Here is a quick and easy mid-week dinner meal idea, Achiote Pan Seared Chicken on Southwest Rainbow Hash.
Achiote oil, what the heck is that? I have it on hand to use in Mexican cooking. The achiote oil lends the little extra bit of authentic flavor and red color to the chicken. It’s simply annatto seeds that are steeped in oil. You can read more about it here in a post I did a while back. I like to use it now and then and it works perfectly here, but feel free to use regular vegetable oil if you don’t want to make it or have on hand, it’s optional.
This amazing Summer fruit bender we’ve been on lately has been wonderful. Stone fruits abounding, fresh berries and ice cold watermelon. We just can’t get enough of these tangy nectarines and the peaches have been so large and juicy. One fruit I hadn’t heard of before are these fantastic tasting pluots. They are a hybrid between a plum and an apricot. If you haven’t tried them, ask your grocer, or keep an eye open at the local Farmers Market. The lady selling them to me at our local market said they may also go by their other name Apriums, but Pluots seem to be the main name that has stuck.