Category Archives: Sandwiches

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Hola!

Yes, I’m still alive! I’ve been gone for a while..life is just busy, busy!

Let me catch you up a bit!

So I had my foot surgery on my right foot in June and it’s feeling so much better now than it was before.

I had a great vacation with my family this year!

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Who wouldn’t think that sunset is beautiful! That’s actually some of my family. One of my favorite things during vacation was eating the Cuban Sandwich I fell in love with last year.

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I love those sandwiches so much that I would fight for them!

We went to a few new restaraunts this summer too. I’ve done a lot of eating and I am not proud of it but it was soooo good!

 

We went to two weddings and a Quinceañera this summer that were fabulous and fun!

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This is a picture of me and Pitbull…I mean my husband!

After my summer break I went back to work and literally felt like I had the flu or have been dragged by a truck. It takes quite a while to get used to being on a schedule again. But I’m on schedule now and trying to be productive. It’s hard when all I want to do is come home and take a nap after work!

I even did a 5K along with my daughter and my husband. I didn’t run but am happy that I made it walking!

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Fall is here and I am loving the weather and waiting for one of my siblings who has young kids to invite me pumpkin picking! I love pumpkins!

Yesterday I had some appointments and we stopped to have lunch at a Puerto Rican restaurants in Chicago.img_5142

OMG! This mofongo with shrimp in red sauce was amazing. If you like Puerto Rican food go to Ponce in Chicago. It’s a small place but has delicious food and the staff is super friendly! We are definitely going back.

And that’ my story…to be continued!

If you follow me you know I have not been blogging lately but I am usually posting on  Instagram at @micasayourcasa or on Facebook at Mi Casa is Your Casa. Follow me!

Have a Happy Day!

Besos,

Flor

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Curried Chicken Salad

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Hola, Friends!

It’s been extremely busy for me the last few months. I actually even just had foot surgery on one foot for a heel spur and plantar fascitis three days ago. I am pretty bored as I try to take it easy and stay off my feet. I hope this works so that I can be pain-free!

I think I have mentioned before that my husband loves the Costco roasted chicken. I had been getting pretty tired of seeing it on the kitchen table when I would come home from work, but it really is a blessing sometimes-especially during the busy holiday season.It’s nice to have some cooked chicken on hand sometimes to make a quick meal.

About three years ago I was introduced to Curried Chicken Salad at a work event. OMG–I was in love! I had to find a good recipe for it and I did!

 

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This picture isn’t that pretty but when you have it on your plate the color is just amazing!

Curried Chicken Salad

  • 3 pounds cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 to 1 cup currants (optional) (I didn’t add currants)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped peanuts or almonds (optional)(I used almonds)
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
  • Dash turmeric
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked chicken, red onion, celery, and most of the currants and nuts, reserving some for for garnish.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, curry powder, turmeric and salt and pepper, combining until smooth.

Pour the mayonnaise mixture atop the chicken mixture and blend, working gently until chicken is fully coated. Refrigerate until use.

Spoon curried chicken onto greens or atop toasted rolls. Garnish with reserved currants and peanuts or almonds. Feeds 6 to 8.

I had my chicken salad on the skinny rounds and of course had to add some chopped jalapeños to it!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Whole Foods Curried Chicken Salad

 

 

Turkey Sloppy Joes

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Weekend, why can’t you stay longer? The weather was gorgeous. It was perfect for sleeping at night!

I went to the movies again this weekend. I saw The Hundred-Foot Journey. It was an ok movie. The story was very sweet but I think it needed a little more excitement but it was still good.

My husband  picked the last of the vegetables from the garden. Of course I had to make salsa!

I made salsa roja-red salsa.

And Salsa Verde de Tomatillo-Green Tomatillo Salsa.

The best thing out of the garden were these beauties.

These beauties will be in some delicious sweets soon!

Are you a big carnival/festival goer? I am not too big on them but this weekend we did go get dinner at a festival not far from us. The food was amazing. There was so much to choose from. I chose this Pambazo.

 

Sorry about the pic! People actually stop to look at me when I am taking pictures of my food. It’s such a normal thing now that why would people find it weird?

I have never heard of these awesome sandwiches. This one had chorizo and potatoes with toppings of cabbage, tomatoes, sour cream, and cotija cheese. the bread was slathered in some kind of pepper sauce. It was pretty messy but I didn’t really care…I still ate it all!

Even after all this food I still have a recipe to share.

Sloppy Joes. Sloppy and delicious!

Not all sloppy Joes are good. This one was delicious!

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

*1/4 cup ketchup
*1 tablespoon dijon mustard
*1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
*2 tablespoons tomato paste
*1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
*8 oz can tomato sauce
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*3 cloves garlic, minced
*1 large yellow onion, chopped
*16 oz extra lean ground turkey
*1 tablespoon chili powder
*1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
*6 whole wheat buns

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar and tomato sauce. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, for 5 minutes or until translucent.

Add turkey and cook until browned through, breaking it up with a spatula/spoon as it cooks. Add chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more and then add the ketchup mixture, stirring to evenly coat turkey mixture.

Simmer for 5 minutes more, or until thickened.

Enjoy and make sure you lick your fingers!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source The Novice Chef Blog

 

 

Sliders

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Hey!

I don’t have a recipe for you today but I do have a cute way to eat a hamburger, a mini hamburger. I just had to try making these cute little things.

Just make your favorite hamburger or meatloaf recipe and pat into an 11×17 pan. Bake it in the oven at 350 until cooked. That simple.  I took a little bun or roll and put it over the meat pan just to size up for cutting the meat.It’s going to shrink a bit but don’t let the edges go to waste…eat them! Cut it up put it on your bun and add your toppings.

It’s as simple as that. To go from this pan of raw meat to this adorable little hamburger…

This is a great way to make sliders for a crowd or for little hands!

Besos,

Flor

Southwest Chicken Salad and Weekend Wanderings

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Hola!

Wow! Last weekend was so great that I was totally exhausted and didn’t post anything on Monday.

It all started on Friday when I went out for dinner with a friend of mine. Another friend had told me about a place that serves Puerto Rican and Cuban food. Well, I had to try it. It was amazing! Cafe 23 has delicious food! I had never had a Jibarito but heard that they are delicious so I had to have one with roast pork…I think I died and went to heaven when I bit into this delicious sandwich!!!

The “bread” was actually plantain. Wow!

The Arroz con Gandules was also delicious!

I need to go back to this place ASAP!

Saturday I participated in my first 5K for The Pink 5K. It’s the first time I had walked so far in about 4 years because of my plantar fascitis. What better way to spend time with friends and get a bit of exercise while we raise money for a good cause?

Here I am with my friends and a good-looking guy that works with my best friend!

Of course we needed some energy after the 5K so we absolutely had to go eat breakfast. I tried to be healthy but it was really hard.

By Saturday evening my feet were killing me. I was in so much pain, but it was well worth it. When I got up Sunday morning my back was also hurting. I am just falling apart! I didn’t want to feel bad on Mother’s Day but there was nothing I could do. What did we do for Mothers Day? We went out to eat of course! I had never been to Smash Burger. Their Smash Fries are amazing. They are made with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.

After lunch we stopped at the cemetery to leave flowers for my Grandmother then went to my parents house . I think my dad can read my mind. He had bought some Micheladas and what do you know? My back ache was cured after having just one giant Michelada! Of course later in the evening at my parents we did what we do best-eat…again! I ate so much this past weekend that I am positive I gained at least five pounds!

Even though all I did was eat this past weekend I still have a great recipe for you. I am not the biggest fan of Chicken Salad because I find it kind of bland but this recipe is a different story!

This was so flavorful.

Southwest Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 lime juice, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (12 oz) cups cooked chicken
  • 1 (11 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro (2 tsp dried)

Directions

In medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes.  Stir in remaining ingredients. Coat evenly.
Cover and refrigerate 25-30 minutes before serving.

Easy and flavorful. Perfect for a spring or summer picnic.

I have enough stored in my belly to last me a couple of weeks, but unfortunately eating seems to be a necessity. I also believe that breaking bread with another person is one of the most satisfying and  personal things in life. So go out and have breakfast, lunch or dinner with  someone you love to spend time with.

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Plain Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Chicken Pesto Wraps

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Hey!

I have been looking forward to today since last week. Not only because it’s the last day of the work week but because in an effort to spend more quality time with family (like we don’t spend enough time together already!)  we have declared Fridays “Pizza Friday”. We are not going to order our pizza we are making them ourselves!  Hopefully this will help me learn  to roll dough too! I have already shared how bad I am at rolling dough (especially if it has yeast!) but I have been practicing on little things. Last week we made 2 pizzas one was bacon and the other was green peppers and tomatoes.

Here’s the bacon pizza. I must say even though the dough didn’t rise the pizza was still delicious!

I hope tonight’s dough rises!

These Grilled Chicken Pesto Wraps are  perfect for days when you are running around but still want to eat a healthy meal.

I served these wraps with the last cucumbers from the garden.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Wraps
Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 lb raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used kitchen shears – it’s faster than using a knife!)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
¾ cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste
½ cup shredded 2% reduced fat Mozzarella cheese
6 light original Flatouts
1 plum tomato, diced
Directions
1. In a large skillet, bring one tablespoon of the oil over medium high heat. Add the minced garlic clove and dried basil and stir into oil. Cook for about a minute until garlic is fragrant. Add the chicken to the pan and stir to coat chicken with the oil and herbs. Cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is cooked completely through. Remove chicken along with any excess oil to a medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Bring a small dry skillet over medium heat and add the pine nuts. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally until nuts are golden brown.
3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, toasted pine nuts, fresh basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, water, lemon juice, whole garlic clove, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the bowl of your food processor and process until minced together into a pesto paste. Add the pesto to the reserved mixing bowl with the chicken. Add the Mozzarella cheese and mix all ingredients together until well combined
4. Lay a flatout wrap on a clean surface and spoon 1/6 of the chicken pesto mixture  onto the center of each flatout and spread the mixture lengthwise, leaving about an inch at each end. Sprinkle about 1/6 of the diced tomatoes over the chicken. Fold in the 1” ends of the flatout over the filling and then fold in the long ends to cover it.
5.  Lightly mist the large skillet with cooking spray and bring over medium-low heat. Place the wraps fold-side down onto the skillet (I did them in batches of two) and mists the tops with cooking spray as well. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until bottom is golden. Flip the wraps and continue to cook another 3-4 minutes until golden on the other side. Cut in half and serve.

Yields 6 servings. WW P+: 7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

What made this such a quick meal for us is that I already had this pesto in the freezer. That cut out quite a bit of steps. I wasn’t counting WW points, but either way it is a delicious meal. It is also the perfect meal to take on a fall picnic, the beach, the zoo, a roadtrip, The possibilities are endless…

What are you doing this weekend? Football parties? Relaxing? Dancing? Whatever it is enjoy it!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Emily Bites

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Burgers

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Hola!

Happy Labor Day. I hope that means that the majority of you are off work and enjoying the day!  Guess where I went this weekend? It would be the last place some people would expect me to be…a UFC fight! Julissa is the big fan of UFC but I am hooked now! I don’t like watching people get beat up but man it was exciting. They chose to go into that cage. All I could do was scream and according to my daughter make weird noises! It was a blast! Our seats were pretty high up but thank goodness for technology!

Julissa was thrilled to get her shirt signed by Urijah Faber during a quick tour through a tailgate party.

We had a great time except that after seven hours of sitting I was pretty sore. Another downer was that my family had to tell me to stop swearing! You may not know this about me but I have the mouth of a truck driver. I do my very best to not say swear words but sometimes it’s really hard for me!

Yesterday was all about catching up on laundry and tons of salsa canning.

Do you make your own hamburgers or do you buy them ready made at the grocery store? I have always made my burgers at home. My recipe is pretty basic. Nothing special at all. When I found a new recipe for  burgers I couldn’t stop making them. I have made them twice in one week already.

These burgers were the best ever! The taste of blue cheese was mild and not too overpowering. The bacon gave it’s taste only when you bit into it.

These burgers were so moist and I quite don’t know why. Maybe it’s the cheese?

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin (at least 90% lean)
  • 3 slices bacon, pan-fried and finely crumbled
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • condiments: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, bacon, blue cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well with your hands, then form into four evenly sized patties.
  2. Preheat a gas grill to high heat. Put the burgers on the grates, close the lid of the grill, and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the burgers, close the lid, and cook for about 4 more minutes for a medium, pink center, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of one patty registers 160 degrees F.
  3. Divide the grilled patties among the hamburger buns and top with your choice of condiments.

My husband is the griller in our family. I have had two mishaps with the gas grill so I am terrified of it! One left me with no hair on one arm and the other had fire coming out of the knobs on the grill. I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was scared to death! I cannot be allowed near the grill!

Have a great and relaxing Labor Day. Don’t labor too much!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source canyoustayfordinner