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How to Make the Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

Learn how to make delicious, garden fresh salsa in less than 5 simple steps! If you love easy recipes as well as recipes that use homegrown ingredients, you will LOVE this homemade salsa recipe!

I do not regularly stick to a weekly meal plan, but one night that is a fan favorite and a must in our home is Taco Tuesday! Check out the story below to see step by step pictures for how to make the BEST Homemade Salsa Recipe! This Salsa is the perfect addition to any Taco Tuesday or really any night! Simply serve with a side of Tortilla chips or add on top of your tacos for a burst of flavor!

Step 1: Chop Ingredients

Prep your ingredients (chop peppers and fresh herbs)

Step 2: Blend Tomatoes

Add 30-40 cherry size tomatoes to a blender. Pulse until chopped and slightly pureed.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

From the blender, pour your tomato base into a bowl and add the chopped peppers and fresh herbs

Step 4: Salsa Recipe Final Step

Squeeze the juice of 1 whole lime into the salsa. Gently mix all ingredients. Enjoy!

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How to Make the BEST Homemade Salsa Recipe

Homemade Salsa Recipe with Cherry and Sun Gold Tomatoes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 30-50 Cherry Size Tomatoes
  • 2 Banana Peppers chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper chopped
  • 1 sprig Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 sprig Fresh Mint chopped
  • 1 Whole Lime Juiced


  • Add the tomatoes to a blender and pulse until chopped and slightly pureed
  • From the blender, pour your tomato base into a bowl and add the chopped peppers and fresh herbs
  • Squeeze the juice of 1 whole lime into the salsa. Combine and mix all ingredients.
  • Enjoy! Add on top of tacos or simply enjoy with tortilla chips
Keyword Easy, Quick, salsa

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How to Make Homemade Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

From start to finish, this delicious, homemade stuffed zucchini recipe is complete in 6 EASY Steps!

Homemade stuffed zucchini recipe image

One of my favorite parts of summer is all of the fresh vegetables in season, straight from the garden. This delicious stuffed zucchini recipe uses summer fresh ingredients but really can be made anytime of year.

Step 1: Slice the Zucchini Lengthwise

whole zucchini sliced in half lengthwise

Step 2: Scoop Out the Center

Scoop out the center of the zucchini and save all of this homegrown goodness in a bowl. You will use this later in the stuffing mixture.

image of a zucchini, halved and the center scooped out

Step 3: Make the Stuffing Mixture

Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped fresh herbs and chopped garlic. Add in the zucchini center you scooped out earlier. Mix together and stuff the mixture evenly into the sliced zucchini halves.

Breadcrumb mixture for the homemade stuffed zucchini
mixture to stuff into the zucchini halves, includes chopped tomatoes, herbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and zucchini
Stuffed Zucchini halves - unbaked

Step 4: Place Stuffed Zucchini on a lightly greased baking sheet

Stuffed Zucchini halves just baked out of the oven.

Step 5: Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes

The Stuffed Zucchini is ready when you can put a fork though the zucchini shell.

Step 6: Enjoy your Delicious Homemade Stuffed Zucchini Recipe!

A slice of homemade stuffed zucchini with tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan cheese

Homemade Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

Learn how to make homemade stuffed zucchini in 6 easy steps!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • 1 whole Zucchini Sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
  • 3 whole Tomatoes chopped
  • 1 sprig Fresh Basil and Parsley
  • 3 cloves Garlic chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Slice the Zucchini in half lengthwise
  • Scoop out the center of the zucchini and put in a bowl to save for the stuffing
  • In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, chopped tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh herbs and chopped garlic
    Cut up the center of the zucchini you saved into small chunks and add to the other ingredients.
    Mix all together and stuff the mixture into the zucchini halves
  • Spray non-stick oil on a baking sheet and place stuffed zucchini halves onto the baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Zucchini is done when you can stick a fork in it
Keyword easymeals, homemade, stuffed zucchini

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How to Make Homemade Fried Eggplant

Enjoy delicious, homemade fried eggplant in 5 easy steps! One of my most favorite things about summer is all of the fresh garden produce you can get or grow yourself. Eggplant is one of those garden fresh treats that I have come to love so much! Not only is it so versatile, but it is so healthy for you as well. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients, this is the perfect meal to sneak in some nutrition for your kids.

This simple fried eggplant recipe was passed down to me by my Grandmother. My sisters and I would devour it faster than she could make it! She actually had a few more steps, but I have changed it slightly to make it easier to whip up for a quick and delicious meal for the whole family.

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Step 1: Peel and Slice the Eggplant

The 1st step is to peel your eggplants and then slice them. You will want to cut the peeled eggplant into thick slices. Trust me, the eggplant will cook down and if they are too thin, they will break apart when frying.

Step 2: Coat Eggplant in Egg Wash and Breadcrumb Mixture

Now it is time to coat your eggplant slices in your egg-wash. If you were to make this the same way my grandmother used to, then you would lay all of your sliced eggplant, in a single layer, onto a baking sheet (lined in papertowels). Then she would put the baking sheet outside to dry in the sun. I honestly do not find this step necessary. So, once I slice the eggplant, I move on to coating each slice into the egg and breadcrumb mixture.

To begin you coat each eggplant slice into the egg-wash mixture. Then once fully coated in the egg-wash, you coat both sides of the eggplant with the breadcrumb mixture. The breadcrumb mixture is simply Italian style breadcrumbs with grated parmesan cheese. Do not be stingy with your breadcrumb mixture. You want the eggplant fully covered, so that the crust fry’s evenly.

Step 3: Check the Temperature of the Oil

The next step is very important! Before you begin to fry your breaded eggplant slices, you want to first test the temperature of the oil. The best way to do this is to simply add some dried breadcrumbs into the oil. If they sizzle, then the oil is ready. If the breadcrumbs do not sizzle in the oil, then it is not hot enough yet. You want the oil hot enough to immediately begin frying the eggplant. If the oil is not hot enough, the eggplant will sit too long in the oil and absorb all of the oil flavor. I attached a video above to show you what sound the breadcrumbs should make when you add it to the oil.

*(I do not own the rights to the song played in the video).

Step 4: Frying Time!

Now that the oil is hot enough to begin frying, you will want to add your breaded eggplant to the heated pan. Do not overcrowd the pan though. As you can see in my image above, I normally only fry about 5-6 pieces at a time (depending on the size of the pan and the size of the eggplant slices). Also note that the eggplant is not fully covered in oil. The oil only goes up to the sides of the eggplant. After you finish a few batches of the fried eggplant, you will need to add more oil to the pan to continue frying.

Step 5: Dry Fried Eggplant on Paper towels

That’s it! You just made your 1st batch of delicious FRIED EGGPLANT! Now it is time to EAT! I love to add homemade tomato sauce onto of the fried eggplant and serve with a side of pasta. Although the fried eggplant is good enough to eat alone! For my homemade tomato sauce recipe with sun gold tomatoes, check out the pin below.

Bonus: Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

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How to Make Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade tomato sauce is so easy to make that I promise you, after you learn how to make this recipe, you will never buy jarred sauce again! This tomato sauce recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The best part about this homemade tomato sauce is that you can use it in so many recipes or simply served over pasta.

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Once you have prepared the ingredients, then you can begin to heat up your olive oil over medium high heat. Add in your sliced garlic and heat only until it becomes fragrant. It is very important that you do not brown or burn the garlic. If you do, I recommend starting over again. Otherwise the sauce will have a burnt taste.

Step 3: Add the crushed tomatoes

Add two cans of crushed tomatoes. Then take the empty cans and fill up the cans 1/4 way with water. Add the water to the sauce. The water helps to get the rest of the crushed tomatoes out of the cans and also helps to thin the sauce.

Step 4: Add the Herbs and Red Wine

Bring the sauce to a low boil and then lower the heat to medium low. Let the homemade tomato sauce simmer on medium low heat for 30-40 minutes.

Serve over pasta or add to any dish that uses tomato sauce. I like to freeze any extra sauce that you have left over. When you are ready to use the frozen sauce, simply take out and thaw out. Once thawed you can reheat on the stove top on low heat and its ready to serve! Sometimes I double the recipe, so that I have sauce to freeze for another meal. This makes hectic nights so much simpler! Just take out your sauce and you are ready to go!

Bonus Recipe: Homemade Pesto

For added flavor, sauté shrimp in my homemade pesto and serve with pasta and homemade tomato sauce.

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Easy Homemade Pesto Recipe

This easy homemade pesto recipe is perfect for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. My favorite part of this recipe is that you can freeze the pesto in ice cube trays and then have garden fresh pesto all year round!

My inspiration for this recipe came out of a need to make something with all of the fresh parsley growing in the garden. I had previously always made pesto with just basil. I discovered that adding parsley actually made my recipe better! It adds a nice subtle flavor that pairs perfectly with the basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Once you see how easy this homemade pesto recipe is, I promise you that you will never buy store bought pesto again!

Step 1: Prepare the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

cutting board with fresh basil, parsley and garlic on top

For this easy homemade pesto recipe you will need fresh basil and parsley. You cannot use dried herbs.


  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh Parsley
  • 4 springs of fresh Basil
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Step 2: Blend all the Homemade Pesto Ingredients

image of blender with parsley, basil and garlic

Step 3: Serve homemade pesto over pasta, veggies, fish or meat

This easy homemade pesto recipe is so versatile. I love to serve it over pasta for a simple and quick meal. My children love when I saute shrimp in the pesto mix and then add that over a pasta dish. I have most recently added it on top of veggie burgers and this has become my new favorite way to spice up a meal!

Homemade pesto on top of veggie burger with avocados and tomato slices

Above: Veggie burger topped with avocado, tomato slices and fresh pesto

Below: Pesto added to bow tie pasta

Homemade fresh pesto over bow tie pasta

The Best Homemade Pesto

Delicious homemade pesto with only 5 ingredients!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • Blender


  • 4-5 sprigs Fresh Parsley
  • 4 sprigs Fresh Basil
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated


  • Blend all of the ingredients together. If the pesto is too dry, add more EVOO slowly into the blender until you have a smooth and creamy consistency.
    Serve over pasta, chicken, steak, fish, pizza or use for a dipping sauce for bread.
Keyword Easy, homemade, pesto, Quick

Tip when making Homemade Pesto:

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Double the recipe and you will then have extra homemade pesto to freeze. The simplest way to freeze pesto is to add it into ice-cube trays. Then when you want to make homemade pesto another night, you can simply defrost 2-3 cubes and keep the rest frozen. I love the Amazon, because they have lids which make freezing so simple!

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