Tamale Variations- Healthier Options

Masa for tamales

It isn’t Christmas without tamales! But they can be so bad for you. Traditionally, they are made with a corn ‘masa’ mixed with lard or shortening and filled with pork that is cooked in red chile. You can purchase the masa in the frozen section or you can get it…

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Vegetarian Tamales


Christmas in New Mexico calls for tamales! This is a healthier, vegetarian version made with olive oil instead of lard. For vegan diets, hold the cheese! Ingredients: Wraps: Soak corn husks in hot water until pliable. Filling (calabacitas with optional chicken substitute): 2 zucchini diced 2 Yellow squash diced 1…

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Vegetarian Taco Night for a Crowd

I originally planned this blog to be about how we use the bulk staples I make and freeze (beans and chile) with a variety of shells (taco, tortilla, tostada, salad, or fritos) to make quick dinners on busy nights. However, this week the Packer game fell on a Thursday and…

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

enchilada casserole

The green chile chicken stew I made is the perfect base for enchiladas. Ingredients: Green chile chicken stew base Corn tortillas Shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Take a pan and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Put a couple ladles worth of stew in the bottom of the pan.   Place corn…

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New Mexican Shephard’s Pie

new mexican shephards pie

Shephard’s pie is a very versatile dish that can be tailored to many different specialty diets. This recipe includes red chile for a New Mexican twist. Variations include vegetarian ‘beef’ crumbles or beans, a variety of vegetables and milk substitutes.

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Green Chile Stew with Hidden Veggies! (They’ll never know!!)

Green Chile Stew

My son Devin loves chile. When he was 2, he would dip his chips into really hot salsa and you could tell it was hot for him because he would suck in his breath and fan air at his lips, but he would also keep eating it. He knew we…

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