by Ernest Barteldes
As crazy as it may sound, I hardly ever go online to look for recipes. The first reason is that I have a pretty decent collection of cookbooks (Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Korean, Thai being among them) and that I have a box full of old Gourmet magazines dating from my initial subscription in the fall of 2000 all the way to its sad demise in 2009 – which would make for about 100 issues, give or take a few.
I do search Epicuirous.com when I don’t feel like leafing through my old stained magazines every now and then, but when friends tell me about some new website with recipes (Food Network, Food.com or something like that), I pretty much draw a blank. Sure, I do visit my fellow food-loving bloggers’ pages from time to time, but not exactly to search for any particular dish but to see what they’ve been up to – after all, they do see mine, “like” and comment on it.
In recent months, however, I have been quite taken by Univision Delicioso, a Spanish-language cooking show hosted by Ingrid Hoffman that airs on weekends on the eponymous TV network. I discovered it completely by accident, and I really loved their simple approach towards cooking even more elaborate dishes and also the fact that they advise about making them healthier by using, say, less butter or a ingredient that is lower in fat content.
What I really liked, though, was their app, which not only features all the recipes shown on the show but also a user-friendly bilingual glossary of ingredients – in case you forget that crema agria is sour cream, for instance – an easy search feature, a shopping list, videos and also a button to save your personal favorites for quicker access. The navigation is quite simple although some of the recipes seem a bit incomplete (for instance, I was looking for a fish recipe and all it had was the ingredients with no preparation instructions).
I have become quite addicted to the app, and frequently find myself browsing through it during my commute, during breaks at work or simply when I’m at home thinking about what to cook during the weekend. Their archive is pretty vast, and does not include solely Latin favorites but also European, North American and even a few Asian choices.
My cookbooks magazines are still my main source for ideas, but the Delicioso app has really opened a whole new palette of flavors and varied approaches towards what I make in the kitchen.
Healthy Swiss Enchiladas
(from Univision Delicioso, Translated from Spanish)
- 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
- 3 cups of water
- 3 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon powdered adobo
- 3/4 lb. tomatillos, quartered
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 jalapeños, seeds removed and cut in stripes
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1/2 fat-free sour cream
- ½ cup plus 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese, divided
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven at 350 F. In a medium pot, combine water, 2 garlic cloves, the chicken and boil in medium heat. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes. Remove chicken and shred it. Reserve the cooking water. In the meantime, wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and heat for 10 minutes.
Blend the tomatillos, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, 1 garlic clove and ¼ of the reserved cooking water. Blend well and then run the ingredients through a medium sieve. Pour into small saucepan and boil. Cook in low heat for 10 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the sour cream and 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese.
Lightly grease a 9×13 ovenproof baking dish. Fill each tortilla with about 1 teaspoon salsa and two tablespoons shredded chicken, roll the tortillas and assemble, seam side down. Cover with salsa and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and remaining parmesan. Bake, uncovered, for about 25-30 min and serve with rice and beans.