Zucchini Stuffed with Mint Rice

I love this kind of zucchini because you can stuff it with many kind of ingredients. This time I chose mint rice, because of the fresh taste of mint. Great for a summer hot day! Very easy to prepare.

These I harvested from my garden. I am thrilled that I was able to harvest them, knowing they are organic, and somehow it feels great to eat vegetables that you were able to grow taking care of them.

ZUCCHINI STUFFED WITH MINT RICE

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Mushroom Risotto

Continuing with the gluten-free diet, we (my son and I) prepared risotto. And OH! my, this mushroom risotto was so, so, so good. The porcini mushrooms give the risotto such a concentrated flavor that is very hard to resist. I noticed, that it is not a high calorie dish. If you prepare it the way I tell you here, stirring and letting the rice slowly cook and naturally become creamy. There is no need to add any cream, which is where the high calories come from. I know risotto is going to become you favorite dish from now on!

MUSHROOM RISOTTO

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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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Artichokes from my garden!

Have you seen an artichoke flower fully bloomed? I’ve been saving this post so I can show you how beautiful an artichoke flower is. I harvested some artichokes from my backyard and I left one so it could bloom and I could admire such a beauty. I documented on pictures how it was changing. It actually took 3 weeks from the first picture you see to the last one I took. So Admire this amazing flower in its blooming stages.

Talking about food, in this case artichokes, I prepared hearts of artichokes with a mexican twist. Artichoke is low in calories, rich in fiber and antioxidants, minerals, and helps lower cholesterol. I am so glad I grow this beauty in my backyard. And I gave myself this flower as a gift for my 100 post!! Can’t believe it I have enjoyed blogging so much!!

HEARTS OF ARTICHOKE WITH JALAPE˜ÑO AND CHEESE

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