Cooking, Life, Recipes

Mexican Inspired Summer Meals

The past few weeks I’ve been super into Mexican inspired dishes for healthy summer dinners. I’ve never been one for Mexican food, but something about avocados and cilantro lately has tasted amazing. My go-to site for recipes, suprise, surprise is Pinterest. I’ve found quite a few good recipes that I’ve made for both Jake and I that have gone over very well.

The Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos has a lot of steps and because of the seafood, tends to cost the most, but it’s very delicious. This recipe would be great for a grill out as the recipe suggests, but we made ours in a saute pan and it turned out very tasty.  I would definitely suggest letting the shrimp marinate for a couple of hours and using large to jumbo shrimp since they shrink while cooking.

Quinoa is awesome for recipes as the main part of the dish or as a replacement for rice or other grains. I use it all the time for salads or to replace rice in fried rice or stir fry. I don’t usually like quinoa so much in warmer dishes, but this Quinoa Enchilada Casserole is amazing, even Jake was surprised and loved it. We omitted the corn from our version and didn’t as a lot of jalapeno. This would even be great as a taco filling or in eggs for a breakfast dish. A similar recipe to this was One Pan Mexican Quinoa. This version is instead made on the stove top as opposed to the oven, which is a little bit more forgiving during the warmer summer months. If you live in an apartment or house without central air, like me, then you’ll probably prefer the stove top version.

This week, I have a few leftover black beans and corn from a failed quinoa taco recipe, and  I’m thinking I’ll just fry them up in a saucepan with taco seasoning, cook up some minute rice, and make my own version of vegetarian tacos. I have a busy week coming up and I’ll be moving soon, so I’m trying to avoid buying a whole ton of groceries so using up these bits of leftovers is perfect. I’m definitely on the search for the perfect vegetarian taco recipes, preferably one I could make in my Crock Pot, so I’ll continue looking and trying out new recipes for summer!

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