Lunches Soups and Salads — By Ben on 31 March 2010
Chicharron Salad

Ensalada de chicharrón

Can you believe spring is here already? This past winter was cold and long… very long even for my taste. I love winter, but this one was particularly bleak and I really didn’t feel like cooking a lot. But the sun is shining again, the temperatures are rising and the colors of spring are blooming everywhere. If that is not enough motivation to get my butt up and start cooking, then I have a problem…

But that is not my only motivation to get back to the kitchen. Please watch this video and tell me if this is not a big motivator to start a revolution:

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Yes, a food revolution! One that is way overdue. Jamie Oliver has become one of my favorite chefs and the concept of teaching people, specially kids, about food and cooking is one I can embrace with all my heart.

I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.
- Jamie Oliver

I am going to frame that and put it in front of my desk and over the fireplace and my kitchen… We all can do something to help this revolution. I, personally, want to contribute with information in this blog about My Mexican Diet. It breaks my heart that Mexico is now the second most obese country in the world and the first in cases of child obesity.

We have an amazing cuisine that has evolved for thousands of years and has fed many generations with fresh, local, sustainable ingredients in a balanced diet. After la conquista, Mexican cuisine integrated new ingredients from all over the world that made it even richer. And it’s so sad to see that the “westernization” of the country has left us with an overweighed population that is expected to live shorter lives due to heart problems, diabetes and other overweight related diseases.

One of the things I am so thankful to my parents for is that they always made me eat everything they cooked. In our house there was never adult food and kids food. We all ate the same food around the table as a family and we weren’t excused  until we finished our portions. Our meals were balanced not because my parents were dietitians, but because they knew how to cook the real Mexican food that had been served in the family for generations. And that’s the Mexican diet I want to share with the world.

I am not a dietitian either or count calories or weigh portions, but making balanced meals for you and your family is not rocket science. I believe that we have lost focus being obsessed with numbers when we should be focusing on freshness, taste and balance. That’s what I love the most about Jamie’s Food Revolution. It’s simple, fresh and delicious food that anyone can cook.

The following recipe is an example on how you can combine and balance different ingredients to make something delicious using an ingredient that by itself could be considered bad for you. I am talking about chicharrones (fried pork skin, which I just found out today are called cracklins in the U.S.). We love them in Mexico and other Latin American countries. But there’s always a healthier way to enjoy them:

Ensalada de chicharrón

 

Chicharron Salad
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
 
Ingredients
  • •3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • •1 small onion, chopped
  • •2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced
  • •small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • •juice of 2 limes
  • •salt to taste
  • •about 3 oz of chicharrón (a little bit goes a long way)
  • •1 avocado, sliced
  • •warm corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. Mix tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Crack chicharron in small pieces and mix with the vegetables.
  3. Serve on warm corn tortillas with a slice of avocado and enjoy as a snack or lunch.

 

Ensalada de chicharrón

Would you join me in this revolution? It’s time to take control of our food back!

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(24) Readers Comments

  1. Oh my…a salad with some crunchy chicharons….devlishly good!

  2. I am with you Ben! I actually just posted about this show…so far I am addicted to it. What I love about Jamie and his message is that he doesn't focus on calories or superfoods or anything like that. He, like you suggested, just cooks real food. Real well-balanced food. Which is what we all should strive for! Traditional mexican cooking is full of so many veggies and fresh flavors – it's such a shame that that has gotten thrown to the wayside!

    Love this salad. It's the perfect example of how everything can be eaten in moderation!

  3. i just love this and i love when people say "chicharrrrrrrron'! LOL

  4. and yes, LOVE jamie's new show! Finally right?

  5. I just came across your wonderful blog. I love it! I also completely agree with you about Jamie's Food Revolution. I am SO excited that he is bringing this to the US. Your food looks amazing and I look forward to reading your blog!

  6. I'm a big fan of Jamie's food revolution too! Great job of using chicharrónes in a healthier way!

  7. My husband would love this receipe. Do you think it would work with chicken skin instead of pork?

    • I've never had chicken skin this way, but I bet they would work great in this salad.

  8. Love the chicarron chico! Great presentation too…and bring on the food revolution I say!

  9. Ooooh, chicharron!

  10. This is really a good idea. You've made something deemed unhealthy a food that doesn't have to be banned.

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