What’s For Dinner at My Baja Kitchen, Weekly Meal Plan

What’s For Dinner? At My Baja Kitchen

Weekly Meal Planning, A Healthy Solution 

What’s for dinner?

I can’t always get what I want in Baja so I shop for the freshest ingredients and then build my menu for the week. Having a written menu ensures that I eat the produce that I carefully select each week before it goes bad. I also know when to soak the beans or thaw out a meat or seafood.  I list everything I bought so I can find an easy vegetable or fruit side dish or make a healthy snack.

What’s For Dinner at My Baja Kitchen

Recipes you might like in my weekly menu.

Vegan Mushroom Chorizo, this week I roasted the mushrooms with onions and jalapeño slices and whirled them with walnuts and cumin. A slightly different twist for Vegan Chorizo. Drizzle with cashew cream or add cheese if you’re a vegetarian.

Carne Asada, I’m using this orange and lime marinade with arrachera flank steak instead of tri tip because flank steak is easy to find. Grill the meat on high heat for a scant few minutes.

Confetti Shrimp grilled with red peppers and onions.

BBQ green beans.

Squash and bacon.

You might like my Mexican Recipe Boards on Pinterest.



Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Feeling stuffed after Thanksgiving weekend? Try this Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan recipe for a healthy protein rich Chinese “take out” inspired #Meatless Monday meal to cleanse your palate.

My inspiration came from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Lemon Cauliflower. I added cashews, soy sauce and fresh ginger. Hang out awhile on Katie’s site and savor her healthy delicious recipes. She is truly inspirational.

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

This delicious vegan meal gets high marks for the crispy texture of the cauliflower, a protein boost from cashews and the rich sweet and sour sticky lemon sauce.

Try this crispy roasted cauliflower with Italian spices and parmesan or spicy it up with cumin and cilantro and serve with poblano cream for a Mexican twist. The possibilities are endless now that you’ve found crispy cauliflower!

You’re welcome.

Watch for more crispy cauliflower recipes.

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Lemons are sometimes difficult to find in rural Mexico so substitute orange juice and reduce the syrup by half. You can be the first on the block to make Orange Sticky Cashew Cauliflower. Let me know how it turns out.

Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Special diets:

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable full of anti-oxidants and vitamins C and K. Cashews are a good source of vegetarian protein, vitamins E, K, and B6, and provides minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium.

Vegans and vegetarians:

Enjoy this recipe was made for you and it is loaded with healthy fats and protein.

Paleo and gluten free diets:

Substitute almond or chic pea flour for the wheat flour and serve without rice. Reduce the baking time because almond flour will burn and leave an unpleasant bitter taste. I haven’t tried this with almond or chic pea flour.

Weight Watchers:

A small portion fits perfectly into a weight reduction plan and you’ll save calories by not stopping for “take out”. A small portion of brown rice or quinoa will give you a fiber boost.

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Sticky Asian Lemon Cashew Cauliflower, Vegan

Roasted crispy cauliflower and cashews in a sweet sticky lemon sauce. Healthy, Asian style protein rich vegan main dish. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup almond, soy or coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs substitute any unflavored bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, divided save 2 tablespoons for corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice juice from about 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup or honey for non-vegans
  • 1 tablespoon mined garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole cashews
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups cooked rice or quinoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash cauliflower and cup into 2 inch pieces. Mince garlic and ginger root. 

    Combine flour, oil and almond milk. Toss in cauliflower and dredge in bread crumbs. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes until cauliflower is crispy and browned on the edges. 

    Make sauce while the cauliflower roasts. Salute garlic and ginger in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft. Add broth, syrup, lemon juice, soy sauce, vinegar and cashews, simmer on low heat. When cauliflower is ready, add corn starch to 2 tablespoons of broth. Slowly add corn starch to sauce. It will thicken fairly quickly. 

    Combine crispy cauliflower with the lemon cashew sauce. Serve immediately over rice or quinoa. 

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Chili Spiced Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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This chili spiced sheet pan pork tenderloin, apples and brussels sprouts would be a guest worthy, easy meal.

All the work is done in advance and the clean up is a breeze. A chili rub on the pork and brussels sprouts pairs well with sweet cinnamon baked apples. I used honey crisp apples, which are tart and sweet.

Yes, I’m currently obsessed with one pan meals. Thank you for noticing. ☺️ They are sooooo easy. Try one.

I need easy meals because I’m busy packing to move home to Mexico, scheduling last minute appointments, forwarding my mail, getting Biscuit’s pet passport and doing a zillion tasks that have to be done when you are leaving the U.S. for 8 months.

International pet passport template for your vet. Mexico now requires proof of treatment for external and internal parasites within 10 days of travel into Mexico, in addition to an up to date rabies vaccine. Here’s a good summary of requirements for pets entering MX.

Baja dog
Take me to the beach, Mom. Just kidding I hate the beach.

Finding and modifying the ingredients

I have to say that I haven’t seen pork tenderloin at the local grocery stores in Loreto but I’m sure you can special order a tenderloin from the local butcher. Pork chops would work just as well but adjust the cooking time. The apples beg for pork but chicken pieces might be delicious too.

Toss everything on a parchment lined sheet pan and sit back and relax with your guests over a sparkling cranberry mocktail. (A splash of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime in a glass of Topo Chico or other sparkling water.) Pinot Noir would make a nice pairing with this mildly spicy pork and sweet apples.

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Try this sheet pan pork tenderloin as a festive Christmas or Thanksgiving meal or make it tonight in less than an hour.

Special diets? Enjoy this chili rubbed pork tenderloin apples and Brussels sprouts on any healthy meal plan for omnivores.

It is paleo, whole 30 and weight watchers friendly. A Keto diet would skip the apples or maybe sneak just a few juicy pieces.

Of course vegetarians can make this sheet pan meal of roasted brussel sprouts and cinnamon apples without meat but you may want to add some protein with quinoa or a combination of grains and legumes for a complete protein.

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Chili Rubbed Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin, Apples and Brussels Sprouts

A simple sheet pan meal with chili rubbed pork and brussels sprouts with cinnamon sweetened apples. Roasted together for an easy weeknight or company meal. Healthy and delicious whole food. Paleo, Weight Watchers and Whole 30 approved. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Pound Pork tenderloin
  • 3 Cups Brussels sprouts halved
  • 3 Cup Apple cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili powder Divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil Divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub 1 tablespoon of chili powder over pork. Wash and halve Brussels sprouts, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Wash and cube apples and toss with cinnamon and remaining olive oil. Place Brussels sprouts and apples to each side of the tenderloin on a parchment lined sheet pan. 

    Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the meat temperature is 160 degrees for medium. Adjust time according to the size of the tenderloin. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting. The Brussels sprouts should be browned and the apples soft and brown. 



Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, Spicy Yogurt Marinade

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas, an easy weeknight family meal.
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I am loving sheet pan meals. Once the weather turns hot in Baja, I will abandon the oven meals, but they’re perfect for autumn days in Nevada. These sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas were so easy and delicious. You can grill this recipe in a grill pan outside, just as easily, when it is too hot to bake.

I was visiting my son, who doesn’t have an outdoor grill in his fancy high-rise apartment so I baked these fajitas in the oven and they were delicious and easy.

Marinate the chicken in yogurt, chipotle and cilantro for at least 2 hours up to 8 hours, then toss the chicken, peppers and onions onto a sheet pan and bake. It couldn’t be any easier and the clean up was a breeze on a parchment lined pan. As you know, I’m avoiding cooking on aluminum foil and I’ve been quite happy with parchment paper as a healthy substitute.

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One pan and easy clean up

The yogurt marinade makes the chicken slightly spicy hot and really moist. Add or subtract the chipotle to adjust the heat. One chipotle and 1 tablespoon of adobe sauce gave this a mild but noticeable kick of heat. Use this marinade for simple grilled chicken for salads, tostadas, or tacos.

Heat your tortillas in the oven for the last 10 minutes. Wrap in parchment or place them in a cake pan.

Special dietary concerns?

Paleo or Keto diets?
Skip the yogurt marinade or use an appropriate paleo substitute. Try coconut or almond yogurt.  For Keto diets, use a lettuce wrap or a low carb tortilla like cauliflower or almond flour tortillas. I haven’t tried these recipes but they look easy and healthy.

Vegan or vegetarian diet?
Substitute thick slices of portobello mushrooms or tofu marinated in coconut or almond yogurt. Cashew cream with lime would be great in place of sour cream.

Weight loss diets?
These are perfect with low-fat chicken and healthy vegetables. Go easy on the guacamole, a little goes a long way, and skip the sour cream. Small whole grain tortillas or lettuce wraps will save a few calories. Make the veggies the star of this meal.

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I tossed the bell peppers with cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, olive oil and more cilantro before baking them. You can substitute a prepared fajita or taco seasoning but I’m not a fan of the scary extra ingredients or the cost of store bought seasoning packets. If you buy the individual spices you can use them in multiple Mexican or Mediterranean dishes or make your own spice combinations and store in air tight jars for quick additions to meats and vegetables.

I want to try these with poblano peppers for a little more heat. I prefer red bell peppers over green but use whatever is freshest. Any type of onion will be fine.

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Serve with homemade guacamole. An easy recipe.

Mash and avocado with 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 to 1/2 of a minced Serrano chili, juice from 1/2 of a lime and salt to taste. Simply guacamole! No need to buy that weird pre-made grocery store stuff. Yuck.

Make your own salsas

 

I used fresh pico de gallo, which I make every week, but try a fruit salsa, like pineapple or watermelon, with these versatile sheet pan chipotle chicken fajitas.

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Sheet Pan Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

A delicious sheet pan Mexican dinner with chipotle marinated chicken and charred bell peppers and onions. Serve in warm tortillas with guacamole and sour cream. Inexpensive, nutritious and fast family meal. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Skinlesss chicken breast or thighs
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek yogurt Regular plain yogurt is fine
  • 1 Chipotle pepper chopped More to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Canned Adobe sauce
  • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 Cups Bell peppers, any color 2 large peppers
  • 2 Cups Onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder Or 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 8 Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 Cup Guacamole
  • 1 Cup Sour cream or la crema
  • 1 Cup Salsa Fresh pico de gallo is best

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch wide strips. Mix yogurt with 1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped chipotle and adobe sauce. Marinate chicken 2-6 hours. 

    Slice bell peppers and onions into 1/2 inch strips and combine with spices and olive oil. 

    Arrange chicken strips and vegetables on a sheet pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes until chicken is opaque and vegetables are slightly charred. 

    Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. 

Recipe Notes

You can substitute a fajita spice mix or taco seasoning for the spices and salt but the individual spices allow you to adjust the salt, avoid unneccesary preservatives and anti-caking ingredients. Any salsa can be used. Serve with lime wedges if you desire. Poblano peppers would be a delicious substitution for the bell peppers. 



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Turmeric Ginger Cauliflower Rice

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Revisiting an injury and increasing the anti-inflammatories in my diet: Tumeric and Ginger

I wrote this post for turmeric ginger cauliflower rice 2 1/2 years ago at What’sForDinnerDoc.com after I suffered a hip injury.  Unfortunately I’m back to square 1 with the same hip so I need to re-introduce power house, plant based anti-inflammatories into my diet. I have bought turmeric, fresh ginger and cauliflower in Baja.

I’m a physician but I’m not a big fan of traditional medication. Did I hear you gasp?

Sometimes, at least for me, the cure is worse than the injury. Narcotic pain medications make me nauseated, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and aspirin eat holes in my stomach and steroids make me insane. What about marijuana? Cannabis is legal in Nevada now but no thanks; I don’t like how it makes me feel but ask your doctor if it’s right for you.

Which leads to me my personal natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Please check with your personal physician to discuss natural remedies because some foods and supplements can affect blood clotting and interact with traditionally prescribed medications.

Glucosamine is reported to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. The best studies were done in dogs but there were a few studies in humans which showed that it does work in arthritis patients but takes longer than NSAIDS. I think it is really helping reduce my pain and I haven’t had any side effects.

Food is Medicine and this turmeric ginger cauliflower rice is loaded with anti-inflammatory spices.

Turmeric, ginger, rosemary, green tea and fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties and taste delicious so I’m adding even more of these foods to my diet. Turmeric is best absorbed with some fat and black pepper in the same meal.

Ice is an effective pain reliever that also reduces swelling and inflammation so I’m icing for acute pain.

Somatic movement is helping me increase my range of motion and is reducing the trauma response. Trauma response is when you injure one area, like your low back or hip, and then your brain tries to protect the injured area by contracting all the muscles around it causing lopsided posture and more pain. Read about it here.
That was a long winded introduction to this easy, anti-inflammatory packed delicious, low carb, Paleo, vegan side dish: Turmeric ginger cauliflower rice. You could make this a main dish by adding nuts, legumes and/or tofu. I served mine with salmon for an omega 3 boost.

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Turmeric Ginger Cauliflower Rice

Easy vegan, paleo cauliflower rice recipe with healthy ginger, turmeric and black pepper. 

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Cauliflower Riced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil Extra Virgin
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 Inch Fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh turmeric Sub. 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground black pepper Or to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro Chopped

Instructions

  1. Rice cauliflower by hand or with a food processor shredding blade. Heat olive oil in skillet and add olive oil. Sauté garlic, ginger and turmeric until fragrant about 3 minutes. Add cauliflower and a dash of water. Heat on medium until cauliflower is soft but holds its shape about 7 minutes. Add pepper, salt and cilantro. Heat an additional minute and serve. 

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How to Make Fresh Killer Salsas, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Baja Salsas

Anyone can make fresh killer salsas with a few mix and match ingredients from the market. Pick one or two ingredients from each category, chop, dice, mix and adjust seasonings. You’ll have a fresh salsa on the table in 15 minutes. Serve with anything or everything.

Use the freshest local produce and experiment with the peppers, they range from mild to killer hot. Even the soiciness of onions vary by location. The red onions we buy in Loreto are as hot as jalapeños some weeks. Tomatoes vary in juiciness and flavor. Try any tropical fruit, they seem to pair well with peppers of all kinds. I prefer the citrus punch of cilantro but basil and parsley work as well. I’m taking my salsa to Angie’s Fiesta Friday virtual potluck where you can find amazing recipes from around the world.

 

Start with peppers and onions

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Mild to Hot – Bell peppers<Jalapeño<Serrano<Habanero

Onions – heat varies by region, try them all.   I prefer spicy red Loreto onions but try any variety: maui sweet, yellow, write, scallions. Sometimes I add garlic, to savory salsas.

Pick a fruit

 

 

Tomato is a classic but try mango, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, strawberries.

 

Add more vegetables

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Cucumber, tomatillo, zucchini, pickled carrots, jicama, avocado, corn, or black beans

Herbs are critical

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Cilantro is a classic but try Thai basil, parsley, lovage, ginger or lemon verbena

 

Give it a squeeze of juice

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Lime is a classic but surprise your palate with orange or lemon

Mix and Match to Make Hundreds of Killer Salsas

Dice and chop any combination of fresh ingredients and then mix and match to make hundreds of fruit and vegetable salsas. Serve with tacos, salads, side dishes, burrito bowls, over tamales or with tortilla chips of course.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Now chop, chop and get a fresh killer salsa on the table tonight. Which combinations did I miss? Please share your favorite salsas or follow my Pinterest board at MyBajaKitchen. Just follow my board and I’ll add you as a collaborator. Let’s make salsa together. I’ll bring the margaritas.

 

Pin it for later. 100 Fresh Killer Salsas? Check out my Mexican Salsa and Dips Board.

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Vegan Bolognese and Zoodles, Low Carb and Low Fat Mediterranean Meal

Vegan Bolognese and Zoodles

This is a delicious whole food, vegan bolognese over zucchini noodles but you can and should serve it over pasta, rice, quinoa. A definite addition to a Mediterranean style diet and is perfect for #MeatlessMonday.

The mushrooms give a nice meaty texture and the nutritional yeast lends a cheesy flavor so you won’t miss the parmesan cheese. The sauce is loaded with flavorful vegetables and herbs. For more protein add legumes or nuts to your sauce.

I was traipsing around my old food blog, Whatsfordinnerdoc and found my version of vegetarian bolognese and decided to make it vegan. The original recipe had marscapone cheese but I wanted to see if nutritional yeast would give this vegan version a cheesy boost of flavor. I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted as if I’d added parmesan cheese.

 

Vegan Bolognese and Zoodles

The zoodles are low in calories and carbohydrates with a pasta mouth feel but you can eat this over any wheat, brown rice or quinoa pasta. I bring a spirilized with me to Baja because I haven’t seen one to purchase. I love Trader Joe’s quinoa spaghetti when I want pasta and it has 5 grams of protein per serving if you aren’t watching your carbohydrates. I have used this spirilizer for 4 years and it still works great and is easy to clean.


[lt_recipe name=”Vegan Bolognese and Zoodles ” servings=”6″ prep_time=”20M” cook_time=”1H” total_time=”1H20M” difficulty=”Easy” summary=”Vegan bolognese is low calories and loaded with nutritious vegetables for an easy Mediterranean meal. Make it low carb over zoodles or serve it with pasta. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-81-300×266.jpeg” ingredients=”2 medium zucchini, spirilized;;2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped;1 medium onion, coarsely chopped;1 fennel bulb, coarsely chopped;1 stalk celery;2 cloves garlic, minced;1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil;1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano;1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil;1 tablespoon fennel seeds ;1 teaspoon Kosher salt;1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper;2 cups any combination of mushrooms, coarsely chopped;1/2 cup dry red wine, may substitute vegetable broth ;14 oz can diced, no salt tomatoes;2 tablespoons nutritional yeast ” ]Wash and chop all vegetables except the zucchini. Spirilize the zucchini. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add carrots, fennel, celery and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add herbs, mushrooms, tomato, salt and pepper. Simmer 45 minutes. Add zoodles and stir gently for 5 minutes. You want the zucchini to be warm but maintain its texture. Stir in yeast just before serving. [/lt_recipe]

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Vegan Bolognese over Zoodles, low carb, lowfat, Mediterranean diet



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 chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato salad and homemade yogurt ranch dressing

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Simply Delicious, 4 Ingredient Watermelon Basil Feta Salad

Watermelon Basil Feta Salad

Watermelon is so easy to love by itself but mix it with herbs like basil or lovage, spicy greens like arugula or endive and salty cheese then magic happens. I’ve made this salad many times with arugula but I think I love the basil even more. Make this watermelon basil feta salad as a side dish or as a main meal salad.

 

 

I grow basil, arugula, lovage, parsley, lavender, Swiss chard and arugula on my deck in pots, all winter long in Mexico. Some greens and fresh herbs are available at the organic markets. I buy seeds and plant the herbs that I frequently use. I have seen herb plants at the farmers markets in the spring.

Arugula is easy to grow and difficult to find so grow your own.

Arugula

 

Market Fresh Mexican Produce Let local farmers know that you need fresh arugula and basil. Join a CSA, community supported agriculture, in your community or get together with your farmers and create one.

Stay tuned to My Baja Newsletter Fall edition for an update on the Loreto, BCS, CSA.

 

 

 

 

 

[lt_recipe name=”Watermelon Basil Feta Salad” servings=”6″ prep_time=”10M ” total_time=”10M” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Simple 4 ingredient watermelon, basil and feta salad. Toss with balsamic glaze for a quick, protein packed salad. Travels well when chilled. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-1-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”Watermelon, 6-8 cups cubed;Fresh basil, 1 cup sliced;Feta or quéso fresco, 1 cup crumbled;Drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze, or reduced balsamic vinegar. May substitute orange marmalade thinned with apple cider or rice vinegar.” ]Cube watermelon and slice basil. Mix with feta and toss. Drizzle salad with glaze before serving. Keep chilled under ready to serve. Best eaten immediately. [/lt_recipe]

 

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Watermelon Basil Feta Salad

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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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Spicy Baja Shrimp Kabobs

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