Although slightly extraordinary, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed at all if you find yourself having dreams of dining with Zorro in a Dallas banquet restaurant with “La Bamba” songs playing in the background. In any given population, you’ll definitely find at least one avid fan of Mexican-American movies. Can you blame them for being fans of hunky, dark-skinned men and catchy Mexican music?
This undeniable appeal naturally spills over to Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex pertains to a type of cuisine which is influenced by Mexico and Mexican-Americans. This has its origins in the border states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona- thus the name, Tex-Mex. Texans of Hispanic descent or Tejanos introduced this cuisine as a hybrid of Spanish and Mexican Indian foods when Texas used to be part of New Spain and, later, of Mexico.
Tex-Mex cooking is characterized by the use of a lot of meat, beans, cheese, sour cream and a plethora of spices. You’ll also find tortillas and nachos a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine. Cilantro and a variety of chili peppers are also commonly found in Tex-Mex cooking. Tacos, chili con carne, crispy chalupas, and fajitas are some of our favorite and well-known Tex-Mex foods.
From there, various restaurants offering Tex-Mex cuisine have sprung like mushrooms. This yummy cuisine which used to be found only in the Texas and New Mexico regions has now permeated all corners of the world. And we’re not complaining. Thanks to these establishments, we can now enjoy Tex-Mex food at its finest- at virtually any time of the day. You’ll now find combination platters complete with enchiladas and chimichangas. If you check out www.mattitos.com/, for instance, you’ll be pleased to know that they have a gamut of menu items which cater to both the not-so-hungry and the famished.
So, go ahead and beef up (pun intended) your Mexican-American experience by lounging in a chair, with a margarita in hand as you wolf down some heavenly tacos and chili con carne. Tex-Mex delights are not to be easily forgotten.
This year I promised to prepare more vegetable-based meal for the family. It’s not that we don’t eat vegetables at home but I don’t cook them on a regular basis as it should be. This week, I cooked Pinakbet (a dish made up of different fresh vegetables, pork, and shrimp paste), and Green Beans with Oyster Sauce. (I wasn’t able to take a picture of Pinakbet.)
Ingredients and procedure:
This is simple to prepare. You only need fresh Baguio beans, ground pork, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, water and oyster sauce.
Pour a cup of water in a skillet and let the ground pork simmer for several minutes to lessen the malansang amoy ng meat. Add salt and pepper when the water dries up and the ground pork turns brown. Set aside the ground pork leave a small amount of oil in the pan to saute the garlic and onion. Return the ground pork to the pan and add the green beans. Mixed well. Add half a cup of water. Simmer for a few minutes before adding the oyster sauce. Simmer until the beans soften. This dish is best paired with steamed white rice. Enjoy!
Although turkey is a healthy food to eat, burgers that are made with the meat might not taste as good as those that are made with beef. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make frozen turkey burgers taste delicious without taking away from the healthy qualities that they offer. Keep in mind that turkey burgers have high levels of protein and low amounts of sodium and fat compared to beef.
An option that you have for making a delicious sandwich with healthy bread is to put the burger on an English muffin instead of using white bread. Wheat bread is an option as well. You can use the English muffin with an egg and cheese to make a turkey sandwich for breakfast. A classic idea would be to put the turkey burger on a traditional bun with your favorite toppings, such as lettuce, cheese, and a tomato slice. Swiss cheese pairs well with turkey instead of cheddar or American cheese.
Pesto is a healthy option for turkey burgers. You can put mozzarella on the burger along with sun-dried tomatoes for a refreshing sandwich that is filled with flavor. If you want to make a turkey burger with a little spice, then turn it into a Mexican burger by adding salsa, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and a few crushed tortilla chips. You can also add a few slices of peppers if you want added heat.
Sometimes, you need a healthy option on the days that you exercise. Instead of using bread, eat your turkey burger with only the toppings that you like so that you don’t have the added carbohydrates. You can also use a large piece of lettuce as a wrap with the turkey burger chopped in small pieces. Add a few slices of avocado and mustard for a healthy treat that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.