Southwestern Pasta Salad with Chipotle Dressing

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Summer just seems to ask for Southwestern foods.  That slightly spicy flavor that blends with all those fresh vegetables.  I know it’s not summer yet, but we’ve had some hot days here in Oregon that have made me get excited about the upcoming season!

Here is a salad to get you started (like for your Memorial day barbecue!)

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Migas – An American spin on a Traditional Spanish Dish

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Migas are a traditional food of Spain and Portugal  that was originally served in the morning as breakfast using leftover bread.  It was sort of a bread pudding with meat on the side.   The word migas literally means “crumbs”.  In Spain tradition started with the shepherds on the plains.  All they usually had was a little stale bread, garlic and olive oil, and an occasional pepper.  They would cook it all up over the flames and make a hearty meal.  As time moved forward, meats and other things were added to it and the tradition changed.

The Spanish brought the dish to Mexico where it consists of fried, leftover tortillas that are scrambled together with eggs.  Moving North to Texas a lit bit later – some folks will say migas were invented in Austin.  Well, maybe the way they are eaten now was influenced by those Texans and certainly they helped to popularize it!

So now you’re wondering, WHAT IS MIGAS??  Well keep reading and I’ll tell you!

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Churro Inspired Edible Dessert Cups

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When I lived in Southern California we visited Baja on a regular basis.  One of my kids’ favorite treats were the churros you can by on the stands.  In case you don’t know what a churro is, it’s sort of a long, Mexican donut type pastry that is covered in cinnamon and sugar!  (Also referred to as Mexican fritters).

I had a lot of tortillas left from Cinco de Mayo and while I was trying to figure out what to do with them, I remembered the sweet tortilla chips I had once at a party – then I remembered the churros – and I had an epiphany!  A baked tortilla that tastes like a churro bowl!!  And here it is…

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #97

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Are you looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Where here is the place to find the answer to that age-old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

We’re on our 97th party!!  We came so close to getting our goal of 96 – Can you help us hit 97 this week?  97 NEW posts!!  Spread the word~

And come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please no travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or non food posts will be deleted).

If you have a craft idea, please share it on my other blog, Pleasures of the NW – DIY Party!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

And now for the top four most visited posts last week –

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how awesome they are!

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Tomorrow is Pick Strawberries Day!

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Tomorrow (May 20) is National Pick Strawberries day!!

What the heck is pick strawberries day?  It’s a day set aside to celebrate the ruby gems that symbolize the onset of summer.  I have no idea when it was created, but I know I love strawberries.  Here in Oregon they don’t start coming on until June, but the California strawberry is already making it’s way to the markets.  If you live in an area that has those fresh berries starting to ripen, go out to the fields and pick some yourself!  It’s a great way to spend a morning with your kids – getting outdoors and bringing home a nutritious and delicious treat!

These juice little fruits that we are familiar with, Fragaria ananassa, originated in Europe in the 1700s.  They are a hybrid of two wild strawberries – one from North America and one from South America.

Strawberries are not only a low-calorie treat, they are so full of nutrients!  Strawberries are in the top twenty of high antioxidant levels of any fruit.  Antioxidants are those support guys that push the damaging free radicals out of our blood stream.  Our bodies create both, but not enough of the antioxidants to keep a healthy balance.  So we need to get them from the foods we eat.  Strawberries are also high in B-6, magnesium, folate, biotin (good for your hair and nails), potassium and have plenty of fiber.  They are also the high in vitamin C – right there in the top 5 fruits for that vitamin – AND they are low in sugar!

They are 90% water and only 8% carbs (4.9g sugar) – and one cup is only 50 calories!!

Other than eating them just straight out of the bowl, what can you do with these berries?

Slice some up in a spinach salad – cut them into chunks and mix them in a cup of plain yogurt –

Here are some more ideas from me – and there’s room for more!  Please add your strawberry posts! Continue reading

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Dessert Burrito

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Check out this sweet burrito!

It’s almost summer and I look forward to all those sweet summer fruits, especially the berries!  Here is a treat that can serve as dessert or even breakfast!  Its low in sugar and full of flavor!  Change up the fruits you use and maybe add a little cinnamon or nutmeg too!  Just bake it up and take a bite!  Delicious!

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Spicy Salmon Poke and Deliciously Simple Ahi Poke

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Poke has become popular all over the country.  But what exactly is poke?  Pronounced Po-Kay, it is a raw fish dish that originated in Hawaii.  The word poke means “to section” or “to slice”.  It is typically made with soy sauce, seaweed, sesame oil and chili peppers.  I had heard a lot about it, but never tried it.  I’m a sushi fan, so I’m not sure why I avoided poke – and then I had some!  Oh my – I’m hooked!

Here is the recipe for two different versions of the dish – one for a spicy salmon and one with ahi tuna.  Both are made with ingredients that can be found at almost any grocery store and both are delicious!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #96

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Are you looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Where here is the place to find the answer to that age-old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

We’re on our 96th party!!  We’d love to get at least 96 NEW posts!!  Spread the word~

And come on in and party with us!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please no travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or non food posts will be deleted).

If you have a craft idea, please share it on my other blog, Pleasures of the NW – DIY Party!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

And now for the top four most visited posts last week –

 Please stop by and visit them – let them know how awesome they are!

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Banana “Ice Cream”

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You craving something sweet and cold?  How about some totally vegan, totally fat free, totally delicious banana ice cream?

Banana frozen dessert

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Noodles & Zoodles Shrimp Scampi

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Did you know there is a day dedicated to shrimp?  Yep – today is National Shrimp Day!  We eat more of this shellfish in the US than any other seafood!  People used to think it was high in cholesterol, but the truth is, 4-oz. has only 189 mg of cholesterol.  This is roughly about 60% of the daily recommendation and new studies have also found that it can raise the HDL (the good cholesterol).   And shrimp is full of other great benefits – it’s low in calories and fat, high in protein, and contains selenium (a potent antioxidant), vitamin B-12, choline, copper, and iodine and, above all else – it tastes good!!

Do be aware of where the shrimp you buy comes from.  Much of what is in our stores comes from countries that do not have the same strict farming regulations as the US.    Many of these farms put a strain on the local ecosystems and fill the ponds with antibiotics and bacteria.  It is important to read the label carefully and find the ones that are either wild or grown in the US or Canada.

And now, onto today’s treat –

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