Mexican Food Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

Basic Salsa

1 can of tomatoes

1 handful of cilantro

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 small onion, chopped

salt as preferred

1 jalapeno (take out the seeds for less heat)

a splash of lemon juice

*put all ingrendients in the food processor and blend.

Salsa Chicken

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person

 2 cups of homeade salsa

*put chicken breasts and salsa in a skillet.  Bring to boil, cover and simmer till chicken is cooked (around 25 minutes).  Serve with whole wheat or corn tortillas and greek yogurt in place of sour cream.

Enchiladas

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person, cut into chunks

1 small yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

1-2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper to taste

whole wheat tortillas (I recommend La Factory tortillas or Trader Joes brown rice tortillas but any whole wheat tortilla will do).  If whole wheat isnt available, use corn.

2 cups enchilada sauce^^

1/4  cup mexican cheese blend

* Sautee onion in olive oil till soft.  Add garlic, chicken, oregano and salt and pepper.  Cook on medium high till chicken is cooked.  In a casserole dish layer tortillas, chicken mixture, sauce.  Repeat till dish is full. Add cheese.  Cook in a preheated oven at 350.

OR

*wrap chicken mixture in tortillas so that they’re burrito size.   Place on a  baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Pour sauce so that it covers the enchiladas and top with cheese.  Cook in a preheated oven at 350.

^^Enchilada Sauce

2 teaspoons olive oil

3 Tablespoons New Mexico Chili Powder

2 cups chicken broth

10 oz tomato paste

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon oregano

pinch of red pepper

salt and pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon flour

*Put broth, tomato paste and spices in a large skillet at medium.  Stir, bring to boil and add flour.  Simmer till thick.

Tequitos

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person

1 4 oz can of green chilis

1/2 canned pinto or black beans

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 jalapeno, deseeded

1/4 cup mexican cheese blend

whole wheat tortillas (or flour if need be)

*Sautee chicken in olive oil over medium high heat till brown.  Put chicken, chilis and beans in food processor and pulse.   Take mixture and cheese and roll up in tortillas.  Spray a baking sheet with calorie-free butter spray.  Spray tequitos.  Cook in preheated oven at 375 for 15 minutes.  Serve with salsa, guacamole ^^ and greek yogurt.

 ^^ Guacamole

1 avocado, mashed

2 Tablespoons lime juice

garlic powder to taste

1 tomato, diced.

– optional: 1/2  teaspoon hot sauce

* Put all ingredients in bowl and mix.

Tostadas

1/2 pound 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1 can black beans

3 large handfuls of spinach, chopped

1 cup guacamole

1 cup salsa

1/4 cup mexican blend cheese

corn tortillas

*Toast tortillas in toaster oven till crispy.  Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium.  Sautee onions till soft. Add garlic and meat. Cook till meat is done and add black beans.   To assemble: spread guacamole on tortilla.  Add meat/bean mixture.  Top with spinach, cheese and salsa.

Tortilla Chips

Tortillas of your choice

Olive oil

salt

*Spray olive oil on tortillas.  Cut into pieces and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Cook in a preheated oven at 40o degrees for 10 minutes or till crispy.

Fajitas

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped or serving of shrimp per person

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 pinch red pepper flakes

salt/pepper to taste

* Sautee onion in olive oil on medium high heat.  Add bell pepper.  Cook till vegitables are soft and add garlic.  Cook for 1 minute and add chicken and spices.  Cook till chicken is fully cooked.  If using shrimp, add after cooking spices.  Serve with gaucalmole and whole wheat tortillas.  Greek yogurt optional.

Spanish Rice

1 cup rice

2 cups chicken broth

1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 4 oz can diced green chiles

2 tablespoons favorite taco seasoning

* Bring broth to boil.  Add rice, tomatoes and seasoning.  Simmer 10 minutes or till rice is cooked.

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Boyfriend Approved Healthy Food Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

I started cooking after college, inspired by my boyfriend.  We met in college and he had the worst diet; he lived off fast food burritos, takeout pizza and canned chili.

I found the kitchen to be a scary place but decided to transform his food into healthier versions.  And after awhile I found that I love cooking and my boyfriend discovered he loved eating healthy.

I’ve been meaning to put some recipes online for the past year.  Now my boyfriend is actually my fiance….

but here they are, recipes that are boyfriend approved healthy food.

Hello world! Saturday, Nov 3 2007 

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