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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Ginger-Lemongrass Stir Fry

I’ve mentioned that I have some plants in my backyard. Among them, I have some lemongrass. I use it to infuse water or make tea, which by the way it is very good for an upset stomach. This time I decided to use it in my main dish, a stir fry. I combined it with ginger and the flavour came trough nicely. I paired it with some brown rice that I cooked with garlic and cilantro. If you are following a low carb diet you can omit the rice and add more veggies and you will end up very satisfied. It is delicious as is, but you can be creative adding different kind of vegetables or switch red meat for chicken. Enjoy!

GINGER-LEMONGRASS STIR FRY

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Good Version of Pancakes with Apple Topping

 

This morning I just needed something sweet for breakfast. These pancakes came out amazingly good and filled up my sweet tooth with out going over the board with sugar and without adding any artificial sweeteners either. So they were very satisfying. Enjoy!

PANCAKES WITH APPLE TOPPING

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Mango Salsa

 

Love mangos, and as a good mexican, love salsa too. So this Mango salsa combines the two in a perfect way, sweet, salty, spicy. As I walk into the grocery store and I see the pile of mangos calling me, I think how many things I can prepare with them. This time I decided to go with the salsa. I topped my shrimp tacos with it and I also top my fish with it the next da. Let me tell you, the next day was even better as all the flavors blended longer. The very little that wast left, I pour it over my simple salad, and was delicious too.

MANGO SALSA

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Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with rice)

I remember when I was a little girl coming home from school and finding out my mom had cooked this dish that I absolutely enjoy. It’s been a long time since I had it, and I just follow my instincts to make up this recipe. It was delicious! And brought me many very nice memories about having lunch with my family.

I remember my mom picking my little sister and I from school, stopping by the tortilleria (they barely exist anymore, you can buy them at the grocery store now). And just couldn’t wait to get home to have a rolled freshly made tortilla with butter. Then waiting for my father to come home and have lunch all together. As soon as my father came home, we all sat at our round table and just as my mother serve us all some lemonade to star eating, my little sister would spill it all over the table.  My mother had to clean up the mess and we were still waiting to eat our delicious meal. Finally it was time to enjoy what my mother had prepared. I laugh now, but at the time I remember being frustrated to wait so long to have my meal just waiting and running all around the kitchen waiting for my father to come from the office. And this was our every day story.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

ARROZ CON POLLO (CHICKEN WITH RICE)

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Shrimp Ceviche

Ceviche is a mexican dish very common of the coast. You can make it with any kind of fish or seafood. The fish/seafood is cooked in lime juice, but I prepare it with fully cooked shrimp. It is very refreshing as it is served cold. Perfect for a hot summer day! I love it, it is so light and flavorful. Very easy to make, just let it time to marinade and the flavors combine.

It makes a great appetizer or main dish. Serve it with come crackers or corn tostadas; over avocado, the creaminess of the avocado pairs excellent with the bold flavors.

SHRIMP CEVICHE

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Parmesan Chicken Fingers

This is a great way to “bread” chicken fingers without actually using bread! Tha parmesan provides a delicious crust cover for the chicken fingers.

Very easy to make for a quick lunch or dinner. Serve them over a salad if you want to be super healthy. Serve it over pasta, rice or steam vegetables.

PARMESAN CHICKEN FINGERS

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Tomatillo Panela Salad

 

This is a salad that is perfect for this spring days. Very refreshing!  Panela is a white, light, fresh cow’s milk cheese. Combined with tomatillos, cilantro and lime juice becomes a delightful salad or a great appetizer. Serve it over corn tortilla chips and top it with salted yogurt.

TOMATILLO PANELA SALAD 

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Delicious Healthy Loaded Potato

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How about this delicious breakfast!! This is a healthy loaded potato. Swap the regular potato for a sweet potato, which have fewer calories and more fiber. Then prepare some scramble eggs with spinach and there you go! You have a healthy topping. This is so good! The sweetness of the potato, the bitterness of the spinach, saltines of the egg and I added a little bit of this awesome hot chilli sauce that my son brought me from Hatch (great place well known for growing beautiful tasty chillies)! You have an explosion of great flavors in your mouth! Just Delicious!

LOADED POTATO

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Salmon with a Horseradish-Dill Sause

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I’m feeling a little bit frustrated. I just spent one hour and thirty minutes trying to make a copy. Only to find out that this paper is too big and it doesn’t fit in a regular scanner. Why they don’t say it from the very beginning and save me all that time! So I came back home, took a picture of it and printed. Came out pretty good. Hope I had thought about that from the very beginning and I would have saved me all that time.

Something refreshing that is perfect for spring. Easy, simple and full of flavor.

SALMON WITH A HORSERADISH DIL SAUCE

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