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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Saucy

Over Memorial Day we had a few work friends over for a backyard BBQ. Unfortunately it was really cool and windy, not ideal weather, but oh well. We grilled up flank steak and shrimp on skewers and setup a Taco Bar. It was a lot of fun, and something that fit everyone's diet (yea)! My favorite part were some homemade sauces. I got the idea off of Pinterest and they turned out great!

I made a really spicy Chipotle Sauce and a Cilantro Lime Sauce. They were great on the tacos, but I continued to use the leftovers on many other meals, like burger toppings and as a dip. The Chipotle Sauce was the hands down favorite, but very spicy.

I made the sauces by adding all the ingredients to the recycled jar, attaching my blender blades and bottom to the jar opening and blending it right in the jar (click here for a visual on how I did this). It worked beautifully!

Chipotle Sauce
          • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
          • 1/2 Greek Yogurt 
          • 1/2 Cup canned Chipotle Peppers in spicy sauce (sometimes says adobe sauce)
          • splash lemon juice
Cilantro Lime Sauce
          • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
          • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
          • Large bunch of Cilantro
          • Lime juice (3 small limes)
          • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
I started saving glass jars (like pickle and condiment jars) and using them for decorating at parties and to store things. I found these great  Chalk Labels at Cost Plus World Market and made nice labels. I also got these little metal buckets in the Target dollar section and put all the snacks in them, instead of bowls.


We made Refine Mojitos and I really look forward to enjoying more of them over the summer. A girlfriend with a backyard avocado tree gave me a bag full of avocados. I can not tell you how good these avocados are! You store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them, then set them on the counter for a few days to ripen. They have a really thin skin and are a much lighter color instead. They made great guacamole! You never would have guessed it was diet food!

15 comments:

  1. Sounds too delish...all my favorite foods.
    (Once you taste those off the tree avocados, you're spoiled forever!)
    Enjoy life...and take care.

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  2. I just love Mexican food - I will try this for sure! Thanks Amber :)

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  3. Those sauces sound great - you know I love spicy anything. All the stuff for your BBQ sounds great :-)

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  4. I love your veggie tray. Is that sliced cucumber, celery and green beans? Looks really fresh and original!

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  5. Yum yum! I love your labels- Thar's a great idea! Usually its just up to me to remember what's in the jar.

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    1. Martha Stewart has labels like that at Staples (I picked some up a few months ago - just haven't used them yet). http://www.avery.ca/avery/en_ca/Products/Martha-Stewart-Home-Office-with-Avery/Labels-Tags-%26-Bands/Kitchen-Labels/MSLO-Chalkboard-Labels-Flourish-shape-Black-4inx6in-sheets-2_.5inx3_.75in-2up-6-sheets_72415.htm?N=4294962575&Ns=&refchannel=27879fbc8c004310VgnVCM100000a1210c0aRCRD

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  6. We make a similar chipotle sauce and I do the same thing - put it on everything (we started out putting it on shrimp tacos and then started eating it with anything Mexican foodwise, and now we put it on everything as well!! I'll have to try your recipe. Love the chalkboard tags. I think I'll have to get me some - they'd be perfect for entertaining this summer.

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  7. hmmmm...good! it all sound and looks good. I planted my herb garden yesterday and one of my treats I got was a "Mojito" Mint plant..really that's it name :-) I'm going to pick up some refine and I'll be doing as you this summer enjoy Mojitos!!

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    1. Apparently you are supposed to use Spearmint in Mojitos, not just regular mint. My husband used to be picky about that when we first started making them! Very cool you found a plant for it!

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  8. Yum - especially the chipotle sauce! Think I'll try that today. You California girls are so lucky to get those fresh avocados! Only grocery store kind around here.

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  9. Nice variations of sauces. I’m going to try these sauces.

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  10. Amber I love your veggie tray! Sliced cucumbers is a great idea instead of chips!

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  11. Great ideas. Love them all, especially the sauces! You rock girl! Sending hugs and love!

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  12. Made the Chipotle Sauce and it is wonderful!

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