Lose weight with Jessica Alba's delicious green smoothie​


Have you ever checked out The Honest Company's blog? It's the blog of the company that Jessica Alba built. I like to check it out on occasion because Jessica Alba is a constant source of inspiration to me. I've been a fan of hers from way back in the day when she was on the TV show Flipper. I remember the first time I saw her thinking, my goodness, that child is stunning. It comes as no surprise that the stunning child grew into a stunning woman. What's great about Alba is that her good looks are not everything. They certainly haven't hurt her career in Hollywood, but there are a whole lot of brains and thoughtfulness behind that beauty. Alba is a conscientious parent who turned into a conscientious business woman when she started the very successful The Honest Company to create products that parents like her would want in their lives.

Anyway, digging into the food archives the company's blog I found a slimming green smoothie recipe that I cannot resist sharing with you.

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Heavenly lactose free tres leches cake that EVERYONE can enjoy


I'm so excited to share a recipe for lactose free tres leches cake that I made this weekend. I don't usually brag on things that I make myself, but this, my dears, calls for a bit of bragging. First of all it turned out DELICIOUS if I do say so myself, but just so you don't think I'm the only one who finds it yummers, my kids and my husband all loved it too. The other thing that is awesome about this recipe is that it is semi-homemade, which makes it so easy to make and quicker than your average tres leches cake.

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20-minute pozole will fill 'em up fast


You know what's better than a delicious home cooked meal in 30 minutes? A delcious home cooked meal in 20 minutes! You can make this delicous pozole stew in 20 minutes as long as you've got some premade sofrito on hand. I say make a large batch of sofrito and freeze it so you always have some on hand. Then on a day when you are racing to get dinner on the table, you can make this pozole stew without breaking a sweat! 

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Souping, a delicious fall detox & weight loss trend!

Juicing and cleansing took over the market years ago and transformed the way people eat and lose weight. It works because you can easily mix and match fruits, vegetables and grains and drink your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only problem with juicing is the machine itself. Sometimes the blender doesn't work that well and the juicers are pricey and hard to clean. Now there is a new thing in town called "souping" and it's here to stay. I'm excited about it because I'm a soup lover and with the impending onset of winter it makes perfect sense.

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Tres leches cake recipe that will get you voted mami of the year​


I'm so glad I was born Mexican because if I weren't I would have to convert just for the food. Mexican food rocks in my world and not just the savory stuff, the sweet stuff kicks butt too. I love going to panaderias and getting pan dulce and all kinds of sweet treats. One of my all-time favorite desserts is tres leches cake. It's dangerously good.

I've never made it myself, but I just found this recipe for tres leches cake that is about to change all of that. There used to be a panaderia here where I could go buy a slice of tres leches, but then they just stopped making it. I'm jonesing for some and it feels wrong to deprive my daughters of one of my favorite childhood treats, so I better step up, batter up and use three types of milk to make something marvelous!

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Mexican French toast rolls the family will flip for!


Some people are geniuses when it comes to coming up with fantastic ideas in the kitchen. Sadly, I am not one, but I am good at recognizing genius when I see it. Take for example this recipe or Mexican French toast rolls or dedos gitanos, if you prefer, created by Chef Pati Jinich, from Pati's Mexican Table on PBS. Look at them! They are gorgeous, delicious and you won't believe how easy they are to make! Genius, I tell you! Absolute GENIUS!

This is the kind of creation that kids and adults go crazy for. What I really love about this recipe is that it looks beautiful and complicated, but is actually rolled up simplicity sprinkled with sugar. How come these kinds of ideas never spontaneously occur to me? I guess that's because I'm not a genius in the kitchen. Ni modo, I'm still going to reap the rewards, though, and you can too.

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Traditional Chilean salsa straight from my hometown (RECIPE)


Chilenos use a lot of slang to express themselves.  And, a few of the most commonly used words or expressions cannot be used in mixed company! This month, like many other Latin American countries, Chile celebrates its Fiestas Patrias. In fact, my compatriotas have already kicked of the multi-day celebration for el Dieciocho (the 18th) with asados (barbecues), ramadas or fondas, rodeos and Cuecas (Chile's national folk dance)! I figured I'd join in by sharing one of our traditional recipes as well as the most popular (and highly-inappropriate) slang word used among íntimos amigos chilenos!

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8 Smoothie bowl recipes that will add some bite to your batidos


It's official, I have died and gone to batido heaven. I am a big fan of smoothies. Always have been, as my mother raised me on breakfast batidos. On crazy mornings when there was no time to sit down for breakfast my mother would whip up a batido full of fruit and nutrients so that I wouldn't go to school running on empty. Now as much as I love a good smoothie as a meal I also love to chew my meals. The whole act of chewing makes me feel like I've really EATEN something, you know what I mean? That's why I'm saying I've died and gone to batido heaven because I just discovered a new health craze: smoothie bowls, which are batidos with healthy toppings you can chew!!!

AND they are the sexiest looking smoothies I have EVER seen! Not only that, but I found an Instagram account, Smoothie Bowl Recipes,  that posts pictures of them WITH recipes! I can't wait for you to see the roundup I put together.

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WATCH: Traditional molcajete guacamole tostadas (RECIPE)


There is a beautiful molcajete in my kitchen that was handed down to me by my mother and I consider it a treasure, a family heirloom even. It's been in my life for as long as I can remember and I never intend to get rid of it. It reminds me of my childhood and puts a smile on my face every time I glance at it, but the sad truth is that I rarely use it. It has become more of a decorative dust collector than anything, I'm not sure why I don't pull it out more often, but my buddy Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack from Muy Bueno Cookbook posted an awesome video recipe for molcajete guacamole tostadas that has me dustin' off my favorite molcajete in the world and using it to make something delicious.

You are going to love this recipe which makes the perfect appetizer for any gathering and is super fast to put together.

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Baked shrimp empanadas the whole family will love


Empanadas are one of those things that just about everyone likes. How can I be so sure? Because whenever I post a recipe for them here or on our Latin Recipes Facebook page, which you might just want to start following, everyone goes crazy. And I mean crazy in a good, I can't wait to eat that, kind of way.

What's particularly wonderful about empanadas other than their almost universal appeal is that they lend themselves to variety. I tend to make and eat ground beef empanadas, but I'm always game to try something different, that's why I'm excited to share this recipe for baked shrimp paremesan empanadas with you.

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