With current pandemic restrictions, it’s unlikely many of us will be venturing south any time soon. Instead, we’ve brought the flavours of Mexico to you with this recipe—a delicious and light stew, reminiscent of a dish served on the beaches in Zihua. The brightly coloured squash is paired with hot peppers and roasted tomatoes, then spiked with lime. It’s a perfect antidote to a cold January night.
For a creamier stew, give it a few pulses with a handheld immersion blender before adding diced pepper and collards.
Some like it hot; some not The use of hot peppers is extremely individual. Some can comfortably eat the hottest of peppers while others can barely handle a little black pepper. In this recipe, we’ve included some hot pepper options. With jalapeno being the least hot, add or eliminate peppers as desired. And in the event of taste buds on fire, be sure to have plenty of plain yogurt available to provide edible soothing relief.
In large heavy saucepan, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and sauteu0301 over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes (see tip). Add chili peppers and seasonings and stir to blend. Slowly stir in stock, squash and diced tomatoes. Bring to a low boil. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in diced pepper and collards. Bring to a boil until collards are wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice to taste. Add garnishes of choice and serve with low-sodium tortilla chips.
Reminiscent of the stuffed cabbage of yore, the flavour profile of these stuffed chard smacks of cozy fall. It looks all fancy, but everything comes together surprisingly quickly. If desired, you can use turkey or pork sausage and brown rice. Time-saver tip For larger grains, such as wild rice and spelt, it’s a very good idea to soak them for several hours before cooking. This will slash the cooking time by about a third. If not soaking the wild rice, add roughly 20 minutes to the simmering time.
This stuffed eggplant is built upon layers of Middle Eastern flavours: smoky freekeh, tender chickpeas, and a herbal tahini sauce. The quick-pickled raisins add a sweet vinegary pop. Sweat it out Salting eggplant before cooking enhances the flavour by allowing eggplant to sweat out its bitterness and breaking its spongy texture.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.