Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded

This fideo is made with Barilla's cut spaghetti and cooked in a spicy broth. Garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Spicy fideo fully loaded you'll never want it any other way.

Let’s talk about Fideo… My Mom and I are fans of a nice bowl of spicy fideo. We pride ourselves on who makes it better. We try and impress each other with fully loaded versions of our favorite sopa de fideo. Sometimes I make it super soupy and other times I’ll make it on the dry side. Adding in a few cubes of panela cheese and avocado, a fried egg, and corn nuts with a squirt of fresh lime juice is my favorite way to serve it. But the key to a great bowl of spicy fideo is the pasta…. My Mom and I keep each other updated on which pasta brands are good and which don’t pass the test. I feel like we have tried every brand out there but no matter what pasta dish I create, Barilla has always proven to be the best, and my mom agrees. Barilla’s Fideo Cut Spaghetti is perfect for fideo pasta. Wow, it made me realize that us Latinas have a wealth of cultural heritage and flavors, that span many generations to tap into, when cooking family-treasured meals. Likewise, Barilla has four generations of experience making quality “al dente” pasta that doesn’t clump or break. With Barilla’s new culinary movement, Latino Italian Fusion, Latinas are further inspired to use pasta as a blank canvas to get creative in the kitchen. This movement combines the best of Latin flavors and ingredients with traditional pasta dishes. With that being said, it came as no surprise that Barilla has conquered the fideo / cut spaghetti game with a perfect pasta for my sopa de fideo. My favorite Latino flavors and spices combined with traditional Italian ingredients, creates a delicious meal perfect for family gatherings or a party of two, for mother and daughter.

Barilla's cut spaghetti doubles down as fideo

  • prep time: 10 minutes
  • cook time: 30 minutes
  • servings: 8

Ingredients for Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded:

  • 3 – tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 – lb box Barilla Cut Spaghetti / Fideo pasta
  • 1 – cup onion (grated)Grated onion and tomato
  • 1 – tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 – cup tomato (grated)
  • 1/2 – teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 – 7 3/4 oz. can El Pato (salsa de chile fresco)
  • 6 – cups vegetable broth*
  • 1 – cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt

Garnish with:

  • 1 – tablespoon panela cheese
  • 1/6 – cup avocado (1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1- fried egg
  • 1/8 – cup corn nuts
  • 1/2 – lime
  • 2 – sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 –  teaspoon chili flakes

Directions:

  1. Place a dutch oven or large pot over a medium high flame. Add in vegetable oil and allow it to get hot.
  2. Pour in Cut Spaghetti / Fideo and mix to coat all pasta with oil. Allow pasta to fry in oil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Continue frying until most pasta is browned and some pieces look slightly burned. Barilla cut spaghetti doubles down as fideoBarilla's video perfectly browned.
  3. Add in onion and garlic. Mix to combine. Add grated onion into browned Barilla cut spaghetti
  4. Add in tomato, oregano, and chili flakes. Mix to fully combine.
  5. Pour in El Pato, and vegetable broth mix to combine. Add el pato to Barilla fideo for a spicy sopa
  6. Raise flame to high and add in cilantro. Add cilantro to fideo for a nice flavor to the broth.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Barilla fideo cooked al dente.
  8. Sprinkle with salt.
  9. Serve immediately and garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, fresh cilantro and a fresh squeeze of lime juice. Barilla spicy fideo garnished and ready to serve
  10. Enjoy!

* For a soupy version of spicy fideo add 9 cups of broth instead of 6 cups.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however,  my opinions are entirely my own, and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.

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Bunny Banana Caramel Bread Pudding For Easter!

Banana caramel bread pudding in a bunny shape for Easter I know exactly what I like, and I LOVE dessert. It’s not a fair-weather coupling or a casual like, I am hot blooded passionately in love with dessert. I obsess over cakes, and cookies, and donuts, and pan dulce, and pie, and bionicos, and gelatinas, and cream puffs, and the list goes on and on…. But the dessert that makes me weak in the knees is banana caramel bread pudding. I’d go so far as to say I dream about it.

The other day I found the cutest Easter baking supplies at Walmart. I couldn’t resist the cupcake holders, bunny ears, and spring colored sprinkles. At the time I had no idea what
I would do with them other than make some type of loaded with yum cupcake that my family would devour. I came home and that night I started planning my Easter menu. Things have shifted in the savory menu category, but one thing that would not be changed from my traditional Easter menu was the banana caramel bread pudding. I decided to put my cute Easter baking supplies to good use and make little individual bunny bread pudding servings for our Easter celebration. Hopefully if I’m lucky more than one will hop into my mouth. Happy Easter!

Ingredients for banana caramel bread pudding. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart.

Ingredients For Banana Caramel Bread Pudding:

  • 12 – cups croissant (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 – cup candied pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 – cup almonds (coarsely chopped)
  • 2.5 – ounces caramels squares, about 10 pieces (unwrap and cut in 1/2)
  • 3 – large ripe bananas (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/4 – cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
  • 4 – eggs
  • 4 – cups half and half
  • 5 – tablespoons butter (melted and brought back to room temperature), plus a tablespoon to butter baking dish
  • 1 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 – teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 – teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Line the croissant pieces on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes to toast.
  3. Remove from the oven and set to the side.
  4. Generously grease a 9×13 pyrex dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Layer half of your toasted croissant cubes on the bottom of the pyrex.
  6. Pour in the pecans, almonds, and caramel pieces.
  7. Layer the bananas on top of the bread, pecan, almond, caramel layer. Pecans, almonds, caramel and banana slices layered on top of toasted croissant cubes for bread pudding.
  8. Top with the remaining bread crumbs.
  9. In a mixer, add 1 1/4 cup sugar and eggs, and beat for 5 minutes on high.
  10. Add in half and half, butter, cinnamon, almond and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  11. Pour the liquid mix over the croissant layers. Pour liquid over bread pudding
  12. Then push down on the top of the bread to make sure all the liquid is soaked into the cubes.
  13. Sprinkle the top with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar .
  14. Place the 9×13 pyrex into a larger pan and fill halfway with boiling hot water to create a water bath (Bain-Marie)
  15. Bake for 1 hour.
  16. Remove from oven and remove 9×13 casserole dish out of water bath.
  17. Let cool to room temperature, then cover top with aluminum foil and place in the fridge over night.
  18. The next day cut circles of bread pudding with a cookie cutter. Cookie cutter helps cut perfect rounds into the bread pudding.
  19. Place in a cupcake holder and decorate with bunny ears and sprinkles. For added fun add a small dollop of whipped cream for a little bunny cotton tail.
  20. Enjoy! Bunny banana caramel bread pudding perfect for Easter.

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Star Wars Easter Basket For My Boy!

Star Wars Easter basket and storm trooper stuffed doll for Easter. I bought all  my supplies from Walmart.

I’m just going to say it right off the bat… Walmart makes building a basket more affordable with the wide selection of assorted baskets, candies and Easter goodies. To sum it up it’s cuteness over load. I felt like an overwhelmed child as I roamed the isles looking at all the great Easter supplies they currently have in stock. It was an absolute no-brainer to build my own basket for my son when I saw a cool Boba Fett chocolate instead of a chocolate bunny. Let me tell you a little bit about my son…. he absolutely adores anything and all things Star Wars. He is also mesmerized by dinosaurs and can’t think of a better past time than eating candy. The rest was really easy… I picked up a Kylo Ren themed basket, and an incredible  2 foot stuffed Storm Trooper doll (you gotta see the little basket it’s holding) to celebrate the Easter festivities.

Stuffed storm trooper for Easter

I kinda went a tad crazy with all the traditional bunny candies and loved that they had dinosaur shaped plastic eggs to fill or hunt. I wished I had more baskets to make because seriously they have an amazing selection to choose from. I was able to meld my traditional favorites with his favorite characters for a really sweet Star Wars Easter Basket. The best part is I got exactly what I wanted for such a reasonable price and all in one place!!! Happy Easter!

Easter basket supplies from Walmart

Easy to assemble your own basket

  1. Pick a basket, paper grass, cellophane wrap, ribbon, scotch tape, plastic eggs, candy and toys.
  2. Fill the inside of the basket with paper grass.
  3. Then arrange candy, plastic eggs and small toys in the basket.
  4. Wrap the basket in cellophane wrap, tape the seams together, and tie the top with a ribbon bow.
  5. Enjoy!!!!

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Keep Glowing With Microwave Mug Berry Cobbler!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glowfest, all opinions are my own.

glowfest microwave mug berry cobbler station

I was happily surprised a few weeks ago at the arrival of an invitation to attend the co-sponsored Weight Watchers and PopSugar’s #Glowfest. I carefully read over the invite and liked the overall vibe of the event. I felt like it was attracting my body/mind/soul and energy and for all the right reasons.  Glowfest was an event all about putting importance on taking care of yourself. I am a woman in my early 40′s and am super conscious of how I treat my body and what I feed it. When I take care of myself I feel good. This is not something I have always practiced but am extremely active now in my daily nourishment, exercise, and rest. Glowfest was promoting these precious treatments for the body, and Weight Watchers new Beyond The Scale emphasizes this idea as well, so I welcomed the invitation and circled it on my calendar.

When the event finally arrived it was everything I had hoped for and a much more.   First of all it was held at Smashbox studios in beautiful Culver City. The space allowed the event to glow bright in it spacious serene setting. Weight Watchers did an amazing job of proving delicious food stations educating the attendees on how to eat within their new SmartPoints™ system. All the food stations were demonstrating that with Weight Watchers SmartPoints™ no food is off limits. Their plan nudges you toward a healthier pattern of eating so that over time smart choices become second nature. Being a girl who loves to eat, I was quite impressed with how tasty, better for you and attainable it is to eat within their points. Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale is all about a holistic lifestyle. Weight Watchers offers a holistic approach to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. They served lots of fresh vegetable, grains, eggs, beans, and fruit smoothies….nothing was off limits to my plate and I was happy.

avocado bowls by what's gabby cooking

Not only was the food amazing but they served it in the most creative way. Below is a picture of a vegetable garden, but it was actually an edible crudités garden. The base which looked like “dirt” was made of wild rice and black olive crumbs, all the veggies were ready to eat including the baby potatoes, and it was served with your choice of ranch, green goddess or chipotle dressing.

an edible vegetable gardenthe edible vegetable garden at glowfest

The fun didn’t end with the food. They had a manicurist on site doing nails for those who wanted to sparkle in the finger department, or just wanted to indulge in some “me time”. There were people getting massages at the mini spa and music filled the air with an extraordinary bad girl DJ pumping out the jams. Groov3 led a fun easy to learn dance workout, and everyone jumped along! The event busted at the seams with excitement. It dawned on me that working out doesn’t have to be intense, it could actually be a lot of fun. The key is to keep active.

glowfest DJGroove3 at glowfest dance at glowfest

keep glowing

I was inspired by the fact that the “keep glowing” motto not only encompassed an attraction to ladies my age but to women of all ages. It was uplifting to see so many people all of the same mindset of bettering their lives. Taking small steps to making for a better being, all while learning about Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale and incorporating a healthier approach to eating and being active in a fun workout routine.

I left the event with a reaffirmation of my own personal motto: Keep active, shine brighter than the stars with calm positivity, EAT to live….LIVE to eat, and magic will naturally follow you to keep glowing. <3

microwave mug berry cobbler

Here is a recipe for Microwave Mug Berry Cobbler: by Popsugar host Bandi Milloy

  • 3/4 – cup berries of choice – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 2 – tsp sugar – 2 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 – tsp fresh lemon juice – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 1/4 – tsp. vanilla extract – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 pinch salt – 0 SmartPoints ™
  • 2 – tbsp ready to eat low fat granola – 2 SmartPoints ™
  • 1 – tbsp aerosol whipped cream – 0 SmartPoints ™

Directions: 

  1. In a small bowl mix berries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt together to combine.
  2. Cover and micro wave until berries are soft. Depending on which type of berry you are using it could take anywhere from 2 1/2 minutes to 4 minutes. Remove carefully from microwave.
  3. Sprinkle berries with granola, and top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!

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Crack Candy Clusters

crack candy clusters are the best thing you will ever serve at a party

There’s not much to write other than “CRACK CANDY!” So deliciously addicting….. hence the word crack. I have watched people go crazy in selfishness when it comes to the crunch of crack candy clusters…lying, stealing and acting like complete gluttons. It’s that good. Here’s the recipe… don’t wait another minute to make these crack candy clusters, you won’t regret it. Plus it’s the ideal thing to take to a party where you will be forced to share. Sharing is caring. <3

ingredients for crack candy clusters Ingredients for Crack Candy Clusters:

  • 3 – cups salted peanuts
  • 5 – cups cherrios
  • 5 – cups Chex cereal (corn)
  • 3 – cups broken pretzel stick pieces
  • 3 – sticks butter (24 tablespoons)
  • 2 2/3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – cup light corn syrup
  • 3 – teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 – cups dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a big bowl add peanuts, cherrios, chex cereal, and pretzels pieces together.  Mixing with your hands. Set to the side.dry cereal mix with peanuts and pretzels.
  3. In a dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached to the side add butter, sugar, and corn syrup. A dutch oven with a candy thermometer attached filled with butter sugar and corn syrup to make crack candy clusters.
  4. Place dutch oven over a medium flame and stirring constantly until mixture melts and candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees fahrenheit (hard crack). It takes about 15 minutes to reach this point. melted-butter-sugar-corn-syrupMelted butter, sugar, and corn syrup boiling to reach 290 degrees fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. hard crack
  5. Remove sugar/butter mixture from flame and mix in vanilla.
  6. Pour the sugar/butter/vanilla over peanut/cereal mix. Using a large spoon  mix well to combine. melted sugar butter mixture over cereal mixture. Mixing the hot crack candy mixture together with a spoon
  7. Divide mixture amongst two baking sheet lined cookie sheets and place in oven for 10 minutes. Crack candy clusters spread out on a cookie sheet.
  8. Remove from oven and stir crack candy on baking sheets, and place back in oven for an additional 10 minutes. Crack-candy-clusters-on-baking-sheet
  9. Remove from oven and place on aluminum foil or lined up baking mats, then sprinkle dried cranberries to top. crack-candy-clusters-ready-to-serve
  10. Allow to completely cool for 2 hours.
  11. Scoop up into bowls and serve.
  12. Enjoy!
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Join Cacique’s Caciquedilla Club!

Cacique's quesadilla club

This is an exciting announcement for me. This past summer in the desperate heat of August my business partner Ericka Sanchez and I were sitting in my kitchen coming up with different quesadilla recipes for Cacique’s new “Caciquedilla Club” website. They not only asked us to come up with a gang of quesadilla recipes, but they also wanted us to go to their headquarters and cook all the recipes we had come up with so they could sample them and vote for the best 23 out of 30. A table of 10 voters sat in front of us as we assembled, cooked, and chopped 30 different quesadillas. It was a fun day of feeding/stuffing our friends over at Cacique …. Caciquedilla Club style. A week later we were back in my kitchen and patio cooking, styling, and photographing Cacique’s Caciquedilla Club website!!! I am proud to be the co-creator of this exciting display of delicious quesadilla recipes. There is something for everyone. Vegetarian options, carnivore options, and delicious dessert quesadillas too. Click here to bounce over to the website and check it out for yourself. Become a member for some great cooking tips, coupons, and discover exclusive new quesadilla recipes for any occasion. Viva Quesadillas!!!

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Valentine Cracker Candy Stealing Our Hearts

Valentine cracker candy. A sweet and salty confection perfect for your love. I got all my ingredients at Walmart.

I was really sick last week, and sent my husband to Walmart to pick up some supplies for me… you know the usual sick supplies everyone wants when sickness strikes: tissue, 7-up, flu medicine, and saltine crackers. My illness was so bad I had no appetite for anything except sleep. I never even opened the box of saltines.

Fast forward a few days into coming back to life. I realized I never touched the crackers. I remembered a cracker candy video I had seen over Christmas time, and how bad I wanted to try it then but you know how the holidays are….everything is a whirlwind. In my still partial sick dizziness I thought “Let me turn that christmas candy recipe into a Valentine treat instead.” Within minutes I was making Valentine cracker candy with the crackers I had leftover from when I was sick. Luckily I keep a well stocked pantry and had all the other ingredients on hand. Once it was made… I thought this candy is so crunchy good…. it’s stealing my heart.

All the ingredients needed for Valentine cracker candy.

Ingredients for Valentine Cracker Candy:

  • 2 – packages of saltine crackers ( you may not use them all)
  • 1 – cup salted butter
  • 1 1/8 – cup brown sugar
  • 2 – cups chocolate chips
  • 1 – cup candied pecans (chopped)
  • 2 – tablespoons Valentine candy sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with a non stick cooking or baking spray.
  3. Line the cookie sheet with saltine crackers. If you have open edges, break up a few to fill in the gap. Set to the side. Saltine crackers lined on a cookie sheet for Valentine cracker candy.
  4. In a sauce pan over a medium flame add butter and allow to melt. Mix in the brown sugar and bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Mixing constantly. butter in panbrown sugar and melted butter melted
  5. Pour hot brown sugar mixture over crackers and spread with a rubber spatula to coat crackers evenly. melted brown sugar and butter poured over crackersspread melted brown sugar butter mixture over crackers evenly.
  6. Place coated crackers in the oven for 7 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips all over the crackers. Sprinkle chocolate chips on cracker candy
  8. Cover the pan with a large piece of aluminum foil and allow the chocolate chips to soften for 4 minutes. IMG_7891
  9. Remove the aluminum foil and using a rubber spatula spread the chocolate chips smooth. Covering the entire top of the crackers with chocolate. Spread softened chocolate chips of cracker candy with a rubber spatula.
  10. Once the chocolate is spread evenly, sprinkle the top with candied pecans, and valentine sprinkles. Top chocolate with pecans and valentine sprinkles
  11. Cover the candy with a large piece of aluminum foil and place in the freezer for 35 minutes or until chocolate sets firm. set chocolate on cracker candy
  12. Remove from freezer and break into pieces using your hands.
  13. Enjoy! pieces of valentine cracker candy ready to enjoy

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Eat Your Heart Out Party

Eat your heart out party decor. I bought all my supplies at Walmart

Valentine’s Day is not only for lovebirds…. it’s for everyone. I like to celebrate the LOVELY day by decorating my kitchen in hearts. I couldn’t wait this year… Feb 1st and already I was earning for hearts to appear. My son said he wanted to go to Walmart to buy Valentine’s day cards for his classmates, so I took the opportunity to look at all the Valentine paper goods while we were there.  I found so many cute inexpensive things that somehow made their way into my cart. valentine-paper-goods-walmartOnce I got it all home, my son suggested we should invite some friends over for an “Eat your heart out” party, and when I asked what he wanted to serve… he said “jello.” I told him only if I could make the jello in cherry coconut flavor and heart shaped. He gave me a look like that’s exactly what he expected. He and I got started making the jello while my husband decorated the kitchen with a banner I had made out of doilies and bakers twine. Banner made out of paper heart doilies and twine. I bought it all at Walmart. We filled little bags and take out boxes with popcorn and candy, and soon enough friends were over to enjoy our early Valentine Celebration. valentine's day party tableIngredients for cherry coconut jello hearts

Ingredients for Cherry Coconut Jello Hearts:

  • a 2 inch heart mold pan
  • non stick spray
  • 1 – 6 oz. box cherry jello
  • 2 – packets knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 – can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 – package coconut flavored gelatin
  • boiling hot water

Directions:

  1. Spray heart mold pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set to the side.
  2. In a bowl mix cherry jello powder and 1 packet of knox gelatin together. Add in 1 1/2 cups boiling water and mix to completely dissolve powder. Once dissolved pour half the can of sweetened condensed milk into cherry jello mixture. Mix to combine.
  3. Using a turkey baster, suction the red creamy jello mixture and drip it carefully into the bottom of the prepared heart shaped mold. Continue until all hearts are halfway filled. cherry-jello-hearts
  4. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. In a bowl mix coconut gelatin powder and 1 packet of knox gelatin together. Add in 2 cups boiling water and mix to completely dissolve powder. Once dissolved pour the other half of the can of sweetened condensed milk into coconut jello mixture. Mix to combine.
  6. Remove heart mold pan from fridge. Using a turkey baster, suction the white creamy jello mixture and drip it carefully into the top of the heart mold. Continue until all hearts are filled to the top. coconut-jello-hearts
  7. Place heart molds back into the fridge for an hour.
  8. Remove from fridge and with the tips of your fingers carefully pull jello away from the edges. Flip pan over and pull hearts out of mold.
  9. Enjoy!Cherry coconut jello hearts made for valentine's day.

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Cauliflower Nachos For The Big Football Game

Cauliflower nachos for the big game. I got all my ingredients at walmart.

One of my best girlfriend’s is a hardcore football fanatic… some people even call her “Football Monique.” Needless to say she’s hosting a party for the big game this year at her place since her team has earned it’s way into the championship. I won’t be surprised if the whole house is decorated in orange, but that’s another story for another time. The real story is Monique became a vegetarian in August and was a bit concerned what she should serve at her party. I told her not to worry, I would bring something for us non-meat eater to chow down on that would rival any other appetizer on the table. I’m a nice friend in that way. Since I was quick to get mouthy I wanted to make sure I could pull it off. I drove over to Walmart, where I found tons of cute football themed napkins and plates and I also saw the”Marketside” line had cauliflower packaged for the reasonable price of $1.98. Whoa… My head quickly swam back to a few nights prior when I had just devoured a plate of cauliflower nachos at a trendy restaurant in downtown LA. I thought let me try my hand at some cauliflower nachos. I grabbed 3 bags of cauliflower and I roasted them as soon as I walked in the door to prep the white florets for a bigger and better venture… The game day cauliflower nacho platter! A platter to rival all nacho platters far and wide! May the best nachos win… I mean team!

Ingredients for cauliflower nachos.

 Ingredients for cauliflower nachos:

  • 1 bag of corn chips
  • 3 – cups refried beans
  • 2 – cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 3 – cups cauliflower
  • 1/4 – cup black olives (sliced)
  • 1/4 – cup jalapeño (sliced)
  • 1/4 – cup tomato (diced)
  • 2 – cups monterey jack cheese (grated)

Ingredients for garlic avocado crema:

  • 3 – garlic cloves
  • 1 – ripe avocado (peel and pit removed)
  • 2 – cups Cacique’s Crema Con Sal

Directions:

  1. MAKE THE GARLIC AVOCADO CREMA: Add garlic, avocado and crema con sal to a blender. Blend until smooth. Set to the side.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  3. Wash cauliflower. Then spread it out on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt.
    1. pieces of cauliflower on a baking sheet
    2. Bake for 15 minutes. Set to the side. roasted cauliflower
  4. Pour 3/4 of the chips onto a large cookie sheet. Reserve 1/4 of the chips to the side.
  5. Dollop scoops of beans onto chips. Refried beans on chips to make nachos
  6. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over beans, and top with remaining 1/4 chips. chips and cheddar cheese for nachos.
  7. Add roasted cauliflower to the tops of chips. cauliflower tops of nachos
  8. Sprinkle cauliflower with black olives, jalapeño slices, diced tomato, and grated monterey jack cheese. olives jalapeño and tomatoes top nachos
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts.
  10. While nachos are baking, get a large plater and pour half of the garlic avocado crema in the center. Using the back of a spoon spread it on the platter making a base for the nachos. garlic avocado crema
  11. Once the nachos are ready, transfer them onto the platter on top of the crema.
  12. Drizzle top with remaining crema. Hot cauliflower nachos served with a garlic avocado crema ready to be devoured.
  13. Serve while hot and enjoy!
  14. Expect them to be gone quickly. Cauliflower nachos almost gone

 

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Zucchini Soup Served With Cotija Cheese Crisps

zucchini soup served with a cotija cheese crisp

This soup is so good it gives me chills on my arm when I think about it. I know, that’s a crazy statement to make…. but it’s true. I think part of the reason it’s so great is because I made crisps to accompany it out of cotija cheese. Instead of eating bread, have a nice cheesy crunch in your soup. So easy to make as you can see from the photos below.

cotija cheese shaped in circles before the oven.  cotija cheese crisps go perfect with a bowl of soup.

Find my recipe and step by step photos on how to make the soup and the crisps on the Cacique Website! 

ENJOY!!!!

 

 

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