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One Pot Burrito Bowls – Quick and Healthy Series

Hello my Friends ~

As promised, here is the first installment of my Quick and Healthy Food Saver Vacuum SealerSeries – One Pot Burrito Bowls.  As a side note, I would highly recommend a home vacuum sealer; I personally use the Food Saver brand.

One pot burrito bowls

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

One Pot Burrito BowlsIngredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of one fresh Lime
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 pound lean hamburger
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Each Jalapeño diced remove seeds and inside (Optional if you like it hot dice whole)
  • 1 cup jasmine rice (or any long grain)
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups chicken stock (chicken broth works too)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar/jack cheese
  • S & P to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (Optional Love Spice)

Optional toppings:
Sour cream
Cilantro
Green Onions
Tomatoes
Guacamole or sliced avocados

Directions:
In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and red peppers. Add in hamburger and cook until browned. Stir in salsa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, jasmine rice, taco seasoning and chili powder. Pour in chicken stock and then bring to a light boil. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is all the way cooked.

When rice is done, S&P to taste. Top with your favorite toppings. We like to serve over lettuce in a salad bowl and eat with tortilla chips.

Try this recipe out and let me know how you and your family enjoyed it.  I love hearing from my audience!

Much Respect and God Bless
Chef Moya

Quality Cutlery

Hello everyone, Easter is right around the corner.  Here are some tips to make that holiday meal extra special.  After all the kids have gone through their Easter baskets and found all of their Easter eggs, it’s time for the best part of the day:  Easter Dinner.Wüsthof

Whatever your traditional meal is for Easter, you will be spending time in the kitchen.  Regarding your cutlery, always remember these simple tips:
Keep your knives sharp! A sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. As a trained chef I am very particular about the knives I use. Professional knives can be very expensive, but with care and tender love, a lower quality knife can be just as effective. If you want to purchase a high end knife, my preference would be Wüsthof knives. It’s an excellent quality of knife and they go from moderately priced to super expensive.  Wüsthof is a German company that has been in business since 1814. For over 200 years they have continued to make quality knives using great craftsmanship. Knives are all about the balance. Balance is how it levels off when you lay the flat side on your finger, in the middle of the knife between the handle and the blade. Wüsthof knives have fantastic balance.

If they are a little expensive for your taste the next best would be another German manufacturer, JA Henckel. JA Henkel knives have been around since 1731.  JA Henkel makes quality knives at JA Henckelsaffordable prices. JA Henkle knives have great balance as well.  No matter what knife you have, always remember to keep them sharpened. Tender loving care can make any knife effective. Never put them in the dishwasher; always wash them by hand and dry by hand. Taking care of your knives will make them last longer and stay sharper. And remember for that wonderful holiday meal you might just want to have a little “Latin Love” in your pantry to give your meal a little Latin “kick”.  Happy Easter everybody and God bless you all.

Fresh herbs you should always have in your pantry

Hello and welcome to my first Blog.  Let’s get started.

Cooking begins with understanding flavors.  You want flavors that are enhanced by fresh herbs; they induce “intoxication” or stimulation to the mind and senses.

When you walk by an herb garden and smell the aroma of lavender, juniper, sage, and mint your senses come alive and you feel peaceful, happy and even energized.  Imagine taking those same fresh smells and using them to enhance your taste sensations.  Cooking with fresh herbs will change your palette and give you the flavors you have longed for.

Seasons add Sensations
Well seasoned Tomahawk Pork chop

One of my favorite herbs is cilantro.  Cilantro has an earthy and bright flavor.  When you eat fresh guacamole your senses identify it immediately.  To properly store and preserve cilantro, I recommend a glass jar allowing the roots to be covered in water.  Put the glass jar in an air tight Ziploc bag and store in your refrigerator.  This will keep it fresh.

Two more favorite and essential herbs are rosemary and thyme.  Rosemary has an aroma that is also earthy and will remind you of a warm summer day.  Rosemary should be stored the same way as cilantro.  Thyme, however, has a citrus smell and flavor, yet it also has a clean earthiness.  Thyme is stored between two moist pieces of paper towels in the refrigerator.

If you really want to enjoy the aroma of fresh herbs and have them available for daily meal preparation, I suggest an herb garden.  Outside gardens are optimal, but are not the only options.  You can use a compact window sill herb garden allowing you to enjoy the visual, aromatic and tasting sensations.  Come back for more of my flavor sensations!
Chef Moya

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