Matthew A. Moore Matthew A. Moore
June 29, 2014

*Clears throat* (In best monster truck announcer voice) SUNDAY SUNDAY SUUUNDAY!!! IT'S THE OLD WORLD VS. THE NEW! Come on down and see team Mexico duke it out with the Dutch in our MAIN EVENT. TWO TEAMS ENTER, ONLY ONE TEAM LEAVES! Oh, and Greece play Costa Rica.

I get excited about this World Cup stuff, y'all.

Before we delve further into today's action, I mentioned yesterday that James (it's a soft j) Rodriguez was Colombia's phenom in the making. Boy, did he ever make those words

ring true in Los Cafeteros solid drubbing of Uruguay. If you missed it, his golazo (Spanish for ERMAHGERD did you see that goal!?) is right up there with the best we've seen this Cup. Keep an eye on him when Colombia face Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Let's get to the meat and potatoes of today's contests, shall we? An über-formidable Dutch squad looks to put the clogs to an increasingly impressive Mexican side in the first game, while game two showcases destiny's darlings, Costa Rica, as they continue their Cinderella run against a Grecian squad who by all accounts might be the worst team left standing. Look for Los Ticos to dispatch Greece and keep Pura Vida alive one more game. If I had to pick a score, I'd go Costa Rica 2, Greece 0.

Match to Watch: Mexico vs. NetherlandsThis is going to be great. One of the tournament's best offenses (Oranjein a knockout game against one of the better defenses in El Tri (one goal conceded through three games). Although perennially a good team, not much was expected from Mexico this World Cup. The only reason they're in Brazil, after all, is because Team 'Merica did them a solid (you're welcome, amigos). But Mexico silenced the doubters with a 0-0 draw against Brazil and followed that up with a 3-1 sendoff of Croatia. None of that matters today when they face the Flying Dutchmen. Led by Arjen Robben and a fresh Robin Van Persie, the Dutch will prove too much. Expect an exhilarating match, but expect a victory for last year's runner-ups. My Pick: Netherlands 3, Mexico 1

Player to Watch: Guillermo OchoaMexico's savior in the Brazil game, Memo is now more popular in his home country than Justin Bieber is in his adopted one. Ochoa will be very, very busy between the posts today. If Mexico stand a chance, it will be because Ochoa makes a lot more spectacular saves like this one.

Match Day Dish: Huevos Rancheros (Mexico)This dish's best quality is the fact that it's a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It's also high protein and low-cal per serving, so don't feel guilty if you come back for seconds. Prepare this meal for your World Cup Sunday Funday and serve with an ice cold cerveza while you catch the games. If you do make it, take pictures of your dish and send them in to our Instagram account with the hashtag #CLKickingDishes for a chance to win prizes (details here). Enjoy, and have a great World Cup knockout day! Cheers, fútbol fans.

 

 

 

Huevos RancherosHands-on Time: 57 min. Total Time: 67 min.

  • 2 large tomatoes (1 pound)

  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth or organic vegetable broth
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 ounces queso fresco or Cotija cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free refried beans, warmed
  • 1. Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add whole tomatoes and jalapeño pepper; cook 13 minutes or until blackened and charred, turning occasionally. Remove from pan; cool 10 minutes. Peel and discard skins from tomatoes and pepper. Core tomatoes; remove stem and seeds from pepper.2. Place pepper, tomatoes, and any juices in a blender; process 5 seconds or just until mixture is chunky.3. Heat pan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 3/4 cup onion; sauté 6 minutes or until browned. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add tomato mixture, and cook 2 to 5 minutes or until slightly thick. Stir in broth; cook 7 to 10 minutes or until thick but still easily pourable. Remove from heat; stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and keep warm.4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 corn tortillas and a few drops of water; cook 1 minute on each side or until thoroughly heated. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas. Wrap in foil; keep warm.5. Heat pan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 4 eggs; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until whites are set. Carefully remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil, 4 eggs, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.6. Place 1 tortilla on each of 4 plates; top each tortilla with 2 eggs and 6 tablespoons tomato salsa. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon of remaining onion, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and about 2 tablespoons cheese. Serve each with 2 tablespoons refried beans.

     

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