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Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup

I don’t know where in the world you’re reading this from, but I’m writing from sunny Orange County, California where it wasn’t summer until fall and it wasn’t fall until December.

So far this month we’ve had stunning heat and heavy rain, but yesterday we had a beautiful day that started out with light rain dripping from a dull blue sky. I saw some sun in the afternoon, and at night, it was nice and cool near the mouth of the canyon where I live.

It was a day for soup, and lucky for me Chef Brian was serving up a comforting bowl of steamy broth packed with meat and veggies and topped with cheese.

Snuggle up to Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup

Week 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion

It’s funny how authentic Mexican food contains very little soupy sauce or loads of cheese.

Take Week 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion¬†for example. These are hearty enchiladas, complete with tons of smoky red sauce and a smattering of cheese crumbles — a far cry from the calorie-laden enchies at El Torito, Cafe Rio, etc.

Try these when you’ve got the craving for great Mex, without all the fat. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion

Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco

Living in Southern California, you’re always surrounded by amazing Mexican food — real Mexican food, not that Taco Bell shit. Because of that, it’s nearly useless to try and make Mexi dishes at home when there’s probably a taco truck down the street doing it 10 times better.

But I didn’t feel that way with Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco.

The pepper-packed spice mix, vibrant pasilla salsa and tangy lime sour cream elevate this taco from simple made-at-home fare to something far beyond what I thought I could do to Mexican food at home. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco

Week 5, Meal 3: Grilled kalbi short ribs over Thai mango and peanut slaw

Though I’m partial to BBQ of the American variety, I’m not going to gripe about grilled short ribs marinated in soy sauce and sriracha one bit.

Though Week 5, Meal 3: Grilled kalbi short ribs over Thai mango and peanut slaw was an enduring run through my still-being-polished knife skills, the end result was worth all the slicing, chopping and julienne-ing (not a real word) that I put into it. Continue reading Week 5, Meal 3: Grilled kalbi short ribs over Thai mango and peanut slaw

Week 5, Meal 2: Sesame-crusted ahi tuna wrap with cucumber and carrot salad, watercress, avocado, honey rice wine vinaigrette and wasabi ginger aioli

I’m enjoying the clean, bright flavors of Chef Brian’s menu for Week 5.

The biting ginger and spicy wasabi bring to life the beautiful ahi tuna, avocados and cucumber in Week 5, Meal 2: Sesame-crusted ahi tuna wrap with cucumber and carrot salad, watercress, avocado, honey rice wine vinaigrette and wasabi ginger aioli.

As if the taste of this beauty wasn’t enough, the fact that it’s a quick one to put together only sweetens the pot. Continue reading Week 5, Meal 2: Sesame-crusted ahi tuna wrap with cucumber and carrot salad, watercress, avocado, honey rice wine vinaigrette and wasabi ginger aioli

Week 5, Meal 1: Honey-lime chicken lettuce wraps with brown rice, mango, cucumber and creamy soy dressing

Yuck.

Week 5, Meal 1: Honey-lime chicken lettuce wraps with rice, mango, cucumber and creamy ginger soy dressing is by far the healthiest thing I’ve eaten in months. Probably the closest thing to a salad you”ll ever see me eat on this blog.

It wasn’t all bad though. I like cucumber. And mango too. Plus, you can’t go wrong with chicken, ginger or lime.

Alright, I’ll stop fronting. For a bunch of dressed up fruits and veggies, this one was pretty darn tasty.

You know, if fruits and veggies are your thing, or whatever. Continue reading Week 5, Meal 1: Honey-lime chicken lettuce wraps with brown rice, mango, cucumber and creamy soy dressing

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