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Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

The absolute best, quick, and easy Mexican Lasagna recipe. Made in one casserole dish. Infused with taco seasoning. Perfectly married into one Mexican casserole corn tortilla dish. Flawlessly layered corn tortillas. Eat and enjoy for days!

It’s official. That’s right. I am officially and ridiculously obsessed with quick meals. A couple days ago I said to my children we were going to have Mexican lasagna. My middle child responded “Mexican what?” I said Mexican lasagna. Then he said, “What’s that?” I looked at him with a smile and I said: “something that’s out of this world delicious that will make you scream for more!”

Friends was I right! Truly. I’m talking about easy Mexican Lasagna or taco lasagna to some, flawlessly layered corn tortillas. Perfectly married into one Mexican casserole corn tortilla dish.

This dish also reminds me of stacked enchilada casserole, as they are very similar. (more…)

Fried Yucca Fries

Fried Yucca Fries

Golden Crispy Fried Yucca Fries Homemade Basil Pesto Dip. Seriously addictive Fried Yucca Fries. Fresh. Crispy on the outside. Soft on the inside. Extra virgin olive oil. Accompanied with Homemade Basil Pesto Dip. Fried Yucca perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Crowd Pleaser!

Fried Yucca Fries

Hello, my lovely foodies. I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Ours was pretty low-key and was spent with our closest family – just the way we like it!

Prior to the weekend, I was telling my friend I had fried yucca fries on my mind. So this past weekend, I was determined to make fried yucca fries. I haven’t had it for so long and for some reason I thought it would have been a perfect addition to Easter dinner.

As always, great conversation over wonderful food. Not to mention it was my birthday weekend as well. Seems like the older you get, the less you count the next number that’s about to embark on you. But leave it to the kiddos, they are always there to remind you of your age!

I spent the entire weekend being reminded by my lovely children of how old I was turning – ha!

As much as I tried to relax over the weekend, a lot of the weekend was spent prepping for Easter dinner. Still, I had fried yucca fries on my mind! Hubby is also in the process of painting the house, which started on Friday.  Imagine trying to prep for Easter dinner while operating around paint brushes and rollers. Not fun at all! Everything looked so chaotic in my kitchen I had to take a picture and send it to my friend so she could virtually help me cope with the chaos lol.

Fortunately, it was not as chaotic as I imagined it to be once she reminded me that I was getting what I wanted. Which is for the house to be painted.

Our Menu For Easter With Fried Yucca Fries

We were able to provide a nice size selection of satisfying food to fill not only our guests for Easter dinner, but we had a small amount of leftovers for them to take home for enjoyment during the week.

Remember, I had fried yucca fries on my mind.  So, from there it was pretty easy to build on the menu.

Fried Yucca Fries

On the menu, this weekend was rice with lentils, lamb, macaroni and cheese, green beans topped with parmesan cheese, fried plantains, brownie pie covered with coconut icing and topped with strawberries and walnuts, deviled eggs which my lovely sis made, and of course golden crispy Fried Yucca Fries accompanied with Homemade Basil Pesto Dip.

The fried Yucca fries were served as appetizers. For drinks, we had lemonade for the kiddos and I used my friend’s Red Wine and Berries Lemonade recipe. My family is not a big wine drinker. The fact that they kept on going for more meant that this drink was on point! Unfortunately, I had to modify the recipe because I did not have the same honey she used, but it still came out just as great.

I can’t wait for summer barbeques to try this Red Wine and Berries Lemonade recipe again and accompanied it with my 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken. YES! I could just taste everything now :).

Want to introduce fried yucca fries to the table?

If you are not familiar with fried yucca fries or cassava fries, you are in for a treat. Yucca is pretty much “tasteless” but absorb any flavor quite nicely. Hence the reason why I served it with Homemade Basil Pesto Dip!

Also known as cassava, “is the third-largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize”. It is either sweet or bitter. Cassava can replace potatoes in many dishes and can be prepared in similar ways – it can be boiled, mashed, fried or baked.

In South America, they call it yuca fritas!

What are cassava fries or fried yucca?

Cassava fries, also known as fried yucca fries, my friends, are famous in the Caribbean and in Latin countries. Similar to potatoes, cassava fries are cooked the same way as you would cook fries from potatoes. If you are wondering where to buy yucca? Yucca can be purchased at any local grocery store. The best part is, the nights you are feeling lazy or in a pinch of time, you can purchase a bag of frozen Yucca. I like it either way – frozen or fresh.

Is cassava or yucca part of the paleo diet?

Want to ditch the potato fries for something healthier? Well, if you are concerned about your diet and want to be sure things are maintained right within your body, you’ll be glad to know that cassava is fat-free. And because it is not a potato, and it is a rooted vegetable, it is part of the paleo diet. However, I do encourage you to do some research of your own or consult with your doctor.

Homemade Basil Pesto Dip For The Fried Yucca Fries

The best part about this appetizer that kept the family talking for hours, without realizing how much of the Fried Yuca fries they were munching on, is my amazingly easy Homemade Basil Pesto Dip. Seriously, guys, this sauce is so simple I don’t even want to call it a recipe.

Fried Yucca Fries

If you’re wondering what’s in a basil pesto? Here’s what you need to make it.

  1. Fresh lemon juice. That alone enhances the flavor of anything, in my opinion.
  2. Fresh basil leaves.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Minced garlic.
  5. Extra virgin olive oil.

Now you must be thinking, I gave you all of the ingredients to make this delicious sauce for you and your family to enjoy, but how do you make basil pesto sauce, right? Don’t worry, I got you. It’s pretty easy.  Just combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse away!

See! Simple as that.

Fried Yucca Fries

Putting it all together – golden crispy Fried Yucca Fries accompanied with homemade basil pesto dip

Take each fry, dip it in the homemade basil pesto dip and enjoy!!

Fried Yucca Fries

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Fried Yucca Fries

Golden Crispy Fried Yucca Fries Homemade Basil Pesto Dip. Seriously addictive Fried Yucca Fries. Fresh. Crispy on the outside. Soft on the inside. Extra virgin olive oil. Accompanied by Homemade Basil Pesto Dip. Fried Yucca perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Crowd Pleaser!
Course Main Dish, Sides
Cuisine American, Haitian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

Fried Yucca Fries

  • 1 1/2 lbs. frozen yuca pieces
  • peanut oil for frying

Homemade Basil Pesto Dip

  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make Fried Yucca Fries

  1. Heat the peanut oil in a deep frying pan.
  2. Cut the yuca in 1/2 - 3/4" batons removing the fibrous core.
  3. Fry the batons in small batches until golden brown on all sides. About 3 minutes. Remove from heat, set on a paper toweled plate and repeat the process.

Homemade Basil Pesto Dip

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor and pulse to desired texture. Place in a bowl, and enjoy with the Yuca fries!

Recipe Notes

Tips and Notes / Most Noteworthy:

  1. These fries are best enjoyed warm.
  2. If you are using fresh yucca to make the fried yucca fries, be sure to peel it properly, cut it into the desired size and cook it in a boiling water for about 5 minutes before frying. This method prevents them from being hard.

BBQ Chicken

4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken

4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken cooked to perfection in two incredibly delicious sauce;  Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce and Chutney Sauce. Sweet. Savory. Juicy. Simple to make. Goes well with any side dish. Finger – licking good!

What do you do when you’re home with three little tiny humans and snowed in? If you’re anything like me, you will cook and bake all day. On the first day of spring, we were greeted close to 2 feet of snow.  SNOW. On the first day of SPRING. As happy as I was to see the ground covered in white, I was not looking forward to cleaning it up. The kiddos came from all directions asking for food, drinks, and activities for the day.

4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken

Needless to say, they were pretty darn happy they did not have to go to school. So, I took advantage of the moment and wrote down multiple recipes to help us make it through the day.

Our day started with Chicken Frittata for breakfast. Soon after, the kiddos lounged while I prepared lunch. And honey, lunch was my quick and easy succulent, juicy 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken with steamed cabbage and mixed bell peppers. 

I’m talking about Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. Juicy chicken drumsticks. Chutney with BBQ sauce. Sweet and savory all in one in one easy electric skillet recipe.

Chicken legs drumsticks cooked to perfection with a hint of salt and pepper to taste, then garnished with parsley flakes.

BBQ Chicken

To be honest, when I put the drumsticks out the freezer, I had no idea what I was going to cook. Luckily, I still had a jar of chutney sauce in the pantry to create this chutney BBQ sauce to cover these delicious chicken legs.

Chutney Breakdown / What is chutney sauce?

If you are not familiar with chutney, or chutney sauce, here’s a full disclosure.  It’s a condiment made of fruits or vegetables with a hint of acidity, sugar, and spices. Chutney “is a sauce or a dry base for a sauce in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent that can include such forms as tomato relish, a ground peanut garnish or a yogurt, cucumber and mint dip”. You can get a jar of chutney sauce from your local grocery store.

BBQ Chicken

The most widely use chutney sauce is the mango chutney sauce. It is the best to use when cooking shrimp, or seafood dishes. It adds a hint of sweet flavor combined with a variety of spicy ingredients and curry seasoning.

About this 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken

If you have been following Savory Thoughts for a while, you know how much I love 30 minutes-or-less meals. This 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken took just a little over 30 minutes to make. Why? Well, I used my electric skillet.

BBQ Chicken

Second, I was baking a carrot cake and fudge brownies.

Third, I did not want to mess with the temperature while baking. Instead, this is where my trusted electric skillet came in handy. Not to mention, it works a lot faster than my oven in my option- ha!

Chutney BBQ Sauce

To make this succulent, mouthwatering, delicious, tender, delightful, tasty, and may I also add, supper addictive BBQ sauce all you need is one cup of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce (which by the way I am a SUPER fan of) and the jar of chutney sauce.

Combine the two ingredients together, and voila, you have BBQ chutney sauce. That’s how I prepared the chutney sauce for the kiddos and myself.

How and why you should prepare the 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken

I absolutely love this chutney BBQ chicken mainly because of how simple it is to make. It goes well with any side dish. It is finger licking food!

BBQ Chicken

The process is easy. Prep time takes about 10 minutes.

  1. A couple minutes to prepare the BBQ chutney sauce (set aside when done),
  2. and a few more minutes to wash the chicken.

By the way, I always wash my chicken or any meat with distilled white vinegar. I am from Haiti, and Haiti is HOT.  Which means most foods are prone to bacteria while seating in the hot sun on the street market. We always defer to white vinegar and lemon/lime. Though I have been in the states for years, I’ve kept the same cleaning method as it applies to cleaning meat.

BBQ Chicken

Once the 8 chicken legs are thoroughly washed, paper dry the chicken legs drumsticks, lightly season with salt and pepper. Allow it to cook for 25 minutes. Add the chutney BBQ sauce during the last 10 minutes to enjoy your delicious BBQ chutney chicken.

Deliciousness created in a little over 30 minutes with just 4 ingredients. This is one recipe that’s going down in the books for another quick and easy electric skillet recipe!

Perfectly pair 4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken  

Pair the Chutney BBQ Chicken with mash potatoes, fresh green leafy salads, steamed veggies, and even baked beans! Regardless, the crowd or your family will want more.

More delicious meal ideas 

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole

Bold Spicy Creole Shrimp Tacos

Easy Fried Rice Recipe With Pigeon Peas

BBQ Chicken

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BBQ Chicken

4 Ingredient Chutney BBQ Chicken cooked to perfection in two incredibly delicious sauce;  Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce and Chutney Sauce. Sweet. Savory. Juicy. Simple to make. Goes well with any side dish. Finger - licking good!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces Chicken legs
  • 1 Crosse & Blackwell Major Grey's Chutney, 9 oz
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine the Chutney sauce and the BBQ sauce. Set aside.
  2. Thoroughly wash the chicken then lightly season with salt and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes in an electric skillet on 350 degrees. Pour the BBQ mixture over the chicken then cook again for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve warm with any side of your choice.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Notes / Most Noteworthy:

The chicken drumsticks may also be cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe

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If you are a salmon lover, you will love these Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe. They are tasty, perfectly golden and flaky on the inside.

These salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for night that calls for an easy quick dinner. Savory Thoughts | Salmon Burger with Guacamole. #salmonburger #salmonpatties #patties #salmoncakes #guacamole #homemade #easyrecipe #easyrecipesalmonburger #easysalmonburger #easysalmonpatty
Salmon Burgers with Guacamole

Friends, these salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. Although…. you might want to make the guacamole to go with them. Just saying. I’m talking about flavors that will explode in your mouth. Pure goodness!

The salmon patties are easy to make with little effort and are perfect for a quick easy dinner.

Dress it up!

Well served with the bun of your choice. Dress up these salmon cakes with, of course, the delicious guacamole (recipe method below), lettuce or spinach, tomatoes, and onions (optional).

These salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for night that calls for an easy quick dinner. Savory Thoughts | Salmon Burger with Guacamole. #salmonburger #salmonpatties #patties #salmoncakes #guacamole #homemade #easyrecipe #easyrecipesalmonburger #easysalmonburger #easysalmonpatty
Your delicious Salmon Burgers – Dress it up!

What to serve with these Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe?

If you’re wondering what to serve with this Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe, and want to skip the buns, below are some of the best healthy choices.

  1. Kale and Arugula Salad
  2. Pikliz – Spicy Coleslaw
  3. Couscous
  4. Steamed vegetables
  5. Roasted potatoes
  6. Quinoa – a healthy combination
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Brown rice

Serve any of the choices listed above to create an enjoyable, tasty, Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole meal.

About the guacamole…

Truly, friends, you will want to dress the salmon burgers with this guacamole recipe. All you need to make an easy, tasty, and perfect guacamole is ripe avocados and salt.

Of course, you may follow it with a little lemon or lime juice for acidity purposes. However, I like to add a little cilantro and depending on if hubby is around, I’ll add a small amount of chopped onions. Once you are done mixing the ingredients, you’ll have the perfect dressing for your salmon burger.

These salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for night that calls for an easy quick dinner. Savory Thoughts | Salmon Burger with Guacamole. #salmonburger #salmonpatties #patties #salmoncakes #guacamole #homemade #easyrecipe #easyrecipesalmonburger #easysalmonburger #easysalmonpatty
Layer your salmon patty with the perfect toppings

To make these perfectly round salmon burgers, I like to use my measuring cup to help form these little guys into nice size patties.

These salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for a night that calls for an easy quick dinner.

Now, here’s the secret to a perfect guacamole – use ripe avocados! That’s it. Period. Below are the steps to make these babies. Please enjoy!

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For a quick bite on the go, these salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for night that calls for an easy quick dinner. Savory Thoughts | Salmon Burger with Guacamole. #salmonburger #salmonpatties #patties #salmoncakes #guacamole #homemade #easyrecipe #easyrecipesalmonburger #easysalmonburger #easysalmonpatty #healthy
Delicious Salmon Burger with Guacamole Recipe

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe

For a quick bite on the go, these salmon burgers are perfect enough to eat on their own. However, when dressed with the guacamole, the flavors will explode in your mouth. Perfect for a night that calls for an easy quick dinner.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe

  • 2 14 oz. cans Pink Salmon drained
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup yellow sweet onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp. rosemary leaves dried
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Italian traditional dressing and marinade
  • light olive oil for frying

Delicious Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Delicious Salmon Burgers With Guacamole Recipe

  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Heat a non stick pan over medium heat. Drizlle 2 tbsp. of oil in the pan, spreading it around. Using a 1/4 measuing cup, scoop a small amount and place into the heated pan; gently pressing down the patty with a spatualla. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the other side is also golden brown.
  3. Remove from heat and place on paper toweled plated.

Delicious Guacamole

  1. In a small bowl, gently smash the avocado with a fork. Then add the salt and pepper, tabasco sauce, applecider vineger, and olive oil. Mix well. Serve with salmon burgers.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Notes / Most Noteworthy:

  1. Drizzle lemon or lime juice over the cooked salmon for enhanced flavor.