Summer Salsas!! - CulinArt Group

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Summer Salsas!!

Chef Peter Klein and Regional Wellness Manager  Dorfman, MS, RDN created a delicious video showing off some of CulinArt’s great summer salsa recipes (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO). Let’s dive a bit deeper into the nutritional benefits of these seasonal salsas!

There are so many simple and tasteful ways to incorporate these fresh salsas into your daily meals! They are a great topping or side dish that can incorporate vitamins, minerals, and high-water content foods.

Each of these summer salsa variations use the same basic ingredients: simply adding salt, pepper, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, and lime juice can add so much flavor. What makes these salsas stand out, are the fruity base ingredients!

  • Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a good source of therapeutic compounds such as antioxidant flavonoids, phytonutrients, and phenols. There are important daily vitamins and minerals found in cilantro including vitamin A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and folate. Not only are these vitamins and minerals present, but it also aids in the detoxification of the body, antioxidant ability, reduces stress and anxiety, controls blood sugar levels, digestion, reducing urinary tract infections, brain health, and heart health.
  • Lime juice has many similar benefits to lemon juice. Limes are a great source of vitamins A, B, C, D, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This citrus fruit contains antioxidants which protect the body. The juice is also able to hydrate and rejuvenate skin, improve digestion, fight infections, and prevents diseases.
  • Strawberries are a fruit packed with nutrients – including vitamin C, K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. This sweet fruit is also rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Blueberries are also nutrient dense and high in fiber. In this summer berry, vitamins C, K, B6, folate, potassium, copper, and manganese are present. The deep blue color comes from the high levels of anthocyanins which also contribute to the many health benefits.

These simple and healthy salsa recipes are so simple to create and make great additions to any meal. Some ideas to incorporate them into lunch or dinner could be to use it to top a grilled protein such as chicken, steak, fish, or tofu. Or, switch out your jarred salsa for some of these summer varieties in your tacos! Even a sandwich or wrap could use these great salsas to as bright colors and light tastes!

Share with us, which summer salsa is your favorite?

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  • July 7, 2021

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“I wanted to recognize the individuals at the Valley Forge Site Café who have been supporting us throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I have been onsite at least a few days every week since June 2020 and I noticed that the team continued to provide quality and timely service for breakfast and lunch.  They effectively packaged the food to maintain CDC guidelines. Thank you!  ”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“The roasted tofu/noodle/edamame arugula salad with cabbage, carrots and red peppers was something that I would buy from a restaurant or food truck without question. It would win best school lunch in the U.S. without a doubt if there was such a competition! The textures and flavors were a perfect blend, tied together by an excellent dressing. I don't think anyone would be mad if that popped up on the menu every week. Thanks again to you and your staff for such high-quality food!”

“Dear Chef Anthony: Hi! It’s the kids from Room 223 [and their teacher, Mrs. Smith]. We thank you for providing us with such great snacks and lunches! We know how hard you and your staff work. We have been talking as a class and we came up with some of our favorite snacks. We really love the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Scooby snacks. The soft pretzel bits are really good, too. Thank you again! ”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

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