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Beet Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe Recipe

Beet Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

07.25.11 by Jackie

Orzo salad is an easy one-dish, summertime meal. You could add anything you like, so you can adapt the recipe to fit whatever you find at the market. The most labor intensive work involved in preparing the salad is chopping all the ingredients. For this version, I added cherry tomatoes, broccoli, sugar snap peas, pickled carrots and canned black beans. The main event though, was the addition of the roasted beets. I prepped them in the morning and let them cool to room temperature.

We spent a very low-key, relaxing weekend and I didn't feel like cooking a ton, raising the temperature in the kitchen with the stove and oven during the afternoon, as the temperature got higher. This cold pasta dish was light, complete but still flavorful, and we got to enjoy it by the scoopful in our garden.


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Enchilada Style Burrito Recipe Recipe

Enchilada Style Burrito Recipe

05.04.11 by Jackie

This week, our family decided to eat Mexican fare in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. I've already made spiced chocolate flan, which I posted yesterday. After that, we debated about what else we could make. There are 8 family members and no one could decide whether we should eat enchiladas or burritos, so we ended up wrapping tortillas into burritos which we covered in spicy enchilada sauce and topped with cheese. Crisis averted!

It’s definitely not authentic, but it is delicious. If you’d prefer to add meat (I know I would), I would go with shredded beef.


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Chipotle Chicken Burrito Recipe Recipe

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Recipe

04.26.11 by Jackie

The best part of chicken burrito is the flavor bursting from the spicy chicken. I first soaked the chicken in buttermilk to guarantee tenderness, then tossed the chicken in a sweet and spicy chipotle sauce. I got inspired by Chipotle's cilantro-lime rice, which pairs perfectly with the chicken. I also added a small amount of black beans (I'm not a huge fan), sour cream, baby spinach and shredded cheddar cheese.

I think I went a little over-board with the over-stuffed burrito. I don't how many calories are packed in this meal, but we ended up cutting each burrito in half. I've recently been craving spicy food and this meal fits the bill. I think I've mentioned it in the past; before I got married, I could barely tolerate the spiciness from a dash of black pepper or heaven forbid a chipotle pepper! Now, being married to Lulu, I crave a hint of chiles. Ah, what we do for love!


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Vegetarian Burrito Recipe Recipe

Vegetarian Burrito Recipe

02.20.11 by Jackie

Since we came back from Paris, I've been very diligent about regularly visiting the gym. I'm happy I've finally shed the extra pounds I gained during the holiday season. Part of what got me there was switching from white rice to brown rice. The family doesn't seem to mind; in fact, we all prefer it now.

Today, I threw together a very quick meal made with brown rice. I filled burritos with the brown rice, black beans, a little shredded cheese, guacamole and tomato salsa. The meal is complete as the combination of beans and rice together are an excellent meat substitute (great complete protein for a vegetarian diet). And for the carnivores in the house, I added leftover steak from last night's dinner.

To flavor the brown rice without adding too many calories, I tossed it with caramelized onions, mushrooms and a little cream cheese. One tortilla is very filling and is more than enough for one person. I prepared the rice, guacamole and salsa in separate bowls and let everyone assemble their own burrito. It's a quick on-the go meal, so I had more time to hit the gym in the evening!


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