Mexican Street Corn-Elote Recipe

Mexican Street Corn-Elote Recipe

One of our favorite thing to do is grilling. I usually have to wait for my husband to start the grill, but not anymore. We finally got a gas grill, and starting it is just like using a stove. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of grilling this summer.

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MEXICAN STREET CORN (ELOTE)

Today I’m sharing my spin on Mexican street corn (ELOTE). The first time I had elote was in New York a few years ago, and it was amazing.

WHAT IS ELOTE?

In Mexico, corn on the cob is popular street food. Traditionally it is topped with mayo, lime, cotija chees, chile powder, and cilantro and eaten on a stick.

I think this would make the perfect side for any meal. It would be a hit for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.  I think the key to this recipe is to cook the corn properly. 

COOKING TIP: I make sure the grill is properly heated so my corn cooks evenly and gets the grill marks

TIPS FOR MAKING MEXICAN STREET CORN (ELOTE)

I like to top the corn as soon as it comes off the grill. This allows the mayo and cheese mixture to get all gooey and yummy.

I mix equals cotija and parmesan cheese for the cheese mixture. I love the nutty flavor the parmesan cheese adds to the bite. I think this corn would be perfect to pair with grilled burgers, hot dogs, or even a delicious steak.

Please let me know if you try the recipe and what you think. Omniley. 

EASY MEXICAN STREET CORN-ELOTE
Yield: 4

EASY MEXICAN STREET CORN-ELOTE

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looking for an easy treat when you are grilling. This corn is a perfect treat to eat whether relaxing by the pool or to serve along with any dinner. This is traditionally topped with cotija cheese. I added parmesan for an extra nutty flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c mayo
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 c cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to 400 degrees
  2. Mix mayo and lime together and set aside
  3. Coat corn in vegetable oil
  4. Place corn on grill and cook on each side for 2 minutes
  5. Remove corn from grill and brush with mayo mixture immediately
  6. Sprinkle generously with cheese
  7. Top with chili powder and cilantro (optional)
  8. Serve immediately

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FRESH SPAGHETTI SALAD

FRESH SPAGHETTI SALAD
Fresh Spaghetti Salad
Yield: 12 servings

Fresh Spaghetti Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 23 minutes

Looking for a fresh and tasty salad for the spring and summer months. This mouth-watering crowd-pleaser takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. It's perfect to make a day ahead to free up your time for more entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 2 C cooked spaghetti
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 mini cucumbers, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • For the sauce/dressing
  • 1 bottle of Italian dressing.
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp of celery seeds

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package and let drain.
  2. Add prepared vegetables to drained pasta; combine well, and set aside.
  3. Pour dressing into a bowl and add cheese, sesame seeds, seasoning salt, paprika, garlic powder, and celery seeds. Mix well.
  4. Lastly, pour sauce over mixed pasta and vegetables and toss well.
  5. Cover well and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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JENNIFER ANISTON SALAD

JENNIFER ANISTON SALAD

Greetings! I hope this post finds you well. I finally got around to adding my flair to the Jennifer Aniston’s Salad. I must admit I can tell what all the rave is definitely about. According to sources, Jennifer ate this salad religiously for 10 years on the set of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. So I did a little digging and a lot of sources refer to Jennifer Aniston salad as a Cobb Salad, but this salad is far from a Cobb Salad.

Now the original recipe calls for bulgur. What’s bulgur? That’s the same thing that I asked myself.

Bulgur. Parched cracked wheat, according to Webster Dictionary.

I was unable to locate bulgur, so I opted to use Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic. I think it added a very tasty flavor to the salad. I will continue to look for the bulgur to compare the flavor profile and be sure to update you all.

Now let’s talk more about this salad. I’m always looking for a filling and hearty meal, so let me tell you this salad checks all the boxes. The garbanzo beans or chickpeas make this dish an entree on its own. I also used roasted and salted Pistachios and I don’t regret it a bit. I can definitely see why Jennifer Aniston ate this salad daily, it is the BOMB.com.

The Jennifer Aniston Salad is super versatile I had been eating it as an entree, but I can also see serving it as a side salad. If you have to have meat on your salad ground turkey or grilled chicken would be a great addition also. I would suggest trying the salads as it is and then deciding if you want to add more protein.  I can’t was to serve this at our next get-together and see how wowed everyone is by it.

If you make the salad I would love to know what you think of it. Be sure to come back and leave me a comment. Be Well-Omniley

Jennifer Aniston's F.R.I.E.N.D.S Salad
Yield: 3

Jennifer Aniston's F.R.I.E.N.D.S Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A fresh hearty salad that is easy to make and taste great.

Ingredients

  • 1 C quinoa
  • 2 mini cucumbers, diced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, reduced-sodium drained, and rinsed
  • 1/2 C pistachios
  • 1/2 C feta, crumbled
  • 1/3 C red onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp mint, finely chopped
  • 2 mini cucumbers, diced
  • Olive oil
  • splash of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss lightly.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

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BLUEBERRY LEMON OVERNIGHT OATS

BLUEBERRY LEMON OVERNIGHT OATS

Did you make any resolutions this year that had to do with taking better care of yourself? While I don’t do resolutions, I definitely made a commitment to focus on myself more and that includes taking care of my body.

How am I doing that? I’m back at the gym like I never left it and I am eating better. I started back with my overnight oats; I forgot how nourishing and easy of a breakfast option they are. So it’s a must that I share it with you all today.

One of the great things about overnight oats is that you can get super creative with your ingredients. Today I’ll be sharing with you my take on Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats. If you follow me on Instagram you know I recently partnered with Dannon’s Light and Fit and found myself with some extra Greek yogurt on my hand and I thought to myself??? You guessed it right I’m using Lemon Cream Greek yogurt in my overnight oats. This is some next-level deliciousness, you guys.

You only need a few staple ingredients to make overnight oats.

  1. Oats. Make sure you are using rolled or old-fashioned oats. Please don’t use instant oats-epic fail!
  2. Almond milk. Any milk of choice will work here guys.
  3. Yogurt. Please don’t skip this one-these makes your oats oh so creamy.
  4. Sweetener. I use maple syrup or honey-whichever I have on hand at the time.
  5. Fruit. Whatever you are in the mood for will work well.
  6. Nut butter. I love Smuckers Organics Chunky Peanut Butter.

The great debates when it comes to overnight oats…

Will you eat your oats cold or hot? I myself like to heat mine up-so so good!

Are you topping or not? If you choose to add toppings the possibilities are endless. Coconut, granola, peanut butter, almond butter, trail mix, or anything you like.

Be sure to let me know if you try this recipe or any combination by leaving me a comment below. Be Well-Omniley

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Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats
Yield: 1

Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

These Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats are a nourishing and easy breakfast. Make them ahead of time for a quick and easy treat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C almond milk, plain, unsweetened
  • 1/3 C Lemon, greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

1. Mix together all ingredients and give them a stir. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.

2. In the morning, place in the microwave for 1 minute or you can eat cold. Add toppings of your choice.

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Valentine’s Brunch

Valentine’s Brunch

Today I’m sharing an easy Valentine’s Day brunch idea. Valentine falls on a Monday this year, so I know most of us will be celebrating the weekend before. My husband loves pancakes so I think I make a pancake breakfast/brunch and then we will go out for dinner on Sunday. I’ll be using my no-fail homemade buttermilk pancakes recipe it can be found here.

Be sure to enjoy the ones you love daily and not just for Valentine’s Day. Be Well-Omniley

 

 

 

 

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BBQ Salmon

BBQ Salmon

 

BBQ Salmon ASC Certified

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bbq, creole,, salmon, southern style
Servings: 3 people

Equipment

  • Non-stick sklilet

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 1 lb ASC Certified salmon
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Tony Cacheres (or any season-all)
  • 1/4 C Olive oil

Sauce

  • 1/3 c BBQ sauce (Baby Ray's)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Tony Cacheres (or any season-all)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

Sauce

  • Melt butter add in garlic and sautee for 5 minutes.
  • Next add in BBQ and spices. Bring to medium-high boil for 1 minute then remove for heat.

Salmon

  • Add 1 Tbsp of olive to non-stick skillet and heat to medium.
  • Brush the salmon filets on both sides with remaining oil. Then season with season all and pepper.
  • Place salmon skin-side down on skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip to the other side and cook for an addiitonal 2-3 minutes. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
  • Brush your prepared sauce on both sides then plate up and serve immediately.
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Autumn Cookie Board

Autumn Cookie Board

In the mood for a quick fall board. This cookie board is sure to please everyone in the mood for a sweet treat. This board would actually work year round by adding or removing the seasonal decor. I picked up the mini pumpkins in the produce section of our local grocery store and they really brought the board to life. The chocolate pairs well with the perfect glass of red wine. I hope this display inspires you to try your own seasonal board and any leftovers can be placed in a Ziploc bag for snacks throughout the week. Be Well-Omniley

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Lou’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

 

Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. Spring has sprung here in Louisiana and what better way to bring in beautiful weather, than with a slice of homemade sour cream pound cake.

This pound cake recipe brings back so many memories of my NaNa. She was known for her great cooking, but it was something about her Sour Cream Pound Cake that was an absolute crowd-pleaser. If you were to taste it you would immediately know why. It was the perfect combination of sweetness and decadence. The tartness of the lemon icing pairs perfectly with the sweet and creamy pound cake. Oh, and let’s talk about moisture–it held its moistness for days after sitting on the kitchen counter.

I remember when she would be in the kitchen preparing it and would ask me if I wanted to help and I would say “No NaNa I’m gonna have a maid that does all that”. Well fast forward little did I know I would be getting a maid to help with all my other household duties so I could spend time in the kitchen pulling all her great recipes out of mind and putting them in action. I normally have to elicit the help of my Aunt Maxine because at times I seem to have quite an imagination on how NaNa prepared some things. She never fails by guiding me in the right direction.

This should have been the first recipe I shared with you guys,  but to be honest  I didn’t think I could ever make this cake with as much love and soul as she put into it. I think I succeeded my son was the discount double-check quality check on this one. I think I made my NaNa proud today and that’s all folks. 

As always thank you for following me on this journey. You are my daily inspiration to keep sharing. If you try any of my recipes inspired by my grandmother please leave me a comment and like. Be Well. Omniley ?

Lou's Sour Cream Pound Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 people

Equipment

  • Bundt Cake Pan

Ingredients

  • 3 c flour all purpose sifted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 c butter flavored shortening
  • 3 c sugar
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300° and spray bundt pan with Baker's Joy well.
  • Mix together flour, kosher salt, and baking powder and set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugar adding about a 1/3 c at a time.
  • Next add in eggs one at a time. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated in mix before adding the next.
  • On low speed add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture 1 c at a time.
  • Add in sour cream and extracts on medium.
  • Pour batter in to prepared bundt pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minute. Watch closely during the last 20 minutes as ovens cook time may vary.
  • Once done remove from oven and place on wire rack for 10 minute and then turn out immediately and let cake completely cool on rack.
  • Top with lemon icing (optional) and move to display cake stand.

Notes

Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before preparing cake.
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Easy Baked Chicken

Easy Baked Chicken

Easy Baked Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course

Equipment

  • Oven
  • baking dish 9x13

Ingredients

  • 4-6 leg quarters
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing

Instructions

  • Season leg quarters with salt and pepper and place in Ziploc bag.
  • Pour in the dressing and seal bag. Place in refrigerator and marinate for 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place leg quarters in 9x13 baking dish or larger coat with the marinade.
  • Tent baking dish with foil and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Remove foil and brush leg quarters lightly with EVOO and turn oven up to 425 and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.

Notes

Serve with your favorite sides like Zatarains Jambalaya and steamed broccoli.
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Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake

Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake

Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. I finally found some time to make a traditional king cake for everyone that requested. Just in time for Fat Tuesday…late than never right? If you want to learn more about the King Cake history click here.

Even though Mardi Gras was canceled this year you can still celebrate by eating your share of King Cake. Don’t let the weather stop you. Here’s a no fail recipe that checks all the boxes for the Louisiana style traditional King Cake.

Gather all your ingredients and let’s get started.

Add warm milk, yeast and sugar to a bowl and stir with a fork or whisk. Let sit for 5-10 mins.

After 10 mins, pour yeast mixture, eggs, melted butter into bottom of stand mixer or whisk by hand. Mix until combined, then add flour, sugar, salt, and flour. Mix until well incorporated

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead* for 5-7 mins. After dough ball is nice and smooth, place 2 tbsp olive oil in the bottom of a large bowl and place dough on top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (preferably near the oven) for 60 mins.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead once again for 1-2 mins.
Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 20 inch long.

Brush on softened butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cover the entire dough. Sprinkle on pecans at this time.

Tightly roll the dough long ways. If you need to use a bench scraper because your dough is sticking, use one. Roll the dough similarly to a jelly roll. Transfer to a parchment lined baking dish. Bring the two ends together in a circle or oval shape and seal with water or milk.

Cover and let rise for an additional 60 mins. Brush with milk before baking. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.

Let the cake cool for 15-20 mins. To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk or water and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Icing should be thick but pourable. Drizzle or pour glaze over the King cake. Sprinkle with green, yellow and purple sanding sugar.

Traditionally a plastic baby is added to the cake at this point. Cut a small slit into the inside or outer side of the dough and slide in the plastic baby.

 

Serve and enjoy.

Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Pastry brush

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • 1 c warm milk
  • 1 packet instant rise yeast
  • ¼ c melted butter
  • ¼ c granulated sugar + 1tbsp separated
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • For the filling:
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp softened unsalted butter
  • ½ c chopped pecans
  • For the icing:
  • 1.5 c powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Remove egg from fridge and place into a bowl of warm water for 5 mins to bring it up to room temperature.
  • Add warm milk, yeast and sugar to a bowl and stir with a fork or whisk. Let sit for 5-10 mins. *If the yeast does not begin to bubble or grow in size, throw it out and start over*
  • After 10 mins, pour yeast mixture, eggs, melted butter into bottom of stand mixer or whisk by hand. Mix until combined, then add flour, sugar, salt, and flour. Mix until well incorporated.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead* for 5-7 mins. After dough ball is nice and smooth, place 2 tbsp olive oil in the bottom of a large bowl and place dough on top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (preferably near the oven) for 60 mins.
  • After 60 mins, punch dough down to release the air. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead once again for 1-2 mins. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 20 inch long.
  • *Brush on softened butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cover the entire dough. Sprinkle on pecans (this is optional)
  • Tightly roll the dough long ways. If you need to use a bench scraper because your dough is sticking, use one. Roll the dough similarly to a jelly roll.
  • Transfer to a parchment lined baking dish. Bring the two ends together in a circle or oval shape and seal with water or milk. Cover and let rise for an additional 60 mins. Brush with milk before baking.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.
  • Let the cake cool for 15-20 mins.
  • To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk or water and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Icing should be thick but pourable.
  • Traditionally a plastic baby is added to the cake at this point. Cut a small slit into the inside or outer side of the dough and slide in the plastic baby.
  • Drizzle or pour glaze over the King cake. Sprinkle with green, yellow and purple sanding sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

To knead, use the taco method. Fold over and press together. Fold over and press together.
Butter can be brushed on melted or softened. The butter can also be mixed with the brown sugar and cinnamon as a paste and added to the dough as well.
The plastic baby is optional, but in New Orleans, the host of the party adds the baby to the cake so that as it is served, whomever gets the slice with the baby will be the following year’s host.
*I recommend researching the history of the King Cake and why it’s celebration is important.
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