Stuffed Zucchini

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I love this kind of zucchini, for some reason I find them milder in flavor that the darker green zucchini. This kind of zucchini is called “calabacita mayera” first I though that the had this name because they were related in some way to the mayan indians, in the US I have to go the mexican market to buy them. It turns out that they are called like that because they are mostly harvested in the month of may! Ha! So I had to laugh a little bit about my self because of my ignorance. You may laugh too…

They are very light, easy to prepare, delicious and filling.

I like them because I can prepare them ahead of time. I cook them fairly often and every time I cook them everybody enjoy them very much, hope you do to!

STUFFED ZUCCHINI

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Cauliflower Rice

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CAULIFLOWER RICE

This side dish is absolutely amazing! The freshness of cilantro comes through the cauliflower vegetable. Is the perfect side dish, works out with everything, either meat, poultry or fish. Also if you are serving a meal with a salsa, cauliflower will absorb all flavors and combine perfectly! All natural, low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian.

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Spaghetti Squash

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I know the internet is full of spaghetti squash recipes. I recently discovered it and I found it amazing! You may have it if you are following a gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian or paleo diet,  or just for the fun of it! I rather eat a vegetable, which gives me fiber, energy carbs and vitamins, than just plain energy carbs from pasta. It is very easy to make and it comes out so delicious! It absorbs what ever condiment it may come to your mind.

Here is how I prepare it, scroll dow to find 2 ways to serve it, one with my Pesto Paste and another with ricotta and tomato sauce. Both of them delicious! Give it a try!

SPAGHETTI SQUASH

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Dia de la Bandera

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Today is the day that we Mexicans commemorate our flag. Each component has a very significant meaning. In the center there is the National Emblem, which refers to the story of the Aztec Indians traveling for many many years looking for what their gods had told them to found their city: an eagle standing on a nopal devouring a serpent. The color meanings have changed over the years. Originally, the white represented religion, (Catholics political dominant in those days). Green, freedom (Independence obtain from the rising Mexican people). Red, union (as Americans and Europeans united building a new population).

Now, as the church was separated from the political state, the green means hope, the white unity and the red the blood of the national heroes.

So, based on this colors, I decided to prepare a dish with this beautiful bright colors. This is easy, and flavorful. All the ingredients make this dish spectacular and delicious it just draws your attention.

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GINGER ASPARAGUS WITH BELL PEPPERS

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Meatless Friday for Lent

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This is a great idea for a meatless day, specially for those of us who are following Lenten Season.

Although, Pope Francis have asked us tu reconsider the heart of this activity. On his Lenten message he wrote: “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.” He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

I would like to interpret this as noticing the people around me, not just the poor, take the time to listen, to help and show my compassion, my support, feel their pain, be there for them and let them know that I am there.

Still I also will have meatless fridays.

MARINATED PORTOBELLO

Makes 2 Portobello

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Root Vegetables

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This time I prepared some roasted root vegetables. Turns out, they are very good for you! Don’t just pay attention to the starch content. Most of them contain folate, manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, B6, and iron. Maybe because they are submerged in soil that they absorb all this nutrients straight next to them in the ground.

I choose: red potatoes (maintain bone health), carrots (good for your eye vision), parsnips (regulate immune response), sweet potatoes (contain twice as much fiber than regular potatoes and this gives them a slow burning quality) and beets,(have a lot of nitrates which brings oxygen to your muscles. This is huge for athletes because it helps exercise longer. I would love their pigment would travel all the way to my cheeks!!). Of course this is just an example of all the health benefits of including root vegetables to your diet.

Lets not forget about the rosemary, it stimulates the immune system, contains anti-inflammatory compounds and improves your concentration by increasing the blood flow to your brain.

Have them for breakfast with a poached egg or for dinner with a nice steak, as a side on your next meal, or as a compliment of a green salad.

ROASTED ROSEMARY ROOT VEGETABLES

Serves 4

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Grains + Legumes

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I have talked how beans and corn complement each other to complete a protein on my Simply Beans post. Well lentils and rice have the same partnership, together they are a super power couple for a vegetarian meal or a delightful side. Seems like grains and legumes have this amazing deal to complement each other.

I’m sharing this easy recipe packed with vitamins, protein, fiber and minerals. Those bright colors make it look sooo good and inviting! Best of all, so easy to cook. I even cook the lentils and brown rice in the same sauce pan at the same time. Came out perfectly!

RICE AND LENTILS WITH VEGETABLES

Serves 1

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Finger Food Idea for Super Bowl

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We are all into Super Bowl mode! It will be an interesting one!  The Seahawks defending their Super Bowl title and The Patriots trying to win their fourth! So I guess we all have an appointment schedule for February the 1st! At least I do. So, to be prepared, I made this simple yet delicious baskets. They are a healthy option, because we still can have healthy options while watching TV, vegetarian, gluten-free and low-fat. Enjoy them!

I like both teams, who are you cheering for?

SUN DRIED TOMATO FETA BASKETS

Makes 12 baskets

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Simply Beans

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Beans and corn tortillas, the base in almost every Mexican family diet. Proteins are built by amino acids. Animal proteins are considered good sources of complete protein. Vegetable proteins are considered incomplete proteins because they are missing, or do not have enough of, one or more of the essential amino acids. But, when we combine in this case, pinto beans and corn tortillas we complete a protein, because what beans are missing, the corn provides. It amaze me that before the Spanish came to Mexico to conquer the Aztec Indians, they had the diet figured out. Mainly they ate fruits, vegetables, beans and corn. To the corn the indians did a special procedure called “Nixtamalizacion” which consist in cooking the corn in water with lime (cal in spanish). With this process they prepared the “nixtamal” (the dough to make tortillas). This way the corn becomes easy to digest and adds calcium to it. Sadly some mexicans have been switching the corn tortillas for bread and does not provide de same nutritious effect.

Beans are very easy to cook, consider cooking them instead of buying a can, You don’t want all the sodium in those. I cook them in the slow cooker, I remember my mother when I was growing up, cooking them over the stove in a clay pot. I don’t think she owns that pot anymore!  I cook a load, then divide them in 1 or 2 serving size portion plastic bags and freeze them.

So here in honor of the Aztec Indians, I cook beans for you!

PINTO BEANS

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Stuffed Portobello

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I like easy recipes, that is one of the reason I like these mexican stuffed Portobellos. They are very tasty with their earthy flavour and a kick from the jalapeño. Make the stuffing on the stove and finish them in the oven. You can enjoy them as a side or appetizer dish or if you want to go vegetarian, you can have them as your main dish.

Mushrooms grow only in the richest soils, this might be the reason they have many health benefits. They have vitamin B, which help us maintain a healthy metabolism and nervous system; and they are rich in minerals, like potassium, phosphorus, selenium and copper, these help us form strong bones, DNA, red blood cells and maintain a healthy immune system.

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The stuffing in this recipe is delicious as a dip! You can enjoy it with tortilla chips! You don’t need to cook the cheese.

Enjoy!

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