Weekly Recipe: Salmon Filets with Pecan Nut Crust

After the hearty Mexican-style bake of last week, it’s time we introduced a little healthy eating to this blog. I’ve been following the wise advice of a nutritionist since mid February of this year, learning to adapt certain recipes to suit a healthier eating regimen (I dislike the word “diet” in this context, as it is a permanent change I am making – although as with the Mexican dish, I sometimes veer from it a bit too). This week’s dish is a light and easy meal to prepare either for yourself and your family or when you have guests. Although the crust may get a bit soggy if you keep some for the next day, it’s still a tasty lunch to take to the office if you don’t mind the change in texture.

For this recipe, I decided to replace the original four spoonfulls of mayonnaise with one spoonfull of mayonnaise (for the taste and texture) and three spoonfulls of low-fat yoghurt (or fromage frais if you can get some). It is a great recipe if you’re trying to follow a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

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Weekly Recipe: Mexican-Style Chicken, Chorizo and Pepper Nacho Bake

Fact: Mexican food is a delicious thing (or a series of delicious things flung together, to be more accurate). Fajita (or enchilada, or burrito, or taco) kits are readily available in most supermarkets, with easy-to-follow instructions. It’s up to you to add whatever ingredients you like to make those stuffed tortilla wraps even more mouth-watering.

So why do people go to Mexican restaurants? Is it in the hopes of seeing something different on the menu? Or because it might taste better, despite our best efforts at home?

It’s time to gain a little confidence in your own cooking skills, ladies and gentlemen. With a few simple ingredients, it’s very easy to turn your favourite flavours into a dish so “you” that you’ll never feel the need to settle for a mediocre fast-food burrito ever again. The beauty of the country-inspired invention test is that you’re not bound by any rules. You can put exactly what you want into your concoction and no one can criticize you for it, or say it’s not authentic, because that particular dish didn’t exist before you made it and therefore you have full parental authority over it. All you have to do is label it “Mexican-Style”, as I have here, and you can get away with pretty much anything.

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