Saturday, January 21, 2012

Juevos Ranchero Jenn style

This is my favorite breakfast. I make it on Sunday night and eat it for the rest of the week...

Quinoa- cooked as directed
1 can black, beans drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1/4 c mild or hot salsa
salt & pepper to taste
crispy corn tortillas
Eggs cooked over easy/medium

Mix first 5 ingredients together, set aside. Cook eggs over easy or medium.
Layer crispy corn tortilla then quinoa mix and topped with egg. Get crazy and add fresh diced avocado if you have any!

Mediterranean Quinoa

1 box quinoa- cooked as directed
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 tsp capers
1/4 small jar kalamata olives- diced
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
1 cucumber- seeded and chopped (use a spoon to scoop out the seeds in the middle)
1/4 c feta cheese
juice of 2-4 lemons plus some zest
salt & pepper to taste, but remember capers and olives are salty!

Mix all together and serve cold with grilled chicken for a light and delicious dinner.

Tilapia Tacos

1 lb fresh tilapia
juice from one lemon & some zest
1/2 jalapeno finely diced
1/4 bunch cilantro
2 tbl olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and coat the fish before you grill it. cook 6 minutes each side... or until firm

4-6 flour tortillas

1 bag shredded cabbage
1 jalapeno finely diced
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
4 lemons- juiced
salt & pepper to taste
1 dollop greek yogurt
rest of cilantro bunch rough chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped
Mix all ingredients together.

This makes a light, delicious and fresh taco- you can also add super thin julienned apple for more crunch and sweetness.

Enjoy! (And yes I, the none fish eater- ate it! I flaked the fish and mixed it into the cabbage and ate it with tortilla chips the next day too!)

If you are not watching what you eat- marinate the tilapia in 1/4 cup greek yogurt, with lime juice, jalapeno, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes... dip that in panko flakes (creates a crust/batter) and fry up in 6-8 TBL olive oil... make sure to cook fully on each side before flipped to get a good browned crust.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tuesday with Dorie

There is a web site called Tuesdays with Dorie. It is a group that bakes through a cook book of Dorie Greenspan. Twice a month you must bake a recipe chosen from a specific cookbook. This time a round the cookbook is "Cooking with Julia". There are rules and one is that you must write about your experience and how it went making the recipe but not print the recipe. They want others to buy the book also.
I have this new kitchen and I thought this might be a fun way to learn how to use my new oven and learn some new skills. I have watched from the side lines long enough. I am jumping in going to give it a try. Wish me luck. I will be using this blog spot as my blog of choice. Hopefully this will not be a great start and a fizzle.
Wish me luck!