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Supereasy Naan Bread with Garlic

I was buying ingredients to make another Indian dish to use up the left-over coconut milk. In front of me was a gentleman, who bought cured bacon, a small block of cheese, and a beer. He was very helpful in putting up the dividers between the different grocery orders. So I teased him and said that WholeFoods should hire him. He said “Oh no thanks. I am a chef.”
Curious about this situation, I asked him what he was going to cook with his three ingredients?! I mentioned that we love cooking and that we just figured out how to make homemade Naan. He then suggested to just crush up some fresh garlic and add it to the Naan.
So of course, we had to try that…and it was wonderful. The garlic gave the Naan a little extra kick =)

Try for yourself and share your thoughts.

Ingredients (6-8 Naan breads):
1/3 cup milk, warmed
2¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
½ tablespoon raw sugar
¾ cup plain organic yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (we used Safflower oil)
1½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2½ cups organic flour (can be made with whole white wheat flour: 2 cups whole wheat and ½ cup all-purpose flour)
Crushed garlic (we used about 6 small-medium garlic cloves and pressed them through a garlic press)

Preparation:
1. Combine milk, yeast, and sugar in small bowl. Cover and let the yeast proof (5-10 minutes).
2. Add yogurt, vegetable oil, salt, baking powder, flour, and yeast mixture into mixer. We used a dough hook and let the mixer combine the ingredients until they formed a dough ball.
3. Let the dough rest and allow to rise until doubled. (If you have an oven that allows proofing, proof in oven).
4. Remove dough and divide into 6 or 7 lemon-sized balls. Add the crushed garlic and briefly knead the dough through to spread the garlic evenly.
5. Roll dough and flatten into a ¼” oval shape. Sprinkle one side with water and gently place the oval shape with the water-side down onto a heated griddle. Let the dough cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to puff and brown on the underside (similar to making pancakes, be patient). Flip the Naan and gook on the other side until golden brown.
6. Serve with Indian meal or eat with dip.

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I forgot to take pictures with the garlic. So I am using the same pictures as for the regular Naan bread. Note: The overall appearance of the Naan does not change, but the taste does =)

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Supereasy Homemade Naan (Indian Flatbread)

So last time Hans and I made Indian food at home, we used store-bought Naan to go along with the dish. But why not make Naan from scratch?! Turns out our new blender (a Blendtec) came with a recipe book that included a Naan recipe.

We have modified the recipe slightly and made it using a mixer (instead of the blender). It turned out phenomenal. But try for yourself and share your thoughts.

 

Ingredients (6-7 Naan breads):
1/3 cup milk, warmed
2¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
½ tablespoon raw sugar
¾ cup plain organic yogurt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (we used Safflower oil)
1½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2½ cups organic flour (can be made with whole white wheat flour: 2 cups whole wheat and ½ cup all-purpose flour)

Preparation:
1. Combine milk, yeast, and sugar in small bowl. Cover and let the yeast proof (5-10 minutes).
2. Add yogurt, vegetable oil, salt, baking powder, flour, and yeast mixture into mixer. We used a dough hook and let the mixer combine the ingredients until they formed a dough ball.
3. Let the dough rest and allow to rise until doubled. (If you have an oven that allows proofing, proof in oven).
4. Remove dough and divide into 6 or 7 lemon-sized balls. Roll dough and flatten into a ¼” oval shape. Sprinkle one side with water and gently place the oval shape with the water-side down onto a heated griddle. Let the dough cook for a couple of minutes until it starts to puff and brown on the underside (similar to making pancakes, be patient). Flip the Naan and gook on the other side until golden brown.
5. Serve with Indian meal or eat with dip.

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Traditional Cheese & Bean Enchilada Dinner

Hans does not care for guacamole or pico de gallo. As I like both, it is nice to cook make it whenever we have dinner guests.

So below you will find a detailed description on how to make cheese and bean enchiladas, Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Enjoy =)

Ingredients for the enchiladas:
8 medium flour tortillas (8-inch)
1 1/2 can refried pinto beans (We love the organic refried pinto beans from Trader Joe’s)
shredded Mexican cheese mix
1 small can enchilada sauce

Preparation of enchiladas:
1. Use about one tablespoon of refried beans and spread in the center of one tortilla.
2. Sprinkle beans with shredded cheese.
3. Tug the sides of the tortilla in and roll the tortilla.
4. Place in oven-safe glass dish. It is best to spread a little bit of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the glass dish to prevent sticking. Layer the rolled tortilla with the seam down into the glass dish.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining tortillas.
6. Pour enchilada sauce over the rolled up tortillas. It maybe helpful to use a knife to gently lift each one and allow sauce to go in between each. Sprinkle with cheese on top.
6. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for Mexican rice:
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup salsa, blended
1 cup water
1 veggie bouillon cube

Preparation of rice:
1. Rinse the rice under running water. This will remove the starch and make the rice very fluffy.
2. Heat oil in dutch oven on stove. Check for the temperature of the olive oil by dropping a couple kernels of rice into the dutch oven. If they start to sauté right away, the temperature of the oil is at the correct temperature.
When the correct temperature has been reached, add the rice to the dutch oven. Stir frequently and sauté the rice until it appears translucent.
3. Add the water, salsa, and veggie bouillon cube. Heat until simmering while stirring constantly. Once the mixture is simmering, turn off the stove. Move the dutch oven into the oven at 350 F. Cook rice for 30 minutes. Stir once at 15 minutes.

Ingredients for refried beans:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon green chilies
1 1/2 cans refried beans
taco seasoning (we use our homemade taco seasoning https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/homemade-taco-seasoning/)

Preparation of refried beans:
1. Heat olive oil in small pot. Once oil is hot, sauté onion until translucent.
2. Add beans, sautéed onion, and green chilies into blender. Blend until smooth.
3. Transfer bean mixture back into small pot. Heat slowly. Add taco seasoning to taste.

Ingredients for guacamole:
2 avocados
¼ medium tomatoes, chopped
¼ small onion, chopped
Jalapeños/serranos, chopped (to taste)
5-6 sprigs cilantro, chopped
¼ teaspoon cumin powder
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Lemon/lime juice, to taste

Preparation of guacamole:
1. Cut and peel the avocados and take the flesh out in a bowl.
2. With a fork mash it up a little, be careful not to overdo it. It needs to have a little texture.
3. Add in the following: tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro.
4. Squeeze some lemon juice into it, and mix.
5. Add in cumin powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
6. Chill and serve as a dip with some chips.

Ingredients for pico de gallo:
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/3 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
salt to taste

Preparation of pico de gallo:
1. Combine the ingredients. Be sure to taste the pico de gallo. If necessary adjust the seasoning by adding more salt or additional diced jalapeno pepper.

Serving of food:
1. Heat plates briefly in oven.
2. Arrange enchiladas, rice, beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Sprinkle with Coteja cheese and serve with sour cream (optional).
3. Enjoy =)

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Recipe inspired by:
http://mexican.food.com/recipe/mexican-rice-117892

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/pico-de-gallo-recipe.html

 


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Restaurant-Quality Cheese & Bean Enchiladas

Everybody has a comfort food. Our comfort food is homemade cheese & bean enchiladas. Not just the enchiladas but the whole meal as served in a Mexican restaurant. For a week night dinner this dish includes: cheese and bean enchiladas, refried beans, and Mexican rice served with Coteja cheese.

Ingredients for the enchiladas:
8 medium flour tortillas (8-inch)
1 1/2 can refried pinto beans (We love the organic refried pinto beans from Trader Joe’s)
shredded Mexican cheese mix
1 small can enchilada sauce

Preparation of enchiladas:
1. Use about one tablespoon of refried beans and spread in the center of one tortilla.
2. Sprinkle beans with shredded cheese.
3. Tug the sides of the tortilla in and roll the tortilla.
4. Place in oven-safe glass dish. It is best to spread a little bit of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the glass dish to prevent sticking. Layer the rolled tortilla with the seam down into the glass dish.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining tortillas.
6. Pour enchilada sauce over the rolled up tortillas. It maybe helpful to use a knife to gently lift each one and allow sauce to go in between each. Sprinkle with cheese on top.
6. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for Mexican rice:
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 cup salsa, blended
1 cup water
1 veggie bouillon cube

Preparation of rice:
1. Rinse the rice under running water. This will remove the starch and make the rice very fluffy.
2. Heat oil in dutch oven on stove. Check for the temperature of the olive oil by dropping a couple kernels of rice into the dutch oven. If they start to sauté right away, the temperature of the oil is at the correct temperature.
When the correct temperature has been reached, add the rice to the dutch oven. Stir frequently and sauté the rice until it appears translucent.
3. Add the water, salsa, and veggie bouillon cube. Heat until simmering while stirring constantly. Once the mixture is simmering, turn off the stove. Move the dutch oven into the oven at 350 F. Cook rice for 30 minutes. Stir once at 15 minutes.

Ingredients for refried beans:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon green chilies
1 1/2 cans refried beans
taco seasoning (we use our homemade taco seasoning https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/homemade-taco-seasoning/)

Preparation of refried beans:
1. Heat olive oil in small pot. Once oil is hot, sauté onion until translucent.
2. Add beans, sautéed onion, and green chilies into blender. Blend until smooth.
3. Transfer bean mixture back into small pot. Heat slowly. Add taco seasoning to taste.

Serving of food:
1. Heat plates briefly in oven.
2. Arrange enchiladas, rice, and beans. Sprinkle with Coteja cheese.
3. Enjoy =)

 

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Homemade strawberry ice cream

Strawberries are ready to be picked out of the garden! And while I enjoy stuffing my face with hot, sun baked strawberries right off the plant; they are pretty good in ice cream too!

Easy recipe!
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 pint milk (I use vitamin D)
1/2 cup sugar (I like turbinado or organic sugar)
1 egg white (can skip this if you really want)
2 cups sliced or puréed or more strawberries from your garden

Add everything but strawberries to a pot and simmer on low on the stove. This will make a custard. Cook it until it coats the back of a spoon and then remove from heat. Lay plastic wrap on the surface of the custard to keep a skin from forming and place in fridge.

Once cooled, pull the plastic off and pour in a traditional ice cream machine/freezer. Add strawberries to the machine in whatever form you chose and follow the traditional instructions for use.

After it has mixed in the machine, transfer to a freezable container and it can harden overnight. Or if you can’t wait, eat it right away! Fresh ice cream out of the machine is very close to Italian ice cream! (So I heard, I haven’t been yet…)

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Health benefits:
* While this may not the healthiest of recipes, it is healthier and yummier than store-bought strawberry ice cream. Most store-bought ice creams will contain corn syrup, molasses, and likely other ingredients such as xanthan gum.
* Another benefit are the organic strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron and maintains healthy skin, teeth, and bones. Vitamin C also serves as antioxidant that strengthens the immune systme and helps fight infection.