By Remmi Smith, Cook Nook Columnist

 

Hi Amazing Kids! Can you believe it is November??  I am in the process of writing a cookbook…yes my dream is coming true!!  It is going to be full of international recipes so I have been doing a lot of great recipes-today I am going to give you a great Mexican meal!  November 6th is National Nachos Day and November 14h is National Guacamole Day!  Ok…those days got me thinking about some good Mexican recipes!! Did you know…..that the avocado was first grown and cultivated in Mexico?… More Fun Facts Later… Let’s get Cooking

 

Remmi’s November Feast

Nachos

Fruit salad with avocados

Albondiga Soup (Meatball Soup)

Nachos

Ingredients: 

  • 6 C baked tortilla chips
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ½ C frozen corn
  • ¾ C salsa (divided)
  • ½ t cumin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T low fat milk
  • ¾ C low fat Mexican cheese
  • 1  avocado (sliced)

Directions:

Prepare ingredients as directed.  In medium saucepan, add black beans, corn, ½ C salsa, cumin and salt and pepper.  Heat mixture on low and simmer.  Place baked chips on  oven proof platter.  In medium bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. In a small saucepan, spray it with cooking spray. Add the eggs and prepare them as scrambled eggs. Place the bean mixture on top of the chips. Distribute the eggs on tip. Sprinkle with cheese. Place under broiler in over for 2 minutes-just until the cheese is slightly melted. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining salsa and avocado.

Remmi Notes:  I know this sounds a little different because of the eggs. I am finding many cultures use eggs in very interesting ways!!

(SERVES 4)

 

Fruit Salad with Avocados

Ingredients:

  • 1 C strawberries (quartered)
  • 1 C pineapple (1/2 inch cubes
  • ½ cucumber (medium dice)
  • 1 small jalapeno (seeds removed/finely chopped)
  • 1 avocado (firm/ large dice)
  • ¼ C lemon juice (fresh preferred)
  • 1/1/2 T honey
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Prepare all ingredients as directed. Place strawberries, pineapple, cucumber, jalapeno, and avocado in medium bowl. In small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and toss with the salad.

Remmi Notes: Of course this would have strawberries…my favorite food!

 

Albondiga Soup (Meatball Soup)

Ingredients:

  • 1 LB ground beef (lean)
  • 1/3 C raw white rice
  • 2 T chopped parsley
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • ½ t garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 C onion(medium dice)
  • 1 Anaheim green chilles (medium dice)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 32 OZ chicken broth (low fat)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes (large dice)
  • 2 large carrots (sliced ½ “ rounds)
  • 2 celery stalks (sliced)
  • 1 large potato (large dice)
  • 1 C tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 C peas
  • ½ C cilantro (garnish)
  • 2 limes (sliced, garnish)
  • ½ C salsa (garnish)

Directions:

Mix first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Shape meat mixture into 1 ½” meatballs and set aside. In large pot, over medium heat sauté the onions, garlic, and chilies in the olive oil until tender. Add broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes, carrots, celery potatoes, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and gently add the meatballs to the soup. Turn heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked and vegetables are tender. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro, limes, and salsa on the side. Serve with warm tortillas.

Remmi Notes: This is a really popular soup in Mexico and often is described as “Mexican Soul Food.” I got interested in this dish because of …….the meatballs! What kid doesn’t like meatballs!! There are a lot of different recipes for this famous dish…….I created my recipe with some of my favorite foods…love carrots! Enjoy! Remmi<3.

 

Did You Know?

  • Avocados are really a fruit and not a vegetable.
  • November 12th is Mexican Revolution Day and it commemorates the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
  • Mexico is the only place anywhere in the world that the avocado trees  bloom 4 times a year.
  • Avocados have 20 essential vitamins and minerals
  • The nacho originated in Mexico in 1943 at The Victory Restaurant. US military wives showed up at the restaurant after it had closed. The owner threw together what he had in the kitchen to serve them a snack-he called them “Nachos Especiales”. “Nachos” was the owner’s last name!

Hope you will enjoy these recipes. And give the nachos a try-they are delicious. Have a great  Thanksgiving…<3 Remmi!

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