Spaghetti Squash Tacos

vegetarian tacos tinga style

Spaghetti Squash Tacos (Tinga Style) is a vegetarian taco inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato. It can be eaten as a taco or with rice…or any way you wish!

Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.

If you want to have a traditional Mexican taco night, be sure to get yourself some corn tortillas and Queso Oaxaca.

Looking for some more recipes with Guajillo Chilis? Check out this one.

vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
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Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
vegetarian tacos tinga style
Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style
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Spaghetti Squash Tinga Style is a vegetarian dish inspired by Pollo de Tinga. This Mexican inspired classic has deep flavors from Guajillo Chilis, onion and tomato and can be eaten with rice, on a taco or any way you wish! Spaghetti squash Tinga is a great alternative for vegetarian tacos or tostadas and can be accompanied with all the traditional fixings. We love to eat ours with some pico de gallo, black beans & spicy salsa verde.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Spaghetti Squash
  1. Half each spaghetti squash and drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Place on a baking sheet, face down, and roast in the oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once squash is slightly soft, take out of the oven and let cool. Once completely cooled, use a fork to scrap the flesh out. The flesh will naturally come out in strings.
    spaghetti squash vegetarian tacos
Tinga Sauce
  1. Place dried chilies, cumin & coriander in a small pot with 2 cups of water. Let simmer for 20 minutes while squash cooks.
    guajillo chilis for Mexican tinga sauce
  2. Heat 3 T olive oil in a separate pot and add sliced onions in batches to caramelize. When caramelizing onions, be sure to cook in small batches. If the pot is too crowded or not hot enough, the onions will steam and not get brown. Continue cooking onions adding more as the previous batch is complete. Be sure to season each batch with salt and pepper.
  3. After chilies & spices have simmered, add to a blender or food processor with 4 tomatoes. Season with salt and blend until liquid. (I usually quarter the tomatoes before adding to the blender/processor.)
  4. Once your sauce is blended and onions are caramelized, pour your sauce into the onion pot and simmer 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally and season with salt/pepper if necessary.
  5. Combine sauce, shredded squash and chopped cilantro together. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Be sure to season at every step and taste as you go!

This recipe is all about building and coaxing flavors, so slow and steady will always give you a more flavorful product.

Pro Tip for Timing:

  1. Put squash in the oven
  2. Put chilies and spices in the pot
  3. Cook your onions with the above is cooking
  4. Pull out your squash and turn off your chilies
  5. Blend your sauce & add to the onion pot
  6. While sauce is simmering, shred your squash with a fork

**Doing this recipe in those steps will make the different steps feel less overwhelming!

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Vegetable Dumplings

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These Vegetable Dumplings are by far one of the favorites in our kid’s cooking classes. The children love to make and stuff the dumplings and they ALWAYS eat them up like crazy.

This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you’d like.

You can also lay your dumplings on a sheet tray and freeze them. Once they are frozen, you can combine them together in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

If you are looking for a sauce to perfectly compliment you dumplings, check out our Ponzu Sauce!

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Vegetable Dumplings

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This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you'd like.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes

Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes

dumplings

Vegetable Dumplings

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This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you'd like.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes

Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes

Ingredients


Servings: people

Instructions
  1. Shred cabbage, carrots & beets using a box grater.

  2. Small chop red pepper.

  3. Saute Garlic, Ginger, Scallions in a little olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

  4. Add chopped veggies & season again. Cook until soft.

  5. Add a splash of soy sauce & let cool.

  6. Place a small amount of veggie mix in the center of a wonton wrapper.

  7. With the tip of your finger, wet the edges of the wrapper all the way around.

  8. Fold the wonton wrapper in half and press down on the edges to seal. Be sure not to use too much filling.

  9. Fry dumplings in a pan with a liberal amount of olive oil.

  10. When browned, take out and place on a linen or paper towel and season with salt.

Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepped ahead: 

  • Make the mix ahead and store in an air tight container.
  • The mix can also be made in a double batch and kept frozen for later use!

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Veggie ragout with creamy cheese polenta

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This Veggie Ragout & creamy polenta makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder.

By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar.

Make a double batch and freeze half to keep for another day. It will always make you happy when you are scrambling to figure out dinner and you remember you have a delicious homemade meal in the freezer waiting for you.

As for leftovers – I ALWAYS eat any extra polenta with my eggs in the morning. YUM!

The Polenta can be made with vegetable stock and no cheese to make this a yummy vegan dish as well.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don’t like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable – Go for it! You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

ragout
Veggie Ragout & Cheese Polenta
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This Veggie Ragout makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder. By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar. As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don't like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable - Go for it! You know what you like! Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
ragout
Veggie Ragout & Cheese Polenta
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This Veggie Ragout makes me feel SO warm and cozy as the weather gets colder. By building flavors and adding ingredients in layers, you will find that this Ragout will give you both depth of flavor and a bright surprise at the end with the addition of some vinegar. As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  If you don't like an ingredient or want to swap for another vegetable - Go for it! You know what you like! Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Ragout
  1. Chop all your vegetables to the same size and set aside Keep onion & garlic separate from other veggies
  2. Heat a pan to with olive oil using low heat. Add onion, garlic with salt & pepper. Cook until soft.
  3. Add all other veggies (except spinach & parsley)
  4. Season with paprika, gr. coriander, salt & pepper & cook for about 3-5 min. until the veggies begin to soften.
  5. Add red wine to deglaze the pan and cook down for another 3-5 min.
  6. Add canned tomato and crush tomato with spoon or hands (I like to use my hands :)) Let cook for another 3-5 min.
  7. Add bay leaf & chick peas and re-season with spices and salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Cook down at a simmer (uncovered) for about 20min. You want the vegetables to be soft, but not mushy. The ragout sauce should be a bit thick & have a deep flavor, similar to that of a stew.
  9. Finish with chopped spinach & parsley
Cheese Polenta
  1. Add 3 cups of milk & 2 cups of water & stick of butter to a medium sauce pan and warm.
  2. Once liquid is warm, season with salt to taste & add polenta
  3. Allow to cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, while stirring occasionally. As the polenta thickens and cooks you will need to stir more often.
  4. As the polenta cooks, it will likely need more liquid before it is completely cooked through. Add more milk as necessary throughout the cooking process.
  5. Taste the polenta as you go and it will begin to soften. Once cooked, add cheese. *The cheese will thicken the polenta more, so if you need to add a bit of milk to it to thin it out a bit, go right ahead!
  6. Re-season with salt & black pepper and enjoy Your final polenta should be smooth and creamy.
Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepared ahead:

  • chop vegetables
  • polenta

*Essentially, this is a great meal to make a few days ahead and the flavors will just get better as it sits.

To make this dish vegan - use vegetable stock instead of milk & leave out the butter. If you like coconut flavor, you can finish the polenta with some coconut butter (not oil).

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Lemon Chicken

  • Using the BRAISING method, this is the perfect one pot meal.

It requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention. That means it’s great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It’s also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot.

I used to make this recipe for family meal when I worked for David Burke in his UES restaurants. It was always a hit and a welcomed variation from the mundane, slapped together meals we were used to scarfing down as busy cooks.

This recipe was nicknamed “Long Island Chicken” because it’s a riff off of  the Lemon Chicken my grandma used to make me as a kid. I don’t have many childhood dishes, but this is definitely one of them.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Check out some of our other One Pot Meals too!

Lemon Chicken
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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal. This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Lemon Chicken
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Using the method BRAISING, it's this is the perfect one pot meal. This dish requires minimal prep and cooks without needing much attention, which means it's great for a week night or a busy day with your kids. It's also a meal that can be adjusted to be made in a Crockpot or Instapot. 
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Coat chicken in Paprika, salt & pepper
  2. Sear off in a hot pan to brown (Remember that you need high heat to sear. You can turn it down once the chicken goes in the pan. Spices will brown quickly, but don't worry about burning.)
  3. Removed seared chicken & set aside.
  4. Add onion, garlic, pepper, thyme & cook until lightly browned. Feel free to add a little oil if you need to.
  5. Add lemons, juice and halves pieces. Throw it all in there! 🙂
  6. Add chicken back into pot & add stock until ¾ of the way up the chicken
  7. Add butter & simmer on low until chicken is cooked through
  8. Finish with Kale and chopped parsley at the very end and cook 3-4 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepped ahead:

  • Cut veggies and herbs
  • half and juice lemons

Pro Tip: When storing prepped veggies, store them based on the stage that they are added in the recipe. If you are adding a bunch of veggies together in 1 step, they can be stored together.

  • store onion/garlic/peppers/thyme together
  • halve and squeeze you lemons into a container and save for cook time. Then you just need to dump and move on.

 

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Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies

There are many vegetables at the market that grow in abundance in the Summer.

Squash, Zucchini, Peppers, Eggplant – These veggies are cheap. Unfortunately, many people don’t like them or don’t know how to make them SUPER yummy so that they enjoy them.

My secret – This is the ONLY way I will eat these particular veggies.

As with all of my recipes, measurements are NOT important. I always urge you to taste as you go and use your instincts.  You know what you like!

Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Balsamic Marinated Summer Veggies
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This simple & fast marinated veggie recipe can be made ahead of time and eaten all week. You can also use the let over marinade as a dressing! Add some cooked Quinoa, Cous cous or Rice for a full lunch.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Balsamic Marinade (aka. dressing)
Veggies
Servings: people
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar and season with salt & pepper. Shake it up.
Roasted Veggies
  1. Load all the cut veggies in a bowl and pour the marinade over the top. (Peppers - simply cut off the sides for large pieces)
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place all veggies on a baking sheet. Be sure to not crowd the pan and do not let them overlap. (This will ensure that they will brown and not steam)
  4. Place in a 450 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until they are tender. No need to flip or move the veggies.
  5. Enjoy with a salad or as a side dish. Finish with some of the left over marinade as a dressing!
Recipe Notes

The veggies for this recipe are also really great if grilled! -- Just be sure to cut the pieces lengthwise so they don't fall through the grill.

Add these veggies to some cooked quinoa, cous cous or brown rice for a delicious Summer salad.

Marinade will last weeks in your fridge!

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Chili

This simple chili recipe is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!

Chili
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This is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious chili you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Chili
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This is the easiest, most forgiving and delicious chili you will eat. Make 3 times the amount so that you can freeze batches of it for a rainy day!
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. If you are using protein, you will coat the protein with spices and sear off first. For shrimp & chicken, remove the protein from the pot & set aside after searing. For ground beef, just continue to the next step.
  2. Add chopped onion & garlic first and sweat for a few minutes. Be sure to season with salt & pepper during this step.
  3. Add the rest of your veggies of choice & spices and cook off a bit. Be sure to season with salt/pepper again.
  4. Add more if necessary spices & stir and cook another couple minutes.
  5. Add beer and let reduce for 3 minutes.
  6. Add canned tomato, cooked beans & if you want it a bit spicy you can chop some chilis (jalapeño, serano, etc.) & add that, too.
  7. Add chopped Kale & re-season to taste with salt/pepper. Simmer for 20 more minutes.
  8. Enjoy! Great served with pico de gallo, sour cream and lime as well!
Recipe Notes

As with all of our recipes, this one s meat to be cooked with your senses. The ingredient portions are forgiving and you can feel free to swap out ingredients for what you like best or have available.

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5 Spice Braised Pork Tacos

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

Everyone’s familiar with Mexican flavors in tacos, but these 5 spice tacos use braised pork and Asian seasonings to knock it out of the park!

I can eat tacos for days, but 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love.

I like to serve these 5 spice tacos with a big bowl of crunchy slaw on the side. You can swap in vegetables with whatever you have on hand.

Want a an even healthier version? Try swapping out tortillas for cabbage leaves! You get similar flavor and crunch with none of the carbs. (Even my kids love tacos in cabbage leaves!)

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
5 Spiced Braised Pork Tacos
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I can eat tacos for days, but these 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love. I sometimes will swap out tortillas for cabbage leaves. Even my kids eat it!
Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
5 Spiced Braised Pork Tacos
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I can eat tacos for days, but these 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love. I sometimes will swap out tortillas for cabbage leaves. Even my kids eat it!
Ingredients
Shredded Pork
Rice
Servings:
Instructions
Shredded Pork
  1. Preheat the oven to 300*F. Pat the pork butt dry with a paper towel, then rub all over with the 5 spice, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or saute pan with a tight-fitting lid, heat 4-5 tablespoons oil until shimmering. Add the pork to the pan and sear until dark golden brown on all sides.
  3. Remove pork from the pan and set aside. Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger and carrot to the pan. Char and slightly cook the vegetables, about 3-5 minutes, then remove vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  4. Deglaze the pan with bottle of beer, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place the pork back to the pan, and add in enough water to cover the pork by about 3/4, then add the charred vegetables. Cover the pan and set in the oven.
  6. Cook at 275-300 degrees for 3-4 hours, until pork is falling apart. (You should be able to put your fork in the pork and pull it apart without any resistance)
  7. Once cooked, let everything cool in the braising liquid. (I often make 1-2 days ahead and put the whole pot in the fridge to cool. If that is the case, just warm the pork up when you are ready to shred it.)
  8. Shred pork and strain braising liquid, discarding the vegetables. Then, add pork back to the strained liquid. You may need to reheat gently if it has cooled completely, but make sure the liquid does not boil while you are reheating.
Slaw
  1. Julienne all veggies, except Napa cabbage, in equal amounts
  2. Pick stems from cilantro & mint leaves and add to salad
  3. Season with salt & pepper & add lime juice to your liking
  4. Pick Napa Cabbage leaves for taco shells. You can cut out the core of the leaf for easier folding
Rice
  1. Saute garlic, ginger & onion in olive oil (Use a heavy amount of olive oil)
  2. Add rice and toast. If you need to add more oil at this point to coat the rice, do not be afraid to do so.
  3. Once the rice is a golden brown color, add 4 cups water and stir
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
  5. Stir occasionally until rice is tender
Recipe Notes

If your rice is undercooked and all your water is absorbed, it is ok to add a little more water in the middle of the cooking process!

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Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

These chili braised pork tacos are one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes, and one that I’ll often make in my cooking classes as well!

Chili braised pork tacos are practically foolproof and very popular – making this the perfect party meal, make-ahead dinner option, or simple Sunday dish. The chili-braised pork tastes better the longer it sits, too, so make a big batch and freeze some for later if you get the chance.

The base of this dish, the pork shoulder, follows along the guidelines I’ve laid out in the braising section. Remember that the perfect braise builds a flavor that works along with the rest of the ingredients it’s paired with; turn a cheap cut of meat into the star attraction with just a few simple tricks!

Chili-braised pork tacos and salsa are great on their own, but if you’re looking for a different side, I really recommend this simple corn salsa.

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa
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Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
Chili Braised Pork Tacos & Salsa
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Ingredients
Chili Braised Pork
Pico de Gallo
Spice Rub
Servings:
Instructions
Chili Braised Pork
  1. Coat pork in spice rub & salt, pepper. (You will have left over rub. Keep it in a jar for another dish/time!)
  2. Sear pork in a dutch oven or saute pan until dark, golden brown on all sides.
  3. Remove pork and add all veggies. Cook until charred and slightly cooked
  4. Deglaze with bottle of beer
  5. Put pork back into dutch oven & add enough water until pork is ¾ covered. (If you don’t have a dutch oven & have seared your pork & veggies in a sauté pan, place everything in an oven safe pot & cover.)
  6. Cook at 275-300 degrees for 3-4 hours, until pork is falling apart. (You should be able to put your fork in the pork and pull it apart without any resistance)
  7. Once cooked, let everything cool in the braising liquid.
  8. I often make 1-2 days ahead and put the whole pot in the fridge to cool. If that is the case, just warm the pork up when you are ready to shred it.
  9. Shred pork and strain braising liquid. Then, add pork to the strained liquid. You may need to reheat everything slightly if it has cooled completely. (Don't boil when reheating, you will toughen the meat)
Pico de Gallo
  1. Dice tomato, avocado, onion jalapeno & cilantro
  2. Mix with lime juice & season generously with salt/pepper
Recipe Notes

There are no quantities for the PICO DE GALLO. That is because you can make it to your own liking.

I typically like my Pico de gallo heavy on the lime and cilantro, but it's a personal choice.

TASTE AS YOU GO and remember you can always add more of an ingredient!

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Pea Mint Pasta

Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of ‘pesto’ out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic.

This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.  It’s a wonderful addition to kids’ lunches, too!

Another bonus? Kids love to help make pea mint pesto! Check out the recipe and see what steps they can help with!

Even though it’s really just a simple sauce tossed with pasta, it’s got a big flavor that feels fancier than it really is!

If you’re making it as a side, it goes really well with Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies.

Pea Mint Pasta
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This pea mint pesto pasta sauce can be eaten cold or warm. It's great for a summer picnic! Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of 'pesto' out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic. This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Pea Mint Pasta
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This pea mint pesto pasta sauce can be eaten cold or warm. It's great for a summer picnic! Pea Mint Pesto Pasta is made by making a type of 'pesto' out of fresh peas and mint, with the bright flavor of lemon juice and the bite of garlic. This is a great summer picnic snack since it holds really well at chilled or room temps, although it is great eaten hot or cold.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except olive oil into your food processor and blend
  2. Add the oil slowly until the sauce is a thick consistency. Then add the pasta water to thin out, all while blending.
  3. Season heavily with salt and pepper and buzz once more to incorporate.
Recipe Notes

Tasks for kids to help: (basically they can do it all on their own if they are 5+)

  1. Picking herbs
  2. Crushing & peeling garlic
  3. Adding the ingredients to the food processor and pressing the button to pulse
  4. Adding the olive oil and salt

Pro Storage Tips:

This pesto will last about a week in your fridge if stored in an airtight container. You can also make in large batches & freeze in small portions.

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Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies

Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
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This will be your go to dinner recipe. MINIMAL prep & so delicious. You can also use whatever veggies you like, the mentioned are just ideas.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Roasted Chicken with Root Veggies
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This will be your go to dinner recipe. MINIMAL prep & so delicious. You can also use whatever veggies you like, the mentioned are just ideas.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 Whole chicken
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1-2 heads garlic cut lengthwise
  • 1 Onion cut in 4
  • 1/4 bunch Thyme
  • 1/4 bottle White wine
  • Turnips no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
  • Sweet Potatoes no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
  • Carrots no quantity is mentioned because you can put as many or as little as can fit in your pan
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450
  2. Dry skin of chicken with a paper towel & season liberally with salt & pepper
  3. Stuff chicken with chopped onion, garlic, thyme & 1 lemon
  4. Chop veggies (cut them large; be sure they are around the same size)
  5. Season veggies liberally with salt & pepper and add to a roasting pan
  6. Place chicken on roasting pan & pour a small amount of white wine (or beer) at the bottom of the pan (approx. ½-1 cup, just eyeball it)
  7. Cook chicken in the oven until the flesh is firm & skin is brown. (approx. 40min) If the skin is browning too fast, you can cover the chicken with some foil to stop the browning, while it continues to cook.
Recipe Notes

Remember: Your meat must rest before cutting.  Let the chicken sit on your countertop for at least 15min before cutting into it!

How do you know when your chicken is done? The juices should run clear. Take your knife and cut the chicken between the thigh and breast.  You won’t be cutting through meat, but mostly breaking the skin between the dark and light meat of the bird.  If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked.  If the juice is still pink, keep it in the oven for another 10-15min.

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