Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Cinco De Mayo Table

We didn't have a party, or even special activities, we just ate a lot (an ample amount for a small family of four) of Mexican inspired foods. This was a mostly vegetarian spread except for the token meat- a mild chorizo, and gyulai sausage. We had cheese and bean Quesadilla's, fresh avocado, stuffed peppers, and a red cabbage Pico De Gallo that was recommended to me by my friend Tehlia over at Raw Adventures of an Army Wife.  Make sure you visit her blog to get the recipe! I served mine in warm corn tortillas, with sliced avocado, crumbled mexican style cheese and lime juice (Sorry T, I did the raw thing half way). 

Everything else I just kinda winged.

When my tots were just beginning to eat real foods I discovered that simple easy quesadillas were great. They were convenient tiny packets that could be hand held that I could pack with a variety of left over foods. I could even make then ahead and slowly bake them while I did other things!  For these I took two flour tortillas, lightly oil the outsides of each put one side down on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, Sprinkled  Monterey Jack cheese and a few cooked black beans and covered with the other one. Put it into the oven and baked at 375f until melted and turned once so that it got crispy on both sides.

Then for the stuff peppers, I hollowed out four peppers, two bells (for the tots) and two poblano peppers (husband and myself).  The tots version was simple, I filled them with a mexican style rice, a recipe courtesy of Mark Bittman, frozen corn and baked at 450f. Ours was a little more involved. And oh, so yummy!

Poblano Stuff Peppers and Mexican Rice
(Rice adapted from A Mark Bittman Recipe in his book The Best recipes in the World)
  • 1 large tomato, cored seeded, and cut in two
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly mashed
  • half an medium onion peeled and cut in two
  • 1 cup of long grain rice, rinsed and dried.
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2cup water or stock
  • neutral oil
To make rice, take tomato, garlic and onion and place in a food processor or blender and puree. Heat oil on a medium high heat and saute rice for a couple minutes to coat with the oil.  Add in tomato mixture, salt and half a cup of liquid. Turn down to lowest setting, cover with a lid and steam for 15 mins. Meanwhile prepare other ingredients for the peppers.
  • Cilantro leaves, small bunch, lightly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed mexican style crumbled cheese
  • 1/3 cup black beans with out liquid
  • 2-4 poblano peppers, tops, ribs and seeds removed
When rice is done cooking combine cilantro, chipotles, cheese and beans with rice in a bowl, stir to mix. Stuff peppers, and bake at 450f. For a cooking time sake we'll say for 30 mins but, really it is to heat the rice through, melt the cheese and turn the poblano peppers soft and black at the edges.

My husband confessed (probably due to the meyer lemon margarita) to me half way through the meal he had a dirty little secret... We have had other conversations that had started this way but I must admit this one did take me by surprise "I don't like poblanos". With that he took my hard worked, disassembled it,  put  the rice between a corn tortilla and threw out the pepper. WTF, husband? The tots on the other hand gleefully ate their novelty rice from the fun bowl!

photos by me.


  1. Quite a feast you had going there yesterday Megan, it all looks so yummy!

  2. Who doesn't love a quesadilla? We have them often at our house!

  3. Thanks so much. :)

    I love stuffed peppers and always forget how great they are. Might be making them for dinner tomorrow. Great pictures.

  4. Sorry I had to LOL over your husband's secret :) Don't you hate it when they spring these tidbits on you during dinner? The stuffed peppers look delicious, poblanos or not :)

  5. wish my kids liked quesadillas :( I love them and my kids are like BLECHHHHH!

    and the shipping mix up? wtf is up with that crap? I will be clearing this up...when I drew your name I emaile and asked them in Canada was ok and the response which I kept was YES! just a mix up but annoying none the less

  6. Yay dinner was yummy, quesadillas, stuffed peppers et al! Even my husbands dirty little secret (I still like em) isn't too much of a concern.

    @Laura, my sincerest apologies. Looks like the mix up was mine and my husbands- just a little weird....



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