mushroom mole, with guacamole and crispy corn tortillas (vegan, gf)

this dish is inspired by another meal i had at the beautiful aro-ha retreat… the mushroom mole i had one evening meal on the retreat blew my mind, and i had to give it a go!

this is full of flavour, the guacamole balances with the heat of the mole beautifully.  i decided to bake the tortillas in the oven in order to get a nice crispy corn chip… they gave texture to the dish and also added a bit of fun to eating the meal.

the kids will love it.  the whole family will love it. and they will NOT miss the meat.  (just dont tell them)….

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mexican chicken thighs, with chipotle slaw, avocado & fresh coriander

mexican is a favourite in our house… this dish is bursting with flavour and any heat from the chipotle or mexican seasoning is tamed by the avocado (cheese & sour cream – optional)…

this recipe is a great weeknight option – its nutritious, full of vege, good fats and protein… and the best part – from start to finish, its only a 20 minute ordeal.

part of the efficiency is due to the use of two pre-prepared ingredients (slaw and seasoning)….  now i am not usually a huge supporter of this option BUT these are ones i trust because they dont have any ingredients i dont know… and thats always a good sign!

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chipotle mince with black beans

a bit of a take on chilli con carne, but i reckon its better…. this dish is full of depth and flavour, and super warming on a cold night.  with the garnishes, the dish is also fun and full of texture.

add more chilli if you love it hot (like me!) – the sour cream and garnishes will reduce the heat a little, so be a bit bold! 🙂

serve with crusty bread, or make some rice to serve.  my version pictured has lettuce since i am currently low carb.

i use black beans instead of kidney beans because black beans come with no added sugar in the can …. please check the ingredients on all your purchases! sugar gets added in, in the most unexpected and unnecessary places….!

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magical mexican beef short ribs

well, braised meat is super satisfying on a cold evening… couple that with the intensity that comes with mexican spices and its a killer combo.

the gravy in this dish is earthy, spicy and mouth watering.  it takes 20mins to prep and get into the oven, and then 2 hours to cook… its such a short period of hands on time for extraordinary flavour…

its hard not to overeat on this kind of dish, but believe me, the flavours develop overnight and its definitely worth saving some of the leftovers for lunch the next day!

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The best baked Mexican burritos ever

i looooooooooooooove mexican food! so much freshness, explosion of flavour, coriander (ok YUM) and chilli.

this is my go to burrito recipe – i bake them after assembling to blast some extra heat into them, and to crisp up the tortilla… adds some texture (and means it takes me an extra few minutes to eat… otherwise it would be all over in a few minutes!)

i am almost loathe to publish this recipe because its so good, it shouldnt be free! but its far too good to keep secret….
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chipotle chicken wraps, with avocado, lettuce & tomato (a wee bit mexican :-))

this is a go to dinner i make when im a bit short of time, or my creative juices arent flowing. its delicious and healthy. the leftovers are also super good for lunch the next day!

i serve the chipotle chicken mixture with avocado, tomato, lettuce and cheese but the beauty of this recipe, is you can pick your own garnishes based on what you fancy…. fresh corn kernels are excellent too!

this will take you 30 mins to chuck together, its a great weekday meal and you dont have to compromise on taste!

the kids and the hubby will love it……….. and ask for it again and again………..

ps reduce the chillis if its not as popular in your house! (4 chipotle chillis as per this recipe makes it a bit on the hot side!)

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a take on nachos: chipotle mince, with kumara chips, avocado, tomato and coriander salsa

nachos are a fave, aren’t they!?

here’s my take – the guilt-free version.

this dish WILL provide the satisfying “comfort” factor that comes with a plateful of spicy mince and “chips”…. but this baby is packed full of good things.  swapping out those corn chips for kumara, means you can pretty much eat as much as you like without filling that temple of yours with grease ….

(did you know that one serving of corn chips, is approx only 7 chips… AND corn chips are no better than your bought potato crisps! thats scary!)

anyway….. with this dish, i can bet on it that you won’t miss the corn chips.

try it, see for yourself.

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