Somehow, I ended up with a lot of stir fry vegetables this week. Between what I got in our CSA box, what came out of our garden, and what I overbought at the grocery store last week, I had a nice variety of colorful goodness to put into the wok. I also had a lime that wasn’t going to make it much longer, so decided to make a lime based sauce.
This was pretty spicy. If you want less heat, cut back on the chili garlic sauce. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Broccoli would have been great in this. I ended up with a total of about 8 cups of vegetables.
Happy Labor Day! Hope you are having a relaxing day off from your usual labors.
I made Macaroni salad with a New Mexico twist yesterday. I wanted to use as much produce from my garden as possible. I found a recipe for Jalapeno Ranch Dressing from Closet Cooking, which was the perfect dressing for this salad.
I only used one jalapeno pepper in the dressing, which was great for us. Obviously, an extra pepper (or leaving in some seeds) would give you more heat. The jalapeno peppers and tomatoes came from our garden, the carrots, lime and onion from our harvest box.
I love sweet potatoes, but they do take a fairly long time to cook. Too long to make them on a work night. I was searching for something to do with the sweet potatoes in our box, when I came across several different recipes for a southwest salad. I decided to do some prep ahead work over the weekend, so that I could get dinner ready quickly during the week. Since the salad required cooked and chilled foods, this became the ultimate opportunity to cook ingredients ahead and have a great dinner during the week.
The recipe I used for the dressing is adapted from this recipe from Hispanic Kitchen. It was less spicy than I anticipated, which was actually a good thing!
Peel sweet potatoes and cut lengthwise into ½ inch thick slices. Brush the sweet potatoes with ¼ cup of olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
Heat grill to medium heat. Grill sweet potatoes until cooked through, turning once. At the same time, grill the corn, turning frequently. This will take about 15 minutes.
Combine chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin. Rub over chicken breasts. Grill chicken breasts until cooked through, turning once. (About 10 minutes.)
Let sweet potatoes, corn, and chicken cool. Cut corn kernels from cobs. Thinly slice chicken.
While everything is cooling, make the dressing. Zest one of the limes, and juice both limes. In a blender, combine lime zest and juice, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro, and remaining teaspoon of cumin. Blend until smooth. With blender running, drizzle in the remaining ¾ cup of olive oil.
The above steps can all be done ahead, with everything refrigerated until serving time.
Divide lettuce among plates. Top with tomato, cooked sweet potatoes, cooked corn, black beans, and sliced chicken. Drizzle dressing over.
I had planned to make these on our last camping trip. Unfortunately, I forgot the foil, so I ended up putting everything in the Dutch oven instead. (Worked pretty well, actually!) Since we were getting bell peppers in our box this week, I decided to get limes, too, and try it at home. Potatoes aren’t a traditional fajita ingredient, but I can’t fathom a foil dinner without them.
You could slice the chicken and serve in a tortilla. However, I was too lazy to do that, so we just put the salsa on top. (Also, trying to watch carbs here; didn’t think we needed potatoes and tortillas.) It was raining, so I ended up cooking them on the gas grill instead of our fire pit, so the cooking time might be a little off.
Zest one lime, juice both limes. Combine lime juice and zest, oil, garlic, and cumin in a zip top bag. Add chicken. Marinate overnight.
Heat coals or preheat grill. Tear 4 sheets of heavy duty, wide aluminum foil about 5 feet long, fold in half crosswise. Spray one side with non-stick cooking spray. Divide chicken breasts, peppers, onion, and potatoes among the 4 dinners. Drugstore wrap each packet.
Cook for 25-30 minutes, turning half way through. Serve with your favorite fajita toppings.
Summer grilling season is in full swing. Mostly, I think it is too hot to cook (even with the air conditioning on), but I can usually motivate myself to grill any time. We got a lot of potatoes in our box this week, and also a lot of limes, so I decided to combine the two and try a different twist on my basic grilled potato recipe.
These are really easy to make, and clean up is a breeze! These turned out really nice.