(image) Chia seeds were regarded by the Aztecs as being so nutritionally complete, they could virtually live off of them. The seeds were used in ceremonies and also as currency. Chia seeds are much more than an ancient Aztec ritual, they are nutritious and full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber. Read the full article to find out more.
(image) This fresh and fruity Mango Salsa is sweet, refreshing and packed with good-for-you ingredients. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips and you've got the perfect springtime snack. It's also delicious over fresh grilled chicken or fish.
(image) Corn is one of the most important staples in current Mexican cuisine next to rice and beans. Corn is used to make nixtamal, masa and masa harina which is used to make things like tortillas and tamal dough. Learn more about this native Mexican plant and all of it's uses with this informative Guide to Corn.
(image) If you love corn, then you will love the simplicity of this classic Mexican side dish called Esquites. All you need is the freshest corn you can find, some fresh butter and a bit of salt. It is so delicious it is also eaten as a snack and is sold by street vendors so that everyone can enjoy it any time of day.
(image) These flaky pastries are perfect for a meal or even a snack. First you make the Dough and then you can stuff it with all sorts of things, from meat to fruit. Here is a delicious Beef Empanada Filling made with ground beef, potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. For a sweeter version try these Apple Empanadas with a caramel sauce.
(image) Most people would not think of eating a bowl of hearty stew when it's 100 degrees outside. Nor does a cool, refreshing salad seem like the right choice in the middle of a snowstorm. However, this light Sopa de Lima is just right for any weather. The chicken is satisfying...the broth is light.... and the added tangy flavor of the lime adds zing to just a "regular" chicken soup. Enjoy some tonight whether it's a balmy 80 degrees or a cool 60 degrees, it will be just right.
Try these flavorful Chicken and Cheese Tamales for your next family gathering. Whether it's over the dinner table or at a party, they are a definite crowd-pleaser. They are made with masa dough and stuffed with shredded chicken, green chiles and cheese.
These delicious Shredded Beef Tamales are stuffed with succulent slow-cooked shredded beef simmered with annato, cumin and red chile. They are great to make ahead for a potluck or barbecue, just wrap them individually and freeze them for later.
(image) Beans are a staple in my families house and these ones are slow-cooked with onion and garlic to bring out the rich and hearty flavors. These Pinto Beans are wonderful as a side dish, but can be eaten alone as well. Just top them with some chopped onions and cilantro and you've got yourself a meal.
Tacos are a great dish for spring and summer because they are quick and easy and don't require a lot of cooking time. You can fill them with just about anything, but some of my favorite fillings are in these Grilled Chicken and Chile Tacos. They are stuffed with grilled chicken, fresh roasted green chiles, melted cheese, corn and green chile sauce. Most of the cooking is done outdoors on the grill, so they are a perfect meal for warm spring evenings.