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Fresh Peach Salsa

August 7, 2018

Peach Salsa

    • 4 to 5 medium peaches, chopped into ¼ inch squares
    • 4 green onions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Juice of a large lime
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the peaches, onions and garlic in a small bowl. Add the lime juice, honey, paprika, salt and cilantro. Mix well and keep aside for at least an hour before serving.

Bean and Pineapple Salad with Chipotle Dressing

May 6, 2015

This is another delicious salad to make for a barbecue.. use any summer fruit you like…This recipe has delicious Mexican flavors- my favorite..

  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple, chopped

Transfer all the ingredients to a serving bowl. Set aside.


  • 1 teaspoon chipotle sauce
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Transfer the chipotle sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, honey and salt in a small container with an airtight lid. Mix well and pour over the bean mixture. Mix well and let the salad sit for at least an hour before serving.

Taco Night- Roasted Salsa

January 5, 2015

You got to have excellent salsa if you are going to have an amazing taco night.. this is a yummy roasted salsa to enjoy either with tortilla chips or over your delicious tacos.. I have used similar spices in this sauce as the meat- ground coriander and ancho chili powder…

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Transfer the tomatoes to a lined cookie sheet. Add the olive oil and salt, mix well and roast for 30 minutes. Take out and put through a food mill. Keep aside. If you don’t have a food mill, process the tomatoes in a food processor.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coriander, ancho chili powder and salt. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes and add to the tomato sauce. Add lemon juice and cilantro. Check for seasonings and let cool. Serve with tacos.

Taco Night- Ground Beef

January 4, 2015

My daughter was asking for a taco night for a while- the kind with ground beef and where she can make her own. I usually make tacos but with soft tortillas and some kind of pulled meat or shrimp. I am usually not a big fan of hard shells but I decided to give it a try. So here is my take. I start with the ground beef.. so stay with me this week…

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef, grass fed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Add the ground beef and sauté over medium high heat while separating the meat with a wooden spoon. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ground coriander, ancho powder and salt. Saute for another 2 minutes and cover with lid and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Add cilantro, mix well and keep aside.


Heat either soft or hard tacos. Add meat, rice, salsa and shredded cheese and serve.

Fish Tacos

May 12, 2013

I love making fish tacos with all different varieties of fish. This one in particular is quite delicious. My husband’s favorite fish is black cod, also known as sable fish. It is super buttery and very flavorful- not fishy at all- which he doesn’t like. I usually cook this fish marinated in miso.. but this preparation is very different. I felt like eating fish tacos and I had this fish in my freezer and decided to use it. The tacos came out really well, especially topped with the yummy salsa- enjoy!!

  • 1 pound black cod or any other fish of choice, cut into fillets
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix the adobo sauce, chipotle powder, olive oil, salt and lemon juice in a small bowl. Marinate the fish with the mixture for 2 hours.

Place on a lined cookie sheet and broil in oven for 4 to 5 minutes till the fish is just cooked through (cooking time will vary according to the fillet size).

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Small corn tortillas

Heat the tortillas and place the cooked fish fillets and top with tomato salsa.

Pulled Chicken Quesadillas

July 31, 2012

Pulled Chicken Quesadillas1 Quesadillas are very popular in our household. My daughter absolutely loves them. I don’t have a problem making them for her as I use whole wheat tortillas and low fat cheese. I usually pair them with snow peas or a salad on the side and we are both happy.

My daughter loves to take them for lunch to school.. I guess she doesn’t mind eating cold quesadillas. I also make them for dinner and try to change them up a bit. This particular one, I made with pulled chicken. I started with chicken thighs and marinated them with some smoked paprika and chipotle pepper. If you don’t want to put in the work, you could buy rotisserie chicken and doctor it up.. but nothing like making the pulled chicken at home.. it is delicious. I bought chipotle lime tortillas from Trader Joes. They have a wonderful flavor and a nice kick. I filled the tortillas with some low fat mozzarella cheese and the pulled chicken. I served it with rice and peach salsa… recipes to follow. It was a delicious meal…
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Lime and Cilantro Rice

July 26, 2011

Lime and Cilantro Rice I made chicken quesadillas served with peach salsa and this delicious lime and cilantro rice. I love Mexican and Latin food. I love the bold flavors of this very vibrant cuisine. It reminds me of Indian food which is the cuisine I grew up with. I have always been attracted to strong flavors and love Thai, Indian, Mexican, Spanish.. I guess so far I have yet to meet a cuisine I haven’t liked.

I like eating salads and tacos at Qdobas. It is one of the few chains that actually has healthy and decent food. I am able to go on their website to inquire about calories and nutrition. They serve a cilantro rice with their burritos that is very delicious.

While making the quesadillas, I thought about making some rice and I immediately thought of the rice they serve at Qdobas. I started with jasmine rice and used a mixture of chicken broth and the juice and zest of a lime…. which is the key flavor to this delicious rice dish. I finished it with chopped cilantro. It complemented the quesadillas really well and completed the meal in a delicious way.
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