No, I have not forgotten I have a blog. The culprit that's to blame for my prolonged absence is COLLEGE. That fiend has kept me away for far too long, but I finally decided to take a short break from all the hustle to share this awesome recipe with you. I ate this awesome chicken meal for about four days in a row over brown rice, and I really didn't mind at all. The Tabasco sauce really gave it awesome flavor, with practically no spiciness, believe it or not (although I wouldn't mind if it did!). And I've never been a fan of chickpeas, but in that pot they absorb all of the other flavors and transform into little bits of wonder. It is also a pretty healthy dish and fairly simple to make.
I agree with Sweet Brown. On to the recipe!
So I ate this for breakfast from Monday to Friday for two weeks straight!!! And I'm not sick of it. I'm actually craving some right now... Kitchen time!
I recently discovered overnight oats and I love the concept. Basically you mix together equal parts of oats and milk, add whatever you want to it, stick it in the fridge overnight and eat in the morning. This is why it's such a perfect university-student breakfast. No fuss, little clean up, FREAKIN' DELICIOUS. It's such a comforting, creamy and rich breakfast. Some people have asked me if it isn't weird to eat cold oatmeal. It's not weirder than my roommate drinking water out of a measuring cup. But she enjoys it, and so will you enjoy this oatmeal... probably. LOL I can compare it to the feeling of eating cold cereal, but better. Besides, who can resist chocolate chips in the morning?
Confession time. When I was making this smoothie, I was scared. I had no idea how it was gonna turn out and the sight of all that spinach inside the blender made my stomach do summersaults. When I finished concocting this otherworldly beverage I dipped my finger in the cool green liquid to taste it, with the same reluctance Squidward had when he tasted a Krabby Patty for the first time.
Also like Squidward, once I tasted it I couldn't get enough.
It was the first smoothie I tasted that I truly liked! You see, I'm not really a smoothie person, but my mom is always making these healthy fruit smoothies in the morning and I got jealous. I wanted to create a healthy smoothie that I could enjoy too and came up with this home run. If you've never had the guts to taste a green smoothie (and you like peanut butter) this is the one for you! It has just the right amount of sweetness, I could detect no spinach flavor whatsoever, it's whimsical-looking and it is packed with healthy stuff! I absolutely love it! And unlike Squidward, if you drink a lot of it, I promise you won't end up like this...
Haha! Enough with the Spongebob references... On to the recipe! :)
The title of this recipe is probably getting two different reactions right now from my wonderful readers...
Don't worry, Non-Puerto Rican readers, that's how I would say it in English as well. ;)
Yes, I'm alive and finally posting again! I apologize for the delay. Being a college student in October is not easy! I had so much work that I could barely cook. *sobs* But now I'm back and with a recipe that is very college student appropriate. It is quick, easy, DELICIOUS, and even pretty darn healthy. This Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl is one of my favorite weekday meals to make (and eat!) It has endless possibilities too. You can substitute the salmon for tuna or even cook up any white fish, break it up into pieces, and incorporate it into the rice. You can also experiment with other spices, veggies, and beans. Make it your own! Or follow this version to a T para irte a la segura.
My roommate entered the kitchen with a huge smile on her face, "Mmm, It smells like Puerto Rico in here!" She was totally right! If you close your eyes while eating this dish you will probably start hearing salsa music in the background and feel an ocean breeze enter your abode, even if you're living in the mountains somewhere, and it's snowing, and you've never even seen the ocean.
The flavors and textures of this dish are wonderful. I don't know about you but I LOVE sweet and salty combinations. Popcorn + chocolate, milkshakes + french fries, syrup drenched pancakes + bacon... (Do you feel like you just gained 5 pounds reading that?) This dish has that element if you make it with the sweet plantains (or amarillitos like I call them). They are the PERFECT compliment to the mashed yuca with fish. Trust me. And that little slice of avocado there was just for the picture. I ate like three slices. :D
I loved the fish so much that I'm thinking of using it in tacos or rice bowls. You can also make a regular plantain mofongo and stuff the fish in there too. Or you can just grab a fork and eat it straight out of the pan! It's that good.
When cooking, I have a philosophy that homemade is always best. This marinara sauce is no exception! Packed with onion, garlic, and spices, it is so flavorful and you can use it in any recipe that calls for a jar of this classic sauce, such as my Goat Cheese Chicken Parmesan. While tasting it, please make sure you're wearing socks so that you can honestly say it knocked your socks off... Let's proceed.
The original plan was to make some vegetarian Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls that I found on Skinny Taste. The problem was that when I went to the supermarket the only butternut squash they had weighed 5 FREAKIN' POUNDS! I had never seen such a squash! I used that as an excuse to buy sweet potato instead and add sausage, thus shooting the "vegetarian" tag out into space. If you love sweet potato this dish is for you! The creamy sauce is packed with sweet potato flavor and a nice salty hint from the parmesan cheese. The tiny spinach leaves add pops of vibrant green color in the velvety ricotta mixture. It totally falls under the category of comfort food, but it is pretty enough to make for guests. And now for the fun part!