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5 Delicious and Healthy Ways to Use Salsa

Salsa is something we spend a lot of time thinking about. One of the things we think about is different ways people can enjoy our delicious salsas. Since our salsas are made from farm fresh ingredients, they have some health benefits you simply won’t find in other dips or condiments. Specifically, our salsas are low calorie, fat-free and don’t have any sugar added. They’re also naturally packed with Vitamins A and C, along with being low in sodium. And as you may have guessed, they’re vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Because we’re very proud of the fact that we’re able to offer something that’s both healthy and delicious, we want to highlight five different ways to make the most of those traits of our salsas: Marinade When people think of marinade, meat is often the first thing that comes to mind. And while our salsa is a great way to add flavor to any meat you may enjoy, marinade also works great for both grilled fish and veggies. Given that many of the marinades you’ll find on store shelves are packed with sugar and/or fat, any of our three salsas will be much healthier. Salad Dressing Of all the options we’re covering, this may be the simplest but most effective healthy use of salsa. The next time you make a salad, skip reaching for a bottle of dressing and instead spoon some salsa on top. Your taste buds and the rest of your body will thank you for doing so! Soup Base While tomato soup is delicious any time of the year, it’s especially tasty when the weather outside is cold. Unfortunately, many of the canned options on store shelves are packed with sodium and other preservatives. If you want to make this type of soup from scratch but are worried that the process is going to take too long, using salsa to kickstart the base of your soup is a great way to reduce the prep time required while simultaneously adding some serious flavor! Guacamole Want to whip up some guacamole that tastes just as good as anything you’d find at a restaurant? All you need is one of our salsas, a couple of avocados, and a little lime juice. Mix them together, add pepper to taste and serve with your favorite brand of tortilla chips. Marinara or Cocktail Sauce Substitute If you want to add some heat to your pizza or pasta, using our InCindyary salsa in place of marinara will do the trick. And if you like shrimp cocktail but aren’t always crazy about the flavor of horseradish, substitute salsa in its place for a different flavor that still packs a punch. We hope you’re inspired to try one of these delicious ideas in your home! And if you have a healthy way that you enjoy salsa, be sure to share it with us by using the form at the top of our Salsa Stories page.
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The Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Tailgate Party

We’re officially in the midst of football season, which means lots of opportunities for having fun while watching games. If you want to really make the most of a Buckeyes or other game, it’s hard to beat the awesomeness of a great tailgate! Since there are a lot of ways to approach a tailgating party, I’ve put together a list of the top five tips I think are essential for hosting the perfect event: Make a List Even though the experience that people have at your tailgate party should be one of laid-back fun, there’s actually a lot that goes into pulling off this type of event. That’s why you can save yourself quite a bit of stress and scrambling around at the last minute by making a list. When you first start planning, you should get everything out of your head and onto your list. Then if your list ends up too cluttered or disorganized, you can take a second pass and get it all in a useful order. Choose the Right Types of Food When it comes to tailgating, food is really the star of this event. You want everyone who spends time with you to be able to enjoy some delicious options. Since the tricky part can be narrowing down to exactly which items you want to make and serve, one criterion you can use to guide your choices is size. Foods that are easy to pick up and snack on are ideal for this type of environment. And in terms of finding the right balance between guilty pleasure foods and healthier options, Mama Flasch’s salsas make that a breeze. Our InCindyary hot salsa packs a ton of flavor with just 15 calories per serving. Don’t Forget About Drinks While food is going to be the main attraction of your event, drinks are definitely important. In addition to bringing a variety that all of your guests will be able to enjoy, be sure you have a reliable way to keep them nice and cold throughout the day. The Right Seating is a Big Plus Chances are that people will be wandering around plenty during your tailgate. But there will also be times when you all want to hang out together. That’s where having the right seating becomes essential. By bringing plenty of seating that’s foldable and comfortable, you’ll have a great space where everyone wants to hang out for as long as possible. Bring It All Together Visually Decorations are the last piece to bringing together all the other elements we covered. This is also an area where you can have a lot of fun. Whether you go with a theme that’s based on team colors, the season, or a combination of things, let your creativity run wild. Although there’s definitely a lot to be said for being as close to the stadium where a game is taking place as possible, it’s worth mentioning that you can use these tips to host a tailgate party in a variety of other locations. So whether you’re right by the action or bring all this fun somewhere different, following the tips I covered above will make your event a big success! Use one of our fun and easy salsa recipes to bring your tailgate party to life!  You can purchase Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa online today.
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6 Elements of a Successful School Fundraiser

According to PTO Today, school groups raise more than $1.5 billion every year selling various products. Although that huge amount may seem like a typo, it’s definitely billion with a b. While the opportunity presented by school fundraising is a very attractive one, it doesn’t mean raising a meaningful amount of money for very worthwhile initiatives like equipment or enriching field trips is easy. Since certain decisions and actions can mean the difference between mediocre results or a very successful fundraising campaign, I’ve used my extensive research and recent participation in this space to compile a list of the six essential elements of successful fundraising for a school: 1.   More Isn’t Always Better Research by PTO Today found that there are more than 2,000 fundraising companies in the US and Canada. All of these options can make it tempting to offer tons of products during a fundraiser. However, that approach can actually overwhelm prospects, which is why many of the best fundraising results come from much more focused campaigns. It’s also why our selection of three delicious salsas are perfect for a school fundraising campaign. 2.  Your Partner Can Make or Break Fundraising Efforts The right company and products can help your fundraiser exceed your expectations. On the other hand, the wrong partner can create a burden that’s nearly impossible to overcome despite your best efforts. So before you get persuaded by a slick pitch and big promises, take some time to do your research and think through all aspects of what’s being offered to you. 3.  Start Planning Now Given the number of pieces that have to be in place for a successful school fundraiser, it’s never too early to start gathering information and thinking through all the basics of your campaign. 4.  Know What You Want to Accomplish One of the most important things to pinpoint during the planning stage is exactly what needs to be accomplished with a fundraiser. By setting a clear goal that’s meaningful but still attainable, you’ll be able to set the stage for giving everyone something to rally around together. 5.  Get Everyone Involved Speaking of rallying around, the more you can get the entire school and community involved, the better. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure there’s alignment between what the fundraising is trying to accomplish and a core value of the school. 6.  Ending Doesn’t Mean It’s Over A common mistake that’s made in regards to school fundraisers is letting the momentum go away once a campaign ends. By making a point to engage in different follow-up activities like saying thanks to everyone who made the campaign a success, you can help carry the positive energy into future efforts. By taking each of the six elements above into careful consideration, you will have all the pieces in place needed to run a very successful fundraiser for your school. And if you’re interested in working with Mama Flasch’s Salsa on a fundraiser, don’t hesitate to get in touch with US TODAY.

Quick 4-Layered Dip

In a 8x8 square pan:  1 8 oz can of refried beans, 1 8 oz container of sour cream, 1/2  jar of Mama’s salsa and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.  Serve chilled or just warmed up.  Both taste great.

Guacamole

1 ripe avocado, 1/2 lime, 1/2 cup of salsa.  Combine mashed avocado and juice of 1/2 lime, then add in 1/4 Mama Flasch salsa and eat immediately or chill for 30 minutes.  Enjoy.

Quick Queso

8 oz of velveeta cut in 1/2 in cubes along with 1/2 of Mama Flasch’s salsa.  Heat in microwave for 35-45 seconds (cover), stir and heat (cover) for another 35-45 seconds.  Ready to eat.

Chicken Taco Chili

Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 10 oz package frozen corn kernels 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chilies 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, chopped 1 jar of Mama Flasch's  Gourmet Salsa 1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning or homemade (see below) 1 tbsp chili powder 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts Directions: Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,  mama flasch salsa, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well. Nestle the chicken in to completely cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with your favorite toppings! - Lisa M.

Cabbage Carrot Stew

Add 1 jar of Mama’s salsa to a large crock pot.  Add 8 oz of chicken stock or water, mushrooms, carrots, parsley, garlic powder.  Mix together.  Brown ground beef and add to the mixture and stir.  Place on stove on low.  Cut 1/2 hear of cabbage in 1” or 2” squared and add to mixture.  Cook and stir about every 15-20 minutes for at least 2 hours.  The longer it sits, the better it taste!! - Chris D.

Turkey Lettuce Boats

Brown 1 pound of ground turkey.  Drain and add 1 jar of Mama’s salsa.  Heat up for a few minutes to let the turkey absorb the salsa. Then take a head of lettuce, take off large lettuce leaf and fill with mixture.  Add a little sour cream and shredded cheese. Serve. Easy! - Chris D.

Chicken Tacos with Mama Flasch

In a crock pot add chicken breasts, jar of Mama’s salsa, 1 8oz can of diced tomatoes (optional). Cook all day, then add 1 packet of taco mix.  Stir.  Let cook while you remove the chicken and shred with forks.  Put the shredded chicken back into the pot and stir.  Served with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, cheese in your taco shell or tortilla or even a bowl. - Chris D.