Posts Tagged avocado
We were away this past weekend for Kyle’s youngest sister’s graduation from High School, so I’ve been a little while since I last posted. I’ll admit I haven’t gone 100% Gluten-Free yet. I figured with the upcoming trip to Alberta for the grad, I’d be served up lots of food with gluten in it – and I wasn’t about to start making special requests to family members when I’ve barely started this thing. Plus I wasn’t quite ready. I’m still not to be honest. But my gluten days will all come to an end after this weekend. I’m going out with a bang by having a Gluten Party this weekend. So ridiculous I know, but I wanted one last chance to eat all my favourite gluten-filled foods. Plus I wanted Kyle in town when I did it. So I will likely have a gluten hangover this coming Sunday … luckily it’s a long weekend.
While I am slowly saying goodbye to all my favs, I am reminding myself daily about all the wonderful food I still get to eat. Pork already had it’s shout out. I found a new way to enjoy PB&J instead of on wheaty bread. And I am over-the-moon that I still get to eat TACOS! Thank goodness for corn flour. I previously really enjoyed a soft flour tortilla topped with pork and shrimp and mushrooms and avocado… (anything yummy really), but after my recent adventures in making corn tortillas from scratch, I have a new found love of soft corn tortillas. And I truly prefer them over their wheat-filled counterparts.
These particular tacos are basically just a delicious way to use up leftovers. Specifically the Short Ribs from this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Although don’t bank on having leftovers if you make this recipe – it’s so delicious you’re bound to have each rib devoured by yourself and your dinner mates before the evening ends. I suggest making an extra batch, or heck, just make them specifically for these tacos if you have a hankering to try these. So, I admit this is a cheat’s recipe, as I’m not really giving you much a recipe, merely directions for building an extremely tasty (and gluten-free!) taco.
Short Rib Tacos
6 6″ corn tortillas
1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked short rib meat – I suggest using this recipe
1 1/2 cups cabbage, shredded
1/2 tsp salt
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 small onion, diced
tomatillo salsa (you can use regular salsa; but I prefer this here to keep everything green. And tomato salsa would probably overpower these)
Heat the corn tortillas according to directions (or make your own!). Heat up the leftover short rib meat (I typically heat up 2 good-sized short ribs in the oven – this gives me a good amount of meat for tacos for 2) – shred the meat once heated.
Put the shredded cabbage in a bowl and mix with the juice from 1 lime and the salt. To prepare tacos, top each tortilla shredded short rib meat, some of the cabbage mixture, and any of the above toppings you’d like. I suggest them all. But go ahead and leave some out, or add you’re own. But don’t come back and tell me your taco was no good – I’m just saying.
Makes 6 tacos.
My husband and I often get strong cravings for hot wings. I’m pretty sure it’s more about the hot sauce than the chicken; that spicy tang of a good Louisiana style sauce makes our mouths water instantly upon mention. Although, if the chicken is deep-fried and resembles fried chicken in anyway it’s basically like heaven for me. But that’s where the problem lies I suppose: it can’t be good for our hearts (or our figures) to eat deep-fried chicken wings every week, no matter how much we’d like to. The solution to this seems simple enough – pour hot sauce onto chicken breasts and bake. But it’s not as good. Something’s missing, even if you drown the chicken chunks in ranch or blue cheese dressing with each bite.
So here’s a healthy way to get some tasty buffalo chicken in your belly. And there’s a bonus as well: you can add avocado to your wrap if you’re as obsessed with avocado as we are; Double-tastiness, oh my! What makes this chicken better than simply baking chicken breast with hot sauce or pan-frying chicken then covering with hot sauce? It’s the thin slices that cook up quickly with minimal oil (keeping them very tender), the addition of a few extra spices for additional flavour, and a final hit of honey at the end, to caramelize the chicken strips and impart a slight sweetness. Oh, and then wrapping the chicken up in a tortilla with veggies of your choosing, ranch dressing (or blue cheese if that’s your preference) and more hot sauce makes these spicy chicken strips all the more appetizing. What would you add to your wrap?
Buffalo Chicken Wraps
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, cut into strips
1/4 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s Hot Sauce), plus more to serve
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp honey
4 whole wheat wraps
ranch or blue cheese dressing
1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced
1/2 small red onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
4 leaves romaine lettuce
Place the chicken strips in a bowl and mix together with the hot sauce, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, chili flakes, and pepper. Allow to sit for about 15-30 minutes – you can use this time to prepare the remaining ingredients for the wraps.
Heat a heavy pan over medium-high heat (I use a cast iron one, as this provides the most even heat and is non-stick). Place the chicken in the pan in one even layer (if you can), saute for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally. (Alternately, you can do this in smaller batches, which will give you a bit more of a “crust” on the chicken, as it won’t be steaming in the juices as much) When the chicken is nearly cooked through, add the honey to the pan, tossing to coat all the chicken strips (if you cooked the chicken in batches, remember to add it all to the pan for this step). Saute for an additional 3 minutes, until the chicken begins to caramelize. Add a few more dashes of the hot sauce to the pan and toss the chicken in the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat.
To serve: Heat your wraps in the microwave or oven. Top with ranch dressing, the chicken strips, and any other toppings you like. Top with additional hot sauce if you want it really saucy. Wrap up and devour.
I meant to share this sandwich with you yesterday. Because I was talking about avocados and my inspirations from Pinterest that helped create yesterday’s dish.
There’s really no recipe needed to make this sanwich, but the combination of flavours are amazing, so I wanted you to make it for yourself. For me, caraway seeds (in rye bread) and blue cheese are a match made in heaven – I don’t know what it is, but I love smearing any blue-based cheese onto a rye cracker or toasted rye bread. When I was at the grocery store this weekend I happened to see a wedge of cambozola waving at me, begging to end up in my cart, and eventually my belly. And since I had just grabbed a fresh loaf of dark Winnipeg rye, I snatched it up quickly.
So yesterday when I had avocados on my mind, I added thick slices of the buttery green fruit to my toasted rye and cambozola sandwich; and then proceeded to add some prosciutto for some saltiness. What is cambozola? – in case you’re unaware: It is a combination of a creamy cheese: camembert, and a pungent cheese: Gorgonzola. And it is one of my favourite cheeses on this Earth – I don’t have to eat so much cheese this way because I get 2 cheeses in 1!
Avocado, Cambozola & Prosciutto Sandwich on Rye
2 thick slices dark rye
1 garlic clove, cut in half
3 slices cambozola cheese
nearly 1/2 an avocado, cut into thick slices
2 slices prosciutto
Toast the rye bread. When it comes out of the toaster and is still warm, rub each slice with one half of the garlic. Layer the cambozola, avocado, and prosciutto onto one of the slices of rye and top with the other. Enjoy.
Makes 1 sandwich.
Hello friends! Are you here to check out what avocado treat I was inspired to make during the Pinterest Challenge? Or did you just stumble here haphazardly? If so, you can check in on the last post for a quick description of the Pinterest Challenge, because there’s not much sense in overly recapping today. You can also check out the description over at the blogs of the hosts of this challenge: Sherry at Young House Love or Katie at Bower Power.
I decided to take inspiration from the first pin I pictured: the Avocado, Cream Cheese & Salsa Stuffed Puff Pastries from Averie Cooks. What I’m sharing with you today barely resembles this recipe. I basically just took the words “Avocado” “Salsa” & “Stuffed” and went from there. But thank you Averie for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to make these puff pastries soon!
I wanted to stuff something … and since I had just posted about Phyllo dough, my mind didn’t have to wander far to figure out what I would be using as vessel for the avocado. I also wanted some non-dairy protein, and decided on shrimp. A quick day-dream while watching wind surfers on the lake and I decided to make little phyllo triangles stuffed with chipotle shrimp and an avocado & mango salsa. This is basically a Greek/Southwest mash-up of our favourite chipotle shrimp tacos that we like to make frequently (which I apparently haven’t shared yet…I’ll work on this).
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. Since we weren’t feeling very gluttonous this past Sunday, we didn’t feel like eating all 24 phyllo triangles, so I ended up freezing a batch of them. I’ll come back and update this once we cook them up to see if they can survive the icy freezer. Please share in the comments if you challenged yourself to “stop pinning and start doing” this week!
Chipotle Shrimp & Avocado Phyllo Triangles
6 sheets phyllo, thawed
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb shrimp, chopped
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/4 + 1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 avocados, diced
1/2 mango, diced
1/4 small red onion, small diced
1/2 jalepeno, minced (you can keep the seeds in or take them out, depending on how much heat you want)
juice of 1/2 a lime
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Combine shrimp with 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Saute the shrimp in the hot pan for 4 minutes (don’t worry if the shrimp isn’t fully cooked, it will finish cooking in the oven). Pour into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes – you could use this time to dice your veggies.
Combine the remaining ingredients – avocados through lime juice – into the bowl with the shrimp (minus the phyllo dough of course). Work with one sheet of phyllo dough at a time, and keep the remaining sheets under a damp towel (otherwise it will crack and you won’t be able to work with it). Slice the sheet horizontally into 4 sheets (you’ll end up with 24 of these long, skinny sheets in total). Place 1 Tbsp of the shrimp & avocado mixture at the bottom of the sheet, then fold over into a triangle, and continue folding into triangles until you run out of dough. Place the triangle onto the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Continue with the remaining 23 sheets of phyllo.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot/warm. We ate this with Siracha because it’s soooo tasty.
Makes 24 triangles.