$40 Dinner Party: Mexican-Inspired Fiesta

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6 people, 3 courses, 40 dollars, no kidding. Each month, in collaboration with Chef Kim Steele, I present you with everything you need to host your own $40 dinner party. We give you a menu, grocery list, recipes, and photos. Get ready to have fun in the kitchen and entertain your friends at home, elegantly and on a budget.

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Course 1: Ablondigas Soup
1 Lb ground beef
1 egg
1/3 C uncooked white rice
1/4 C fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1/4 C fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp all spice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
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2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped fine
1 clove of garlic, diced
3 Qt (2.8L) beef stock (could substitute chicken or vegetable stock, if desired)
1/2 C tomato sauce
1 C frozen corn

Course 2: Chipotle Lime Shrimp, Calabacitas Salad, and Cornbread
1/2 C corn flour
1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 Tblsp sugar
1 C cornmeal
1 C buttermilk (1 Tblsp lemon juice or vinegar, and enough milk to make 1 C. Let stand several minutes)
2 eggs
2 Tblsp butter, melted
1/4 frozen corn
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices and roasted (as outlined below)
2 pints grape tomatoes, blistered (as outlined below)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C frozen corn, toasted (as outlined below)
2 avocados, halved lengthwise and cut in to long thin slices
340g bag of peeled and deveined shrimp (thawed)
6 Tblsp olive oil
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp honey
3/4 tsp chipotle powder

Course 3: Tres Leches Cake
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
2 C whipping cream, divided
1 Tblsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Nutritions

Calories
5288

Sodium
7344mg
306% DV

Fat
375g
576% DV

Protein
99g
198% DV

Carbs
353g
120% DV

Fiber
42g
169% DV

Harvest Chicken Casserole Recipe

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Cooking spray
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ( divided )
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1/2 onion ( chopped )
2 medium sweet potatoes ( peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes )
1 pound brussels sprouts ( trimmed and quartered )
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves ( or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves )
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup ow-sodium chicken broth ( divided )
2 cups uncooked wild rice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
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  1. Using a fine mesh sieve, rinse rice well for 1-2 minutes under cold water. Transfer rice to medium saucepan. Add 3 ½ cups water and 1 tablespoon of oil. Cover and cook over medium heat until...
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Nutritions

Calories
433

Sodium
217mg
9% DV

Fat
12g
18% DV

Protein
31g
62% DV

Carbs
49g
16% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV