Mexican Main Dishes

Today is Cinco de Mayo, so I thought it might be fun to share some amazing Mexican main dishes. Some of these are more authentic, like Arroz con Pollo, and some are more Americanized like Tamale Pie. All of them are delicious, easy to make, and most use ingredients that you may already have on hand. Make one for dinner tonight!

12 Mexican Main Dishes- A great collection of recipes for Cinco de Mayo or any day of the year! From authentic Mexican to Mexican American recipes, you will find a favorite here!

Even if you don’t have time, or the ingredients to make one tonight, save this on Pinterest or on your computers bookmarks, because if you are anything like me at all, you will want to try these at some point soon! Find all of the recipes on Community Table Recipes here:  12 Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Main Dishes. Need more ideas, like dips? Try Spicy Gaucamole with Bacon! Or how about a breakfast for dinner idea, like Huevos Rancheros with Bacon Tortillas?

 

Chicken Lo Mein

Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein! So much better than waiting for take-out, this can be on your table in twenty minutes!

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein- Learn how to make better and quicker than take out!

I had a package of lo mein noodles sitting in my cabinet for awhile, so when my daughter asked for spaghetti this week, I said “How about chicken with noodles instead?” Great news, she ate it! Chicken and spaghetti are two of the very few things she likes, and luckily I have never had a problem getting her to eat vegetables. She also likes Chinese food, as long as it’s not in a lot of sauce.

I love most Chinese food myself, though I admit I don’t order Chicken Lo Mein all that often. I’m more of a Chicken and Broccoli kind of girl. Check out this recipe I made a few years ago. Yes, my photography has really improved! I need to update those photos, like yesterday.

Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein. Better and faster than take-out!

I made this quick and easy by using a package of frozen Asian vegetable mix, then just adding sliced red bell pepper and minced garlic. The chicken itself only takes a few minutes to cook, and so do the noodles.

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Quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein, ready in 20 minutes!
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Cuisine: Chinese American
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ pound chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 ounces wide Lo Mein noodles
  • 1 package frozen Asian vegetable mix
  • 1 red (or any color) bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided, plus a little extra for the pasta water
Instructions
  1. Cook the Lo Mein noodles according to package directions, adding a few drops of sesame oil to the cooking water. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large, deep saute pan. Cook the chicken until lightly browned on all sides, remove to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon sesame oil to the pan. Saute the bell pepper, vegetable mix, and garlic, stirring often, until the vegetables are hot and cooked through.
  3. Add the chicken back to the pan, stir in the noodles, stir-fry sauce, and soy sauce, simmer until hot. Serve immediately.

 

Shrimp Scampi Day Recipes

Today, April 29, is National Shrimp Scampi Day! Shrimp Scampi is one of my favorite things to make, and eat! I just love that there is a food day for it! So, I put together a small collection of some great recipes to share with you. I can’t wait to hear which is your favorite!

Shrimp Scampi Day Recipes

10 Shrimp Scampi Recipes- April 29 is National Shrimp Scampi Day, and this collection includes recipes from traditional shrimp scampi to non-traditional like quesdillas and pizza!

Now, there is traditional Shrimp Scampi made with a garlic butter sauce, like my Shrimp Scampi with Linguine, but there are also so many other ways you can enjoy it. Pizza, dip, quesadilla’s, even different variations on the classic. Don’t they all look so good? I’m definitely going to be making that dip!

If you don’t like the butter and garlic, but still love shrimp, can I suggest Spicy Shrimp and Bacon Casserole, one of my all time favorites, or how about Coconut Shrimp with Tomato Coconut Salsa? Don’t like shrimp at all? I have a handy search bar where you can search for recipes by entering a main ingredient, and everything I’ve made with that ingredient will be displayed.

Last week I told you that I’m now a contributor to Parade’s Community Table. Of course, I will still be sharing my recipes here weekly, but I’m also going to be writing, and sharing there. Next week I’m planning a Cinco De Mayo recipe round-up, full of main course ideas. For now, I hope you enjoy this weeks round-up, which you can find here: 10 Succulent Shrimp Scampi Recipes. Make sure to stop by later this week or early next, I plan on sharing a quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe!

 

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National Picnic Day Recipes

Tomorrow, April 23 is National Picnic Day. I haven’t been on a picnic in a long time, but these recipes make me want to plan one!

14 National Picnic Day Recipes- A collection of all the recipes you need to plan the perfect picnic! Includes fried chicken, pasta salads, great desserts, and a refreshing beverage.

Fried chicken, pasta salads, easy desserts, all of these recipes are great for a picnic! Seriously, these are going on my recipes to try list, and I’m positive I will love these picnic recipes! Okay, the Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad and Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad are my own recipes, but the others.  It’s finally just starting to get nicer out here, although the next few days are supposed to be cold. I’ve been thinking a lot about what we are going to do this summer, and eating outside, whether a picnic or cookout, is definitely going to be on the list a lot of days. It’s so much easier than trying to make my daughter come inside when it’s so nice out. Plus, I don’t really enjoy being stuck inside cooking in the summer either.

I’ve also been busy! I’m preparing to go to the Food and Wine Conference this summer, and am excited to finally meet my foodie friends in person. If you want to go, I have a discount for you, just use this code to save $50 off your ticket: fwc15martb . I also teamed up with World Foodie Fair to produce a limited edition Rants From My Crazy Kitchen Spice Blend that I love, and I’ll be sharing some great ways to use it soon. Finally, I’ve started as a contributor to Parade’s Community Table, and that is were you can find this delicious collection I put together! Click here to see and save all the recipes:  National Picnic Day Recipes.

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Picnic #SundaySupper

Let’s celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, and National Picnic Day, April 23rd, with recipes great for an outdoor picnic! This Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad takes a basic egg salad to a whole new, deliciously fabulous level!

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Picnic #SundaySupper- Take egg salad to a whole new level with the addition of avocado, sriracha sauce, and crispy bacon! Great on it's own, or as a sandwich.

Thanks to our great host T.R. from Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting this week’s #SundaySupper featuring great picnic recipes! Sad to say, but I think I’ve only been on a picnic maybe three times in my life. I remember making sandwiches to take to a park with a boyfriend when I was a teenager, but I’m sure it wasn’t anything special.

Here is another sad fact, I’ve never liked egg salad. Like, not at all. I never really understood why, because I like everything that goes into a basic egg salad. I think I just didn’t like the combination. But, we had tons of hard-boiled eggs leftover after Easter, so I decided to try to find a way I would like egg salad. This is it!

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad for Picnic #SundaySupper

I decided to add avocado, because I love it, and then bacon would give it a nice, salty flavor, then add a bit of spice to the egg salad by adding sriracha sauce. It’s not overly spicy, though, just enough to give it a little “kick”. If you like spicy, add an additional teaspoon sriracha at at time, and taste before adding more.

If picnics or cookouts aren’t in your plans, you can make it the night before, and cover it tightly, and then make a quick and easy breakfast bagel sandwich in the morning.

Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich- Make the night before and cover tightly for a great, quick and easy breakfast in the morning!

Make sure to check out all of the delicious recipes shared this week after the recipe for Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad, there are lots of great picnic ideas!

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Avocado Sriracha Egg Salad
 
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With avocado, sriracha sauce and bacon, this egg salad is delicious as a side dish, or makes a great breakfast sandwich. Never have boring egg salad again!
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Recipe type: Salad/Side Dish
Serves: Serves 8 as a side dish
Ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 3 slices reduced sodium bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled
  • 1 scallion, sliced thin (white and green parts)
  • ½ of an avocado, seeded, peeled, and chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1¼ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine chopped eggs, crumbled bacon, scallion, avocado, and celery in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice, then stir in the yogurt, mayonnaise, and sriracha sauce.
  2. Cover tightly and keep cold until serving.
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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with Italian Herbs

Healthy doesn’t have to be bland! Bring great flavor to whole wheat pizza with this Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with Italian Herbs and seasonings that is quick and easy to make, add your own healthy toppings and have dinner ready in less than 30 minutes!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough made with Italian herbs and seasonings. Healthy doesn't have to mean bland with this quick and easy recipe!

I think that this may be the first recipe I’ve ever shared that is simply the base for a recipe, and not the entire recipe. I’m not going to tell you how to make your pizza this time, I’m just going to share a quick and easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough recipe that I’ve been making recently. It came about after I bought too much whole wheat flour, for something I can’t remember, and I wanted to use it up. We have been eating a lot more whole wheat and whole grain breads and pastas, but they have been store-bought. I’ve also been making pizza at home a lot more, and with the exception of Victory Pig Sicilian Style Pizza  they have been pretty healthy. Veggies, lower fat cheeses, you get the idea. This particular one has turkey pepperoni on it, and nobody here can tell the difference between it and regular pepperoni!

I start out by mixing the flour, quick-rise pizza yeast, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, oil, and hot water in a bowl, then kneading it for a few minutes, adding additional flour as needed to keep the dough from being sticky.

Whole Wheat Italian Herb Pizza Dough

Then press it out into an oiled baking sheet. I don’t have a pizza stone, I should really get one!

Unbaked Whole Wheat Italian Herb Pizza Dough

That’s it! Top with desired pizza toppings and bake for 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it after 12 minutes, so the crust doesn’t stick to the pan!

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Quick and easy, flavorful whole wheat pizza dough with Italian herbs.
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Serves: Make one 12 inch pizza
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour, plus additional if needed
  • 1 package Fleischmann's pizza crust yeast
  • ⅔ cup very warm (120-130 degree F) water
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 6 tablespoons canola or olive oil, divided
Instructions
  1. Combine 1 cup of the flour, dry yeast, sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder in a mixing bowl. Stir in water and 3 tablespoons oil. Mix well. Turn out onto a clean surface dusted with ½ cup flour, and knead, incorporating the dusting flour and adding more if needed to keep it from being overly sticky, for 4 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Press out dough into a pizza pan, top with desired toppings, and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until cheeses are melted and crust is golden brown.

 

Ham and Pea Soup

Don’t throw away a leftover meaty ham bone! Make Ham and Pea Soup, with delicious ham stock and frozen peas for vibrant color.  The stock can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 9 month, and so can the soup.

Ham and Pea Soup- Made with a delicious ham stock from a leftover meaty ham bone and frozen peas for vibrate color.

With any luck at all, this will be the last winter kind of recipe I post for months. I made this Ham and Pea Soup a few days after Easter with the leftover ham bone from our dinner, when it was 40-something degrees out. Right now, as I write this, it is 75 degrees out, and I love it! I can’t wait to start making grilled recipes, and cookout recipes, and maybe a few summertime drinks! But for now, soup is where I’m at.

I was never able to make a pea soup that I really loved until I learned to use frozen peas instead of dried, that had to be simmered for forever and had such a bland taste that it wasn’t really worth it. Frozen peas are more flavorful to begin with, since they are frozen soon after picking. Then, using a fresh made ham stock really gives this pea soup flavor. Yes, that part takes time, but it’s totally worth it!

Ham and Pea Soup- Fresh made ham stock and frozen peas are the key to this delicious soup. Great for using up a leftover ham bone!

It’s not hard at all, really. You don’t even have to chop anything for the stock. Just put the meaty ham bone, peeled whole carrots, a peeled potato and unpeeled onion and garlic in a large stock pot and cover with water, then cook for an hour and a half (or more). Leaving the onion and garlic cloves unpeeled gives great flavor to stocks and leaves them a nice golden color. If you don’t have a few hours to cook the stock, and you have a large enough slow cooker, you could use it to make the stock, and then finish the soup when you get home. The soup part of this recipe takes less than half an hour, and since the stock can be made ahead of time, it would be great for a busy night.

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Delicious ham and pea soup made with homemade ham stock and frozen peas for great flavor
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: Serves 6 plus lefotvers
Ingredients
  • 1 leftover meaty ham bone (about 1¾ pounds)
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 medium onion, unpeeled
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • large pinch whole black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • water to cover
  • 2 pounds frozen sweet peas
Instructions
  1. Place the ham bone with the meat attached, carrots, onion, garlic, potato, bay leaves, peppercorns and ground cloves in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1½ - 2 hours. Skim the top of the broth occasionally to remove the fat.
  2. Turn off the heat. Reserving the stock and allowing it to cool, use a large slotted spoon (a pasta draining spoon works great!) to remove the ham bone, onion, carrots, set aside to cool slightly. Discard the potato, bqy leves, and peppercorns.
  3. Remove all the meat from the ham bone and chop fine. Peel the skin from the onion, and squeeze out the garlic pulp. Skim any remaining fat from the top of the broth. Place the onions, carrots, and garlic back in the ham stock, add the frozen peas. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the peas are tender. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Stir the the ham, heat through and serve.
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Notes:
1: If preparing the stock in a slow cooker, cook for 8-9 hours on low, or 5 hours on high.
2. If freezing the stock for later use, puree the onion, carrots, and garlic in the broth until smooth. Cool in small batches and skim the fat off the top before freezing.

 

Turkey Habanero Chili

Spicy Turkey Habanero Chili, with the sweetness of crushed tomatoes, healthy vegetables, and cannellini beans, this recipe is for the spice lovers!

Spicy Turkey Habanero Chili, with the sweetness of crushed tomatoes, healthy vegetables, and cannellini beans, this recipe is for the spice lovers!

I had been missing chili since we stopped eating red meat (for the most part), and up until this past week this was the winter that wouldn’t quit. I still love the chili recipe I’ve been making for years, but wanted to make something similar, yet different with ground turkey instead of beef. I didn’t want to just make the same thing substituting ground turkey, that wouldn’t be any fun! So Turkey Habanero Chili is it! I added crushed tomatoes, since I hate lots of diced tomatoes in chili, and used cannellini beans. The cannellini beans were almost a mistake. I’m used to using canned kidney beans in chili, but chose to use dried cannellini beans that I soaked according to the package directions before adding to the chili to finish cooking. Next time I will use frozen beans. I soaked them for an hour and cooked them in the chili for over two and a half hours and they still were not tender.

Turkey Habanero Chili- Spicy hot chili lightened up with ground turkey and loaded with bean and veggies. Good for you and delicious!

I ate the chili anyway, after simmering it for two and a half hours I knew the beans weren’t going to get any softer anytime soon. Lesson learned, use canned or frozen in this recipe! Other than that, it was really good. Spicy, yes, but also a hint of sweetness, lots of great vegetables too. Tomatilloes, onions, garlic, bell pepper, carrots, crushed tomatoes, and of course the habaneros! I didn’t seed them, either. I wanted the heat without having to add any additional pepper or pepper sauce.

Before I give you the recipe, I have an announcement: I’ve teamed up with World Foodie Fair to develop a limited edition Rants From My Crazy Kitchen spice blend! Here is the description from the website, Square Up, where you can purchase it.

“An immense depth of flavor, this complicated blend of Buttermilk powder, garlic, onion, black peppercorn, celery seed, red wine vinegar, hondashi, sugar, mushroom and soy sauce will wake up taste buds you never knew you had.”

I would love for you to give it a try, and give me your feedback on the taste, price, everything! Check it out here: Square Up Market.

Turkey Habanero Chili
 
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Spicy Turkey Habanero Chili, with the sweetness of crushed tomatoes, healthy vegetables, and cannellini beans, this recipe is for the spice lovers!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds 85% lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound cannellini beans, frozen or canned (drained and rinsed if using canned)
  • 3 tomatillos, chopped
  • 3 small habaneros, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2- 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can beer (domestic)
  • 5-6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground turkey in a large stock pot over medium-high heat, drain. Add in the chopped vegetables, beans, crushed tomatoes, and beer. Stir in the chili powder and thyme.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2½ hours. Serve with reduced fat tortilla chips and sour cream, if desired.