No need to spend all day slaving over a pot to make a dish that tastes authentic. This mole recipe uses a a handful (or two) of spices and everyday pantry items, all of which are readily available at your local supermarket or… in your pantry. (I swear, I think I hit up four stores before I gave up on my search for dried guajillo and ancho chile peppers… and I live in MIAMI!) Viva mole, and viva Mexico… where I'm headed in just a couple of days!
Three Naturally Amazing Summer Salads
Heat waves, beaches and bathing suits. Salads are in order this time of year, and a little French's Mustard can go a long way.
SPICY, SPEEDY STIR FRY
I know, I know -- I kinda fell off the map. So much for those "resolution" recipes, right? Well, the bad news is that I failed one resolution already, and that's keeping up with this blog on a weekly basis. (I do plan to change that, starting today.) The good news is I have managed to stick to a consistent exercise routine (we meet again, Spinning!) and consequently lose seven pounds… woohoo! You and I know, however, that no amount of exercise will do the trick without a healthy meal plan, and for the last five weeks or so, this dish right here has been my go-to dinner (and lunch - gotta love leftovers!) at least three to four times a week. It's that good! And that easy, and that versatile so there's no room to get bored. This has definitely been a "resolution recipe" for me, and I hope it becomes one for you, too, no matter where you are in your journey. Let's get cooking!
skinny eggplant lasagna
This dish is the perfect example of what I call “making it skinny,” i.e. waistline friendly. I’ve swapped out traditional ingredients for healthier ones, resulting in a dish I can feel great about without skimping on taste. In this case, the eggplant takes the place of the pasta, saving hundreds of calories. Meanwhile, the eggplant is almost buttery, and somehow even reminds me of my mom’s béchamel. In place of ground beef, I used ground turkey breast, which is virtually fat free and uber high in protein. The spices add flavor with none of the fat, and using real tomatoes versus the canned stuff gives the sauce a certain freshness
Ropa Nueva Tacos
This weekend I boldly went where I had never gone before -- I opened my IMUSA pressure cooker, and I actually used it. I'll tell you where else I went that I had never gone before. I followed a recipe rather than making up my own. That's right... the chicken pictured above isn't my recipe, although serving it as a taco was my idea. Brilliant, right? It's George Duran's recipe for Shredded Chicken Ropa Nueva, his spin on the Cuban dish, Ropa Vieja. It being a "Fit Cook" approved dish, I wanted to share it here with you and tell you about my experience with the pressure cooker.
Crispy Chicken Tenders
Attention parents of small children: you'll love these as much as they will. They are juicy, golden, crispy and healthy, and no, I'm not even asking you to bake them. These are the chicken fingers yours kids should be eating. You know... the kind that are made with real chicken.
I was introduced to this dish a couple of weeks ago during a work trip to CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. I was in my hotel room getting some work done and hungry for something light, yet satisfying. I couldn't resist the sound of "Lime Soup," made with shredded chicken, tomato broth, fresh corn tortillas and a healthy squeeze of lime. Turns out this soup is traditional in Mayan cuisine, and easy to replicate at home.
Super Skinny Spaghetti Bolognese
This is where it's at! I tried spaghetti squash for the first time a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how easy, delicious and misleading it is. I can't eat it without feeling guilty, and have to constantly remind myself there are only 25 calories in a cup. I know this because I make myself Google the nutrition facts every time. Here it's serve with one of my faves - a bolognese sauce, also made skinny with lean turkey breast. Really rich, yet really light. What's not to love?
Southwest Turkey Chili
I used to make chili all the time. And I really mean, all the time! I woke up this morning with a small craving, and because I've been on a health kick, I decided I'd use ground turkey breast and give it a kick with southwestern flavors.
Inspired by lunch at La Cueva del Chango in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, this soup just tastes natural and authentic. There are no crazy spices and stocks to add flavor, it all comes from the ingredients -- poblano peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, yogurt and chicken breast. It's what I love most about authentic Mexican cuisine.
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I'M LUISANA - A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL, WORLD TRAVELER, RECIPE DEVELOPER, AND RELENTLESS EATER. JOIN ME AS I DISCOVER THE KEY TO DELICIOUS LIVING, ONE HEALTHY RECIPE AT A TIME.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.