Bella is going through a growth spurt right now. It seems like she’s always hungry and ready to nurse. That means I’m always hungry, too—like, amazingly hungry. You know when pregnant women say all they want to do is eat? Well, I never really experienced that because I was so nauseated all the time. I wonder if it is anything like this. Nothing fills me up. I keep making my meals larger and keep adding on snacks and I’m still Always. Hungry.

So, since I’m already hungry, I might as well talk about food and make you hungry, too. Dairy-free experimentation in the kitchen continues, and I’m still in search of dairy-free recipes to fill the Mexican food void in my life right now. Last night I made Chile Verde. I wanted to use pork, because that’s what you usually get in a restaurant, but it was hard to find a recipe that didn’t have chicken. Also, there’s a gazillion different recipes using all kinds of different peppers. I chose this one, but modified it a bit.

Chile Verde

Toss in a roasting pan with a T of olive oil: 5 tomatillos quartered, 1 onion quartered, 3 serranos halved lengthwise and de-seeded, 4 smashed cloves of garlic. Roast at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until tomatillos are soft and the edges of the onions start to turn brown. Meanwhile, cube 1 lb of pork tenderloin and brown in a skillet. Once the veggies are done, transfer to a blender and puree with 1/3 bunch of cilantro. Pour over pork and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve with warm tortillas.

The surprising thing about this recipe is that it tasted sweet, but kind of left you feeling a little salty afterward, which is odd because I didn’t add anything else—no spices, no salt, no pepper. Maybe it was the roasted garlic that gave it the sweetness? Are tomatillos sweet?

I’m looking forward to the leftovers tonight and would like to experiment with other variations of this recipe. Anyone have a good one to share?

Here’s the Growth Spurt Girl.



3 Responses to recipe: chile verde

  1. Lauren says:

    Seriously, I need to meet that baby! She’s starting to look like a toddler! And how is it that she just keeps getting prettier??

  2. Teresa says:

    ok…LOVE the saddle shoes! can i just tell you that i love saddle shoes so much that i bought 3 pair for wesley when he was little – each time his foot great, i bought a new pair! they are so cute and classic!

    bella is a beauty!!! scott and i were just oohing and ahhing over her picture! she is really growing up so fast! she has gone from that newborn look to the busy baby look. before we know it she will be crawling all over the place!

    i don’t remember feeling so hungry when nursing but i never was able to nurse as long as you have been so blessed to do. i do remember days when i was pregnant and starving so i can relate. just enjoy it! i bet your metabolism is going on warp speed! :-)

    keep sending the pics on the blog! we love seeing all three of you and are immensely enjoying watching bella bloom and grow!

    miss and love you guys!


  3. Julia says:

    She is beautiful Julie!
    I’m so glad your hubby gave me this web address so I could see her!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Julia (From Wilderness Perk)