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The weather has really been cooling off here in Utah, and while I adore boots and sweaters, I hate the mushy snow. Not only do I freeze all winter, but our family really enjoys spending time together outdoors, so once winter hits we have to change things around a bit.
This Pineapple Salsa completely describes our winter. My husband and I really want to stay present in our lives, especially in the raising of two little girls. We don’t ever want to look back on our lives and feel like we missed out on special opportunities or experiences.
I once learned that one of the biggest regrets a person shares in their last moments of life is that they didn’t spend enough time with their loved ones doing the things that are important. Supposedly this is especially true of those who are very wealthy. We certainly are not millionaires, but we still work hard and we don’t want to ever lose sight of those important, little moments with our loved ones.

Enjoying Life Every Day

One thing we have decided as a couple is that every day we need moments together as a family where everything is put aside and we are just talking, sharing, learning, growing, and becoming closer in our relationships with one another. This is getting more and more difficult as the years go on because of school, the blog, etc., however we absolutely refuse to give up.

A close family that works and plays together creates happier, healthier, more responsible and confident children. Our family reads together every night, but in addition to that, we play games, serve those around us and we cook together.

We have found that making healthy snacks or treats during the winter, especially ones that are light and citrusy create happy feelings during the gloom of winter, and eating better helps us to feel better in the cold, slow months when most people tend to pack on the pounds. We will make a yummy snack, invite a friend over and laugh until our sides ache. We don’t need fancy toys, expensive vacations or getting all dolled up to go out, we just need each other and that helps us to enjoy life every day.

This Salsa is an older recipe that we generally make during the summer, but during the winter, we can just grab a can of Del Monte Pineapple and Peaches and in no time, we’ve got a fun snack that the kids and adults love, and it’s healthier than all of the cheesy dips going around during the holidays. Plus I feel better about it knowing that Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables & Tomatoes contain similar nutrition to fresh fruits and veggies, there are no artificial colors or flavors, and they are picked at the peak of ripeness.

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Salsa

Peach Pineapple Salsa
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: www.ohsweetbasil.com
Prep time:
Total time:
A bright and cheery salsa that will be sure to wake up those taste buds!
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Del Monte Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Can Del Monte Sliced Peaches, Light
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced Fine
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Green Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 Cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together, and enjoy!

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About the authors

Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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

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  • I love making chicken noodle soup. I feel so much better when I am eating healthy

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  • The meal that makes me feel good and good for me is mixed fruits and veggie with black bean salad, yummy!

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  • Mmm I love pineapple salsa with peaches add some black beans and grilled fish and makes the perfect fish taco!!!

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  • I love homemade vegetable soup with a green salad!!

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    • lots of veggies

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  • I love to make sopa de lima (lime soup) with chicken and lots of veggies…comfort food at its best and you only use a bit of oil!

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  • I love a good chicken salad

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  • I like aalad with chicken or fruit.

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  • I like food that is mostly fruits & veggies. Your recipe is one that I would like to make that is good for me.

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  • A meal that makes me feel good to be a mixed veggie pasta. So glad it’s my kids favorite too.

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  • I love experimenting with making soups and other foods in my VitaMix

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  • My favorite meal that tastes good and is good for me is salmon and roasted veggies. It’s delicious anytime of the year!

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  • I love a veggie steamed smorgasbord – cabbage broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, squash …whatever I have on hand. I sprinkle a little maggie sauce on them and have it as a meal.

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  • Never had pineapple salsa but would love to try it.

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

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  • 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

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  • I love grilling veggies and making my own healthy whole foods sauce!

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  • I love fresh guacamole, smell of cilantro and crunch of chips is perfect.

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  • Homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust and homemade sauce… or if that's not healthy enough then I like making salmon too. 🙂

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  • I went to two funerals this week…both women my age, with children in college. It puts life in perspective…and your attitude is spot on.

    PS…your salsa looks magnificent. Great way to bring summer flavors into the other seasons 🙂

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  • I've made pineapple salsa from scratch and a girlfriend mentioned peach salsa last year… But putting the two together in such a simple way? I'm going to see if I can serve this on Thanksgiving!

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  • You're so right, Carrian. So important to enjoy every moment. The kids grow so quickly. I appreciate your sweet words. Your salsa looks fantastic!

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  • So pretty! I love fruit salsas!

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  • I like taco salad. It mixes healthy with spicy!
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  • 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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  • I like to make smoothies with fresh fruit and veggies. Healthy and delicious!

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  • The salsa looks wonderful and so do your photos. I think I like serving my homemade tomato pasta sauce. Lots of great veggies and such great taste.

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  • I love fruit salsas and pair them with salmon for a healthy meal. I like the idea of using the canned peaches. I'm still waiting on that cheese knife but thought I would try my luck again. LOL

    Happy Thanksgiving Carrian!

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

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  • I don't usually like the sweeter salsas but I adore pineapple so I'll have to try this!

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  • I love my mom's home made lasagna. Nothing beats a home cooked meal surrounded by the ones you love!

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  • Soup is my favorite healthy meal. It's just so warm and comforting and there are so many healthy varieties to choose from!

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  • Great post, Carrian. We could all use this reminder! And often 😉

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

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  • Okay, that salsa looks killer! SO fruity and colorful, and I love the little snips of cilantro. Perf!

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  • I love to make turkey chili. It's healthy and it's comfort food.

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  • I like to make spaghetti squash and top it with a homemade tomato sauce that involves zucchini, sweet potato and spinach. It's so good and with so many vegetables.

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  • I try to make every meal a meal that's good for us, but one that makes me happy is when I serve kale to my 5- and 2-year olds and they gobble it up!

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  • My homemade whole wheat pizza recipe with homemade tomato sauce always makes me happy and I love knowing I'm eating healthy!

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  • I love pineapple salsa! It's such a nice variation from the usual tomato : )

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