Pico de Gallo

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So much to do, so little time.  Do you feel this way too?  I hope you do so that I am not alone.  Then again, I would hate for anyone else to feel as overwhelmed as I do half the time.  It’s a daily struggle to feel like I get enough accomplished.  Quite honestly, most days I feel like I have failed.

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Like days when your son asks if you washed his clothes for work.  You grab them out of the dirty clothes and throw them in the dryer with an extra sheet of fabric softener so they don’t stink too bad.  Mornings like this morning when you totally forget that your son was suppose to be at school early for his club meeting that is EVERY week at the SAME time.  When you have planned your week’s meals to make life easier, only to forget what you had planned because you can’t find your sheet of paper you wrote it on.  So pizza night it is… again.  Your son tells you he HAS to have hand sanitizer for his music class the next day.  You promise to go get it.  Then promptly forget about it until he asks you the next morning where it is.

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Yep – that is how life seems to be lately. I don’t think my brain has quite gotten back into back to school mode yet.  Hopefully it will soon before we all go crazy!  In the meantime, I am getting myself a brand new organizer/planner all set up that should help me too.  I normally always use one, but thought I would try to just use my phone this year.  It isn’t working so back to paper I go.  Besides, I have a life long love affair with paper and pens.  My husband brings me the hotel notepad and pen from all his travels and it makes me giddy.  Sad, huh?  😉

In happier news, I have managed to do well at staying on top of making our favorite recipes to share with you here on the blog.  For instance, today I am sharing another one of our favorite mexican recipes.  It’s Pico de Gallo.  Yum!  I eat this with tortilla chips a lot instead of salsa, although salsa is one of my favorites too.  I garnish all of my mexican dishes with pico.  I can’t get enough of it.  It is absolutely yummy with fajitas.

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Pico de Gallo
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced (seeds removed)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice from half of lemon
  • 1 jalepeno, diced
Instructions
  1. Dice everything and mix togther.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Again, here are some other great additions to your Mexican meal night.

Chipotle Lime Steak Fajitas | www.shariblogs.com Spanish Rice via Shari Blogs | www.shariblogs.com Cilantro Lime Rice - http://www.shariblogs.com

Do you use a paper organizer or a digital calendar? I would love to hear what works best for you!

Spanish Rice

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We eat Mexican pretty regularly around here.  As a matter of fact, it’s guaranteed to be on the menu at least once a week.  Sometimes even more than that.  I love burritos, fajitas, cilantro lime rice, pico de gallo, chips and salsa, etc.  What’s not to like?

I used to always buy those packages of seasoned spanish rice or mexican rice.  I was never satisfied with how they tasted.  As a matter of fact, for the longest time I just didn’t like spanish rice at all.  Well, that was until I tried this.  I haven’t looked back since.  It is super easy to make with your rice cooker.  It is absolutely delicious.  We use it a lot as a side dish, as well as inside our burritos.  So good.

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Spanish Rice
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 2½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil, onion & garlic to your rice maker.
  2. Press the saute button.
  3. Using a long handed spoon stir ingredients frequently and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  4. Add remaining ingredients (minus rice) to the rice maker. Stir well.
  5. Then add in rice and stir.
  6. Now choose the white rice setting on your rice cooker and allow it to cook.
  7. Once the rice is finished, the cooker should automatically switch to the "keep-warm" mode.

If you don’t have a rice cooker, get one.  It will make life so much easier and your rice will be perfect every time.  It has become one of my favorite kitchen appliances!  Here is the one that I have and highly recommend.

Chinese Fried Rice

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We love eating out.  Some nights just scream for a meal away from home.  You know what I mean.  It’s been a super busy or stressful day and you just don’t feel like cooking and cleaning up the mess afterward.  Some weeks I have more days like that than I care to admit.  For the most part though, I cook at home and I love it.  We have lots of favorite things that we get when we eat out and I love coming home and finding recipes that are similar or creating my own.  It is definitely cheaper to cook for a family of five than to take us all out to eat.  We have two teenage boys.  Need I say more?

Fried rice is one of the boys favorite foods.  They love it.  I try to add it into the family meal rotation at least once a month.  It really is easy to make, although I tend to be very messy when I make it.  I guess I get a little wild with mixing and tossing my rice around in the skillet.  ha! ha!

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This recipe has garlic in it.  It makes everything better.  We use it ALL the time.  I buy it in huge containers from our local Costco store.  I highly recommend you pick it up.  Most of the time this is what I use when a recipe calls for garlic.  I know it would be better for me to chop up fresh garlic, but I am all about making things easier and faster.  This is what the garlic looks like.  It may vary by location, but that is what we have around here.  We go through a couple of those jars a month.  I told you we love garlic!

Anyway, I wanted to share our Chinese Fried Rice recipe.  This is really close to what we get at our favorite local Chinese place.  Try it.  I think you’ll love it!

Chicken Fried Rice
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 pound cooked & chopped boneless, skinless chicken breasts(marinated in soy sauce)
  • 2 cups peas & carrots, frozen
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup gluten free soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 8 cups cooked rice.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, peas, and carrots.
  4. Stiry fry until tender.
  5. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and then add to stir fry. Mix throughout vegetables.
  6. Add rice and chicken.
  7. Stir in soy sauce and mix. Remove from heat and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5

Have a great weekend!