Healthy Quesadilla Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

shrimp quesadillas, cinco de mayo, healthy recipes, Mexican recipes, online cookbookWe are excited to share some healthy recipes for Cinco de Mayo!  We always enjoy eating Mexican food, and we like to eat healthy, too.  So, we whipped up these shrimp quesadillas with a few simple ingredients that you can have ready for dinner or lunch in no time.

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Serve up these shrimp quesadillas as a light dinner or lunch; they also make a great appetizer dish for starting off the meal in style.

First, chop up some red and yellow mini sweet peppers.  These are easy to find in stores or even at the local farmers market sometimes.  We sautéed these in a non-stick skillet for a couple of minutes to lightly soften and heat them.

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Next we melted some butter in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and added some chopped garlic, cooking it just ’til fragrant and starting to brown.  Then we tossed in the shrimp, sprinkled with some salt and pepper, and let it get pink on one side (about 2-3 minutes), flipped it, and did the same for the other side, just a couple of minutes (not too long or it will get tough). After removing the shrimp from the pan, we chopped it and spritzed with a little juice from a lime.

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You will want to heat up the corn tortillas slightly so they will be pliable; either place them on a plate in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds (depending on number of tortillas – maybe a little longer) or warm them up on the skillet or griddle one at a time and stack together to keep warm in a tortilla warmer or on a plate covered with a towel.

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Heat your griddle or non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.  Along the middle of each tortilla (we’re going to fold it in half), layer a little of the chopped shrimp, some of the sweet peppers, and some shredded Monterrey Jack cheese.  Set onto skillet or griddle and gently fold in half, pressing lightly with a spatula to keep it in place while it heats. After a couple of minutes, carefully slide the spatula under the open side of the tortilla and gently flip over towards closed side of tortilla (and you might have to tuck a few ingredients back in to the tortilla after flipping). Allow to heat for 2-3 more minutes until cheese is melted and tortilla is slightly browned.

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Remove and serve, garnished with fresh cilantro, and some quartered cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, salsa, and any other desired sides.

We whipped up a little spicy sour cream to serve with these, by combining 1/2 cup of light sour cream with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin.  Yum!  It was terrific.

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Here’s a list of the recipe ingredients; click on the recipe title for a printable version of the recipe with ingredients and instructions.

Shrimp Quesadillas (makes 2)

2 corn tortillas
10 medium size shrimp (uncooked, deveined, tail removed)
2 small red and yellow sweet peppers
butter / olive oil / oil spray
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lime, for juice
1/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
garnish – fresh cilantro
serve with – diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, spicy sour cream, and salsa

Here are a few other healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes:

Shrimp Tacos

Bean and Corn Salsa Nachos

Turkey Nachos Supreme

Guacamole

One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

Aloha Healthy Recipes

 

What are your favorite Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo or any weeknight dinner with the family?  You can save all your favorite recipes together in one place here at Dish Dish.  We’d love to hear about your favorites – either leave us a comment below or come see us on Facebook and let us know.  We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Picnic Basket Dishes

 

 
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Picnics are so much fun! – whether all decked out with a favorite picnic basket, having pulled out a soft, smooth picnic blanket from the closet, and packed up some easy picnic dishes ready to set out on the picnic table at a park or just keeping it simple eating outdoors in the back yard. And, of course, you’ll need some great food to dish up, like these 5 picnic basket dishes that are sure to please, and all with 10 or fewer ingredients.

1. Potato Salad with Bacon and Tomatoes – mayonnaise-free potato salad perfect for toting outdoors and loaded with flavor.

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2. Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries (Sandwiches) – apples and cranberries add tang to the chicken salad sandwiches.

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3. Cucumber, Turkey, Avocado Roll – gluten-free option for lunch with turkey and avocado rolled up inside cucumbers, making a unique treat from only 3 ingredients.

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4. Cool Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips – fruit-filled salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips add some pizzazz to the party.

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5. Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies – a simple, moist comfort dessert for that sweet tooth.

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We have lots of other picnic menu ideas, too. What are your favorite picnic recipes? Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page telling about your favorite picnic dish or a fond picnic memory. We love to hear from you!

Remember to add your favorite recipes to your Dish Dish online cookbook, so you can find them when you want them whether at home, at work, or at the store.

5 Amazing Ways to Serve Green Beans

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Buying and Storing Green Beans

It’s nice to purchase your fresh green beans at a farmers market or a store where the loose beans are left for you to sort through and pick out the best ones.  Pick out the ones that have a smooth texture, don’t have brown spots, and have a vibrant green color.  They should be firm enough to give a good “snap” sound when broken.  Store the fresh green beans in the fridge in a plastic bag for up to a week.  If you want to buy a bunch and freeze them, that works well, too; they can last 3 to 6 months in the freezer.

Healthy Benefits of Green Beans

Really?  Yes, green beans are good for you, full of many health benefits.  First, they are a great source of dietary fiber and low in calories.  They are full of Vitamins A, C, and B-6, helping our bodies with resisting infection and fighting off free radicals.  They’re good for our metabolism, too, with minerals like iron, manganese, calcium, and magnesium.

Amazing Ways to Serve Green Beans

And now to our main topic, amazing ways to serve green beans.  We are highlighting these five recipes that serve up delicious complementary flavors with the green beans and provide colorful, out-of-the-ordinary options for your next green bean side dish.  I have fond memories of my great-grandmother cooking up a huge pot of green beans, fresh from her garden, simmering them for what seemed like half the day with some bacon and fresh onion, until everything was tender and so savory!  I always thought they were the best green beans – but here are a few ideas.

1. Garden Green Beans are cooked up with some sauteed fresh mushrooms and onion, water chestnuts, and seasoned with Italian seasoning and a little Parmesan cheese just before serving.

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2. Green Beans with Bacon and Onion – a quick, short-cut version with bacon bits and dried minced onion for when you’re really short on time.

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3. Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes and Feta – roasted green beans and tomatoes topped with some feta cheese for even more delicious flavor.

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4. Green Beans and Pancetta with Browned Butter and Chestnuts – green beans are simmered with browned butter, pancetta and chestnuts, oh my!

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5. Basil Buttered Beans – green beans cooked in chicken broth, topped with melted butter and sprinkled with basil.

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Click on the title or image of any of the above recipes to get the complete recipe and directions and to save the recipe ingredients (from any recipe on Dish Dish) right to your shopping list so you’re all ready for the grocery store.

We hope you enjoy these amazing ways to serve green beans and will leave us a comment below with your favorite ideas or memories around dishing up green beans.

What Makes a Good Farmers Market?

vegetables, farmers market, healthy recipes, vegetarian recipesSomething about visiting the Farmers Market makes me feel like a little kid again.  I’m not sure why that is.  Perhaps walking amidst the wonder and color of all these beautiful fresh foods reminds me to delight in the simple things.  At the local farmers market there are people from farms, ranches, and dairies, along with local artisans with their homemade honey, salsas, pickles, cheeses, breads, and other wares.  Almost always, I find myself surprised by a treasured and unexpected find.

It is especially fun to visit farmers markets when traveling.  In Hawaii we visited one and had some delicious fresh pizza made in a brick pizza oven hauled on the back of a trailer by the owner.  The pizza was fabulous!  We also bought incredibly sweet pineapple and bananas to enjoy while exploring the island the rest of that day.

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In Waco, Texas, we saw a homemade robot, “playing” ball with some of the kids gathered around, as the builder and operator stood close by to facilitate.

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Sometimes there are even local musicians providing live music for the day or artists displaying their vibrant pieces for the crowd.

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All in all, the farmers market is a wonderful place to visit for so many reasons.  Enjoy getting outside, breathing the fresh air, spending time walking and chatting with friends or family, and purchasing some delicious items for your favorite recipes, all in a relaxing al fresco environment. And while you’re there, be sure to pick up some fresh local vegetables (like sweet corn, green beans, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes) and fruits (like strawberries or blackberries) for your meals that week, along with some eggs, meat, honey, fresh herbs, flowers or plants.

If you’re not sure of the location of a farmers market in your area, check out Local Harvest and see if they have your local farmers markets listed.  Be sure to check the dates for the farmers market, since many are seasonal markets or only open on certain days of the week.  In the Dallas / Fort Worth area, we have an abundance of farmers markets to choose from.  Of course, the largest is the Dallas Farmers Market in downtown Dallas (open daily year round), but there are many other fabulous options (including these in no particular order):

1. Little Elm Farmers Market
(Saturdays 8am – Noon, early May through mid October)

2. Denton Community Market
(Saturdays 9am – 1pm, early April through November)

3. Coppell Farmers Market
(Saturdays 8am – Noon)

4. The Marketplace Mesquite
(every 2nd Saturday, April through September)

5. Keller Farmers Market
(Saturdays 8am – Noon, May through October)

6. Cowtown Farmers Market
(Saturdays 8am – Noon year round; Wednesday 8am – Noon, June through September)

7. McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square and Adriatica
(Sat. & Thurs. 8am – noon, early April through early October)

8. Rosemeade Market & Greenhouse in Carrollton
(Mon – Sat. 8am to 7pm; Sun 9am to 6pm, year round)

9. St. Michael’s Farmers Market in Dallas
(Saturday 8am – Noon, starting early April)

10. Grapevine Farmers Market
(Thursday through Saturday, 8am – 4pm, early April to mid October)

 

What is your favorite farmers market and what do you think makes it a good one? What is your favorite thing about visiting the farmers market? We’d love to hear from you about your experiences, too!

Remember that you can save all your favorite healthy recipes right here at Dish Dish in your own online cookbook account – so you can find them easily next time and share them with your friends!

 

Menu Ideas for Easter or Passover

spring table centerpiece, daffodils, eggs, simple table styleAre you looking for last minute menu ideas for Easter or Passover for this weekend?

Let’s take a quick look at some traditional menu items for each of these meals and share some recipes with you.  The highlighted menu items are linked to that recipe.

A menu for Easter traditionally includes:

1. Baked Ham or roasted Rack of Lamb,
2. Roasted Asparagus,
3. Scalloped Potatoes,
4. A Spring Salad,
5. A pan of fresh Dinner Rolls
6. And perhaps some Lemon Meringue Pie or Cheesecake for dessert.

While one might anticipate a Passover menu being less exciting, a traditional one would most likely:

1. Start with some Matzoh Ball Soup,
2. Followed by a Brisket,
3. Served with some roasted asparagus (I know, I know … it’s a spring thing!),
4. A Potato Gratin,
5. Some other Roasted Vegetables,
6. And finally the meal is finished off with a Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Of course, our family has to be a little different at just about everything.  So we are serving up some Baby Back Ribs for Sunday dinner this week.  This very basic recipe will do right for you every time without too much effort at all.

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Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs  (serves 6; prep time: 30 min; cook time: 3 hours)

Gather together the following ingredients:

•  Three (3) racks baby back ribs
•  A bottle of BBQ sauce of your choice
•  For the Rib Rub:

a. 1/2 cup brown sugar
b. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
c. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
d. salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a small bowl, combine all of the Rib Rub ingredients.

Prepare the ribs by removing skin from the underside of ribs (by slicing skin and pulling it away).  Sprinkle the rub over each side of ribs and rub into the meat.  Wrap each rack in Saran Wrap tightly and place on baking sheet to cook in oven for 3 hours.

Carefully remove plastic wrap from ribs; place each rack on a sheet of aluminum foil and brush ribs with BBQ sauce while preheating grill to medium-high heat.  Close foil around ribs and place on grill, allowing them to heat for about 10 minutes before unwrapping and serving.

Whatever you end up dishing for friends and family this weekend, we’d love for you to leave us a comment below and share with us about your festivities.  Share a picture of your dish with us on our Facebook page!

And remember you can always organize recipes right here at Dish Dish with your own online cookbook account.  Which recipes will you add this week?

Here are a couple of other recipe ideas for this weekend’s activities:

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Easter Chick Deviled Eggs

 

 

 

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Easter Story Cookies (tell the Easter story in the kitchen – great for kids the night before)