Tiny Baja Tostadas and Taco Seasoning Recipe, La Gringa Entertains

Do you ever find something in the grocery store that totally inspires you? Let’s be honest, this rarely happens in rural Mexico. The Sunday Market absolutely inspires me but never the grocery store. I found these mini tostadas that begged to be appetizer sized tostadas. Yes, I know, I can make my own mini corn…

La Gringa Weekly Menu

Recipe Links: Poblano Enchiladas Tequila Lime Chicken Chard Chorizo Soup Mexican Cauliflower Rice and Pork Verde (In development at Whatsfordinnerdoc) Sides and salads this week: Cherry tomato, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar salad. Grilled pineapple and left over lime chicken tacos. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus grilled. Fruit, cheese feta, and arugula salad (substitute salty cotija and…

Meal Plan April 10-16

Writing a meal plan for the week will help you eat healthier foods, save money by eating at home and use the fresh foods that you bought before everything goes to waste (you know you do this, right?) Besides who doesn’t love to be organized even on the laid back Baja? Some days I can’t…

Baja Stuffed Peppers

What inspires your cooking? Smells, colors, freshness, memories, blog posts, magazine photos? I’m inspired by all of these things and my weekly menu is designed around the freshest ingredients that I can find. This is a weeks worth of produce which costs me between $8-12 US depending on how much fruit I buy. Fruit is…

Salmon in Yellow Thai Curry

I try to eat fresh local foods so living on a lake in rural Northern California can somewhat limit my food choices. We almost never eat out and when we do there are certainly no ethnic restaurants, unless you count Mexican cuisine as ethnic. Mexican food is a mainstay of the western U.S. food culture…

Turkey, Apple, Caramelized Onion Stuffed Mushrooms

I’m bored with my mostly Paleo diet. Protein plus veggies and fruit. Rewind and repeat. I’m guessing that even a cave woman would have branched out to add some pizazz to her diet given the chance. Paleo works for me and I’m thinner and fitter than I have ever been as an adult but I…

What’s For Dinner? Ratatouille With Chicken

Ratatouille With Chicken Slice eggplant, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes into thin slices. I used cherry tomatoes and left them whole. Cut chicken breast into 1 inch pieces and lightly salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish. Layer vegetables, basil leaves and chicken in the baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes in a 375…

What’s For Dinner? : Let’s Be Honest

Friends and family often ask, “What do you really eat?” I guess they think that I’m fabricating when I say, “I eat real food, mostly plants, some chicken and lots of fish.” I don’t eat bread, pasta, processed foods or much sugar. (Yes, you can live without simple carbohydrates.) Those of you who know me,…

Pimp Your Veg part 2: spices are your friend! 

Originally posted on foodbod:
?If you have ever read any of my blog then you know that I love spices; these beautifully coloured aromatic powders have the power to not only nourish and heal our bodies, but to completely change any meal.? Just a teaspoon of the right spice can take a dish from bland…

Halibut in Burst Tomato Wine Sauce

Fish is a fabulous source of low fat protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s perfect for a healthy lifestyle. I’ve added a vitamin rich white wine sauce of heirloom tomatoes, lemon and capers for a burst of color and incredible fresh flavor. This dish is fancy enough for company but easy for an “any…

Grilled Cheese Anyone?

Halloumi cheese is a firm sheep cheese that has a tangy, salty taste like feta with a sheepy flavor. It holds its shape while grilling and even browns well. Trader Joes carries it sometimes and it’s worth seeking out. I grilled the cheese slices until browned and served them over micro greens and kale with…