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verde, blanco y rojo

Friday, July 13, 2012

Why these colors in Spanish? Because they are the colors of the Mexican flag and they often appear on plates of Mexican food in the same order as they appear on the flag. Green on the left (usually salsa verde or guacamole), white in the center (sour cream), and red (salsa or chopped tomato) on the right. That's Mexican food as it's served in the USA. I've traveled in Mexico and I never actually noticed if they do it there. I think they do, especially for special occasions.

Wednesday night we had planned to eat at Geno's Pub, but the line was too long so we went to Soltoro. Always dangerous because I'm sooo tempted to have chips and beer with Mexican food. They do a table-side guacamole which we love. Of course it's usual to scoop this up with chips. Couldn't resist, but I did keep the chips to a minimum. Some day I'm going to skip the chips and dig in with a spoon. Resisted the beer.

I ordered tamales, which sounds like a real splurge, but these are meant to be an appetizer so it's not a huge portion. And there they were - the verde, blanco y rojo - left to right across my plate. I really enjoyed the meal but it was difficult to track it on SP. The listed tamales just weren't the same. So I think I overestimated the calories. Ah, well...

At home when a Mexican recipe calls for sour cream, I substitute low fat yogurt.
Avocado is one of my favorite foods. A frequent verde, blanco y rojo lunch is half an avacodo (still in the skin, but the pit removed), filled with chunky salsa (or chopped tomato) and topped with a dollop of yogurt. Beer and chips not necessary.
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