Molletes

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Looking for a quick and easy breakfast idea?  Molletes are the answer.  They are fast, simple and delicious.  You are basically looking at bread, beans, cheese and salsa heated through to make one scrumptious and portable meal.  Yes, breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack time) can be this easy.  Slice a roll in half, slather some garlicky beans, top with cheese, watch it become gooey then spoon some salsa on top.  Pretty easy!  Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. Continue reading

Chipotle Tempeh Sopes

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Tempeh is a patty made of fermented soybeans and sometimes additions like barley, millet and rice.  It has a slight sour taste due to the fermentation.  Tempeh has a great crunchy texture which makes it a great choice as a ground meat substitute.

Sopes are thick fried masa cakes with a raised edge (to keep all the toppings on bay). Commonly sopes are topped with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato and cheese or sour cream. Yum, yum.

For this recipe I have made a spiced-filled chipotle tempeh filling.  A little heat, a little spice and some good crunch from the tempeh.  A simple mash to some pinto beans creates the perfect base for the tempeh filling.  Top with some crisp lettuce and cool tomatoes and you have a great combo of flavors. Continue reading

Sonoran Hot Dogs

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The novelty of the Sonoran-style hot dogs is the bacon.  Oh and the toppings.  The creativity that goes into the toppings is amazing.  You can go as basic as ketchup, mustard, relish or venture into guacamole, beans, grilled onions, mayo and pickled jalapenos.  Pick and choose and see what you like.

So legend has it the Sonoran hot dog was invented to help banish those late-night munchies associated with a great night out.  Vendors would line up the streets with mobilized griddles and cook up loads of bacon-wrapped hot dogs and grilled onions.  Hmmm. Continue reading

Frijoles Charros

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Frijoles Charros roughly translates to cowboy beans.  These yummy beans originated out on ranches as a way for cowboys to make a hearty, warm pot of beans.  Glad someone thought to do this because they are yum-my.  The key ingredient to frijoles charros (aside from the beans) is good old fashioned bacon.  It helps give it a smoky zing.  I have substituted it with vegetarian bacon but the salty smoky flavor is still there.  Add some onions, tomatoes and chilies and you got yourself one filling bowl of beans. Continue reading

Veggie Caldo

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Caldo is common among many Latin American countries.  It is one of the simplest things to make and one of the most satisfying.  Although most caldos use meat as the main source of protein this caldo uses beans as a base.  It is a rustic soup often identified by its hunks of meat and large pieces of vegetables.  It can be a bit messy to eat when the ingredients do not even fit on the spoon.  I never understood why everything had to be so big so I cut the vegetables a bit smaller, making this soup very easy to eat. Continue reading

Huevos Rancheros Florentine: Yup. I. Went. There.

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What are good Saturday morning breakfast ideas while trying to decide whether to face the cold, rainy, foggy world or stay indoors wrapped up in a blanket?  Two favorite options of mine: Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Florentine.  Two distinct dishes, both very tasty treats.  But you shouldn’t eat both at the same time, right?  Well maybe you should.  Hmmm.  I decided to combine the two and create one egg dish filled with hints of both. Continue reading

It’s A Cold Night Fideo Soup

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A cold night deserves a thick, robust, fill-your-belly-and-your-soul kind of soup.  As a kid, fideo was the rainy day remedy.  Slurping down a bowl of broth and noodles-so basic yet so complete.  Sopa de fideo gets revamped into a heartier soup with the addition of fire-roasted tomatoes, earthy pinto beans and rich kale.  Continue reading