Friday, October 13, 2017

2 super cheap, easy staples to make while you are in Belize!

I have these two things in my fridge constantly, and they are so cheap and easy. You can always find the ingredients, and even if you are here only for a few days or a week, it is nice to have some simple food in your fridge so you don't have to run out to eat every time.

If you go to any chicken, rice, and beans stand - you will often see a jar that has (delicious) onions and jalapeno/peppers chopped up and mixed together, that you can put on top of your food. It is SO good. I put it on everything - for example, if you were just here a few days on vacation but wanted simple snacks in your room, you could put this on eggs, nacho chips, or roll a tortilla and cheese with this (see below). It makes everything taste amazing.
Here's a pic from the actual jar I just pulled out of my fridge :) - made with red onions which turns them pinkish...
Here is the best way I've found to make it:

"Pickled" onions, Belize food stand-style
2 onions - white or red, or a combination
4 habaneros - I like it hot, but use less if you don't!
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
salt to taste
sugar or Splenda to taste

Cut up the veggies to the size you like, and throw them in a saucepan with the liquids - bring to a boil, then lower heat for several minutes until the onions are a bit soft. Add sweetener to taste when it cools down, then put in a jar or container and put in the fridge. It lasts over a week. You can find habaneros at farmer's market stands.

My Favorite Salsa
tomatoes - about 5-6 Roma
onions - 1-2, any combination of red or white
cilantro - one bunch (about a small handful)
small can of jalapenos - find at any local grocery store (or you could use 1-2 fresh)
juice from one lime
salt

Coarsely chop and throw all this in a blender. That's my favorite and most easy way to make this, but you can also chop it all up if you don't have a blender.

FYI These are my favorite chips you can buy here.....

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So with these two recipes, you can throw together so much easy, cheap, and fun food - get some tortilla chips, eggs, cheese, tortillas, (maybe some butter and Marie Sharps hot sauce!) and the ingredients above, and this is going to make you very happy - and you can always find these ingredients here. Here are a few of these ingredients that I just pulled from my fridge -

And here are some amazing combinations with those ingredients:

Eggs+cheese+salsa+onions
Same and above but put in a tortilla
Same as first line but put over tortilla chips
Tortilla+cheese+salsa for dipping (saute in butter or just put in the microwave)
Chips+cheese+salsa




4 comments:

  1. Ohmygoodness, you just took me back to last November when we stopped by the veggie stand near the pier in Placencia to grab all the ingredients for salsa fresca. We used a fresh jalapeno, and a white onion (the lady at the stand told us they were the sweetest) but the rest of the ingredients matched your recipe. I salivate now thinking about the INTENSE flavour burst ("fresh" produce in Canada does NOT compare). I ate salsa and chips as a snack, for dinner, and the leftover salsa on my eggs the next morning. *drool*

    The pickled onion thing? That's on my list for the next trip! :)

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  2. Hi Veronica, we are excited to have you back, and yes funny how salsa becomes a major food group while here!!!

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    1. Hi Steve! It's going great, we are currently building an office and we reopen on Oct 21st!!

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