Cinco de Mayo Recipes

May 3, 2016 11:00 am

Photo courtesy of Jo Cooks.

If you needed an excuse to eat more Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo is almost here. The countdown to tacos and tres leches cake is on. We hunted down some of the best melty, creamy, and crunchy Mexican recipes for your Cinco de Mayo table.

Starters

Is anything better than queso? Hold the velveeta for this traditional Queso Fundido that features chorizo sausage and a blend of Mexican cheeses. Another traditional south of the boarder starter would be these Mexican Corn Fritters. These bites are big on both corn flavor and crunch. Serve them with salsas and sour cream for an impressive appetizer spread. If you are looking for a home-run crown pleaser, nachos are always a hit. Try these Restaurant Style Nachos with Chipotle Crema for an instant hit, or mix things up with these Loaded Nacho Fries.

Entrees

Burritos, tacos, and enchiladas might be the bread and butter of Mexican cuisine served here in the tates, but dig a little deeper and there is an extensive variety of delicious Mexican dishes just waiting to be discovered. Take these Creamy Cheesy Chicken Flautas for example, they are like taquitos, but wrapped in flour rather than corn tortillas. These Flautas are baked rather than fried for easy at home preparation. Then there are these Authentic Corn Tamales. Filled with sweet corn and corn flour, these easy-to-make tamales are big on flavor. For a meal in a bowl, try this Red Beef Pozole. This Mexican soup is fragrant with ancho and guajillo peppers, garlic, oregano, and rich pork shoulder.

Sauces

Is a Mexican meal complete without sauce? Whether it is Red Charred Salsa for your tortilla chips, Tomatillo Sauce for your tamales, or this Cinco De Mayo Guacamole for everything, the sauce often makes the meal. For a unique twist, whip up this Mole Sauce and serve it over chicken. If you are looking to add some gourmet spice, this Guajillo Chile Hot Sauce deserves a place on your table.

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Living Green

April 19, 2016 11:00 am

Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22nd, and it is a great time to shed some light on our Living Green program at Lincoln. You, too, can get involved with our conservation program and help us make a diferance!

The Living Green program invites all residents who have an interest in living a green lifestyle, whether that is recycling, reducing energy costs, water conservation and more. With most District events throughout the year a Living Green theme will be added to the Living Green Booth with activities and information for the residents. Monthly emails are sent to residents who are a part of the Living Green Team. Each monthly email is designed and specific to San Diego, Fallon, Seal Beach and El Centro to inform the resident on the Beach Clean Ups throughout the year, our Water Bottle Collection, our Earth Day Event, raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Boot Campaign and local Farmers' Markets and activities.

Those who are already a part of the Living Green Team must wear their Living Green button at check-in to receive their thank you prize drawing ticket. As a thank you for being a part of the Living Green Team, we have a monthly drawing for San Diego's residents to have a chance to win #4 1-day/1 park Disneyland Tickets! For Seal Beach and El Centro we have quarterly drawings for a chance to win #4 1day/1 park Disneyland Tickets! Each month/ quarter once the winner is chosen the rest of the thank you prize drawing tickets are thrown out. We start again the next month/quarter for families to have a better chance of winning! The more events you go to, the more chances your family has to win!

If you are not a part of the Living Green Team, you can sign up at your next District Event at the Living Green Booth!

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April Recipes

April 12, 2016 12:00 pm

Photo Courtesy of Gal on a Mission.

In April, we begin to see the very beginnings of spring popping up in the produce section. Bright green veg begins to make an appearance, lulling us away from hearty winter casseroles with their bright and fresh flavors.

Peas

Frozen peas are a year round staple food for many, thanks to our grocery freezer section. When cooking peas, don’t be afraid to buy them frozen and add them into dishes like this Very Veggie Fried Rice or these Samosa Patties, and it doesn’t get any easier than this One Pot Chicken and Peas Fettuccine Alfredo. When you see fresh peas popping up in the store around this time of the year, stock up! Fresh peas are more flavorful than their frozen counterparts. Additionally, their texture is less mushy and more toothsome. For a dish that lets these fresh peas shine, try this Toast with Lemony Pea Mash.

Pineapple

Pineapple, with its acidic and sweet flavor, lends itself well to all kinds of dips. Just be sure to have an ample supply of corn chips on hand when you whip up some Pineapple Salsa or Pineapple Guacamole. Pineapple also pairs well with proteins, like chicken in these effortless Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets, and shrimp in these slightly spicy Grilled Pineapple and Sweet Chili Shrimp skewers. And if you’ve been to Disneyland and had their famous Dole Whip, you know how pineapple tastes in dessert – hint very good. Now, you can make this iconic Pineapple Dole Whip right in your home, Mickey and Minnie not included.

Artichokes

If we are being honest, which we are, fresh artichokes can be a pain to deal with. Despite their outward appeal, there is loads of prep work that goes making each green flower edible. Luckily, there are a variety of high quality jarred and frozen artichokes that are ready to flavor any dish. First up, is this sinful Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread. Appetizer heaven, especially when accompanied with these Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli. Then shake up regular mac and cheese with this secretly light Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese rendition. But don’t stop there, whip up this Spinach and Artichoke Quiche for a hearty and flavor-packed breakfast.

Sweet Peppers

Sweet peppers are seeing some serious creativity in low-carb eating. If you are a low-carber, or just love peppers, check out these Low Carb Mini Pepper Nachos and these Bell Pepper Pizzas. Peppers can even take the place of toast in this Bell Pepper Egg in a Hole recipe. If you want to keep things a bit more traditional, there is the classic Italian dish of Sausage, Peppers, and Onions which never disappoints. And, for a perfect first course, whip up this simple Cauliflower and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Asparagus

Spring means this favorite vegetable is beginning to make its way back into the markets. Asparagus, with its distinctive taste, favors light citrusy applications like this Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta. It also works well in this Chilled Asparagus Soup which uses avocado – another favorite – to create an impossibly creamy texture. For a simple and elegant appetizer try these Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries. And as an entrée, this 5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken just can’t be beat!

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