One of America’s Favorites – Chimichanga

April 26, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chimichanga

A chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and other Southwestern U.S. cuisine. The dish is typically prepared by filling a flour tortilla with various ingredients, most commonly rice, cheese, beans, and a meat such as machaca (dried meat), carne adobada (marinated meat), carne seca (dried beef), or shredded chicken, and folding it into a rectangular package. It is then deep-fried, and can be accompanied by salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or carne asada.

The origin of the chimichanga is uncertain. By some accounts, it originated in Mexico, in others, by accident in Arizona, United States. Given the variant chivichanga, specifically employed in Mexico, one derivation indicated that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Sonora into Arizona. The words chimi and changa come from two Mexican Spanish terms: chamuscado (past participle of the verb chamuscar), which means seared or singed, and changa, related to chinga (third-person present tense form of the vulgar verb chingar, a rude expression for the unexpected or a small insult.

One of America’s Favorites – Chimichanga

A chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and other Southwestern U.S. cuisine. The dish is typically prepared by filling a flour tortilla with various ingredients, most commonly rice, cheese, beans, and a meat such as machaca (dried meat), carne adobada (marinated meat), carne seca (dried beef), or shredded chicken, and folding it into a rectangular package. It is then deep-fried, and can be accompanied by salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or carne asada.

Chimichanga from Amigos in Melbourne, Australia.

The origin of the chimichanga is uncertain. By some accounts, it originated in Mexico, in others, by accident in Arizona, United States. Given the variant chivichanga, specifically employed in Mexico, one derivation indicated that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Sonora into Arizona. The words chimi and changa come from two Mexican Spanish terms: chamuscado (past participle of the verb chamuscar), which means seared or singed, and changa, related to chinga (third-person present tense form of the vulgar verb chingar), a rude expression for the unexpected or a small insult.

According to one source, Monica Flin, the founder of the Tucson, Arizona, restaurant El Charro, accidentally dropped a burrito into the deep-fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish profanity beginning “chi…” (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of “thingamajig”. Knowledge and appreciation of the dish spread slowly outward from the Tucson area, with popularity elsewhere accelerating in recent decades. Though the chimichanga is now found as part of the Tex-Mex cuisine, its roots within the U.S. are mainly in Tucson, Arizona.

Woody Johnson, founder of Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, claimed he had invented the chimichanga in 1946 when he put some burritos into a deep fryer as an experiment at his original restaurant Woody’s El Nido, in Phoenix, Arizona. These “fried burritos” became so popular that by 1952, when Woody’s El Nido became Macayo’s, the chimichanga was one of the restaurant’s main menu items. Johnson opened Macayo’s in 1952. Although no official records indicate when the dish first appeared, retired University of Arizona folklorist Jim Griffith recalls seeing chimichangas at the Yaqui Old Pascua Village in Tucson in the mid-1950s.

According to data presented by the United States Department of Agriculture, a typical 183-gram (6.5-ounce) serving of a beef and cheese chimichanga contains 443 calories, 20 grams protein, 39 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams total fat, 11 grams saturated fat, 51 milligrams cholesterol, and 957 milligrams of sodium.

 

Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels

April 3, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels. To make these Pinwheels you’ll be needing Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Shredded Monterey Cheese, Pimento Stuffed Green Olives, Red Onion, Salt, Garlic Powder, Black Beans, Tortillas, and Salsa. Another Delicious recipe from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels
Party guests will enjoy this tasty version of guacamole with black beans.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
5 (10-inch) tortillas
Salsa

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine the cream cheese and sour cream; blend well. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, the olives, the onion and the seasonings. Chill for 2 hours.
2 – Purée the beans in a food processor or blender.
3 – Spread a thick layer of beans over each tortilla.
4 – Spread the cream cheese mixture over the beans.
5 – Roll up tightly.
6 – Chill for 30 minutes.
7 – Cut into 3/4-inch slices.
8 – Serve with salsa.
Makes 16 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/black_bean_tortilla_pinwheels_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Heat those Taco Shells…………

Many people use either pre-packaged taco shells or create their own shells using tortillas. In either case, taco shells are best when they’re heated before adding the fillings because cold taco shells filled with warm meat or miss the mark.

Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes

February 7, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken casserole recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Mushroom, Chicken and Asparagus Bake
This comforting weeknight casserole recipe features plenty of mushrooms and asparagus combined with chicken and brown rice and a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Whip this up anytime you have leftover chicken or cooked brown rice to spare………..

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey……….

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
We took the best parts of chicken Parmesan–ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of tomato sauce–and spun them into an easy family-friendly casserole. We simplified it by skipping the breading on the chicken and, instead, loaded the top of the casserole with cheese and breadcrumbs. Serve with a crisp green salad to complete the meal……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18912/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/casserole/

Healthy Eggplant Recipes

January 16, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Eggplant Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Eggplant Recipes with recipes including EatingWell’s Eggplant Parmesan, Eggplant Tortilla Casserole, and Italian-Style Stuffed Eggplant. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Eggplant Recipes
Find healthy, delicious eggplant recipes including baked, roasted, grilled and stuffed eggplant. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

EatingWell’s Eggplant Parmesan
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue…………………

Eggplant Tortilla Casserole
This layered casserole is inspired by classic cheese enchiladas, minus the fuss of rolling and stuffing individual tortillas. You’d never guess that within this comforting Tex-Mex casserole hides a layer of thinly sliced eggplant. The thin slices become tender when roasted and add a subtle savory note………………

Italian-Style Stuffed Eggplant
Two favorite Italian dishes–lasagna and eggplant Parm–are rolled into one in this stuffed vegetable recipe………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Eggplant Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19301/ingredients/vegetables/eggplant/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortillas………………………..

Corn tortillas have lower fat, carbs and calories contents than flour tortillas. However, corn tortillas provide less protein than flour tortillas. In comparison, corn tortillas make a healthier choice since corn is a whole grain and provides all essential nutrients.

Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry

June 12, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’ve got another Delicious and Healthy Recipe from Jennie – O, Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry. This one is made using Curry Powder, Diced Tomatoes, Baby Spinach Leaves, Garbanzo Beans, JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey, Mint, Tortillas, Mango Chutney, and Plain Non Fat Yogurt. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry
Try this recipe with any OVEN READY™ product.

Craving curry? With spinach, chickpeas, lean turkey, fresh mint and mango chutney, this East Indian weeknight dinner should do the trick and ready in under 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups cubed leftover JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
4 tortillas, warmed
¼ cup mango chutney
⅓ cup plain non-fat yogurt

DIRECTIONS
1) In large skillet, heat curry powder 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
2) Add spinach, garbanzo beans, turkey and mint. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until spinach is wilted and turkey is hot.
3) Spread one side of each tortilla with chutney. Top with turkey mixture and yogurt.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 370
Protein 30g
Carbohydrates 51g
Fiber 8g
Sugars 7g
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 940mg
Saturated Fat 0.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/618-quick-turkey-and-spinach-curry

Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes

March 17, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes with recipes including Mexican Breakfast Scramble, Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, and Salsa Scrambled Eggs. Healthy ways to start your day! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes
Find healthy, delicious scrambled egg recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mexican Breakfast Scramble
In this zesty Mexican-inspired recipe, queso fresco cheese, peppers, onion, chicken sausage, and eggs are cooked up with crisp corn tortilla pieces, and garnished with jalapeño and cilantro. You may not be able to eat this with your hands like a breakfast tortilla wrap, but trust us–you’ll enjoy every forkful!…………………………………

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage
Start your day off right with these scrambled eggs. This recipe includes eggs, turkey sausage, and cheese; packing 14 grams of protein per serving. Quick and easy to make, this is the perfect breakfast solution…………………………………..

Salsa Scrambled Eggs
Breakfast tacos are a great gluten-free alternative to the classic eggs and toast. Serve this easy scrambled egg recipe with a banana for a boost of potassium………………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21527/ingredients/eggs/scrambled/

Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes

January 4, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes. Start your day off with a Delicious and Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes. You’ll find recipes like; Scrambled Egg Burritos with Black Bean Salsa, Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, and Scrambled Turkey Nachos. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes
Find healthy, delicious scrambled egg recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Scrambled Egg Burritos with Black Bean Salsa
This protein-packed Southwestern egg burrito recipe is always a hit, whether you’re serving it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a casual dinner. The homemade black bean salsa recipe adds a special touch and takes just 10 minutes, but you can also use your favorite prepared salsa to make this faster………………………

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage
Start your day off right with these scrambled eggs. This recipe includes eggs, turkey sausage, and cheese; packing 14 grams of protein per serving. Quick and easy to make, this is the perfect breakfast solution………………..

Scrambled Turkey Nachos
These tasty nachos, topped with eggs, turkey sausage and Cheddar cheese, are perfect to serve at your next brunch…………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Scrambled Egg Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21527/ingredients/eggs/scrambled/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A quick Meatless snack…………………..

 

Try a Refried Bean and Vegetable Rollup. Grab a whole wheat tortilla. Spread it with refried beans. Top it with vegetables of your choice. Roll it and serve. You can have it cold or can be packed as a lunch. Easy and quick Meatless Recipe.

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