Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ZUCCHINI-CORN TACOS, NOPALITOS-STYLE CHAYOTE SALAD AND ARROZ VERDE



Today I Made:
ZUCCHINI-CORN TACOS, NOPALITOS-STLE CHAYOTE SALAD AND ARROZ VERDE for SALAD.
All recipes from VEGETARIAN TIMES May/June 2009.

The zucchini-corn filling turned out to be THE best taco filling we've ever had (not counting the Soy-Chorizo tacos from Hugo's Tacos).
Sauteed zucchini, thinly sliced garlic cloves, corn, pinto beans, and cilantro.
Served with warm tortillas and drizzled with homemade red salsa.

The salad originally called for NOPALITOS, but was substituted with Chayote squash (pear-shaped Mexican squash).
Along with the chayote, the salad included radishes, green onions, spinach, and dressed with a lime-chile dressing.
I loved it, but my husband thought the dressing was way too sour.

Arroz Verde literally means "Green Rice."
I used brown rice instead of long-grain white rice as was called for in the original recipe.
A blend of arugula, poblano chiles, parsley, cilantro onion, garlic mixed with water turns and flavors the rice green.
The rice turned out a little more like risotto, maybe too much liquid?
But the overall flavor was out of this world.
I will be keeping this recipe in my list of favorites.

2 comments:

Lily Girl said...

Those tacos look delicious! If your brown rice was short or medium grain instead of long grain that would result in a creamier/stickier texture, just like with white rice.

Jeni Treehugger said...

WOAH!
Visual overload! Those Tacos need to be in my tummy and that Chayote Salad can get in there too!