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Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican fried rice – gosh there are a myriad ways of making this favorite Mexican dish.  One afternoon I was sharing a menu with my friend Iya for a quiet Friday night dinner with a plan to make Mexican rice and Mexican mashed pinto beans . Iya, who loves to cook was curious about my rice recipe and asked me how I make my Mexican rice. Honestly, I just came up with this recipe years ago and have been making it like this forever – I use taco seasoning in my Mexican fried rice. When Iya heard that I use taco seasoning she was surprised, she had never heard of that before.  I shared my recipe and since we were sharing recipes Iya shared her version of Mexican fried rice as well and I decided to give her recipe a try that same evening.  The rice turned out awesome 😋. Very different in flavor from mine but delicious nonetheless. Here are a couple of recipes for Mexican fried rice – one with spices and one without. Give each of them a try and you may find you like them both. Continue reading Mexican Fried Rice

Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

Hey folks, are you looking for a quick and easy dinner option with a Mexican twist? Give this menu a try with Mexican fried rice and pinto beans. Add some avocado, salsa, and queso fresca cheese if you like and you have a delicious quick and easy vegetarian meal in just 30 minutes.  And you haven’t even heard the most unique feature of this menu – there are no spices in any of the dishes! Just flavorful veggies, salt and jalapenos for a little heat. Continue reading Mexican Rice and Beans. A Menu Worth Replicating

White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

This is a filling soup chock full of mixed vegetables and white beans also known as lima beans. The extra kick of flavor comes from caramelized onions. Frying the onions and then adding them after the soup is cooked gives the onions a chance to keep their caramelized flavor more pronounced. Continue reading White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

☘☘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘☘

In the spirit of sharing something green for St. Patrick’s Day I thought I would share this quinoa pilaf recipe with good for you leafy greens. Collard greens are wonderful greens to cook with in a quinoa pilaf. I used over eight cups of chopped collard greens in this recipe, mainly because I had just received bunches of collard greens from my friend Rita, and a quinoa pilaf seemed the perfect way to use these greens. Continue reading Collard Greens Quinoa Pilaf

Creamy Asparagus and Leek Risotto

Creamy Asparagus and Leek Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups asparagus tips (save the stalks of the asparagus to use in an asparagus soup – recipe to come)
  • 2 -3 cups chopped leeks from 1 large leek stalk or 2 medium leeks
  • 2 cups risotto rice
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 5 cups broth
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)

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Black Eyed Peas Salad

With chock full of black eyed peas, crunchy vegetables and apples this salad has a good amount of substance, making us feel full even before we start on our main course 👌. This is a beautiful colorful salad that my friend Shalini made when we met for lunch one time. The key to making the black eyed pea salad look so pretty is the various colored bell peppers, green celery, pink radish, and red apples. Give it a try. Continue reading Black Eyed Peas Salad

New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas Curry

Growing up in the South in Texas and Louisiana, my Mom followed a Southern tradition of making black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and prosperity in the upcoming New Year. When Mom made black-eyed peas, she cooked it the only way she knew how which was an Indian black-eyed peas curry. Continue reading New Year’s Day Black-Eyed Peas Curry

Roasted Fennel & Chickpea Salad

The cool thing about this chickpea salad is how the roasted fennel, peppers, and onions add such wonderful flavors to this dish that it requires no dressing. Just fresh mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  My friend Shalini made this fennel and chickpea salad for lunch one day that was positively outstanding. Here is the recipe.
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