Dinner Party with my Girls

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Last night I had a couple of good friends over for dinner.  I love cooking, so of course, I went all out.

Drinks included Raspberry Mojitos (not for me – still not drinking) and Mojito Iced Tea.

I just prepared one appetizer, my guacamole and chips.  Normally my guac gets rave reviews, but the girls were more excited about Tostitos new Cantina thin and crispy chips, which ironically I got for free since I had a Kroger electronic coupon for on my Kroger app, which I didn’t even realize until I checked out.

Dinner included a chopped garden salad with Ranch.  Funny story about Ranch dressing.  I do not like it.  I don’t keep it on hand  But it is the number one missing item when I have parties or people over for food.  It’s always, “where’s the ranch dressing?”  So now, I always keep a bottle on hand.  :)

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I also made a lime, avocado and cilantro quinoa, served chilled.  Oh my god!  So delish!  The first time I ever made it and it will definitely be something I make again, regularly!

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One of my most favorite side dished is corn.  I know, a little plain, and not great for you as far as veggies are concerned.  But I don’t care!  I made a grilled corn and pepper salad, served chilled as well.

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I grilled flank steak with peppers, onions and jalapenos, marinated in an olive oil, beef broth and spices.  I also did something similar with shrimp, but that was a bomb.  It was the shrimp – not the cooking or spices.  The shrimp was not good shrimp.  Oh well, live and learn!

I served the steak with grilled tortillas (lettuce cups for me!) and all the fixings: cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and even remembered the sour cream (another item I do not like).

It was a grand feast that received rave reviews.  And bonus!  The girls insisted on doing the dishes!  Best guests ever!!

Recipes

(note: I actually do not follow recipes.  I take the ingredients and adjust to taste.)

Raspberry Mojitos

Limes

Mint

Cane Sugar

Club Soda

Bacardi Raspberry

Ice

~Muddle limes, mint and sugar in the bottom of the glass; add ice; add rum; add club soda.  Top with mint and lime wedge.

Mojito Iced Tea

Brewed Ice Tea

Simple Syrup

Mint

Lime

~Add simple syrup, mint and lime to your brewed tea.  Top with mint and lime wedge.

Guacamole

Avocados

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

Red Onions

Lime Zest

Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)

Tomatoes (just the flesh, not the seedy, watery insides – makes it look messy)

~Mash avocados; add garlic, salt and pepper to taste; add lime juice; add lime zest; chopped red onion and add; chop tomatoes and add; mix well.

Cilantro-Lime Quinoa with Avocado

Olive oil

Garlic

Diced Jalapenos

Quinoa

Chicken Broth

Avocado

Lime Juice

Cilantro

~Heat olive oil with garlic and jalapenos; add quinoa and sauté until brown; add chicken broth, bring to a boil and reduce to low for quinoa to cook; when quinoa is light and fluffy, add lime juice and cilantro; allow to cool and chill; add cubed avocados before serving.

Roasted Corn and Pepper Salad

Corn on the Cob

Peppers (yellow, red & orange)

Olive Oil

Spicy Brown Mustard

Balsamic Vinegar (or Balsamic Vinegar Dressing)

Salt

Pepper

Cojita Cheese

Lime Juice

~Grill corn and vegetables; allow to cool; mix olive oil, mustard, vinegar, lime juice, salt & pepper; cut corn off the cob and add to dressing mixture; cut veggies and stir in; crumble cojita and add.  Chill.

Mexican Flank Steak

Flank Steak

Garlic

Diced Jalapenos

Cilantro (chopped)

Cumin

Chili Powder

Lime Juice

Orange Juice

Olive Oil

Beef Broth

~Add all ingredients into a Ziploc bag; marinate for at least three hours; grill to preference.

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