It is Balloon Fiesta week in Albuquerque. This is my favorite time of year here-I love watching the balloons. (Though, I hate the traffic.) We had our niece and her husband over for the weekend, which always means lots of good eating. We had a barbeque on Saturday night. None of the recipes are original, but they were really good. So, I’m going to post a couple of links to great recipes.
This Polynesian Coleslaw recipe from allrecipes.com was absolutely fantastic! I wish I had a better picture to really do it justice. The only adjustment I made was to use carrots instead of bell pepper. I served it will shish kebobs made with marinated beef (great recipe from allrecipes), tomatoes from my garden, bell peppers from the garden and our box, and squash from our box.
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.
My original plan for the kale in our box this week was to use it for a casserole for dinner. When I was searching for a recipe, I came across a recipe for Kale Slaw on Bon Appetit. We were invited to a barbeque over the weekend, so I figured, “why not!”
(I can’t believe I experimented on my friends!)
I loved the balsamic vinaigrette recipe I found at Chinese Grandma. I had some left, and can’t wait to take it to work for my salad tomorrow!