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Saturday
Jan182014

Stuffed Poblanos

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Joel likes to tease me about my apparent obsession with making “stuffed” food. Things like stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed squash, and the like. I guess I’ve never thought about how much I enjoy stuffing food inside of food and calling it a meal. Unfortunately, Joel doesn’t share my interest in stuffed food. I don’t know why. Sure, he likes the components separately, but together? No, thanks. Well, maybe it’s mean of me, but I continue to make stuffed food, in hopes that he might someday change his mind. It may be working, because guess who liked this meal? Simple, slightly spicy, and meatless stuffing inside of a poblano makes for a delicious meal that leaves you stuffed! (see what I did there? haha)

1 can (28 ounces) Whole Tomatoes in Puree
1 Jalapeño, minced
1 Onion, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, 2 whole and 1 minced
Salt and Pepper
1 can (19 ounces) Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
3/4 cup Water
4 Poblano Chiles, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, jalapeño, half of the onions, and the 2 whole garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, cornmeal, 1/2 cup of cheese, remaining onions, minced garlic, cumin, and water. Season with salt and pepper. Evenly spoon the filling into the poblano halves. Place the poblanos on top of the sauce in the baking dish, then evenly sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the poblanos are tender. Uncover and continue to cook until the cheese is brown and bubbly and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 10-15 minutes.

SOURCE: Martha Stewart

Saturday
Jan112014

Portobello Fajitas with Fontina Queso

Portobello fajitas with fontina queso

When I was younger, every time we went to a Mexican restaurant, my dad would order fajitas. I remember the sizzling sound and the amazing smell as they were brought to the table on a skillet. I also remember how crowded the table became after they were dropped off at the table, having to squeeze to make room for the skillet, the tortilla holder, and the plate with all of the toppings. While there was always so many components, the concept behind fajitas is quite simple, really; sautéed onions and peppers combined with a protein of choice, wrapped in a soft tortilla. While this version doesn’t require nearly as much space on the table, it certainly doesn’t skimp on the taste. Especially the queso, which I could eat with a spoon!

2 tablespoons Butter
4 Portobello Caps, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
12 Corn Tortillas

Add the butter to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions with a  sprinkle of salt, cooking until somewhat soft and sizzling. Add the mushrooms and allow to soften slightly before seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and fill the tortillas with peppers, onions, and mushrooms, then top with queso. 

For the Fontina Queso:
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 Jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
1 tablespoon Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 teaspoon Flour
1/3 cup Milk
8 ounces Fontina Cheese, freshly grated

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapeño, and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add milk and fontina, stirring until melted. Serve immediately.

SOURCE: How Sweet It Is

Monday
Jun102013

Lentil and Zucchini Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Lentil tacos

Mexican food is my favorite. Generally, it's cheap, quick, and easy. While it isn't always healthy, it is always delicious. Perhaps this recipe isn't authentic compared to most cheese and sauce drenched recipes, but it's wrapped in a tortilla so to me, that puts these tacos in that category, and it's healthy too! Lentils replace the typical ground meat found in tacos, the wilted arugula offers a peppery bite, zucchini is always delicious, and the chipotle cream sauce gives these tacos the perfect amount of spice. These tacos were delicious, and they made a ton. We pretty much never have leftovers, but we are looking forward to eating these again tomorrow night!

1 cup Green Lentils
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 cups Zucchini, diced
4 cups Arugula
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2-3 Chipotle Pepper with Adobo Sauce
1/2 cup Cilantro
1 Lime, juiced
16 Corn Tortillas
Salt and Pepper, to taste

To make the sauce, place the yogurt, chipotles and adobo, cilantro, and lime juice in a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (I used part water and part vegetable broth I had in the fridge). Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain if necessary, then add the arugula and stir to wilt. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until the zucchini becomes golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Warm the tortillas in a hot oven or in the microwave. Layer two tortillas on a plate, spoon the lentil and arugula mixture over the tortillas, followed by the zucchini. Drizzle with the chipotle cream sauce. 

SOURCE: Bev Cooks

Monday
May062013

Mango Jalapeño Margaritas

 

Whenever I make cocktails at home, tequila is generally my first choice for liquor, so it is no surprise that I love margaritas. While the frozen kind was my favorite back in the day, these days I prefer them to be made on the rocks. Since yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to have a Mexican meal, complete with margaritas. We made carne asada tacos, and while the steak was marinating in the fridge, I whipped up a batch of these delicious, sweet-and-spicy margaritas to enjoy in the yard. The jalapeño infused tequila gave this drink some heat, while the mango simple syrup added the perfect amount of sweetness. I love the fact that the recipe for the syrup and the tequila made more than enough for 2 margaritas. I'll definitely be enjoying these again, and often!!

For 1 Margarita:
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Jalapeño Tequila, recipe below
2 ounces Lime Juice
2 1/2 ounces Mango Simple Syrup, recipe below 
Salt
Lime Wedges

Rim the edge of a glass with a lime wedge, then dip the glass in salt and fill it with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine the grand marnier, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup with ice and shake. Pour over the ice in the glass and garnish with a lime wedge and some jalapeño slices from the tequila.

For the Mango Simple Syrup:
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 Mango, peeled and cubed

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and let the sugar dissolve, then turn off the heat and let it cool completely. Combine the cooled syrup and the mango cubes in a blender and puree until combined. Keep sealed in a container for a few weeks, preferably in the fridge. 

For the Jalapeño Tequila:
1 1/2 cups Tequila
2 Jalapeños, sliced

Add the jalapeño slices to a large jar and pour in the tequila. Let it sit for 24 hours, then strain before using. Keep sealed in a container for a few weeks, preferably in the fridge.  

SOURCE: How Sweet It Is

Sunday
Feb172013

Tequila Lime Chicken Fajita Salad with Chile Lime Vinaigrette

Chicken fajita salad

Often times, we tend to make what Joel calls "gloopy" food for dinner. What he means by that is food that is dripping in some sort of sauce and smothered with melted cheese. Doesn't sound too bad to me, but lately, Joel has been craving healthier food. He made an appeal to completely overhaul our eating habits. He wants to try new-to-us grains, with vegetables and minimal sauce. I can't say it will be easy, but I guess it doesn't sound like a bad idea, especially since it will help to keep us healthy. Just because food isn't dripping in sauce and covered in melted cheese doesn't mean it can't be flavorful, and this salad is a perfect example of that. Marinating a chicken breast overnight, then grilling it and tossing it on a bed of lettuce with bold flavored add-ins, and a sweet, spicy dressing sounds pretty good to me! This was a great taste of summer in the dead of winter. I look forward to enjoying it again, maybe even out in the yard...when it finally warms up!

For the Marinade:
2 Chicken Breasts
1/3 cup Tequila
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Lime Juice
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
Zest from 2 Limes

Whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Add the chicken to a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the top. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours. When you are ready to make the salad, grill the chicken until cooked.Let it rest, then slice.  Meanwhile make the salad.

For the Corn Salsa:
12 ounces Frozen Corn, thawed and drained
2 Jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1/2 Red Onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup Cilantro, torn or chopped
Juice of 2 Limes
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. 

For the Chile Lime Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1/2 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
2 teaspoons Honey
Juice from 2 Limes
Pinch of Salt & Pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake or whisk until combined. 
 

For the Salad:
1/2 Red Pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce, washed, dried, and torn
1/2 cup Black Beans
1/2 cup Corn Salsa (recipe below)
1 ounce Colby Jack Cheese, grated
1 Avocado, sliced
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, for topping

Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add the peppers and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and cook for 5-6 minutes, until slightly soft. To assemble the salad, place lettuce in a bowl. Cover with chicken slices, black beans, corn salsa, peppers, cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips. Top with dressing and toss. 

SOURCE: Barely adapted from How Sweet It Is