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Mexican Rice (Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Option)

Mexican Rice (Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Option)

This is a great dish to have when you are pre-preparing in advance, and is ideal for a party. As Christmas and New Year is approaching you can have a great dish that is stress free and which tastes great! You can even make this the night before and just warm through the next day. You can add any vegetables of your choice. Serve with a tomato salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Perfect!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  1. 2 Cups Cooked, Cooled, Boiled Basmati Rice
  2. 3tbsp Oil
  3. 1 Red Onion- Finely Chopped
  4. 1 Yellow Capsicum/ Pepper- Finely Chopped
  5. ½ Red Capsicum/Pepper- Finely Chopped
  6. ½ Orange Capsicum/Pepper- Finely Chopped
  7. 1 Whole Broccoli- Cut into Small Florets
  8. 4 Cloves of Garlic- Crushed
  9. Handful of Chopped Coriander
  10. 1 Can/400g Black Beans or Red Kidney Beans – (I used Kidney Beans but it is better to use Black Beans)
  11. 4tsp Coriander/Cumin Powder
  12. 4tsp Paprika
  13. 2tsp Cayenne Chilli Pepper
  14. 8-10 Slices Jalapenos- In the jar
  15. Strips of Cooked Chicken (Dry) – As much as you prefer- Optional for Non Vegetarians
  16. Salt to taste

Method

In a wide bottomed pan take the oil and onions and cook until they turn translucent. Add the garlic and all the vegetables. Cook until the vegetables but still have a crunch in them. Add the spices, jalapenos, beans and salt. If you are adding chicken, add it at this point. Give it a good stir and finally add the rice and chopped coriander. Check for salt. Ready to serve!

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Great Mexican Vegetarian Party Starter

Great Mexican Vegetarian Party Starter

This is such a quick and easy starter to do and has a great taste. The refried beans are very versatile and can be used in many different dishes. I have chosen to make it as a starter. Again you can make the beans the night before and therefore giving you time to sort other things out on the day of your party!

Makes 10-12 Individual Starters

Ingredients for Refried Beans

  1. 1 Can Kidney Beans/400g- Washed and Drained
  2. 1tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 2 Cloves Garlic
  4. 1tsp Ginger
  5. 3tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  6. 1 Ripe Large Tomato
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Freshly Grounded Pepper
  9. Chilli Flakes to make it Spicy- Optional
  10. 1 Pack Taco Shells- Cooke both sides until golden in colour- You may not need them all

For the Topping

  1. 1 Iceberg Lettuce- Finely Shredded- Again you may not need all
  2. 2-3 Tomatoes- Deseeded and Finely Chopped
  3. 5 Spring Onions- Finely Chopped
  4. 1 Red Onion- Finely Chopped
  5. Grated Cheese

Guacamole

Method

In a food processor, grind the beans, tomato, garlic and ginger. Grind until semi smooth. In a pan heat the oil and add the bean mixture. Stir well and add the rest of the ingredients apart from the taco shells. Heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Check for salt. Leave aside.

Break the tacos in large chunks. Take a spoon of beans and layer the bottom of your serving bowl; it is nicer if you have small bowls as you want to serve it like a canapé. Sprinkle some lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, red onions and finally some cheese. Take the taco pieces and dot them on the side. Add a small dollop of guacamole on the side and its ready to serve! Yummy, Happy Partying!!

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Haloomi Fajitas served with Homemade Guacamole and Soured Cream

Haloomi Fajitas served with Homemade Guacamole and Soured Cream

These Vegetarian Fajitas have a lovely balance of vegetables and the cheese brings out a really meaty texture. You can also make it different another time by simply omitting the Haloomi and adding more vegetables of your choice or by adding a can of washed and drained Kidney Beans.

These fajitas are very versatile dish. The Haloomi compliments the Vegetables very well and it is a very satisfying and filling dish!!

Serves 4

What you need?

Ingredients – 1

  1. 2tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 1 Red Onion
  3. 1 Green Pepper (Sliced not too finely)
  4. 1 Red Pepper (Sliced not too finely)
  5. 1 Yellow Pepper (Sliced not too finely)
  6. 250g Sliced Chestnut Mushrooms or Closed Cup Mushrooms will do.
  7. 1tsp Chilli Flakes
  8. Fajita Seasoning

Method

Take a non stick frying pan. Heat the oil, and fry the onions first just to soften them. Add the rest of the ingredients,apart from the chilli flakes and the Fahita seasoning and cook on fairly high heat as the vegetables will release water. Also you want a slight crunch to the vegetables. Cook on high flame until the water has evaporated and the vegetables have a slight crunch. Add the Chilli Flakes and 1/2 tsp of Fajita seasoning. The seasoning is already salty so taste the mixture before adding any more.

Leave this mixture aside.

Ingredients – 2

  1. 2tsp Olive Oil
  2. 1 Big Clove Garlic (finely chopped)
  3. 3 packets (250g each) Haloomi Cheese (cut into pieces)
  4. 2tsp Fajita Seasoning
  5. Large Handful Chopped Coriander
  6. Flour Tortillas

Method

Take a non stick pan. Add the oil, garlic and the Haloomi. Cook on high flame stirring in-between to prevent burning and sticking to the pan. The cheese will release water, keep on cooking until all the water has evaporated and the Haloomi cheese has a golden colour. Add the Fajita seasoning. Again do not add too much as it is quite salty and also the Haloomi cheese is salty.

Mix together the Haloomi with the vegetables prepared as above.

Add in the coriander last as this will give a lovely fresh taste to the fajitas.

Serve with Tortillas, Soured cream and freshly homemade Guacamole. If you do not have time to make the guacamole then shop bought is also fine.

To make Fresh Guacamole you need…

  1. 1 Large Ripe Avocado
  2. 1 Tomato (Deseed)
  3. 1 Small Garlic Clove
  4. 1 Small Slice of Onion
  5. Juice of 1 Fresh Lemon
  6. 1tbsp Chopped Coriander
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste

Simply add all these ingredients in a food processor and whizz it up until you have a nice, slightly chunky consistency.

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