Behold my dinner last night ... my jerry-rigged version of the Posole Burritos with Escabeche Slaw from the Almost Meatless cookbook. Jerry-rigged because I was too tired to fight the masses at Fairway and defaulted to my lame supermarket which offered me neither the tomatillos, hominy, nor pork tenderloin listed in the recipe. Sigh.
Since I was hell-bent on making these burritos, I opted for some boneless pork loin chops, a bit of spicy green enchilada sauce in place of the tomatillos, and black beans in lieu of the hominy. The results? Stunning! The final dish suffered not at all for my substitutions and I loved everything about it.
Naturally, I "beached-up" the recipe a bit as well - replacing the sugar in the slaw with some agave nectar, and swapping out the corn tortillas in favor of whole wheat. And while I had my heart set on that hominy, the black beans are certainly South Beach friendly, so more's the better. The bottom line - the combination of the crisp, crunchy slaw atop the spicy simmered pork is sheer brilliance. I added a squeeze of fresh lime to the simmering sauce and garnished the burritos with some chopped fresh cilantro and plain non-fat Greek yogurt before rolling them up. Yum! The husband absolutely raved about this dish and its one I know I'll make again and again.
After a long week, and an even longer day yesterday, I was in serious need of nourishment. Tempting as it may have been to pick-up the phone and order in ... that's just not how I roll. My idea of relaxation after a difficult day is to throw myself into culinary creation. The simple pleasures of slicing, dicing, simmering and seasoning, nourish me - body and soul. That the end result is a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal is really just the cherry on the cake. I enjoy both the process and the fruits of my labors.
Which, of course, is not to say that I never order take-out. I do on occasion, but I much prefer to cook for myself. What about you? Do you cook to relax? Or are you more likely to order in at the end of a difficult week? Curious Diva wants to know.