New Mexican Green Chile Stew

New Mexican Green Chile Stew

Get ready for this recipe for green chile stew! It will soon become your go-to cold night remedy! My first trip to New Mexico was to check out the grad school I eventually ended up attending. The trip was full of fun, excitement, and trying not to be too intimidated by all the super smart professors! We got to hike and see a lot of the beautiful NM desert. We also got to try lots of delicious food. One thing NM is known for is its green chile. We eat it on everything out here. Pizza, burgers, eggs, tacos, and even some desserts, you name it and I’m sure there is a green chile version! Hatch green chile is well known in the US, but what most people don’t realize is that almost every little town in NM grows their own chiles, and they all claim to be the best! We even have some green chiles growing in our garden right now. After living in NM for several years, you come to realize that chile from different parts of the state have different tastes. Late August and September is one of the best times to be in NM; not only do you get lots of rain from the monsoons, but it’s chile harvesting and roasting time. Most grocery stores and many road side stands will sell chile by the 20-30lb bag and roast them on the spot for you. If you’ve never smelled 30lbs of chiles roasting you are missing out. If they made a candle that smelled like it I’d use it year round. Anyways, since living in...
Pork Taco Recipe

Pork Taco Recipe

The first time I made these tacos, I got the idea from a friend that was trying to come up with a recipe himself for Tacos Al Pastor for the restaurant where he works. He is mexican and uses an authentic method. I was looking for something simpler. I wanted an easy pork tacos recipe for my son’s birthday party. I needed something simple because I was cooking all the food by myself and I already had so much going on. I had a salad bar with homemade croutons and dressings (of course, 4 different types of dressings). I had a taco bar, with three different types of taco meats and all the fixings, beans, salsas and sauces. (I also love mango tacos.) I also had a hot bar with homemade croissants, eggplant lasagna, homemade mini pizzas and mini tartlets, prosciutto and asparagus appetizers with homemade puff pastry (yes, you get it, I like to make things from scratch). Plus the dessert bar, brazilian fudge balls (brigadeiros) in 4 different flavors, mini key lime pies, pecan pies, strawberry and custard filled cupcakes and of course, the cake! So you get the point, I was swamped with a lot of cooking to do. I came up with this slow cooker pork tacos recipe because it’s just so easy to just turn it on and go about your business, come back a few hours later and the food is ready! Plus, the slow cooker is the best for cooking shredded pork, in my humble opinion. I use a few elements of the Tacos Al Pastor recipe here. The pineapple, the orange...
Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

If your mouth was throwing a party, fresh pineapple, curry powder, and sticky rice would be the superstars on the invite list.  I love EVERYTHING about those three.  Combine them together AND I won’t stop eating until either my stomach bursts or I run out of food.  Whichever comes first. Remember our heart to heart about rice in my Steak Stir-fry recipe?  Let me put my hands on your shoulders just in case I need to shake you in a minute.  Sticky rice is the only way to go.  Not only will it make you look like a master chopstick user, but the quality is MILES above the rest. Just to make sure you don’t get mushy instead of sticky, I suggest buying rice in packaging you can’t read because it’s all in characters.  I really like the Homai brand at Costco.  Here are a couple of Amazon’s top picks.  I’m actually excited to try the Tamanishiki.  It sounds legit!  It’s worth investing in some quality rice. I lived in Taiwan for 18 months over 8 years ago.  Even though time has past, my mouth has a great memory. How could it forget juice running down my chin after gracefully (HA!) biting into a fresh mango? Or the creamy peanut butter that resembled dessert more than a nut butter?  Seriously… why does Taiwan’s taste so much better than ours? BUT, one of my most favorite dishes was pineapple fried rice. Let’s just say I don’t think 99% of Taiwan’s ‘restaurants’ would pass FDA’s safety laws.  You purchase most meals from street food vendors.  The tried and tested method for preventing food contamination was having a fan turned on high with a couple...
Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

If you want an easy, quick, last minute dinner idea, stop right here on this easy sausage stew.  I FREQUENTLY make this for dinner.  And when I say frequently… I mean almost every week.  I keep waiting for my family to revolt and scream out protests of having to eat this dinner one. more. time.  BUT there’s not even ONE sign of disappointment when I whip this out on those just-be-happy-the-house-is-still-standing days. It’s pretty easy to always have the ingredients on hand for this sausage stew.  I’m really loving Al Fresco’s chicken sausage right now.  There’s a wide variety of sweet to spicy flavors along with minimal processing.  I find mine for $4 or less at Winco.  I stock up and throw them in the freezer when I get home.  It’s precooked and easy to add into recipes like my Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup. Also, I buy bulk organic carrots and sweet potatoes at Costco.  I’m slowly being converted to all organic produce because I can TASTE a huge difference.  It’s like having garden fresh fruits and vegetables.  Not to mention skipping out on all the nasty chemicals and pesticides.  Don’t believe me?  Do your own taste test.  Since organic carrots are pretty cheap, start by getting some regular fresh carrots and some organic carrots.  Compare the color, quality, and taste.  You’ll quick understand why I’ve become a believer in organic! Okay, I don’t want to keep you any longer.  If you’re making this recipe, you must be short on time.  BUT thank goodness that doesn’t mean you have to be short on a good dinner.  Here are the spices I use. Print Yum...
Golden Harvest Stew

Golden Harvest Stew

This ‘before’ wasn’t my worst (trust me… it’s coming), however I was still excited to trash my ‘before’ and improve the image. Natural light makes the photo warm and inviting by emphasizing the true colors of the food.     When the weather starts to get cold, all I want to do is cuddle up in a blanket with a warm bowl of stew.  Especially a bowl of THIS stew. Red AND sweet potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, carrots, and tender, melt-in-your-mouth pork?  I just had a large bowl, but I’m ready for seconds!   PrintGolden Harvest Stew Ingredients2 pound boneless pork cutlets or sirloin tip roast, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 Tbs olive or coconut oil 6 small red potatoes, washed and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped 2 ear corn, shucked and broken into pieces (about 8) or 1 cup frozen corn 1 small sweet onion, chopped 32 oz organic chicken broth/stock 15 oz organic vegetable broth 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (or leave seeds in for added spice) 2 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp salt 1 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp pepper Chopped parsleyInstructionsHeat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork or sirloin pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, except parsley, and mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours, or until done. To serve, sprinkle with parsley.NotesServes 4 to 6 people Recipe slightly altered from Crock-Pot Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipe.3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/golden-harvest-stew/   Need some more comfort food for the fall?  Try my...
Healthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Healthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Who doesn’t love The Olive Garden?  Warm bread sticks, salads with tangy dressings, warm pasta and soup = pure yumminess.  When I was pregnant and very, very nauseated, I fell in love with Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.  It’s perfectly seasoned with a variety of textures and flavors. However, it’s definitely not the healthiest soup.  It has heavy whipping cream, butter, bacon, and who knows what else.  Since I refuse to compromise on flavor and my health, I made a few tweaks (like using coconut milk instead of heavy whipping cream) and created this masterpiece!  Your family (nor your taste-buds) will know the difference. PrintHealthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Ingredients1 lb Turkey or lean ground sausage (I prefer the HOT option to make it spicy) 1 large onion, chopped 4 medium red potatoes, washed and thinly sliced into about 1/4 inch slices 2 tsp minced garlic 6 slices of turkey bacon, cooked and finely chopped 1 (32 oz) container of Organic Chicken broth/stock 4 cups water 1 large bunch of kale, washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup coconut milkInstructionsBrown sausage and onion in large pot. Add chicken broth/stock and water to pot. Bring to boil. Add potatoes, garlic, and turkey bacon. Cook until potatoes are soften about 15 minutes. Add kale and cook for additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add coconut milk. Serve and Enjoy! 3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/healthy-olive-garden-copycat-zuppa-toscana/ Love this Olive Garden Copycat?  Try my Ziti Spinach Alfredo.  You won’t know it’s healthy...

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