Mexican Meal side dish
serving carnitas enchiladas with a salsa verde for dinner guests. Sides of sour cream, guacamole and home made salsa.
I would like to serve a side dish. I may do a Spanish rice if I have time/feel like it. But really I want to add some vegetables to the mix.
Any thoughts on a veggie dish as a side or as a starter that would go? No corn or beans or other starchy vegetables please.
3 zucchinis sliced
1/2 onion sliced
2 cloves garlic grated
1can tomato sauce not 29oz, smaller one (chunky or smooth, I prefer smooth)
3/4 c cheddar cheese grated
small can chopped black olives drained
1 scallion sliced thin on the bias
2 Tbs oil in pan, sauté onions when wilted add garlic cook 1 min add zukes soften and barely brown, then add the tomato sauce stir well put into casserole dish top with grated cheddar cheese bake 350• 25 min uncovered. take out of oven top with olives and sprinkle with scallions...serve
Orange, avocado, marinated thinly-sliced red onion, and tomatoes arranged as alternating slices, drizzled with a mix of 1/3 OJ (just squeeze the peels you cut off the oranges), 1/3 lime juice, 1/3 OO with salt, pepper and cumin to taste. Easy and beautiful. Adding Jicama would be great too for more crunch.
Marinating red onion: thinly slice a red onion after slicing in 1/2 vertically. Put the 1/2 moons in a bowl. Cover with ice cubes and water. Add a tsp. of salt and 1-2 of sugar to the bowl, and 1-2 tbsp. vinegar (white or cider), and stir. Refridgerate for at least an hour. This takes the 'bite' out of the onion and makes it very tasty, extra crisp, and lightly tangy for a salad.
could not find jicama (darn this small town!). Came home with the following and will piece together some kind of salad or 2.
Kolrabi (was closest thing to jicama I could find/think of)
red onion (I like the idea of marinating)
This combination is excellent. It never occurred to me to make a citrus dressing (duh! on me-- I just make a standard vinaigrette), so now I have something to look forward to! I also zap the onions for 30 seconds or so in the m'wave and dunk in an ice bath after. Another method for taking care of that 'bite.'
Since you don't want starchy (and I find Spanish rice pretty starchy, personally) how about rajas con crema or rajas con queso? I have listed one recipe below. The basic idea is chile poblanos and onions. Some recipes add crema some add sour cream, some add cheese. I even saw one on the web that had corn, but I have never seen that in a restaurant, myself.
You can find other recipes, of course. These are colorful and very tasty (especially with the cheese...).
I like to prepare a Mexican cole slaw (something like this: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mex... only I cut the cabbage finer) and use it to fill half an avocado (I actually overfill the avocado half - makes a nicer salad) and I sometimes add a bit of shrimp to the mix.