Mexican Fiesta - Gluten Free
One of my major concerns with going gluten free was giving up all of the familiar food my family and I love to eat. So, in these next few posts, I tackle some of my favorite types of cuisine. First up, Mexican.
In university, I attended a school in the suburbs of Chicago. One word, okay three - burritos, salsa, horchata. I worked through college as a waitress and had the great opportunity to meet many hard working and great eating Mexican co-workers. My busboy (yes, that is the term for the guy who clears the table and gets it ready for the next customer) and I used to race other teams to see who could 'turn' their table faster. They called me Jennifer Lopez....and taught me many key Spanish swear words that my high school teacher omitted from my education. And SPICY! Whoa!
So, when I speak about Mexican food, that is where I am coming from. But I also love commercial American Mexican - namely Chipotle and Chili's. Americans know what I am talking about - Fajitas and design your own burritos. I dearly miss all of these things while living in The Netherlands, but I do not miss the cheese laden options most people think of with this cuisine.
I was SO relieved to find out that most of my favorite recipes are gluten free or only needed a slight tweak.
Iowa Girls Eat. I don't personally know Kristin, but I feel like I should just to say thank you. I have been eating her recipes for years and she has great 'restaurant hacks' for you Americans living overseas missing some of your favorite dishes.
- Chipotle burrito bowls - I use brown rice.
- Chili's fajitas - I make these with chicken or shrimp and use corn tortillas
- Salsa - just make a big batch & store it in a glass jar in the fridge. Great on scrambled eggs too.
Green Healthy Cooking This is a recent find. Again, I don't have any affiliation with Lorena, but I love her food. In particular, her tacos and mango salsa. These are great for summertime. Super quick and easy!
- Easy Fish Tacos - To bread the fish, I use almond flour only in the recipe. I put the fish in corn tortillas. I also use the whitest, chunkiest, flakiest fish I can find. In The Netherlands, I use kabeljauw (cod). I made these with shrimp last night and my four year old, self proclaimed picky eater, ate an entire shrimp! Big news in my household.
- Mango Salsa - I don't know why I didn't try this before. I love it! Sweet, tangy, salty. I made this last night and caught my husband eating it with a spoon. I keep some mango aside and the girls love having fresh mango for dessert.
Plant Eater's Manifesto. Kayli & James' website drew me in because one of the recipe sections is "Dude Food". I would not have put plant eater and manly in the same sentence until now. These recipes are convincing my husband to look forward to dinner. Truth be told. We are eating far better now than ever before.
- Portabella Black Bean Tacos - I add chicken to this too sometimes if I have some extra to use up.
- Avocado Cream - this recipe single handedly got me eating avocados. I never liked chunky guacamole, but this is, well, cream. Picture avocado mayo. I make a double batch because it is a great weekend snack with chips and salsa.
Enjoy! Hasta luego!