This is going to be a big one!
I had one of my friends, Aine over for dinner the other evening and made a mini Mexican feast. I tried to keep it as healthy as I could too. I had Guacamole, Mexican rice, Bean Chilli, homemade Tortilla Chips, a Spicy Salad and a simple dish that I just call a Salsa, though it’s not really what you imagine as salsa… You’ll see further down.
Anyway, Aine brought over a gorgeous courgette cake from the Elbow Room which has it’s own vegetarian restaurant as well as being a yoga studio. It has been added to my list of places to try in Dublin. These yoga spots seem to really be representing the vegetarian food. I recently went to Happy Food in the Yoga Hub off Camden Street and it was delicious. Some of the nicest falafel in Dublin. I had two salads with hummus and falafel while himself had the falafel wrap which was really delicious. Mine was lovely but whatever they put in that pitta was gorgeous! It was pouring rain outside so we stayed to have tea and one of their brownies which was equally as tasty. Definitely one to try if you haven’t been.
I’ll start with the guacamole. It’s really just smushed avocado. But ya know, still delectable. I’m a BIG avocado fan. Always grab those bags of five in Lidl and I’m set for the week. You just let them ripen yourself in the fruit bowl.
- 1 (or more, depending on how much you want) Avocado
- A quarter of a lemon
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Red Onion, finely chopped.
- Smash your avocado with a fork on a plate.
- Add the Red Onion, Salt and Pepper
- Squeeze over the lemon juice and mix together
Next to the Guacamole, I have Mexican rice which is a gorgeous recipe I found online. I always wanted to know how Boojum make the Mexican rice that they put into the burritos. So I googled “Boojum Mexican Rice” for awhile but no luck on the secret recipe. Instead, I found a recipe by someone who’s mother is Mexican and this is the authentic way to cook it in Mexico. And I can confirm, it’s pretty damn good! I made mine the night before and made a big batch of it. The bowl above was all that was left over. So I won’t put this one down as it isn’t mine or a version of one of mine but I definitely recommend it. Find the recipe HERE.
If you want to make homemade tortilla chips that feel a little healthier. Try cutting a wrap into triangles and baking it. That’s what I did. A really seedy wholemeal wrap works best for this I find. Then you can dip your chips into hummus or guacamole or have them with bean chilli to make a veggie nacho dish.
The bowl on the far end of the picture is what I like to call a fresh salsa. It’s really refreshing and very easy. Simple ingredients thrown together.
- Cherry Tomatoes, chopped into quarters
- Red Onion, finely chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Add the onion, sweetcorn and tomatoes in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon. Let them sit for about ten minutes in or out of the fridge.
- Mix in the salt and pepper and serve
The salad in the above photos was another recipe I found online. It is meant to have chicken in it but is very nice without. So if you want to make the veggie version, do everything it says HERE sans chicken. Also I didn’t put in mango. I had a grenadilla in the fruit bowl so I just scooped some of that out and added it. It is definitely my favourite fruit and so delicious in salads. I also didn’t add tortilla chips, I had them on the side. I wanted a fresh healthy recipe to go with everything else and it did the job wonderfully. I don’t have a decent enough picture of the bean chilli so I’ll save that recipe until another post but if you want something to tie you over, here is the recipe for these delicious quesadillas. I threw them together with hummus and an avocado and broccoli salad the other day for lunch.
- Red Pepper, chopped
- Mushrooms, chopped
- 1 seedy wholemeal wrap.
- Cajun Spices
- A pinch of Turmeric
- A pinch of Cumin
- Grated Cheese
- Stir fry the mushrooms, pepper and sweetcorn in a bit of oil. Add some the Turmeric, Cajun and Cumin.
- Grate the cheese on one half of the wrap then add the stir fried veg.
- Fold over the other half of the wrap and pop it back onto the pan.
- Flip when crispy and serve.
For dessert then to go with the cake and fruit, I made a lovely sweet treat from a wonderful Irish food blogger, the Little Green Spoon. Her fudge is gorgeous. A real find. And it happened to be made with all the ingredients I had in my cupboard anyway. She makes hers with cacao nibs but I made it without and it is just as creamy and tasty. A perfect little snack. The recipe is HERE. I honestly cannot recommend it enough if you have a sweet tooth and need a fix. A wonderful recipe and so simple.