11/18/12

Enjoy Life More: Chunky Del Monte Tomato & Persimmon Salsa

Earlier this month, I was asked to participate in the "Enjoy Life More" campaign by Del Monte hosted by BlogHer. I would need to choose one of the Del Monte canned products and talk about how I Enjoy Life More everyday.

Well, this wasn't a difficult task. Ever since I was a little girl, I actually really liked canned vegetables. Peas were my favorite. To this day, I love canned peas and corn and often even drink the liquid they come in! This is not a joke. I also love canned tomatoes. Of course, tomatoes are best fresh when they are in season, but what are you to do when they aren't? That's when you have a choice: you can buy canned tomatoes or the ones that are sold at your grocery store.

The problem with store bought tomatoes in the cooler months is that they tend to lack in the flavor department. So unless you have a greenhouse, add some garden into your meals by adding Del Monte canned fruits or vegetables into your recipes for more nutrition. Del Monte's vegetables ensure you get the best flavor possible.

But what do tomatoes have to do with how I Enjoy Life More every day? Well, if you've been following me on twitter, you know one of my hobbies is salsa dancing. I started salsa dancing ten years ago and have fallen in love with the music, the dance, and sometimes the men. I go salsa dancing weekly and often listen to Latin music: it makes me happy, keeps my body moving, and gets me out of the house.

On days other than Fridays, when I generally go salsa dancing, I often turn off the TV and dance around my condo to one of the salsa stations on the radio or listen to one of my favorite CDs. In fact, that's the only way I clean my condo: with music in the background.

Whenever someone mentions salsa, my first thought is salsa music or salsa dancing. But for this Enjoy Life More post, I decide to create a salsa recipe with Del Monte's Diced Tomatoes with a few fresh ingredients added to spice things up.

Chunky Del Monte Tomato & Persimmon Salsa

Ingredients

14.5 ounce can Del Monte Diced Tomatoes, drained

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

2 teaspoons lime juice (plus a few lime wedges for serving)

1 persimmon, peeled and chopped

salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

2. Serve the salsa with a few wedges of lime and your favorite chips.

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80 comments:

Mary Happymommy said...

I love salmon! It tastes great and I feel good about what I’m eating.

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Kelly Massman said...

I like meals that are well balanced to include veggies!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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Elena Istomina said...

I like to make smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies. Healthy and delicious!

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Stephanie said...

i love to make Homemade spaghetti sauce!

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Lisa Brown said...

A meal that is good and good for you is the chicken pot pies I make that use vegetarian "faux" chicken, organic veggies, and other organic ingredients. So good!
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Ellie W said...

I love slow cooker spicy chicken stew. It's delicious and healthy.

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Anna Berman said...

This looks so beautiful! It would go really great with grilled mahi mahi or a side to ceviche.

karenmed409 said...

With holidays one of our comfort foods to make are Turkey Pot pies loaded with veggies. Makes me feel good the family is eating their veggies

Tiffany Winner said...

meals made with ingredients picked fresh from my garden make me feel good and are good for me
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kelly d said...

Veggie soup always makes me feel good & is good for me because I add lots of fresh veggies
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chambanachik said...

I love eating homemade- homemade chicken noodle soup sounds amazing right now!

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family74014 said...

I love to eat salmon. It's easy to make tons of different things with it and is healthy.
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Kellie Wilson said...

I love steamed veggies over white steamed rice. It is filling and delicious and it makes me feel satisfied and good after I eat!

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June L said...

Oatmeal with blueberries, cinnamon, almonds, and a bit of maple syrup.

cezovski said...

I like to make Chicken Pot Pie with lots of Del Monte corn, peas and carrots

cw said...

the salsa sounds delicious! Veggie quesadillas are yummy, good for me, and make me feel good

CherryK said...

I love vegetables...sometimes Iwill just open a can and eat what is inside for lunch!

songyue yu said...

The salsa looks so tasty, thanks for sharing! My favorite salad is arugula with vinaigrette dressing and dried figs.
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JessieC said...

I like Kale Salad with Quinoa and salmon.
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rebeccagraham said...

Salads and baked fish work for me.

bellows22 said...

I recently got a Vita Mix blender and I'm starting to eat a lot healthier

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Judy B said...

I try to stick close to vegan for my health so I keep lots of DelMonte in my cupboard

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uTry.it said...

A meal that makes me feel good and good for me would be the mixed veggies pasta. easy to make, satisfying, healthy and delicious.

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Kelly Bollinger said...

My favorite "feel good" meals are made from fruits and veggies fresh from my garden! But when winter settles in, I must include an old favorite Del Monte pears! Love them best in salads!

Kelly Bollinger said...

My favorite "feel good" meals are made from fruits and veggies fresh from my garden! But when winter settles in, I must include an old favorite Del Monte pears! Love them best in salads!

Maria Cantu said...

I like salad with chicken or fruit.

Ariel Tempest said...


I love a good chicken salad

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tina m said...

lots of veggies

Ashley Hatten said...

I love spinach salad with baked chicken or fish! Thanks!
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nuthouse said...

Vegetable soup this time of year!

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Wild Orchid said...

I love making soup! I can load it up with veggies and it is super comforting.

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judithv said...

I love veggie omelets.

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Christina Tong said...

The meal that makes me feel good and good for me is mixed veggie with diced tomato and black bean salad.

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Courtney Bella said...

we like to make chicken pitas with tzaztki sauce

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Amy Bolda Pugmire said...

I love my baked lemon chicken. i feel so much better when I am eating healthy!

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LAMusing said...

Chinese Salad with Chicken - lots of veggies, fruit and some lean chicken in a lo cal Chinese dressing. Healthy and yummy!

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rachel said...

Chinese stir-frys full of veggies!

Madeline said...

I like to eat salmon (or even herring) with vegetables.
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AngelaLilly said...

Sometimes we will just have a big bowl of my homemade vegan hummus with various veggies and a big hunk of organic whole wheat bread. SO very fresh and good for you!
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Carolsue Anderson said...

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Thomas Murphy said...

I like to make chicken soup with veggies it always makes me feel better.

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Carmen Nuland said...

My husband makes a delicious meal with pork chops or tenderloin and an apple, raisin chutney on top.

Betty Curran said...

Chicken breast is one of the staples in my kitchen. I like to grill it, dice it and add it to tomatoes with spices for a topping for omelets.

Angel Jacklyn said...

SCRAMBLED EGGS + CHEESE & OATMEAL! LOT'S OF B VITAMINS, FOLIC ACID & HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL. AFTER ALL, BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY, ISN'T IT? =) kytah00@yahoo.com

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Erin Dumont said...

Soups are my favorite nutritious and easy meals to make. When I can't use home-canned veggies, I use the Del Monte brand for the best quality.

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Tabathia B said...


I love homemade chicken noodle soup

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