Extra-crunchy, buttery homemade pita chips are served with colorful fruit salsa; sprinkled with poppy seeds – for an element of fun.
We’re totally on a spring cleaning kick. I’ve been organizing, cleaning and discovering all sorts of treasures in my pantry. (See pic below!) And Deanna’s been spring cleaning, every other corner of her kitchen ==> See her Healthy Kitchen Hacks – Spring Cleaning Edition.
Even our Recipe ReDux friends are cleaning – as it’s this month’s ReDux theme:
Spring cleaning: Go through your pantry, cupboards, freezer, or fridge; what ‘treasures’ have you found? Pick an ingredient/spice/condiment that’s been hanging out for a while and give it the attention it needs. Share a healthy recipe made using your new-found pantry prize.
You’ll find out what ‘pantry prize’ I found, but first…
In case you haven’t yet caught the cleaning bug , I have some inspiration for you: There are THREE BIG reasons why cleaning your pantry is really healthy.
1. Healthy For Your Wallet
If you know what’s in your pantry, you can plan a few meals with ingredients you have already purchased – instead of spending cash for more groceries.
- Take stock of your pantry every few months to help with menu planning.
- Try to eat only what you have for a week or two. Here’s how Sally @RealMomNutrition did a whole month of pantry-only eating.
2. Healthy For Your Family
I find the first items to leave my pantry are the snacks (crackers, sweet cereals, etc.) but the last to leave are:
- Whole grains (Who else has hulless barley sitting in the dark corners of the cupboard?)
- Canned beans, canned fruits, canned veggies
- Unfamiliar spices, seeds, condiment sauces. Click on any of the healthy Recipe ReDux blogs below, then search for a recipe to use your unfamiliar find.
I go through my pantry and throw out dated ingredients and even less-than-healthy-items that I may have purchased on sale. Then I try to incorporate more of those whole grains and healthy canned foods into my meal plan.
3. Healthy For Others
- Some items you might find may be needed at your local food pantry; check out this list of What Food Banks Need Most (And What They Get Too Much Of) via Charity @Foodlets
- Make sure items are not past the ‘use-by’ date
Now about that pantry prize: When I did my pantry spring cleaning I found three jars of poppy seeds! Beyond poppy seed dressing and muffins, I haven’t found too many uses. And that’s too bad; because like other seeds, poppy seeds are rich in nutrients:
- Iron and zinc
- B vitamins
So to amp up our after-school snack routine, I created this fruit-sweetened salsa with super crunchy whole grain pita chips. Poppy seeds add an element of ‘sprinkles-fun’ since I let the kids go to town with sprinkling from the poppy seed jar.Print
Lime Chili Chips & Fruit Salsa
Poppy seed ‘sprinkles’ add an element of healthy fun to this fruit salsa served with extra crunchy chips seasoned with lime, chili and cinnamon.
- 1 pint strawberries, trimmed, chopped
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled, chopped
- 1 cup grapes, halved or left whole
- 1 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh lime juice – from 1-2 limes
- Poppy seeds, to taste
- 2 whole wheat pita breads
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon lime zest – from 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a serving bowl, combine strawberries, kiwi, grapes, pineapple and bell pepper; mix. Drizzle with lime juice. Toss well. If possible, allow to stand for at least 10 minutes to let flavors meld. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
- Preheat oven to 450°. Spray large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Cut pita breads in half lengthwise, so you have 4 circles. Mix butter and lime zest in a small bowl. Brush smooth sides of pita breads with lime butter and cut each pita into 8 wedges. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine sugar, chili powder, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle over pita wedges. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp. Serve with fruit salsa.
- Serving Size: About 4-5 servings
What treasures did you discover when you ‘spring cleaned’ your pantry? How to you use poppy seeds? (PLEASE share -I need to use up all those jars.)
Click on any of the healthy Recipe ReDux post below to get inspiration for using up what’s lurking in your pantry.