Juicy Orange and Tamarind Glazed Chicken

Mexican Orange and Tamarind Glazed Chicken

Holiday Challenge: Cook with a “new to you” ingredient that you always wanted to try. When we’re bored with our “go to” menu it’s easier to forget our fitness goals and eat junkie foods or go out to eat. Try something new this week.

Tamarind paste? Tamarind is an ugly legume that grows in a brown pod on big trees. It’s used in Asian and Mexican cooking. A friend gave me tamarind paste that she lovingly cooked from tamarind pulp. I had never knowingly eaten tamarind. Tamarind is used in Mexican cooking and drinks like Ponche Navideño,  a warm holiday drink made with apples, pears and other fruits, cinnamon, and tamarind. It is also popular in aqua fresca. 

Orange and Tamarind Glazed Chicken should be in your recipe box. The tamarind is sweet and tart and the orange juice makes a nice marinade for juicy chicken and cooks down into a sweet glaze.  I added ginger and Serrano pepper for a rich spicy sauce.

Juicy Orange and Tamarind Glazed Chicken

Tamarind paste pairs well with fresh orange juice to give you a sweet and tangy marinade and glaze for grilled chicken. Easy Paleo, Whole 30, Real Food Recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

Manade

  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup Orange juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh ginger, grated

Glaze

  • 2 Cups Chicken broth
  • 1 Cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Tamarind paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange zest
  • 1 Teaspoon Serrano chili minced More or less to taste

4 Chicken breasts or thighs

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine marinade and chicken. Marinade 2-8 hours. Discard marinade. 

    Combine chic broth, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, butter, tamarind paste, pepper and ginger in a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Reduce sauce to 3/4 cup over medium heat, about 30 minutes.  Whisk often. The  sauce will be thick enough to coat a spoon. Remove from heat adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper.

    Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Put about 1/4 cup of glaze into a  bowl to baste the chicken while grilling. 

    Place chicken breasts onto preheated grill. Grill chicken until browned, the meat is no longer pink inside, and the juices run clear, about 4 minutes per side, basting with reserved tamarind glaze. Transfer chicken to a serving plate and serve with remaining tamarind glaze .


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Crispy Panko Crusted Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

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I refuse to let summer go!

Don’t put your outdoor grill away yet. There’s plenty of time to grill up a party. Start with these crispy grilled jalapeño poppers. Grill a batch of margarita marinated chicken and roasted sweet potatoes and create your own end of summer fiesta.

I make these crispy grilled jalapeño poppers almost every week for a lunch snack or for an appetizer for guests. They are a little bit healthier than deep fried jalapeño poppers because they are grilled or baked. Serve with cold cerveza or a margarita.

Crispy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

These are healthier grilled jalapeño poppers made crispy with a Panko topping. These are not spicy if you remove the seeds and ribs. Leave some ribs if you like it hot! The recipe showcases the ubiquitous jalapeño peppers and cheeses of Mexico. There are limited varieties of cheeses available in rural Mexico so I have learned to work with the substitutions and the results can be delicious. I do worry a little about buying raw goat milk cheeses from the open air market where I buy all of my produce. There is always a chance of bacterial contamination when consuming unpasteurized dairy products. As a precaution, if you are pregnant, I would advice against eating local raw milk cheeses. The freshest cheeses can be purchased directly from the local goat ranchers and you can see the adorable baby goats while you’re visiting.

[lt_recipe name=”Crispy Panko Crusted Grilled Jalapeño Poppers ” servings=”12″ prep_time=”20 MINUTES” cook_time=”20 MINUTES” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Perfectly crisp, healthier grilled jalapeño poppers. No need to deep fry. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1571-225×300.jpg” ingredients=”12 jalapeño peppers, cut in half lengthwise. Seeds and ribs removed;8 oz quéso crema (cream cheese), let soften on the counter for 15 minutes.;1/2 cup shredded Chihuahua or Queso de Oaxaca (I found cheddar cheese at a specialty deli but it isn’t widely available);2 tablespoons of crispy tocino (bacon);1 1/4 cup Panko ;2 tablespoons of olive oil ;” ]Wash and slice peppers. Use gloves to keep your hands from burning. Leave 1/2 of the stem attached to each piece. Remove seeds and ribs.;Mix remaining ingredients with a fork until combined.;Fill each half pepper with a heaping spoonful of cheese mixture. Mix panko and olive oil and top each pepper with a scant tablespoon of the mixture. ;Grill in the barbecue on medium heat until peppers are soft, slightly blackened and the Panko is crisp. If your barbecue has a broiler element then you can quickly broil the peppers for a more crispy topping. Watch closely and don’t burn them.;[/lt_recipe]

Variations: Mix in 1/4 cup green onions chopped, chopped cilantro, sun dried tomato or minced sweet red pepper. Substitute chorizo for the bacon or leave out the meat for a vegetarian appetizer. If Panko is not available substitute dried bread crumbs.

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Peppers and The Big Green Egg

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Grilled sweet potatoes, poblano and red peppers are amazing together and easy to cook. You will love this sweet, smoky, caramelized side dish to serve with grilled meat or fish. Allow at least 20 extra minutes to  roast the sweet potatoes before you grill the meat. I microwave the sweet potatoes for 5 minutes to reduce the grilling time. A drizzle of crema or yogurt will make the flavors pop.

I’m taking these festive Mexican sweet potatoes to Fiesta Friday where you can find recipes from all over the world.

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Have you heard of the Big Green Egg?
I think I need one. Continue reading “Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Peppers and The Big Green Egg”

Grilled Tri Tip, Smoky Spicy Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

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Summer happiness is a bowl full of freshly picked cherries and a spicy, smoky slightly sweet grilled tri tip. Best served with a bottle of vino tinto, near the water, with your best friends.

Cherry chipotle barbecue sauce is perfect on grilled beef tri tip. It is sweet and just spicy enough with cumin and smoke jalapeño peppers in adobe sauce. I had a tri tip but any grill worthy cut of beef would be delicious; try round steak, london broil, thick flank steak or even smaller cuts of beef steak. A pork tenderloin would be fabulous with this chipotle marinade and sauce. I think chicken would even sing with this sauce.

 

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Adjust the heat to your tastes by using less chipotle and or seeding the peppers.
Don’t skip the smoky adobe sauce. That’s the best part of a canned chipotle. Freeze the remaining chipotle and adobe sauce for another day.

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Make-shift cherry pitter, brilliant kitchen hack.

I used a citrus squeezer to pit my cherries. Place 4-5 cherries in the squeezer and compress. Then just pop out the pit. A cherry pitter would also work but I didn’t have one.

Party plan! 

Make the cherry chipotle sauce first and marinate the tri tip 6 hours to overnight with part of the cherry sauce and more olive oil.

Make your side dishes in advance so you have time to socialize. Toss a salad together, make Mexican cauliflower rice or cumin quinoa and bake a batch of brownies before your guests arrive.

When your guests arrive have cold cerveza or margaritas available and heat the grill or start the charcoals. Grill your tri tip to medium rare, which will take about 30 minutes and pour on more warmed cherry chipotle sauce before serving.

I served this with cumin quinoa, salad greens with a balsalmic vinaigrette and fresh melon. We drank a bottle of California Zinfandel and barely had room for bourbon brownies for dessert.

Make ahead barbecue side dishes?

Cumin and cilantro quinoa
Rinse quinoa, sauté a little onion, garlic, cilantro chopped, a dash of salt and pepper and a tablespoon of cumin seeds, add broth or water and cook 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature to rave reviews.

Bourbon Brownies, yes please.
Bake your favorite brownies or a healthy store bought mix. Pour a shot of bourbon over the hot brownies just out of the oven. Delicious and easy.

Cherry Chipotle Grilled Tri Tip
Recipe Type: Grilling
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Tracey Delaplain
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6 servings
Fresh cherries and chipotle make a smokey, spicy and sweet marinade and barbecue glaze for beef tri tip. Marinade can be used on pork and chicken also.
Ingredients
  • Onion 1/2 cup diced
  • Olive oil 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon, divided
  • Fresh or frozen cherries pitted and rough chopped, 2 cups
  • Orange marmalade 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro chopped 1/2 cup
  • Chipotle in adobe sauce, 1-2 seeded peppers and 2 teaspoons of adobe sauce
  • Cumin seed 2 teaspoons
  • Sea salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Beef tri tip 3-4 pounds
Instructions
  1. Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil 5 minutes until translucent. Add remaining ingredients through salt and 1/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Simmer 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup of cherry sauce and 1/4 cup of olive oil with the beef. Marinate 3-12 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat grill to 500 degrees. Remove beef from the marinade and reserve marinade for basting. Discard any remaining sauce after basting. Grill tri tip on high heat for 5 minutes on each side to sear meat. Reduce heat to 400 degrees. Baste tri tip with remaining marinade and grill 8-10 minutes on each side. Remove when medium rare and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Rewarm the reserved cherry sauce. Slice beef across the grain and pour cherry chipotle sauce over meat and serve on a platter.
Notes
Allow additional 3-12 hours for marinating beef.

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Should You Stop Cooking in Aluminum Foil?

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Should you stop cooking in aluminum foil? I did.

I’m a physician and I care about health and food safety. Frankly it never occurred to me to question the wisdom of cooking in aluminum foil until I posted a recipe for taco zucchini boats grilled in foil and a reader posted, “THERE’S NOTHING HEALTHY ABOUT COOKING IN FOIL.”

I might have said it in a nicer way to get my point across. 😬 Don’t worry I won’t be shouting comments at you if you decide to continue cooking in aluminum foil.

At the time I wasn’t feeling the blog love but I did start to wonder about the safety of cooking in aluminum foil, especially with high heat, so I turned to the research. The commenter wasn’t too far off base and I’m grateful now for her shout out. Continue reading “Should You Stop Cooking in Aluminum Foil?”

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad, Make Your own Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Spinach and Avocado

Grilled chicken breast marinated in homemade yogurt ranch dressing, wrapped in bacon and tossed with fresh spinach, avocado, and tomatoes. Drizzle more yogurt ranch dressing for a main meal salad inspired by a California Club sandwich.

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad with Spinach and Avocado

This is a low carb, whole food meal with healthy substitutions of low-fat Greek yogurt dressing, no nitrate bacon and skinless chicken breasts.

Feeling spicy?
Make chipotle pepper ranch dressing by adding 1/2 to 1 chipotle pepper and a teaspoon of adobe sauce. Heat it up!

I’m sharing my salad at Fiesta Friday.

[lt_recipe name=”Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad” servings=”4″ prep_time=”15M” cook_time=”20M” total_time=”MARINADE 2-24 HOURS, READY IN 35 MINUTES ” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Grilled chicken breasts marinated in yogurt ranch dressing and wrapped in bacon. Serve over salad greens and avocado for a main meal salad. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-65-278×300.jpeg” ingredients=”2 chicken breast halves;4 bacon slices, nitrate free;1 avocado, sliced;1 tomato, sliced ;4 cups salad greens, any combination, spinach, kale, arugula, romaine lettuce;1/2 cup plain 2% or fat-free yogurt;1/2 cup mayonnaise;2 teaspoons minced shallot or green onion ;1 teaspoon dried dill weed;1 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley;1 teaspoon garlic powder ;1/4 teaspoon sea salt;1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper;” ]Slice each chicken breasts length wise into two pieces. Mix yogurt, mayonnaise and seasonings for the marinade and dressing. Place 1/2 cup of dressing/marinade over chicken breasts and marinade 2-24 hours. ;Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Pre-cook bacon in the microwave for 2 minutes, discard bacon fat. Wrap each breast in a slice of bacon. Grill chicken and bacon on medium heat until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes, carefully turning once. ;Assemble salad greens in a serving bowl or platter. Top with avocado and tomato slices. Slice chicken breasts and assemble over salad greens. Drizzle with remaining yogurt ranch dressing. Serve immediately while chicken is warm. [/lt_recipe]

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Grilled Healthy Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats, Baked in Your Outdoor Grill

Healthy Mexican Turkey Zucchini Boats.

Bake these healthy Mexican turkey taco boats in your outdoor BBQ grill. A delicious whole food, low carb alternative to traditional tacos,Bake these healthy Mexican turkey taco boats in your outdoor BBQ grill. A delicious whole food, low carb alternative to traditional tacos, packed with extra vegetables and healthy fat from avocado and olives. They are gluten free and you can make them even lower in fat by skipping the cheese.

Update: I am no longer cooking in foil but these would be great in a dutch oven over an open fire or an outdoor grill.

I’m cohosting Fiesta Friday this week with Jhuls at The Not So Creative Cook. Please stop by Angie’s Fiesta Friday, where you will find more delicious recipes to try. Add your recipe link with the blue link button @ FiestaFriday.net Let’s party likes it’s Friday.

 

I included affiliate links to Amazon products in this post that I actually use as a reference but if you buy one then I get a few cents.

Healthy Baja Kitchen Tips:
Ground turkey may not be available in Baja so I have used home ground chicken. When you can’t buy what you want in Mexico, then make your own. A food processor can mince chicken or you can grind the meat with a special electric meat grinder. I’ve seen hand cranked meat grinders at the Sunday Market in Loreto but a grinder should be on your list of kitchen gadgets to bring from home.  Seriously, I want to know what’s in my ground meat. Chicken beaks and feet? No thanks. I plan to grind my own pork for home made chorizo too.

How to bake Mexican zucchini taco boats or enchiladas in your outdoor BBQ grill: 

Line a grilling basket with overlapping crossed heavy foil. If you are limiting your exposure to aluminum then try these in a cast iron skillet and let me know how you adjusted the baking time and etc.  Assemble your zucchini boats and/or enchiladas in the foil lined basket. Fold bottom flaps over the food and crimp the flap together, tenting it over the food. This is especially important if you are topping your dish with cheese. Otherwise you will have cheese on the foil wrap but not on your dish. Fold the remaining  flaps over that and seal with a crimp. Bake with indirect moderate heat, 350-400 degrees.

If you use a baked recipe then check for doneness after 3/4 of the suggested time.  The outdoor grill will cook faster and burn more easily but it’s worth the effort to get an interesting smokey flavor and to keep the summer heat out of the kitchen.

[lt_recipe name=”Grilled Healthy Turkey Zucchini Taco Boats ” servings=”2 ” prep_time=”20 MINUTES” cook_time=”35 MINUTES” total_time=”55 MINUTES” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Healthy Mexican inspired spicy ground turkey zucchini boats, loaded with vegetables and baked in the outdoor grill. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-20-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”Zucchini, 4;Ground turkey, 8 oz;1 tablespoon olive oil ;Onion, 1/2 large;Garlic, 2 cloves ;Carrot, 1 large;Celery, 1 stalk;Bell pepper, 1/2;Cilantro, fresh chopped 1/2 cup ;Jalapeño, 1 seeded;Tomato, 1 ;Ancho chili powder, 1 tablespoon ;Oregano dried, 1 teaspoon crushed;1/2 teaspoon salt;1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper ;Black olives sliced, 1/4 cup;Cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup;To serve: Avocado sliced, prepared salsa or pico de gallo, and additional chopped cilantro. ” ]Prepare grilling pan by covering pan with overlapping flaps of aluminum foil leaving tails long enough to fold over the dish with excess to seal. ;Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the center of each zucchini with a spoon leaving a 1/4 inch shell. Save all zucchini. ;Brown turkey in olive oil until no longer pink over medium heat in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until translucent. Add finely chopped carrot, celery, peppers, remaining zucchini pulp, tomatoes, spices and 1/4 cup of water. Let simmer until vegetables are semi-soft about 10 minutes.;Assemble stuffed zucchini in the prepared grill pan. Overfill zucchini boats with meat mixture, you may have leftovers. Sprinkle with cheese and olives. Tent the foil flaps over the meal and seal with crimps. ;Heat grill to 350-400 degrees or moderate heat. Place grill basket over indirect heat and bake for 35 minutes. Open packet very carefully with grilling gloves or oven mitts to avoid steam burns. The zucchini should be soft and the cheese melted. Slice avocado and place over boats just before serving. Serve with salsa and cilantro garnish. [/lt_recipe]

What kitchen gadgets can you not live without? I have a list of things to bring back to Baja, which I will share, because I couldn’t find them in rural Mexico. Stay tuned.

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Carne Asada Tri Tip Tacos, Baja Style

Carne Asada Tri Tip Tacos

Carne asada tacos are a taqueria specialty in Mexico.
Carne Asada translates to grilled meat. The traditional Mexican marinade includes fresh orange and lime juices, lots of garlic, cilantro, hot chilies and vinegar. I added cumin seed and oregano for a unique Baja twist. Flank steak, skirt, round and sirloin steak are all used to make carne asada tacos. The Ley’s grocery store in Loreto sells paper thin cuts of sirloin that soak up the marinade beautifully and grill in a matter of minutes. I use that cut frequently for carne asada tacos, broccoli beef stir fry and for Korean BBQ recipes.

Carne Asada Tri Tip Tacos

I chose a juicy beef tri tip, which is a thick bottom round cut, for my tacos. I served them with chunky pico de gallo, red onions and avocado slices. You can add crumbled quéso fresco or chihuahua cheese but I prefer them without. I’m taking my tacos to Fiesta Friday to party with my blog amigos.

 

Carne Asada Tri Tip Baja Tacos

Carne asada, tri tip, marinaded in orange, lime, cilantro, jalapeño, cumin and oregano. Taqueria style tacos filled with juicy grilled beef and pico de gallo. A BBQ crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

Beef Tri tip, 3-4 pounds

Marinade;- 1/2 cup olive oil

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1/3 cup lime juice, 4 Mexican limes

3/4 cup orange juice about 2 large oranges

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 jalepeño, diced

1 tablespoon cumin seed or 3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

Instructions:

Combine marinade ingredients. Place beef in a ziplock bag and pour in the marinade. Marinade at least 4 hours to overnight.

Grill tri tip. Sear each side on high heat, 500 F for 5 minutes then reduce heat to medium 350 F for 10 minutes per pound for medium rare, check meat temperature. Medium rare should read about 130 degrees. Let meat rest 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2 pieces against the grain.

Grill tortillas over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Keep warm until ready to assemble tacos.  Serve with pico de gallo, pickled red onions and avocado slices.

Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, it’s a perfect day to be outside for a BBQ. Make carne asada tacos, make margaritas – MAKE FRIENDS. Share this post or pin it and maybe your friends will make tacos for you!

Check out my Taco Tuesday Pinterest Board or Mexican Beef Recipes. Send me an email if you would like to join this group Board.
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Spicy BBQ Baja Shrimp Kabobs

Spicy BBQ Baja Shrimp Kabobs

 

Fresh shrimp, red and orange bell peppers, red onion, red potatoes and a chili lime marinade come together in a rainbow of colors to bring Baja shrimp kabobs to your next BBQ. Serve with caprese salad and fruit or Mexican rice and grilled vegetables for a perfect backyard BBQ meal.

Buying and cleaning raw shrimp:

Fresh shrimp, camerones are readily available on the Baja.  At the market you could ask for a kilo of shrimp by saying, “Necesito un kilo de camarón, por favor.” I need a kilo of shrimp, please.

You will need to learn how to clean raw shrimp while living in Baja. The freshest shrimp is sold raw without prior deveining. I use a sharp paring knife to slit the back shell and remove the vein but you could use a special shrimp tool.

These shrimp were deveined and the shells were removed before marinating and skewering them.

 

I use flat, stainless steel kabob skewers for my Baja shrimp kabobs. I’m not a fan of the bamboo skewers. They burn easily and the food twirls on them making it difficult to grill properly.

 

[lt_recipe name=”Spicy Baja BBQ Baja Shrimp Kabobs” servings=”4 ” prep_time=”40 MINUTES ” cook_time=”10 MINUTES ” total_time=”50 MINUTES ” difficulty=”Moderately easy ” summary=”Spicy Baja shrimp kabobs with colorful vegetables and chil lime marinade make an impressive meal. Perfect for a backyard barbecue. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/image-78-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”2 pounds raw large shrimp, cleaned and deveined;2 tablespoons ancho chili powder, substitute any chili powder;1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro;2 tablespoon olive oil, divided;2 tablespoons lime juice;1 teaspoon sea salt, divided;;1 red bell pepper ;1 orange bell pepper, any combination of bell peppers is fine;1 red onion cut into 1 inch pieces;4 small red potatoes, may substitute yellow, or purple potatoes;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper ;;” ]Clean and devein raw shrimp. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chili powder, lime juice, cilantro, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside while preparing vegetables. ;;If using a charcoal grill start coals in advance. A gas grill should be preheated to 400 degrees. ;;Cut peppers and onion into 1 inch uniform pieces. Cut potato into 1 inch cubes. Parboil potatoes for 7 minutes in boiling water. Let cool enough to handle. Combine potatoes, peppers, onions, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. ;;Prepare kabobs by carefully skewering marinated shrimp through the body and tail, alternating with peppers, onions and potatoes. The vegetables are skewered through the center. ;;Grill kabobs for 5 minutes and turn and continue to grill until shrimp are pink and vegetables are al dente and lightly charred, about 5 additional minutes. [/lt_recipe]

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Healthy Mexican Grilled Spicy Shrimp Sweet Pepper Pasta

Healthy grilled shrimp and sweet pepper confetti over pasta.

Easy grilled shrimp with sweet peppers over pasta that you can throw together for a quick week night Mexican meal or a Baja fiesta with friends. Shrimp is readily available and affordable in Baja, about half the price that I pay in the U.S., so you don’t have to save them for special occasions. They are a low fat versatile protein source for any healthy Mexican meal. The sweet bell peppers are a colorful source of antioxidants, vitamin A and C, and fiber. A grill basket works well but you could easily make these into kabobs. If you follow a low carb or Paleo diet serve the shrimp over salad greens or zuddles. I rarely eat pasta but a small portion of spaghetti was a welcome addition to this meal.

A crisp Mexican vino blanco from Valle de Guadelupe, a Mexican lager or a tart margarita would pair well. Add a salad and fruit for a nutritious meal that’s sure to please any crowd.

I’m taking my new blog and my original recipe to Fiesta Friday’s blog party and #FishFridayFoodie. Grab a cold pop and join us.

[lt_recipe name=”Healthy Mexican Grilled Spicy Shrimp Sweet Pepper Pasta ” servings=”4″ prep_time=”30 MINUTES” cook_time=”15 MINUTES ” total_time=”45 MINUTES” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Grilled shrimp, sweet peppers tossed over pasta for an easy week night or guest ready meal. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/image-23-300×259.jpeg” ingredients=”16 ounces raw shrimp;2 cups diced red, yellow and or orange bell peppers ;1 cup diced red onion;8 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta;1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro;2 limes divided ;2 cloves minced garlic ;4 tablespoons olive oil divided;1 tablespoon butter, optional;1 teaspoon ground cumin;1 teaspoon ground coriander ;1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional;1/2 teaspoon sea salt;” ]Prepare shrimp by deveining and removing the shells if you desire. I prefer to leave the shells on if your guests don’t mind peeling them after serving. You can also ask your fish monger to peel and devein your shrimp. ;Toss shrimp with garlic, spices, squeeze of one lime and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside. Don’t left the shrimp marinade longer than 20 minutes because the lime will “cook” the shrimp. Boil water for pasta and cook al dente. ;Chop peppers and onion. Combine with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a dash of salt. Grill vegetables in a grilling basket over direct medium heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Add shrimp and marinade to the vegetables and continue to grill until shrimp are uniformly pink, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter. Mix chopped cilantro into shrimp and vegetables and serve over pasta. Garnish with lime wedges. [/lt_recipe]

 

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