Friday, May 6, 2011

Seis de Mayo

I know you are all probably Mexican-fooded-out after yesterday (is that even possible?), but I'll share a few more ideas.

At the recent request of one of my friends, I have been working on making queso dip that does not involve fluorescent, processed cheese.  Searching online led to a lot of dead ends with the dreaded velveeta, so I went with a very simple creamy cheese sauce with a kick.

Easy Queso Dip
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese - I used a Mexican four cheese blend.  A cheddar jack mix would work as well. It's important to have some blend that includes an easy melting cheese, all cheddar will give it a grainy texture.
1/4 cup salsa - I used hot
hot sauce, for topping

In a saucepan over medium low heat, soften the cream cheese with a couple Tablespoons of milk.
When mixture is melted and creamy, slowly add the cheese, stirring well.
Add milk, one Tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
Stir in salsa and mix well.
Top with hot sauce and serve with tortilla chips.

I was not on my game yesterday.  I did not plan an elaborate Mexican meal.  Instead I tried to go to my eye doctor appointment at the wrong office, and forgot my glasses and contact case.  By the time I got home, I wanted a supper that came together quickly and easily.

This is just a simple black bean and brown rice bowl (the perfect complete protein combo), topped with tomato, mango, avocado, a squeeze of lime, and a sprinkle of cheese.  Served with chips for scooping, it hit the spot.  


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