stuffed poblano peppers

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Place the poblano peppers directly onto a gas burner and turn the flame to high. Using tongs, rotate the poblanos frequently until their skins are blistered on all sides, about 4-6 minutes each. Transfer the bowl and cover with foil or plastic wrap – or even better, if you have paper bags, place them inside and roll the bag up tight.  If you don’t have a gas stovetop, this can be achieved under your oven broiler while turning frequently.

In a medium saucepan, heat your stock to a low simmer. On a separate burner, heat a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add oil then add onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one minute longer. Add the uncooked rice to the pot and stir for a minute or two, until it becomes lightly toasted. Pour in the beer and scrape up any bits that are stuck to the bottom. Let simmer for a minute or so, until the beer has almost disappeared. Ladle one cup of the warm stock into the rice mixture and simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining stock 1/2 cup at a time, allowing it to absorb after each addition. With your last spoonful of stock, add the corn kernels. Once all of the stock and corn have been added to the rice and the stock has been absorbed, stir in the cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the peppers from the bowl or brown bag and gently rub off the skins. Cut each pepper in half and remove the guts as best you can. Fill each pepper with rice mixture and arrange on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. Sprinkle with queso fresco and bake for 10-15 minutes, until they begin to brown.

While the peppers are cooking, stir together the yogurt, lime juice, milk and a pinch of salt.

Remove the peppers from the oven, drizzle with sauce and garnish with cilantro.

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corn & quinoa salad with queso fresco

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slow-cooked pork tenderloin with orange, cilantro, chives & smoked paprika

pork tenderloin

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. of pork tenderloin
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 tsp. of sea salt
½ tsp. of black pepper
½ tsp. of garlic powder
½ tsp. of onion powder
½ tsp. of smoked paprika
½ of a fresh orange, sliced in 1” pieces
¼ cup of cilantro, chopped
2 Tbs. of chives, minced

INSTRUCTIONS:
ADD vegetable broth, sea salt, black pepper and remaining spices to a 3-4 quart slow-cooker. Place pork tenderloin in the slow-cooker and heat on low for 4 hours.

REMOVE from the slow-cooker and allow to cool on a cutting board. Gently shred with a two forks and transfer to a serving platter or if serving right away, 3-4 dinner plates.

GARNISH with smoked paprika, fresh orange slices and a generous sprinkling of fresh cilantro and chives. Enjoy!

maple balsamic brussels sprout salad

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Preheat oven to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Rinse the farro and add it to the boiling water. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes, or until tender but chewy. Drain and spread on a plate to cool and dry.

Spread the Brussels sprouts and red onion wedges onto the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and roast until tender and browned around the edges, 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and pinches of salt and pepper. Add the farro and toss. Add the Brussels sprouts, pecans and cranberries. Toss and season to taste with more salt, pepper and lemon juice. Serve with microgreens to garnish.