Thursday, April 19, 2012


I don't know how it happened, but I'm finally getting to a point where I can make things from scratch without needing a recipe. This is a loooooooong time coming and it only holds true for a few dishes, but it's very exciting for me.

My mom used to make calabacitas (call-ah-bah-see-tas) all the time as a side dish and now I know why: it's unbelievably easy, we tend to always have the ingredients on hand, it's an excellent way to eat your veggies, and it tastes delicious! WIN!

My husband and I enjoy this at least twice a week, if not more. It works well with so many dishes—enchiladas, tacos, fish, chicken, steak, etc., and I love throwing leftovers (if we have any) into an omelet the next morning.  We've discovered it tastes best when the onions and zucchini get nice and caramelized—cooked almost to the point where you think they've been cooking a few minutes too long—that's when the flavors really mingle together, but play around with it to find a consistency that works for you.

by The Tale of Two Kitchens

1 tsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1 zucchini chopped into quarters
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
pinch (1/8 tsp) red pepper flakes (optional)
1 can of corn, drained
*green chile about 4 ounces, diced, pealed, drained
1/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby/Jack, Swiss, etc.)

Heat oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add onions; saute until fragrant. Add zucchini; mix with onions. When zucchini starts to get soft, add salt, pepper, garlic powder (and red pepper flakes if you want some additional heat). Cook until veggies are nice and brown or to your desired caramelization (about 3-5 minutes). Stir in green chile. Once chile is heated through, mix in corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes. Add half the shredded cheese over veggies; stir to combine. Turn off heat; move to serving dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Serve and enjoy!

*While this tastes better with fresh chile, we've been using the canned variety for the past four months without a problem!

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