Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas

Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas
Chicken and avocado burritos are one of my favourite recipes, and one that I'm making all the time! The chicken and avocado combo is absolutely amazing in burritos and its also spectacular in enchiladas! You really can't go wrong taking chicken and avocado burritos and smothering them in enchilada sauce and cheese before baking until the cheese has melted! Really! It's that easy! You just take the burritos, place them in a baking dish, pour on an enchilada sauce, sprinkle with cheese and bake! I like to make a simple salsa verde and avocado 'enchilada sauce' but a store bought green enchilada sauce also works well and it's super convenient! If you're looking for a family friendly, quick and easy dinner for busy work nights, these chicken and avocado enchiladas can't be beat!

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes

I can't believe that we are at the last summer long weekend already! Send summe rout with a bang this Labor Day weekend with plenty of tasty food! When the weather is nice it's hard to resist heading outdoors whether you are doing some grilling/barbecuing, going out for a picnic or just eating a meal in your backyard you are going to want to have some tasty recipes! Very often the centre piece of the meal is going to be grilled meat such as burgers, chicken, fish, ribs, etc. but don't forget the side dishes and with all of summers bounty available you are spoilt for choice between all of the vegetables, fruits and berries. Of course there is always the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwich with a side of coleslaw which just screams summer and if you have a smoker it gets even better! Whatever your plans are for the holiday, make sure that it is filled with plenty of tasty food!

Pupusas con Cortido

Pupusas con Cortido
Today I have a recipe for Salvadoran pupusa for you! Pupusa are basically stuffed tortillas or pancakes made with masa harina, aka corn flour, that are typically stuffed with cheese and optionally other things like pork and/or refried beans. These stuffed tortillas are really easy to make! You just mix some water and corn flour, form balls, flatten them, add the filling, fold them up (back into balls), flatten them again and then cook them in a pan! The final result is a like a pancake that is crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and just bursting with melted cheese! The only tricky part is getting the right consistency for the dough since if it's too dry it will crumble and if it's too wet it will be difficult to work with but if you add the water a little at a time it's pretty easy to get it right! Once you have mastered the basic cheese pupusas try adding other filling like the refried beans or pork! Serve the pupusas topped with curtido, a Salvadoran lightly fermented cabbage and hot sauce!

Curtido

Curtido
Curtido is a Central American form of lightly fermented cabbage that is commonly served as a condiment in various dishes including pupusas. It is similar to sauerkraut or tart cole slaw or even kimchi. I like that it's super easy to make where you pretty much just mix some shredded cabbage, carrots and onions along with vinegar, water, salt and oregano and let it sit for a few days before enjoy as a side or as a condiment/relish on whatever you wish!

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) Avocado Toast

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is so simple and oh so good but really it's just a start and I always enjoy adding extra flavour! One of my favourite summer dishes is esquites (Mexican corn salad) with charred corn, mayo, lime juice and crumbled cheese! There is just something magical about the sweet charred corn, creamy mayo and tangy lime juice combo that tingles my taste buds and add a dusting of chili powder to that and my mouth is in heaven! Of course if you take two great things like avocado toast and esquites and combine them the result is something truly spectacular! You really can't go wrong adding creamy avocado to the mix and serving it on a convenient slice of toast for easy eating! I always like to make extra esquites for quick and easy leftover esquites avocado toast for breakfast the next morning where you really just need to toast the bread and heat the corn salad!

Greek Lemon Foil Roasted Potatoes

Greek Lemon Foil Roasted Potatoes
When you are cooking with on grill or barbecue it's nice to be able to cook your entire meal on it, including the sides. Potatoes are always a great side dish and very often I roast them in the oven and they can also be roasted on the grill! You simply need to throw them in foil and place the entire parcel on the grill to cook while you are cooking the rest of the meal. The potatoes will generally take longer than the meat so you place them on a bit before the meat and they are done when the main is! Since I was grilling up some Greek style lamb chops recently I went for these Greek style lemon roasted potatoes as a side! The potatoes are tossed in lemon, garlic and oregano to add a ton of flavour which infuses into the potatoes while they roast in the foil! These greek lemon foil roasted potatoes are great all by themselves or you can sprinkle on some crumbled feta while they are still piping hot so that it just starts to melt onto the potatoes! Yum!

Greek Style Grilled Lamb Chops

Greek Style Grilled Lamb Chops
Next up for your grilling enjoyment are these tasty greek style grilled lamb chops! The lamb chops are marinated in a a Greek style marinade consisting of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and yogurt over night before they are thrown on the grill and grilled until they are lightly charred, smoky and oh so good! These grilled lamb chops are so quick and easy to make and I like to serve them with grilled veggies, lemon roasted potatoes, a greek style salad and watermelon for a really nice summer meal that can be cooked outside!

50 Late Summer Recipes

50 Late Summer Recipes

Summer is trucking along and there is still plenty of time to enjoy some late summer produce including some of my favourites like tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers, corn, cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. In addition to all of the summer produce we already have some fall items showing up including apples, pears and winter squash so we are quite literally spoiled for choice these days! It was really difficult trimming a roundup of recipes down to a manageable amount so I ended up going with a 'mega' roundup containing a whopping 50 amazing recipes using late summer produce! When I head down to the market at this time of year it is always challenging to not pick up some of everything that's available but no matter what I end up bringing home I have plenty of tasty recipes to make!

Thai Green Curry Pork Dumplings in Coconut Sauce with Crispy Fried Shallots

Thai Green Curry Pork Dumplings in Coconut Sauce with Crispy Fried Shallots
While visiting festivals this summer I noticed a few places selling creative takes on dumplings which sounded like fun! With dumplings you have several ways to make things interesting including the flavours in the filling, how you cook them and what you serve them in/with or what you garnish them with! One of the first dumplings that I had to try were these Thai green curry pork dumplings in coconut sauce with crispy fried shallots where I take pork dumplings and serve them in a Thai style coconut green curry sauce. The pork filling is nice and simple being seasoned with a fresh homemade Thai green curry paste along with fish sauce and plenty of fresh basil and green onions. The coconut curry sauce is a basic curry sauce with the coconut milk, green curry paste, fish sauce, lime juice and palm sugar for a perfect balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy! The dumplings are fried in a little oil until the bottoms are nice and golden brown and crispy and then a bit of water is added, they are covered and steamed until cooked! The green curry pork dumplings are served in the coconut sauce topped with fresh chopped cilantro, slices of jalapeno and crispy fried shallots!