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Fresh & Flavorful Pico de Gallo

Posted by Hallee on Apr 17, 2012 in Daniel Fast, diet & fasting, Mexican, Recipes, Salads, sides, Snacks

My daughter Kaylee LOVES fresh pico de gallo. She’ll sit with a huge bowl of it and a bag of organic tortilla chips and just inhale it. And because of the health benefits to the fresh salsa, I don’t discourage it. With fresh tomatoes, fresh peppers, and fresh onion, the vitamins and minerals can’t be beat. In running the nutritional analysis of the recipe, this is what I discovered. Fresh Pico de Gallo is has no cholesterol, is low in sodium, very high in dietary fiber, high in manganese, high in magnesium, high in niacin, high in phosphorus, very high in potassium, high in thiamin, very high in vitamin A, very high in vitamin B6, and very high in vitamin C.

It’s also REALLY easy. I make it all summer long straight out of my garden.

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Tex-Mex Ground Beef Skillet

Posted by Hallee on Nov 17, 2011 in American Quisine, entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes

Chili-Mac is one of my kids’ favorite dinners. I love how this is served over cornbread instead of sloppy-joe style over hamburger buns. This is a very-quick, easy to make meal – especially if you’re using leftover cornbread. I used grass-fed beef, and even with organic vegetables it’s still less than $4 per serving.

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Fabulous Supper Nachos

Posted by Hallee on Sep 22, 2011 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes

My mom found this recipe in a magazine probably thirty years ago. This recipe is AMAZING. I don’ t know exactly what sets it apart from other hot nachos recipes, but something does. You won’t find a better dish to take to a party – this is probably the dish for which I’m most often asked for the recipe. They’re called “Supper Nachos” because they are a meal. They’re a family favorite.

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Homemade Refried Beans

Posted by Hallee on Sep 22, 2011 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes, sides

I never realized how easy it was to make refried beans. As much as we love Mexican food, I hate to think about how many cans of beans we’ve gone through. This recipe is great as a side dish or in any recipe that calls for refried beans. This recipe will make 2 cans worth (about 2 pounds).

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Daring ‘Omega-3′ Salmon Tacos

Posted by Hallee on Aug 31, 2011 in American Quisine, entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes

I love fish tacos. I discovered them at the Cheesecake Factory in Boston and haven’t met one I didn’t like yet.

I also love salmon. My parents are from Oregon, and my grandfather loved salmon fishing. I grew up eating salmon fresh off of the grill all summer long.

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Hallee’s Healthy Pleasurable Pita Pizzas: Fiesta Pita Pizzas

Posted by Hallee on Jan 26, 2011 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes, Snacks

I’m not saying give up on pizza. Who would want to do that? I am saying it is possible to make a great tasting and actually HEALTHY and GOOD FOR YOU pizza.

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Slightly Spicy Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

This dish is wonderful served as a vegetable side dish or as a light lunch entrée. Brushing the inside of the tomato shell with Tabasco adds a robust hint of the Southwest.

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Savory Traditional Chicken Tamales

Posted by Hallee on Jul 30, 2010 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes

Gregg judges a Mexican restaurant by their tamales. If they aren’t hand made, steamed in a corn husk, with the right favors he simply won’t go back to that restaurant. Consequently, it took me several years to even attempt a recipe for tamales. I was so excited to find one that he loves.

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Easy Cheesy Chili Empanaditas

Posted by Hallee on May 5, 2010 in entrees, Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Mexican, Recipes, Snacks, starters

This is an amazing dish. The pastry is so light and buttery that it nearly melts in your mouth. The cheese combined with the chilies is a remarkable flavor. They can be an appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or a delicious and savory treat for lunch.

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Very Unordinary Chunky Vegetarian Chili

Posted by Hallee on Apr 8, 2010 in Daniel Fast, diet & fasting, entrees, Hallee's Galley, Mexican, Recipes, Soups

If you are entertaining mixed palettes, this meal will satisfy all tastes. A from-scratch chili that uses many different vegetables as well as beans and lentils to provide that ‘full’ feeling that chili with meat offers. Add fresh parsley and basil to taste, if desired. The lack of dairy or meat in this chili makes it a perfect meal during a Daniel Fast or Lent.

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