One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

Good old Mexican comfort food made in a single pan – even the rice gets cooked right in the pot!

One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole - Good old comfort food made in a single pan - even the rice gets cooked right in the pot!

It’s no surprise that I’m a bit obsessed with one pot meals. Then there’s my other love affair with Mexican food. So you know that I couldn’t help combining my two loves into the most glorious one pot mexican casserole.

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Cheesy Garlic Fries in Foil

The easiest, cheesiest fries you will ever make in foil packets right in the oven. And they’re much healthier than the fried kind!

Cheesy Garlic Fries in Foil - The easiest, cheesiest fries you will ever make in foil packets, baked to absolute crisp perfection!

So I’m about 1 week early for football season but still – I don’t need any excuse to make these foil fries. Yes, these fries are made right in foil packets, baked to absolute cheesy, crisp perfection. And even with my upcoming marathon and my veggie kabobs from yesterday, you still need a little bit of balance.

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Vegetable Kabobs

These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

With my half marathon coming up in just 51 days, this is my attempt at eating like a champ. And if all dishes were like this, I could easily give up meat and become a vegetarian tomorrow.

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

Plus, colorful veggies are much more fun and appealing to eat. It’s like sprinkles in savory food form.

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

And my apologies on the mass photography here. I got a little carried away with my rainbow veggies.

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

If you’re not keen on any of the vegetables included here, feel free to omit as needed. The star here is the garlic lemon marinade, a simple concoction of olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice and some dried herbs. It’s super simple but it’s packed with tons of flavor.

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

And you can either grill or roast these. I had to go with the latter since an outdoor grill is not much of an option in a small metropolitan apartment!

Vegetable Kabobs - These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

Still, grilled or roasted, these kabobs are easy to whip up and they’re sure to give you your daily serving of veggies. Feel free to serve them as a light lunch or as a side dish to any meal, although no one one will be paying attention to the main dish when these are on the table!

Vegetable Kabobs

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Vegetable Kabobs

These marinated fresh veggie kabobs are packed with tons of flavor - perfect as a healthy side dish to any meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow zucchini, sliced
  • For the marinade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano and basil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Thread mushrooms, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion and zucchini onto skewers. Place skewers onto a baking sheet. Brush olive oil mixture onto the skewers and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place into oven and roast until tender, about 10-12 minutes.*
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

*These can be grilled over medium high heat, about 5-6 minutes per side.

Adapted from Six Sisters' Stuff

http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/22/vegetable-kabobs/

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 127.0 Calories from Fat 85.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.5g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11.1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.0g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 5.5g
Protein 2.4g 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Did you know that fruits and vegetables owe their colors to healthful compounds called phytonutrients? The more colorful your veggies, the more nutrients you’re eating! This dish has a whole rainbow of colors, making it a smart choice for getting a wide variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Additionally, the marinade contains olive oil; some of the vitamins found in veggies are better absorbed when eaten with a source of fat such as olive oil.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.

Mini Taco Salad Cups

These cute mini salad bowls are so fun to make, and even more fun to gobble up! Perfect for game day or a quick and easy dinner for the kids!

Mini Taco Salad Cups - These cute salad bowls are so fun to make, and even more fun to gobble up! Perfect as an appetizer or easy dinner!

You know how everything tastes better in miniature form? Well, that’s definitely happening here. A taco salad gets a major makeover in mini form. And yes, these are definitely more fun to eat.

Mini Taco Salad Cups - These cute salad bowls are so fun to make, and even more fun to gobble up! Perfect as an appetizer or easy dinner!

Nestled in a wonton cup baked to crisp perfection, you have a layer of refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese and a drizzle of sour cream. Best of all, you can completely customize these with your favorite toppings – from homemade salsa to your favorite guacamole.

Mini Taco Salad Cups - These cute salad bowls are so fun to make, and even more fun to gobble up! Perfect as an appetizer or easy dinner!

Just be sure to double the recipe when you give this a try because I promise you – these cups will disappear before you know it!

Mini Taco Salad Cups

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Mini Taco Salad Cups

These cute mini salad bowls are so fun to make, and even more fun to gobble up! Perfect for game day or a quick and easy dinner for the kids!

Ingredients

  • 12 2-inch round won ton wrappers
  • 1 cup Old El Paso™ black bean refried beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 12-cup muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Fit a wonton wrapper into each of 12 muffin tins, pressing carefully to make sure there is an opening in the center. Place into oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Reheat refried beans according to package instructions.
  • Fill each wonton cup with refried beans. Top with lettuce, tomato, olives and cheese.
  • Serve immediately, drizzled with sour cream and garnished with cilantro, if desired.
http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/20/mini-taco-salad-cups/

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions expressed are my own.