Food

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

Meatless Monday: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Spread

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When I first gave up meat, my mother would panic when trying to plan holiday meals. What could a vegetarian possibly eat at Thanksgiving? My answer­: plenty! Skipping the carne doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving. I personally never feel  Read More...

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: 6 Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk

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Diabetes is an urgent health issue in the Hispanic community–1 in 10 Latinos has diabetes and it is estimated that 1 out of 2 Hispanic children born in 2000 will develop diabetes. This disease causes blood sugar levels (glucose) to spike  Read More...