Its spring, and what a great time to refresh your kitchen and recipes. I cook almost every night and particularly love lighter fresh meals. I love to cook, but there are also those nights when I want comfort food. As a kid, I enjoyed helping my mother and abuelita prepare, taste, and help with all things cooking. Most people tend to automatically think of Mexican food as heavy, spicy and oily, where in reality, flavors are very robust and each dish taste is unique and vary greatly. Mexican food is not just rice beans and taco meat (whatever that is), but it’s the blending of flavors to create this medley of an experience while you’re eating. Food is meant to be eaten slowly, and you’re meant to take your time to relax and enjoy what’s being served to you and to spend that time with your family. Most of these recipes can be made in under an hour. Theses dishes are light, satisfying and delicious.
This is a pretty basic breakfast recipe that I grew up with, but we used white potatoes. I like to use sweet potatoes and chorizo together because of the flavors they produce. The sweet and spicy flavor balances out beautifully. Combining with crumbled cheese and a warm tortilla is a perfect way to start out a morning. The only terrible part of cooking is that my dull knives make it harder to efficiently do all of the chopping. Hopefully with a kitchen refresh in the next couple of weeks I can splurge on some good knives and pans.
I love a good salsa verde, and even better when you can add a meal around a mouthwatering flavor. I like to add some greens such as arugula and spinach to my enchilada sauce to add a bit of thickness to the sauce. I tend to line my baking pans with foil for easy clean-up for my husband! I like how spectacularly authentic this recipe is from Valeria Valensuela. I love the freshness of the sauce served with a side of rice. Utter perfection!
I really enjoy a good fritter! I enjoy finding recipes that mash up several of my favorite things. When I found this recipe from Natasha’s kitchen I knew I had found heaven, these fritters are fantastic, especially topped with tasty aioli. A cucumber salad would pair wonderfully as a fantastic light meal for a quiet weekend.
I love a good soup on a cool fresh spring day. This recipe from Marcela Valladolid is quite superb, however I tend to add black beans, sweet corn, and towards the end, crisp sweet baby bell peppers. This meal is so refreshing after a busy rainy day. The wonderful aroma fills your kitchen and warms your belly.
In my life I’ve experimented with lots of different foods, and one of my absolute favorite food is zucchini. It’s very light and refreshing, and great with roasted tomato salsa or a side of guacamole.
With it being spring most farmers markets aren’t open yet. If you feel like a crazy person like me, you really need all the help you can get. With some skepticism I started using Peapod and have found it surprisingly helpful with my time. What are your favorite cooking shortcuts? What are your go to recipes for spring? As always, eat a great dinner and happy shopping!