Stories and Musings from Wayfaring Adventurers and Aspiring Home Cooks.
We've known each other pretty much forever, and this blog is our way of documenting our culinary exploits, and some non-culinary exploits as well. We're not always on the same page, or in the same state, or even on the same continent, but two things are generally true:
At least one of us is not paying attention
At least one of us is wearing her pajamas
Anyone who has had the honor of being in my presence this week knows that I've been playing one song on repeat. One song. All week. Why you may ask? DUH...BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING.
(Now's when you play this song and dance along while finishing to read this post.)
My brother was visiting me for a week and I quickly realized 1) apparently no one comes to work during the holidays in my office, meaning sub-par lunches and dinners all week and 2) I hadn't done groceries in weeks, meaning I didn't have anything to feed the kid while he was staying with me. Being the ever so responsible adult that I am, I decided that I could muster enough patience to cook lunches and dinners for my brother a few times, or at least while I was working from home. We braved it out to a farmers market and brought back a collection of various vegetables without any idea of what to make. While brainstorming ideas my brother decided that since he was spending a week in California, he was going to try and eat Mexican food for each and every meal.
My next step was to figure out what kind of Mexican dish to make when all I had bought was stir fry vegetables. Voilà! MEXICAN "STIR FRY"! Or I guess as normal people call it... TOSTADA BOWLS!
There's not really a recipe for this post because honestly I kind of made it up on the spot. BUT I can give you some bits and pieces of what went in this so you can make your own variation of this dish at home! (I KNOW, how sweet of me.)
This dish is essentially a layer of cilantro lime rice, refried beans, vegetables sautéd fajita style, salmon (totally optional and honestly kinda ruined the dish for me, my brother's vegetarian one was on point), guacamole, sour cream and cotija cheese a.k.a. fancy Mexican cheese. Plus you can throw some chopped green onions on top to make it look all pretty and fancy.
I've always loved making Mexican food. It's so flavorful and deliciously rewarding every time! Every single part of a burrito/taco/bowl is overflowing with unique tastes that seem extremely complicated and intricate. I'll let you in on a little secret...I use the same seasoning to cook every single part of any Mexican dish I make. Whether it be the refried beans or fajita vegetables, it's all various spice levels of the same recipe. I'm sure that's not how authentic Mexican food is made, but hey...mine tastes pretty damn good too.
Feel free to mess around with the proportions of each ingredient! Make as much or as little seasoning to go in
Mix it all together
For the guacamole, I generally use the recipe graciously provided by Chipotle. Sometimes I add some cumin or replace the jalapeños with cayenne pepper if I'm feeling dangerous. To go off on a tangent, couldn't you watch this gif of guacamole being made forever? 1) I feel really bad for/impressed by the person who disrobed all those avocados and 2) I just want to dive into that bowl tongue first. (Excuse me while I make myself a bowl)
Several minutes later
That's about it! Just sauté the vegetables of your choosing with some oil and fajita seasoning, heat up a can of black beans on the stove with fajita seasoning, whip up a bowl of guac, season some rice, and pile it all into a bowl for maximum enjoyment.
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