Calabacitas

July 7, 2014 · 5 comments

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I don’t know about you, but for as much as we eat Mexican fare, I often have a hard time thinking of sides. While beans and rice are the standards, I find that paired with tortillas (as Mexican food often has) we’re talking a lot of carbs and starch. And while we make (and love) the “famous” black beans quite frequently, sometimes you just want something different, or simply in addition to, the beans. Something a little lighter.

Calabacitas are a great vegetable side for Mexican food (or really, any food). The dish is particularly good this this time of year, when zucchini and summer squash are plentiful and tomatoes and corn are perfect. You roast the squash until golden and then toss it with some onions, tomatoes and corn. I added a jalape‏ño because how could you not? Although I didn’t try it, I don’t see why you couldn’t just roast everything to avoid cleaning an extra pan.

My kids were huge fans of this, which is good because Zachary decided recently that his years-running-second-favorite vegetable of all time, asparagus (behind brussels sprouts), is now garbage. I am working through my grief.

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Kate July 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

I have the same problem with Mexican foods and sides. I always default to beans, because they’re easy. But if this is easy, it’d be a great change!

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Kelsey July 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I’m so glad your family liked this dish, Elly. Just like you said, it’s a great alternative to rice. If you have leftovers, I highly recommend it folded into scrambled eggs :-)

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Joanne July 8, 2014 at 5:58 am

I’m sure asparagus will come back into style with Zachary next year….but it seems like a seasonally perfect time for him to be coming around to zucchini and squash! What a great side!

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USA Kiwi (Kylee) July 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

Yum!
We love mexican and southwestern flavors in our house.
I’ll give this one a go, for sure.

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Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

You are soooo right—-finding sides for Mexican meals—particularly something a little different—-is difficult. This works well. Thank you.

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