Category: Mexican


We love cornbread and we love chili.  The two of them together is a definite winner!

Cook the chili in the crockpot, and bake the cornbread about 1 1/2 hours before you want to serve the casserole.

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Combine:

2 lb. cubed pork (use any meat, or even plant based “meat”)

1 jar Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa (any salsa will do)

1 can black beans, drained

1 can white kidney beans, drained

Place in crockpot and cook on low 8-10 hours, or high 4-5 hours.  Keep warm until the cornbread is baked.

Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine the following:

2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix

3 eggs

1 can creamed corn

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1/2 c. almond milk

3 Tbsp. honey

Stir until blended.  Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until golden, about 40 minutes.

Pour chili over cornbread, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

I used 1 c. Daiya mozzarella style shreds.

Bake another 20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve topped with sour cream.

My son gave me a plantain press, so I decided to try homemade tostones for the first time.  What better day than Cinco de Mayo.  They were a huge success.   I cooked them in the oven along side the chicken while the rice and beans were on the stovetop.

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6 plantains, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices

1/4 c. grapeseed oil

Salt to taste (we like them pretty salty)

8 chicken patties (I actually used Gardein Crispy Chick’n Patties)

1 jar salsa (I used roasted tomatillo with pineapple)

Cheese to melt on top (I used vegan cheese, which isn’t pretty, but tastes yummy)

Start rice cooking and black beans heating on stovetop.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Toss plantain slices with oil and spread out on a baking sheet.

Place salsa in the bottom of two 13 x 9 taking dishes.  Top with patties and sprinkle with cheese.

Place plantain slices on the lower rack and patties on the upper rack.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove plantains from oven.  Reduce heat to 375F.

Smash plantains and place brown side up on the baking sheet, and return to the oven with the chicken for 15 minutes more.

The rice was done first, so I kept it warm on the stovetop.

We will definitely have this again!

My niece is in town for a visit adding yet another set of food allergies to cook around!  We all loved these burritos!  I was glad to find a taco sauce with no black pepper that she could eat.

Burrito and Salad

We are lucky here in Florida to have so many great allergen free foods.

1 onion, chopped

3- 4 Tbsp. Grapeseed oil

2 tsp. The Spice Hunter coriander lime rub

1/2 cup Brazilian spinach, torn

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. salt

4 cups cooked brown rice

1 package Gardein crumbles

1 pouch Frontera Texas skillet taco sauce

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 pouch vegan cheese shreds

Large tortillas.  Recipe makes approximately 12- 14 burritos.

Start by softening onion in a little oil, reserving some to brush the burritos prior to baking.  Season with salt and coriander lime seasoning.

Add in spinach, garlic, and crumbled, cooking till spinach is softened.

In a large bowl, combine rice, beans, taco sauce, shredded vegan cheese and crumbles.

I used a standard ice cream scoop and put 2 scoops on each tortilla, wrapping envelope style.

I placed them on a sheet pan and brush them with oil and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until golden.

Tuesday night is girls’ wine club, and I always try to make something that everyone, even my grandsons, will like.  The local market had frozen plantains on a BOGO sale, so my menu inspiration started there!  The chicken was cooked in the crock pot all day.  When I got home,  I shredded the chicken, I put the rice in the rice cooker, and heated up the black beans.  It’s more appealing to the eye if you serve each component up separately, but with our gang, I put it all back in the crock pot on warm so it stays ready to eat until everyone is ready to eat.  I put the plantains in the oven late, after the other food was ready, so not the best planning I’ve ever done!

Chicken, yellow rice, black beans and plantains

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 pouch Frontera fajita sauce

6 c. cooked yellow rice

2 cans black beans

2 pouches frozen plantains

Olive oil to cook the plantains

Cook thighs in fajita sauce in crock pot on low 8-9 hours.

Cook rice in rice cooker and meanwhile heat up black beans in a saucepan.

Cut up or shred the chicken and add in the rice and beans, and keep warm in crock pot.

You can either make the plantains while the rice is cooking, or after you’ve put everything in the crock pot.  I bought frozen, like I said, that was on sale.

Toss frozen plantains with oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet.   Bake at 400 F until plantains are golden and crispy.  It took 25 – 30 minutes.

Plantains

 

I’ve been craving Mexican food, so this really hit the spot.  Easy as can be using frozen chicken tenders and salsa.  This is a great recipe for weeknight quick dinners, and it utilizes pantry staples I usually have on hand.  Frozen chicken tenders, salsa, shredded cheese, rice, and beans.

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1 package Tyson Crispy Chicken Tenders

1 Jar salsa (I used verde, but it looks prettier with more colorful salsa)

1 pack shredded Mexican cheese

  1.  Pour salsa into 13×9 baking dish.
  2. Arrange chicken tenders in salsa.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  4. Cover with foil.
  5. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.  Remove foil and put back in the oven to allow cheese to completely melt.
  6. Serve with rice and beans.

I used Minute Rice Multigrain Medley and Lucky’s organic canned black beans.  The rice and beans cook while the tenders are in the oven.

This is yummy topped with sour cream too!

I bought some cauliflower rice the other day and had no idea how I was going to prepare it.  Luckily, I found a recipe that called for ingredients I almost always have on hand.

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2 bags cauliflower rice (I used Eat Smart – fresh)

1 bag frozen seasoning vegetables (onions, peppers, celery, and parsley)

2 cans tomatoes with green chiles

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. taco seasoning

1 c. shredded cheese (I used cheddar, monterey jack, and habinero lime fontina)

3 eggs

Saute frozen seasoning vegetables in oil until softened.  Add seasonings and garlic.  Cook for about a minute, and then add in tomatoes and cauliflower.

Simmer 10 minutes until cauliflower is tender.

Meanwhile, spray a 13 x 9 baking dish and preheat oven to 350F.

Beat eggs and set aside.

Allow cooked cauliflower to cool 5-10 minutes and then stir in eggs and half the cheese.

Spread into prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

This would work well with spaghetti squash, zucchini, broccoli slaw, etc.  You could also change up the seasonings and make it Italian or Indian – lots of great variations!  You could also add in any leftover cooked veggies, or even cooked rice or quinoa.  Cheese substitutes would work well, too, as long as they are the kind that melts well.  My friend Danielle swears by Trader Joe’s veggie cheese that is supposed to be like mozzarella.  Add in tofu to make it a complete meal.  I can’t wait to try this on a meatless night!

 

 

Baked Chicken Quesadilla

I was on my way home from the funeral of a dear friend and decided to do some therapy grocery shopping.  Tortillas were buy one get one free, and I had some leftover chicken, rice, vegetable, bean soup in the fridge.  My son, Donnie, has been asking for Quesadillas.  It was meant to be.

1 package soft flour tortillas

2-3 c. leftover chicken soup (liquid drained out)

1 package shredded Mexican cheese

Salsa, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Olives, etc. for garnish.

Cover two baking sheets with foil and spray with coconut oil.

Lay out as many tortillas as fit on the baking sheets (I had three each).

Place leftover soup, minus the liquid,  into a food process and pulse until the consistency of tuna salad.

Layer chicken on each of the tortillas.

Top with cheese.

Place another tortilla on top like a lid.

Spray tops with coconut oil.

Bake at 400 F for 10 minutes or until golden, rotating halfway through.

These were a huge hit, and easy and quick to make.  No wasted leftovers either!!

 

I cooked a bunch of chicken the other night that I had marinated in Frontera Key Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce (Frontera is Rick Bayless’ brand – the best!) along with yellow rice and black beans.  Less folks for dinner, so a boatload of leftovers – enter meal two – Burritos!

Burrito and Salad

4 c. leftover chicken breasts – baked in Frontera Key Lime Shrimp Taco sauce for 45 minutes at 350 F

frontera key lime shrimp sauce

3 c. cooked leftover yellow rice

1 c. leftover black beans

2 c. Mexican shredded cheese

20 flour tortillas

Oil for brushing

2 prepared large baking sheets – covered in foil and sprayed with coconut oil.

Preheat oven to 350F

1.  Put leftover cubed chicken in food processor and process until finely shredded.  Add a little salsa, if too dry.

2.  Mix chicken, rice, beans, and cheese using your hands like you’re making a meatloaf.

Leftover chicken and rice for burritos

3.  Place 1/2 to 3/4 c. mixture onto each tortilla, and fold envelope style.

4.  Place on prepared baking sheets.

5.  Brush with oil.

6.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until golden.

So good, the kids said to make the same meal over again specifically to have leftovers to recreate the burritos!!

I served the burritos with salad.

I kept the lettuce and watercress separate from the tomatoes and cucumbers and let everyone assemble their own salads, to save salad stuff for tonight’s dinner consisting of chicken marinated and cooked in papaya poppy seed dressing, cooked at 350F for 40-45 minutes.  Another yummy, healthy dinner.

Papaya Poppy Chicken

 

 

3 lb. ground turkey

1 package Chop Salad (any kind – keep the dressing and toppings for another time)

1 package frozen seasoning vegetables (onions, peppers, celery, and parsley)

1 can black beans

1 can white corn

2 pouches Frontera Lime Cilantro sauce – this is our favorite Rick Bayless sauce – all natural ingredients you can pronounce!

2 pouches Minute Multi-grain medley (uncooked)

Optional toppings:  Lettuce, tomato, avocado, red pepper, shredded cheese, black bean dip, etc.!

Brown meat.  Add veggies chop salad and seasoning and cook until softened.  Add sauce and cook in the crock pot 6-8 hours on low.  About 30 minutes before serving, turn crock pot to high and add in multi-grain.  It will absorb the extra liquid.  Heat tortillas and let everyone make their own burritos!

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4 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 pouches Frontera Fajita sauce

Yellow Rice, cooked according to directions

2 cans low sodium black beans, drained

1 package frozen seasoning vegetables

Marinade chicken in sauce at least 30 minutes.

Bake at 350F 35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F.

Meanwhile cook rice in rice cooker.

Cook seasoning vegetables in a little olive oil until softened.  Add in beans and heat over low until chicken is done.

Frontera is Rick Bayless’ brand.  This is the second product I have tried, and I am sold on his ability to create amazing flavors.  Everyone agreed that the chicken was delicious.  I am running to my local grocery store tomorrow to stock up while the Frontera sauces are on a BOGO deal.

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