food at our resort so I spent the week living off French fries and peanut m&ms. Peanut m&ms will forever remind me of my Dad and how he would always pick up a jumbo bag on our excruciatingly long family road trips. And while I wish every single one of these road trips could be erased from my memory, I unfortunately recall them in far too much detail. Particularly the one to Washington, DC where my siblings endowed me with a new nickname that still haunts me.

Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips // thehealthymaven.com Don’t worry, not all of my family memories have given me PTSD. It’s just the ones that involved my family of 6 squished into a car, travelling 24 hours straight from Toronto to Florida. Most of them are positive like family BBQs involving fresh Ontario corn which from the ages of 12-16 I had to slice off the cob to avoid breaking my braces. I’m somewhat appreciate for this because it introduced me to the concept of “corn OFF the cob” which I had previously avoided because it reminded me too much of frozen peas aka my food nemesis which I spent the better part of my youth (and adulthood) avoiding.

Even though I wish I could erase all memories of my “braceface” years and especially burn all of the pictures, I am grateful for my sharp memory. Not only for the happiness it brings me, but also because the memories have become an amazing source of inspiration for my kitchen experimentations. Now to recreate that Cantaloupe Ginger Popsicle I had that one time in Cold Spring, NY…

Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

Rating: 51

Total Time: 30 minutes

Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

Ingredients

    For the Fresh Corn Salsa:
  • 5 large vine tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh corn, cut off cob
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips:
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • juice, 1 lime
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Instructions

    For the Fresh Corn Salsa:
  1. Take one tomato, chop into 4 pieces and place in a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse tomato several times. Tomato should break up and become liquidy with some chunks.
  3. Remove inner seeds from remainder of tomatoes and chop into small chunks. Combine with pulsed tomato.
  4. Add fresh corn, garlic, red onion, cayenne pepper and lime juice to tomatoes and stir.
  5. Add in salt and pepper to desired taste.
  6. Store in fridge.
  7. For the Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips:
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  9. Place 4 corn tortillas on top of each other and using scissors, cut into 8 pieces so that you have 32 triangular chips.
  10. In a small bowl juice the lime.
  11. Dip each chip in lime juice so both sides are coated.
  12. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Do not overcrowd (use two sheets if necessary).
  13. Shake half of chili powder over the tortilla chips and then flip and shake the other half over chips.
  14. Bake for 12 minutes. Watch closely to ensure they do not burn.
  15. Serve warm.*

Notes

*They taste best eaten the day of.

http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2014/07/fresh-corn-salsa-baked-chili-lime-tortilla-chips.html

Fresh Corn Salsa with Baked Chili Lime Tortilla Chips // thehealthymaven.com Do you have a good memory? What are some of your most memorable foods or meals?

25 Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes in Under 30 Minutes!

One of the things I love most about writing a food blog is hearing from you guys, my lovely readers! Reading your comments, seeing your Instagram pics of a THM recipe you made or hearing that you successfully fooled you family into eating black bean brownies genuinely warms my heart. I have no idea how I got so lucky!

When people hear that I am gluten-free and only post gluten-free recipes I almost always get a comment on the lines of “I’m gluten-free too!” or “my daughter/nephew/cousin/dog-walker is gluten-free too!” Us glutenoids are a tribe and we must.stick.together. But for real, it’s nice to know that I can help out my fellow gluten freaks even in the tiniest way.

As an early-20 year old (I can say this since I still technically have 1 month till my 25th birthday) I understand how tough it can be to go from the luxuries of living at home or being fed by campus dining to all of a sudden having to figure out how to feed yourself. Okay, that’s a lie. I’ve always had an unnatural obsession with the kitchen and subsequently I did not experience this type of panic attack, but I’ve witnessed many an Annie’s Mac and Cheese dinner to know this is a very real life experience.

I also suspect that some of you have found yourself hosting a dinner in which an invitee has given you a heads up that he or she eats gluten-free. Try not to freak out.

Instead of serving up lettuce to your guests for fear of glutening them, I thought I would round-up some of the best and QUICK (i.e. 30 minutes or less!) gluten-free dinners from across the interwebs. You may see some familiar faces and I may have shamelessly included some of my own recipes. Some are a one-pot shop but for those stand-alone recipes, feel free to mix and match sides. Regardless, they’re all delicious and make a perfect dinner whether you are feeding your struggling post-grad self or invited Gwyneth Paltrow and her gluten-free entourage for a feast.

Meat

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Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic

Baked Chicken Tenders from An Edible Mosaic

Caprese Turkey Burgers from The Healthy Maven

Honey Mustard Teriyaki Chicken & Peach Kabobs from Diethood

Indian Spiced Turkey and Vegetable Ragu from The Lemon Bowl

Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet from Very Culinary

Quinoa Salad with Pineapple Mojito Chicken from Food Faith Fitness

Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Seafood

3 Ingredient Salmon 3

3-ingredient Salmon from The Healthy Maven

Bloody Mary Mussels from Almost Getting it Together

Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi Nuggets from All Day I Dream About Food

Indian Coconut Pineapple Shrimp from The Healthy Maven

Shrimp & Avocado Tacos with Pineapple Salsa from The Roasted Root

Super Simple Almond Encrusted Tilapia from Fit Foodie Finds

Vegetarian

Photo Credit: Lemon Tree Dwelling

Greek Quinoa Burgers from The Healthy Maven

One Pot Farmer’s Market Pasta from The View from Great Island

Quinoa Taco Bowls from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Spinach & Artichoke Pizza from Persnickety Plates

Spinach & Ricotta Zucchini Ravioli from The Healthy Maven

Super Greens Mac & Cheese Cups from Nosh and Nourish

Sides

Roasted-Cauliflower-and-Chickpeas-with Tahini Zatar Sauce

Cauliflower Fried Rice from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds from The Healthy Maven

Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Hummusapien

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Tahini and Za’atar from The Healthy Maven

Super Green Quinoa Salad from With Food and Love

The Crispiest Sweet Potato Fries from Fit Foodie Finds

Do you eat gluten-free? Have a go-to gluten-free recipe that you can make in 30 minutes or less?! Leave a link in the comments below!

Honey Garlic Chicken Chickpea Salad + A Protinis Giveaway!

You know what intimidates me? Meat. You may notice I don’t have a whole lot of meat recipes around here. Seafood? Salads? Grains? No problem. But meat scares me. I should say that in the last couple of months I have begun tackling my meat fear and not surprisingly, some of these recipes have become my favourites (I’m looking at your Thai Turkey Sliders and Apricot Barbecue Chicken!).

Honey Garlic Chicken Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.com #protinis Meat can also be incredibly time consuming. Sometimes I don’t want to marinate my chicken or rub my steak (I think it would be weird if I wanted to do these things FTR). Sometimes I just want to throw some pre-made meat on my salad and call it a day. Cue Maple Leaf’s Protinis. These are pre-baked chicken pieces that come in a handy-dandy container that are perfect for throwing on salads, mixing with chickpeas or eating with your hands in a movie theater (yes, this happened…don’t judge).When Maple Leaf contacted me to review their new line of chicken called protinis, it was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

Confession time, I eat a lot of deli meat. I claim to buy it for C’s lunches when in reality I eat most of it because I generally toss it on top of my salads or eat it in my lunch sammies. Deli meat isn’t THAT bad if you ignore the nitrates and preservatives.

Protinis have none of that gunk which subsequently has added 10 years to my life and cut my grocery bill significantly. Also they’re pretty darn good. They come in 8 different flavours (listed here) that make a perfect addition to any meal or for a high protein snack in between meals. 15 grams of protein BOOYAH.

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.com #protinis I was only able to try the Honey Garlic flavour since it was the only flavour I could find. Apparently they are popular in downtown Toronto because I had to try 6 stores before I could find a single flavour! Luckily the one flavour they did have was the one I would have chosen first anyway so it was all good.

I thought we could all use a little more protein in our lives so I figured I would do a triple whammy by combining the honey garlic chicken with chickpeas AND greek yogurt. Also it took me approximately 5 minutes to make, and I answered a phone call from my Mom in between so it’s safe to say this made for one of the fastest and easiest recipes on THM.

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad + A Protinis Giveaway!

Rating: 51

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad + A Protinis Giveaway!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (I used protinis honey garlic chicken)
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 celery stalks, copped
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine chicken, chickpeas and celery in a large bowl.
  2. Top with greek yogurt, honey and garlic.
  3. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Top on lettuce or eat plain.
  5. Will keep in fridge for several days.
http://www.thehealthymaven.com/2014/07/honey-garlic-chicken-chickpea-salad-protinis-giveaway.html

Honey Garlic Chicken and Chickpea Salad // thehealthymaven.com #protinis Still not convinced? Check out this video which tells you all about Protinis or learn more on Maple Leaf’s Facebook Page.

Want to try out Protinis for yourself? Enter for your chance to win a free sample of Protonis. There will be SIX winners. Giveaway open to Canadian residents. Sorry international folk!
 

This post is sponsored on behalf of Maple Leaf Protinis. I was compensated but all opinions are my own.

What food intimidates you? What’s your favourite source of protein?

Where To Stay, Go and Eat in Park City, Utah

I apologize in advance for the length of this post! Half of my two week trip out West was spent in Park City so naturally I have more to say and wayyyy too many pictures. Instead of just photo-dumping on you, I thought I would share with you my honest and real reviews of where we ate, went and stayed on our trip. Do I need to include a disclosure if my parents paid for the trip?! Why not. My amazing and generous parents paid for this trip but all opinions are my own.

Speaking of parents, let’s revisit the cast for today’s programming….

the cast Now onto the good stuff.

where to stay in park city Marriott’s MountainSide Resort. If you know my family, then you know our obsession with Marriott’s. If there’s a Marriott where we are going, that is where we will be staying. We had a two bedroom suite with a full kitchen. The resort was definitely tailored more towards winter activities and somewhat overrun with small children, but our room was large and had everything we needed. Only complaint was not having a balcony.

where to go in park city Most of our activities involved hiking. Note: we are terrible hikers. By this I mean we get lost almost every single time but by the end of the trip we improved. Here are my favourites from the week:

Mirror Lake and the Highline Trail. This was probably the quietest and most serene hike of our trip. We ran into a few groups who had been camping along the trail but for the most part we were on our own. The trail is peaceful though not well marked. This hike offered some great views of the Uinta mountains. Afterwards we stopped by Mirror Lake (30 seconds from the Highline Trailhead) for a spectacular view.

Mirror Lake Tanger Outlet Mall shopping. My poor wallet but I did get some awesome steals at J.Crew, Gap and American Eagle.

Bald Mountain Trail. Bald mountain is apparently the highest peak in the Uinta range and though a tough hike, it’s supposed to offer one of the best vistas in Nothern Utah. I can confirm that yes, the hike was challenging (straight up and hard to breathe in the elevation) and while the views were amazing on the way up, we couldn’t get to the top due to SNOW. Yes, the trail was blocked by a snow patch in July and I wasn’t willing to risk my life getting to the top.

Bald Mountain Collage Mountain biking at Deer Valley. Soooo don’t attempt this if you have ZERO mountain-biking experience. I’m a descent city biker but failed epically at mountain-biking. I partially blame my lack of experience and the fact that we chose some challenging hills at Deer Valley which didn’t offer any beginner trails as an option. I would recommend hiking up to the top though if you’re not into mountain biking. I ended up doing one run on the bike but after falling five times and knocking the chain off my bike, I called it a day. I then took the chairlift back up and gave the bike to my dad to ride down and hiked down with my Mom. I really enjoyed the hike!

Sundance and Stewart Falls Hike. One of the highlights of my trip! We took the chairlift up (which I recommend) that offered spectacular views of the property and then hiked down to Stewart Falls, which were gorgeous! The best part was hiking down from the falls to the Sundance property and turning around to see an absolutely stunning view.

Stewart Falls Olympic Village at Park City. There is an awesome tour of one of the sites for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic games in Park City. Our tour was actually led by a 3-time olympian and it was awesome. We also got to watch the ski jumpers in their summer training and if I hadn’t been feeling sassy I might have attempted the Bobsled or zipline features. Definitely recommend!

Olympic Village

where to eat in park city We ate most breakfasts in our hotel (i.e. A LOT of overnight oats) and lunch was generally peanut butter and banana sammies. We ate out for every dinner and here are some of the highlights.

Bandits Grill & Bar: Nothing fancy but it was good quality food. Warning to those who order the chicken, it’s enough chicken to feed your entire family!

Purple Sage: One of my favourite meals of the trip. I ordered the chimichurri steak and fries and it was to die for. We all agreed that it was awesome food. Pictured is my Mom’s duck.

Purple Sage Great Harvest Bakery: C’s Mom got me hooked on this chain which offers great gluten-free bread and treats. We went there twice and both times I ordered a turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread. Come to Canada GHB!

Squatters Roadhouse Grill: Didn’t love the food, but they do have a ton of gluten-free and vegan options. I got a buffalo burger on a gluten-free bun and a side salad but there just wasn’t much flavour. They make their own beer though so if you’re into trying local beers, this is your place.

Squatters Bangkok Thai: I was surprised to find such delicious thai food in Park City. Great meal and awesome wine selection. A bit on the pricier side for thai food but everything was great (especially the sea bass) so no complaints!

Talisker on Main: Probably the fanciest meal of our trip. Service was kind of meh but the food was excellent. I LOVED my buckwheat veggie risotto and the desserts (especially the chocolate mousse with pistachio ice cream) was incredible.

Taliskers In addition to a lot of activity and incredible food, we also enjoyed quite a bit of wine (vacation!). If you’re interested I can do a round-up of the best bottles we enjoyed. I love vacationing with parents…

Next up was Jackson, WY which was my favourite part of the trip. Stay tuned!

Have you ever been to Park City? What’s your ideal vacation? Mountains? Beach?