Meatless Monday: Día de Reyes Rosca Recipe

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The holiday season isn’t over yet–at least not for many in Spain, Latin America, and here in the U.S. celebrating Dia de los Reyes Magos or Three Kings’ Day. Also known as Three Wise Men Day or Epiphany, Día de Reyes in its abbreviated form is a Christian holiday celebrated 12 days after Christmas on January 6th when […]

¡TWLC Wishes You a Happy New Year!

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Whatever your tradition, the close of the year is an opportunity to renew our Faith, nurtured by gratitude for health, sustenance, family, friends… …and love. The Wise Latina Club is nearly three years old. We’ve changed and grown. We’ve tried new things. Sometimes we jumped and made it across the abyss. Other times, like Wile […]

New Year’s Meatless Monday: Traditional New Year’s Dishes and Healthy Resolutions

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Start the new year right by serving traditional foods believed to bring luck and make healthy resolutions. Growing up, I spent New Year’s Day with familia in Florida. My grandfather insisted we eat black-eyed peas to bring good luck. Cultures across the globe practice variations of this New Year‘s custom. Whether or not you believe in the […]

Christmas Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Latino Holiday Dishes

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Christmas Day traditions including what time dinner is served and the dishes on the table vary between the U.S. and Latin America. Celebrate this diversity of cultures and add vegetarian options from countries across the Americas to your Christmas meal. When my husband and I spend Christmas with my family in Oklahoma, we start the festivities the morning of the 25th by opening […]

Meatless Monday: Holiday Party Vegetarian Appetizers

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the frequent gatherings with friends and family over delicious food. Yet often when I attend receptions and parties, I am disappointed by how few vegetarian appetizers are available. Plan a delicious spread for everyone to enjoy at your next holiday fiesta and serve healthy vegetarian hors d’oeuvres. Meatless […]

Meatless Monday: Latino Holiday Desserts

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This Meatless Monday, I’m focusing on the course that is always vegetarian–dessert. Nothing makes a holiday gathering like great food, especially post-dinner sweets. This year, add Latino sabor to your holiday fiestas with delicious desserts with an Hispanic flare. Traditional holiday foods evoke memories of time spent with familia. My husband loves sweet Mexican cookies with hot […]

Hanukkah Meatless Monday: Potato Latkes Recipe

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Hanukkah falls this year November 27- December 5, and I’m celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights this Meatless Monday by making sabroso potato latkes. I learned how to make vegetarian latkes from Chef Barry Koslow of DGS Delicatessen in Washington, DC who volunteered to teach a cooking lesson in my classroom during Growing Healthy Schools Week. […]

Thanksgiving Meatless Monday: Masa Cornbread and Chili Pepper Stuffing Recipe

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Living in a bi-cultural Mexican-American household, my Thanksgiving is full of Latino flavors. This masa cornbread and chili pepper stuffing recipe adds a spicy twist to a traditional favorite. Although my  husband grew up in México, the influence of his American grandpa meant that his familia celebrated Thanksgiving south-of-the-border every year. They regularly integrate Hispanic flavors into the traditional meal […]