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.



Holiday Cocktail Challenge: And a Recipe for Margarita Mocktail

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen

Holiday Challenge: Make a Signature Margarita Mocktail

Everyone should know how to make a signature cocktail. Why not make your’s a signature mocktail?

Here’s what I’m drinking this season- Margarita Mocktail with homemade lime simple syrup.

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen
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Mocktail Margarita: Alcohol Free

A delicious margarita without alcohol made with lime simple syrup and sparkling water. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cane sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Key or Mexican limes Juice and zest, divided

Margarita

  • 2 Tablespoons Lime simple syrup
  • 2 Juice of 2 Mexican limes
  • 8 Ounces Sparkling water
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Make lime simple syrup. Mix water, sugar and 1 tablespoon of lime zest. heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes.  Let cool. Strain out solids. Refrigerate any remaining syrup up to 1 week. 


    2) Margarita Mocktail: Run cut lime over the rim of a margarita glass and roll the rim of your glass in course sugar. Combine 2 tablespoons of lime simple syrup, additional 1 tablespoon of lime juice, about two Mexican limes. Add a dash of apple cider vineger to taste. Trust me, a dash of vinegar replaces the alcohol flavor. Try a very small dash first and adjust to your tastes. Pour over ice and adjust sugar to desired level. Garnish with lime slices. 

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Drinking alcohol may not be your best choice when cutting calories.

Alcohol seems to flow freely during the Holiday party season. I like a cold glass of champagne as well as anyone but alcohol is not your friend if you are watching your waistline. Alcohol is fat-free and low in carbs although alcohols are worse nutrients than carbs. Alcohol is metabolized into fatty acids which cause fatty liver.

It’s  important to remember that calories count when it comes to weight management. Alcohol and dieting don’t mix well—your body processes alcohol first, leaving carbohydrates and fats to get stored as fat instead of getting used as fuel. There’s a reason that excess fat is called a beer belly in those who imbibe frequently.

Set a limit before you leave the house. 

If you plan to drink alcohol then set your limit before you start drinking because it is a fact that after you drink one or more adult beverages you lose your ability to make good choices about food and drinks.

Your best options, calorie wise,  are wine, champagne, and light beer, or hard liquor mixed with no calorie mixers i.e vodka and soda.

5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of tequila or vodka, and 12 oz of light beer each have about 100 calories.
The worst calorie options include any drink in a tumbler made with sugar. If your drink is adorned with an umbrella or a sugared rim it is suspect. Unless it is my Margarita Mocktail which is calorie controlled.

Piña Coladas, Mojitos, Daiquiris and traditional Margaritas in an average serving (6-8 oz) will cost you between 500 and 1000 calories. Egg nog and brandy will set you back 300 calories for 1/2 cup. Yes, really. Mudslides? You don’t want to know. If you want a special cocktail, then plan for it and enjoy, but call it dessert and limit it to one.

Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic drink to stay hydrated and to sloooooow down your consumption. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Have a meal or a snack before you drink to slow down the absorption of the alcohol.
Don’t drink and drive, ever.

Women have a lower tolerance for alcohol than men and a large pour of wine could put you over your legal limit to drive.

Drink wisely or not at all.

Nothing says, “I won’t be home for Christmas”, like a DUI or being locked up in a Mexican jail. Always agree in advance on a designated driver or take a cab.
Worried about how much you drink? See my post about Wine and Women for help.

Margarita Mocktail from MyBajaKitchen

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What’s the Real Cost of Eating Out in Mexico? Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

Holiday challenge/MyBajaKitchen.com

Let’s be honest about the real cost of eating out!

It is so inexpensive to not cook at home in Mexico but what’s the real cost of eating out? I cook at home every day because it helps me meet my personal fitness and nutrition goals.

The “holiday season” in the U.S. begins with Halloween candy and ends with champagne and regrets on New Years Day. For many it’s a downward spiral of poor eating and drinking choices that results in an average weight gain of seven pounds during the holidays.

7 Pounds! Let that sink in!

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