Chiles en Nogada

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Today we commemorate the independence of Mexico. This is a perfect way to celebrate it. The “Chiles en Nogada” are a Poblano chile stuffed with a special ground beef stew covered with a pecan cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate. It is a delicious typical mexican dish that has a very interesting story behind. Tells the story, that the Agustin Nuns from the Santa Monica Convent in Puebla, Mexico, invented this recipe to honor Agustin de Iturbide who just had signed the independence of Mexico in Cordoba, Veracruz. The Chiles are very colorful resembling the Mexican Flag, green, white and red. Hope you enjoy such a delicious traditional Mexican dish.

CHILES EN NOGADA

Serves 8

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Hamburguers with a surprise inside

I am a big fan of hamburgers and of blue cheese, so why not put them together?! I prepared this amazing patties and stuffed them with blue cheese, the result was delicious!! They were juicy and with the flavour of the blue cheese they didn’t need anything else (ketchup, I don’t like ketchup).

They are compatible with a low-carb and/or keto diet, gluten-free (no bread crumbs), healthy. Serve them with a simple salad or steamed vegetables.

BLUE CHEESE STUFFED HAMBURGERS 

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Chicken Salad

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This is kind of my version of the traditional Waldorf Salad. I like it so much because it is so simple and it can be prepared ahead of time. All of its ingredients are delicious and creates balance between them. I don’t use apples, instead, I use black seedless table grapes, they are so sweet that add a very nice flavor to the salad. And for the crunchiness I add jicama. This is another recipe where I integrate mexican ingredients to a traditional american dish.

Jicama is a root originally form Mexico. It has a very fresh and crunchiness consistency. It is very low-calorie and it is a very good source of fiber.

Enjoy!

CHICKEN SALAD

Serves 2

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Chimichurri

This time I prepared this wonderful little lamb chops and I made a chimichurri sauce that goes perfectly with grill stake. Chimichurri is a green sauce that comes from Argentina. Originally it is prepared with parsley, but I used cilantro instead. It is delicious and it is the easiest sauce to prepare, basically you just throw all the ingredients in the blender and ready!!

CHIMICHURRI

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

If you are craving for pizza, but looking for a healthier option, you don’t have to look anymore. This cauliflower crust is full of flavor with Asiago cheese, oregano, basil, garlic. Then spread this delicious crust with an aromatic salsa and the toppings of your choice. You can be creative! You may make a pepperoni, chicken or vegetarian pizza.

So if you are following a low carb diet, a gluten-free diet or a vegetarian diet, this meet all the requirements! Enjoy! It is just delicious and you are going to love all the aromas in your kitchen!

CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA AND TOMATO SAUCE

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Cilantro Pulled Pork over Polenta

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Polenta is the new addition to my menu! I wanted to try it for so long, I didn’t even know what it was!? Well, to my education, it is just corn meal coarse grind. I was so surprised that being a Mexican, and corn being such an important part of our diet, we Mexicans do not prepare this kind of dish, or at least me and nobody around me don’t, it comes form the northern part of Italy. Its flavor is so mild that you can give any flavor you wish, depending what you want to pair it with. This time, I prepared without any addition, since I wanted to taste its true flavor. But I think you can add any spice and also you could add any sharp cheese. It might become americanized since traditionally it is served plain.

I prepared a pulled pork with a cilantro enhanced flavor and paired perfect with the polenta. Combination of cultures!!

CILANTRO PULLED PORK WITH POLENTA

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Sushi!!

 

So I embarked myself into make sushi! It turned out to be very easy to make. I decided to make a vegetarian option with just fresh vegetables, carrots, jicama, cucumber, radishes and a hint of fresh ginger. The other option I made it with shrimp and avocado. I also used brown rice! Well, I had two judges (two of my children) and they loved them, so that means they were great!!

SUSHI 

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