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!
Those who know me well are aware of the fact that one of my favorite "food genres" is Tex-Mex. When I'm browsing through recipes in Pinterest and I see a combination of black beans, corn, peppers, onions and cheese, I usually cannot resist pinning the recipe. Those are some of my favorite ingredients and these taquitos have them all and more. Why should you make them? Here's four reasons:
Oh the wonders of cheese. Cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, swiss, cream cheese, gouda, muenster... I love 'em all! This pizza has FOUR types of cheese, each playing an important role. The parmesan and cream cheese make the alfredo sauce super creamy. The goat cheese adds that incomparably awesome salty bite and the mozzarella binds all of it together, both texture and flavor-wise. Plus, the alfredo sauce recipe makes for a lighter version than the typical alfredo, so I think this pizza is a great transition between all those calorie-laden meals we had during the holidays and all the healthy foods we'll be eating from now on...
Ok, this exquisite pizza doesn't need much justification, so that ridiculous argument works fine! :D On to the recipe!
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.
I thought chicken parmesan couldn't be improved. Keep in mind that the words I'm about to say are reserved for only a few particular incidences and are usually very hard for me to utter, but this deserves them: I WAS WRONG. I have made my fair share of chicken parmesan recipes, but none can compare to this one. Upon tasting it my brother said it was better than any he's ever had in restaurants (he orders the dish everywhere) and my mom simply predicted that my marriage to whoever I marry was going to be a happy one. The homemade marinara sauce is so rich and tasty and the goat cheese gives it a delightful creaminess. The three-step breading process protects the chicken breast from drying out and makes for the juiciest chicken parmesan ever. Find an excuse to make this. It could be your second cousin's birthday, your 53rd date, your little sister's A in spanish class, or your turtle's quinceañero, whatever you want! Just make it. It is extraordinarily delicious!
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!