Happy Ash Wednesday! (And Valentine’s Day!)
Ready or not, we’re officially kicking off the Lenten season today.
And in my Catholic family, that always means one thing: no meat on Fridays.
Growing up, we would always go to the Friday Night Fish Fry at my church. It was definitely something I looked forward to in our community in Ohio. Namely because I would always see the cute boys from church who went to the private schools in the area, but that’s a story for a different day.
Tonight I wanted to share a delicious Lent-friendly dish that is as delicious as it is photogenic.
Mexican Skillet Cakes!!
Mexican flavored veggies packed into a flapjack, and smothered with creamy guacamole!
This budget-friendly meal is definitely not laking in the flavor department, let me tell ya!
And it has a protein-packed secret ingredient: almond flour! Which is simply ground up almonds. But it gives these bad boys a hearty bite, and packs a nutritional punch!
And it’s Grain and Gluten Free, Paleo and Specific Carb Diet friendly! (with a Vegan Option, too!)
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Here’s what you need: (Serves 1)
1/2 cup almond flour
3 egg whites (Vegan Option: 2 flax/chia eggs)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 zucchini, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2 shiitake mushrooms, diced
3/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp oregano
5 grinds of pepper
squeeze of lime
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tbsp red onion, grated
Large non-stick skillet
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Start out by sautéing the onion in 1 Tbsp EVOO with the salt, pepper, and spices. Let them cook for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the other raw veggies in a separate bowl. After the onions have softened, pour them in the separate bowl with the other veggies and toss to coat everything with the spices. Once fully mixed, stir in the eggs/almond flour and salt.
In a large, non-stick skillet, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Heat it over medium heat for 1 minute. Then, pour 1/3 cup dollops of batter onto the skillet. It will make 4 pancakes. Let them cook for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. When you go to flip, carefully do so, using both a spatula and a silicone scraper — they can be a bit messy.
While they’re cooking, make the guacamole by combining the ingredients in a bowl and smashing it with the back of a fork.
To assemble, top your skillet cakes with a dollop of guacamole, and garnish with cilantro.
Wow, oh wow! Were these ever a treat! Before I even tasted them, I was salivating at the amazing aroma coming from the kitchen! I saw my apartment neighbor after dinner when I was throwing away the garbage, and he said, “oh my Gawd, there’s always such good smells coming out of there! Are you opening a restaurant?” Haha, thanks buddy 🙂
But the flavors and textures were incredible….outstanding, in fact. I have never had Mexican flavors with almond flour, and let me tell you — it was outrageous! The Mexican spices were warm and sultry, and then there was this underlying slight sweetness from the almond flour, which had now toasted, and the red peppers, which had begun to caramelize.
And then the rich and luxurious guacamole brought it all together. It was cooling, counterbalancing the spicy-sweetness.
Not too shabby for a humble Lenten supper 🙂
OK, I’m off to church to go get my ashes! Happy Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, friends!
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94 responses to “Mexican Skillet Cakes”
Thanks so much! It definitely was! Hugs and love xox
This looks great, I think I’ll try it this Lent!
Thanks so much Rose Marie! I hope you love it! Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs and love xox
Made these today and they are phenomenal–you weren’t exaggerating at all! Putting this on my short list of go-to recipes!
Oh my gosh yayyyyy!!! That seriously just made my day 🙂 so glad you enjoyed them! Hugs and love xox
I would definitely enjoy this, minus the guacamole 😊
Thanks Sean! Maybe a dollop if sour cream and salsa instead?! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Salsa…most definitely!!! 🤗💙
Good grief, you sure eat well my friend, this looks delish! ❤️😬
Haha thanks John 🙂 yes I do! Hugs and love xox
Yummy! Happy Valentine day!
Thanks! Same to you! Hugs and love xox
I did as you suggested post live now! Soul Food🙏🏼💐
Sure looks yummy. Friday fish fry is my fav too,,,,and I’m NOT catholic :0) I still like it though.
Haha nice! Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
This does sound delicious! I’d love to make it, but I have a question. I don’t like guacamole (or avocados). What alternative sauce would you recommend? Would salsa work, or something else?
thanks so much! yeah for sure! sour cream and/or salsa would be a great substitute! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Never mind, I read it in the comments. Thanks anyway!
haha no worries!
It looks scrumptious! I know what I’m having for dinner on Friday!
Thanks Marcelo! Hope you enjoy them! big hugs xox
This looks delicious! Thank you so much for posting so many wonderful recipes. I am really enjoying them!
Thanks so much Tammy! I’m so glad that you are! Hugs and love xox
This looks delicious. I’m making mexican for the family tomorrow night, so I know what I’ll be making for myself. 😉 Thanks!
Thanks Linda! I hope you enjoy!! Hugs and love xox
Looks so delicious!!!
Thank you! Hugs and love xox
Nice post and thankyou for sending a like towards one of my posts too. Much appreciated 🙂
No prob! Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
O M Gosh! That looks amazingly delish! I’ve gotta try this one! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂
Thank you Dulcinea! Hugs and love xox
If it tastes as good as it looks…
Haha it definitely does! Thanks Robert! Hugs and love xox
This sounds so delicious! I will be trying this one! (I love to collect plates, and the ones in this photo are lovely!)
Thanks!! I’ll try and find out what the line of plates is called and let you know 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Currently cleaning my drool off of the floor… YUM 😉
Hahahah oh Damon that’s funny. Thanks! Hugs and love xox
Woah, this looks so good! I love your pictures! Definitely trying this out next time I cook.
Thank you so much Jasmine! Hugs and love xox
Do you create these recipes yourself or do you find them somewhere?
I create them myself!! 😁
I was on bed rest for 11 months back in 2012 with my ulcerative colitis, and I ended up healing myself through diet after my body rejected every medication. And during that year, I obviously had to figure out how to cook therapeutically for myself food that would heal my body. And so during that time, I developed over 250 original recipes! (I actually wrote a cookbook!) so I’m sharing my favorites with y’all:) but yeah- they’re all from my own brain! Haha
That’s so impressive! I admire so much about how you not only made through hardship with resilience but also thrived and flourished. You have been a great inspiration to me 🙂
Oh my gosh, thank you again. I am seriously so touched 💛💛💛💛💛💛
We had almond flour pancakes every morning for a year! Now my arms are taking a break!!! But it does really add the protein. This meal looks so wonderful!!!
I cannot believe I missed ash wednesday. I have just worked up the ability to drive to the church down the road. I don’t know if I can make it in the church so I go on wednesday’s to the prayer garden right outside. Had I thought to try this drive later…since my seizures my short term memory…ughhh so frustrating…and I’m a chaplain and everything!!! So upsetting I missed the service. Well, God knows my heart…
Thank you Bethany! Yeah Almond flour is amazing. Gosh I’m sorry you’re going through that. I will definitely keep your health and memory in my prayers. Yes He definitely does know it 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Sounds delish!! Will be a nice break from the fish fry 🙂
thanks so much!! Hugs and love xox
Looks great! Yum!
Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
I spent five months in mexico and let me tell you…..the idea of almond flour sounds like a great twist on a classic. Appreciate you sharing your creative mind ☺
Wow that’s awesome! What a neat life experience. Thanks! Hugs and love xox
This looks SOOOOOOOOO yummy! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I love, love, love your blog, too! I especially appreciate your transparency and how you write from your heart. You are an inspiration! And your book…! I’m looking forward to getting it! Thank you, again!
Aww thank you so much! What a kind thing to say 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog! Big big hugs to you xox
I will definitely be trying this…yum. And I’ll share the recipe with my mom and aunt too – the three of us are all GF.
Thanks so much Calista! Nice! Hugs and love xox
Hello hope all is well with you , They look Lush, your making me hungry 😉
Haha thanks so much KL. Hugs and love xox
Thank you! Hugs and love xox
Good grief! Must try this!
thank you so much! Hugs and love xox
Looks and sounds like a great dish, not just during Lent but anytime and any where. I look forward to trying. I also look forward to getting your books.
As always thanks for the recent “likes” sent my way. I appreciate your encouragement and support.
Thanks so much Dr. J!! Hugs and love xox
You eat a lot of vegetables. Does that mean, you’re solar powered? Ha ha ha ha. Oh man. I’m funny, yeah. To myself.
This looks good though. Like those
potato cakes. I love the guacamole and I think it loves me.
Hahahahha why yes, yes it does 💪🏼
“Yoga, moisturize, therapy, and a vegan diet and you’ll live forever.” (Craig Ferguson) 😳😂
hahahah i love it! doing three of the four, so hopefully that’s true! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Forever. Takes a long time. I’m pretty good with today. If tomorrow happens, that’s good too.
definitely a good thing
I should make it for the lenten Fridays.
Yes!! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious! I may try this with another nut free gluten free flour 🙂
thank you so much Victoria! Chickpea flour would be great!! Hugs and love xox
That sounds amazing! I wii have to try ”tis recipe.
Thank you so much! Hugs and love xox
This looks like such a fun, not to mention delectable, recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much!! Hugs and love xox
Very yummy!!!! Looks great! 👄😋✨
haha thank youuuu 🙂 🙂 🙂
Lol 😅 you’re welcome😊
That has got to be the most colorful food I have ever seen. The worst part of the food – I couldn’t eat any.
Hahahahha thank you 🙂
always wanted to know how to prepare one of these… thank you so much for sharing
No prob! thanks for stopping by, Lora! Hugs and love xox
Made this tonight! So amazing! Perfect for lent!
Oh awesome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing Esther 🙂 Hugs and love xox