For the love of food: Mexican food

Getting fit and healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat salad the rest of your life. It’s all about portion control and “all things in moderation” as the Bible says. Some people go too far and outlaw bread, potatoes, eggs. They say, “Bread is bad for you because it just turns to sugar.” or “eggs have cholesterol” or “meat has fat in it.” or potatoes are high in carbs and you shouldn’t eat them.” The key is moderation, not deprivation.

“Mexican food can be some of the most exciting and healthy food around! It doesn’t have to be greasy and unhealthy. It is fun to make too. Rich and colorful and spicy, I don’t think I can live without it!

One of my favorite things to do with Mexican food is to make my own tortillas. Tortillas are made with a special flour called “masa”. There is generally two types of masa: corn and white. Both of them make some of the tastiest breads around! Once you have your masa follow the directions on the back of the package.

It would be benefitial to also have a tortilla press and a cast iron skillet to make the tortillas round and thin and to cook the tortillas in.  You will need to use two pieces of plastic wrap to place the tortilla in while pressing, or use a rolling pin.  I usually use my hands and just press into shape, but this makes thick tortillas and we want thin.

Once the tortillas are round and flat put them in the skillet and cook about 3-5 min. on each side or until you see little brown or black places on the tortilla.

Next you can make tacos. You can make taco filling out of almost anything. One of my favorites is called “Ropas Vieho” or “Old Clothes”. It makes a good breakfast filling.
What you need to do is buy or make some Mexican sausage. It is called chorizo at the grocery store, but I’ve found the chorizo in the grocery store to have too much fat, so I make my own chorizo.

Chorizo can be made easily by just taking some ground beef or pork and adding Mexican seasonings: cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix all together and cook until done.

The final step is to crack about four-five eggs over about 1 lb. sausage and stir until done. Add salt to taste. Fill the tortillas and add cheese and salsa if desired and you have a pretty good breakfast going on there!

Another of my favorite taco fillings is just meat (chicken, pork, beef) cut into long strips, seasoned with Mexican seasonings (cumin, garlic, chili powder, cayenne pepper) and cooked in a little olive oil until done.
Put into prepared tortillas and top with salsa and cheese or guacamole and sour cream. Delicioso!

My favorite Mexican dish of all time is chicken enchiladas. You don’t need much chicken for this-just about three chicken breasts cooked. I usually boil my chicken. You can roast it if you like but with boiling you can use the chicken broth to make your enchilada sauce.

Enchilada sauce: 1 tsp. flour, 1.5 tsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. oregano, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1 can chicken broth (or use broth from cooking the chicken). 1 can tomato sauce, 1 tsp. lime juice.

In large skillet saute’ the flour in the oil. Add the spices and cook for about min., Add the broth and tomato sauce and the lime juice. Bring to boil and cook and stir until thickened. Fill the tortillas with chicken (cooked) and cooked onion. (It will help if the tortillas were heated in the microwave a bit). Lay them side by side in an oven safe casserole dish coated with the enchilada sauce. (Saving some sauce to go on top). When the dish is full pour remaining sauce on top and the grated cheese and bake in oven until warmed through and cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and jalepeno peppers.



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