Sometimes I really hate reading lists about the foods that are the worst for you. I don't mean the foods that we obviously know are bad (anything fried or just eating too much red meat), but the foods that we assume are actually going to be healthy for us: fruits and vegetables.
Every year the Environmental Working Group comes out with a list they call the "Dirty Dozen," which pretty much tells us what produce has the most pesticide in the U.S. To be honest, it's always a really depressing list for me to read, especially since this year, once again, apples are at the very top of the not-safe-to-buy list.Continue Reading >
What's better than celebrating our culture with 21 traditional recipes from ALL of our countries?
No matter where you came from or what country's food you've been dying to try, there's a recipe here for everyone. From appetizers (like Puerto Rican alcapurrias) to a full entrée (like Venezuelan pabellón criollo) to an amazing dessert (like Brazilian chocolate fudge truffles, a.k.a. brigadeiros), indulge your love of Latin food with these amazing dishes.
We all know what it's like to drink a little TOO much on the weekends only to wake up with an ungodly hangover the next day. And this Thanksgiving Day weekend is no exception. Recently scientists found that drinking a can of Sprite is the best hangover remedy. Acetaldehyde is produced by the alcohol in the body which turns into acetate and starts up the hangover. Sprite, however, curbs the hangover from happening in the first place.
However since the beginning of time Latinos have had some of the best hangover remedies. There are so many to choose from that you can't go wrong with any of them!Continue Reading >
Today is QUITE the day! It's National Guacamole Day! And what's a better way to celebrate today than with these five scrumptious guacamole recipes that are just perfect--try them all today if you can!Continue Reading >
Easy to make and filling, you will LOVE this tortilla española. It's delicious either as a side dish or alone for lunch. With only a handful of ingredients, it's inexpensive and my family loves it. What could be better than that? After all, this quintessentially classic Latin recipe has become a classic in my home as well!Continue Reading >
There is no ingredient more Latino than guava. From guava pastries in Cuba and South Florida, to Venezuelan cascos de guayaba, to Colombian guava bocadillos, guava is a Latin flavor I cannot resist. We even have a book The Fragrance of Guava (El olor de la guayaba) by Colombian writer Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza wax romantic about the tropical fruit, even saying that all the enigmas of our Latin American culture can be reduced to the smell of a ripe guava. Yum. To celebrate an ingredient that brings back memories of my childhood each time I have it, I'm sharing my family recipe to make deliciously rich guava jelly.
Mmmmm... I honestly can't think of anything that I would want more right now than a delicious and mouth-watering dish to share with the whole family. This Colombian classic, the estofado de albóndigas (meatball stew) is actually the perfect dish to have in the winter.
The thing I really love about this dish is that it's easy, definitely a huge favorite, but also that it can be made a little healthier by adding a few extra veggies and using brown rice instead of white. What really makes this Latin slow cooker dish shine, though, is the slowly cooked sauce made of tomato, garlic, cumin, achiote, peppers, onions, cilantro, scallions, and vegetables. As the meatballs soak up all of the delicious sauce while cooking and the rice soaks it up afterward, you'll have to work really hard to not finish by licking the plate! Yes, that's just how good this dish is. Dig in!
What do you do when you have the sniffles, a growing fever or a throat that just won't stop coughing? Well, I usually tend to rely on medicine--that is, until I came across some of these genius recipes to cure the cold or flu.
To be honest, last year I learned that mami's sancocho (and other chicken soups) are actually scientifically proven to cure the common cold. And, of course, with many more do-it-yourself cold and flu remedies that abuelita swears by, we couldn't help but bring you these 5 delicious DIY cures to the cold and flu. Whether you or your little ones get sick this year, these are some GREAT recipes to help your family heal (along with whatever else your doctor prescribes, of course).Continue Reading >
By special request from our Latin Recipes page on Facebook, we've decided to provide you with some great and, most importantly, healthy alternatives to your favorite Latin dishes.
I know that hearing the words "healthy", "low-fat" and "low-cal" alongside "Latin food" is pretty much the craziest thing you may have heard all day, but trust me when I say these recipes are winners. It's not always easy to do but these 6 traditional Latin dishes are definitely made healthier--and you absolutely HAVE to try them! If you haven't yet tried the slow cooker low-calorie pernil, you can start there and then quickly move on to these other recipes that are sure to be your family's next favorites. Yum!Continue Reading >
I remember my abuelita making Cuban ropa vieja when I was a little girl. At the time, I thought it was the weirdest thing on the planet. I mean, how could we expect kids to eat a dish that translates into "old clothes"? I remember being afraid that there really were actual old clothes in the dish.
When I grew up, though, I learned that the dish is simply delicious. Of course, now that I try to concern myself with eating a little healthier, it's hard to indulge in this Latin favorite. I mean, have you seen some of the ingredients that go into making a traditional ropa vieja? I gain 5 pounds just THINKING about it. Plus, well, the dish takes longer than I sometimes have to cook dinner--which is exactly why I've now fallen in love with this slow cooker low-calorie ropa vieja recipe. It's pretty much just what I wanted and, best of all, it still tastes great! Make it for your family and I guarantee they'll love it, too!Continue Reading >