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#MiMenuPlan: Rosh Hashanah, Challah Bread Pudding and Arepas!

September 16, 2012 2 Comments »


Welcome to #MiMenuPlan for the week of September 17th 2012.

What is the #MiMenuPlan all about?

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by some amazing food bloggers. To give back to them for all the incredible work they do, I created a menu plan to satisfy our craving for good, healthy food while making these fantastic recipes part of your family’s meal time. Before you click away at the recipes, please feel free to show these amazing chefs and food bloggers love by commenting or sharing the recipes on their sites. ­čÖé

To help you get a sense of how I choose the recipes I do, I always keep in mind the following:

  • Budget friendly
  • Healthy conscious
  • Kid-friendly
  • Latin inspired
  • Picky eater approved
  • Quick preparation time
  • Easy to moderate skill level

My hubby’s family is of Jewish descent and tonight marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the new year. Families get together around the dinner table and celebrate with some traditional recipes. Although the American New Year and Rosh Hashanah are very different there is one thing the kind of stays the same. A new year brings resolutions, new beginnings, a new start.

When it comes to food, bread is a very important part of a every meal. My favorite bread is the challah loaf. Its sweet and delicious. On Rosh Hashanah, challah bread has an extra special meaning.

Representing hopes for “a sweet new year,” the dough is studded with raisins, and pieces are dipped in honey before being eaten. – Epicurious

And because #MiMenuPlan celebrates Latin inspired recipes, I invite you to try this very special bread pudding called Chocolate Cherry Cordial by Chef Daisy Martinez.

Te va a encantar! You’ll love it!

Pg. 82, Everyday with Rachel Ray – Oct. 2010


So without further ado, here’s #MiMenuPlan for this week!

MondayI want to start my week with lots of umph, lots of energy! Best way to incorporate energy is through super foods. You are what you eat, right? This super delicious dish includes one of my favorite super foods – salmon. This salmon recipe incorporates Mexican spices to regenerate your body and get you and your family ready to take on the week.

Tuesday – Are you into slow cookers? Slow cookers are wonderful for busy chicas like myself. Pop the chicken and chiles in the morning and these chicken tacos will ready by the time you get home! Genius! Bring this recipe up another ten notches by serving it alongside this salsa Mexicana. Que Rico!

WednesdayEvery hump day deserves a celebration! Let’s celebrate the middle of the week with this slammin’ chuleta recipe (pork chops) exile adapted from Daisy Cooks!. Serve these savory beauties along side a sweet and crunchy salad like this apple cole slaw.

Thursday – I love cooking poultry with a hint of citrus. This dish has all of my favorite components combined! It has heat, sweetness, citrus and spice. Serve these spicy orange chicken breasts alongside some steamed broccoli.

Friday I’m ashamed to say it but it wasn’t till very recently that I only had arepas during carnivals or street fairs. Little did I know that arepas are easy to make and taste so much better when made in the comfort of your own kitchen. I love this recipe (Arepa Reina Pepiada*) its simply an arepa stuffed with shredded chicken and avocado. My mouth is watering just thinking about preparing this dish.

*Heads up: Although this traditional recipe calls for mayo, you can always cut down on the amount or use low fat mayo.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s recipes! See you next Sunday!

Buen provecho!


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  1. Unknown Mami September 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    That bread pudding is calling my name very loudly.

  2. Gretchen Noelle September 17, 2012 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for including the Spicy Chicken Breast recipe from Provecho Peru! Love the idea of your menu plan – it all sounds so tasty!

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