Saturday, August 20, 2011

What's for Dinner?

While in Michigan, my sister-in-law Lisa and I cooked up a Mexican feast for the family.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer with this very summery meal!

Start with these frozen Mojitos, the taste of which pretty much defines summer for me.

In a blender, combine 1 cup rum, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, and 12 mint leaves with 4-5 cups of ice.  Blend, and pour into a sugar-rimmed glass and garnish with lime and mint.  Cold, sweet, slushy goodness.

For dinner, Lisa and I made Black Bean and Corn Salad, Lime Cabbage Salad, and Chicken Fajitas.

Black Bean and Corn Salad
Combine 2 cans of black beans, rinsed
Corn, cut off from 3 cobs (cooked)
1 red pepper, diced
5 scallions, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
a handful of cilantro, rough chopped

make the dressing with:
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
2 cloves of garlic, mashed
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together.
just before serving, add 2 small tomatoes, diced and 1 avocado, cubed.

The fajitas and the cabbage salad recipe we got over here.  I also made a batch of guacamole by mixing 2 avocados with lime juice, salt and pepper, fresh salsa, and some dashes of Tabasco.

We warmed up some whole wheat tortillas and piled the chicken, onions, and peppers inside with a dollop of salsa and guacamole.  You can also put the cabbage salad right in the tortilla.

This really is a perfect summer meal, and I think I need to make it again this week.  Enjoy!!!


Lisa said...

Wow, your pictures are so colorful, I feel like I'm taking in calories just by viewing them!!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

Mmmmm....looks delicious!

Kerrie T. said...

You had me at mojitos...

Susan B said...

I made the bean and corn salad last week as a side to fish tacos. The next day Erica took the leftover salad and sprinkled goat cheese over it and called it dinner. I've gotta say, the girl is onto something.

Those mojitos have me shopping for a new blender. So good.