Bolivian Independence Day Meatless Monday: Garlic Mashed Yuca Recipe

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Bolivia celebrates its Independence Day on August 6th, commemorating the establishment of the Bolivian Republic in 1825. In honor of this Día de la Patria, I am cooking a Bolivian staple: yuca. Also called casava, this dense white root plant with a bark-like covering is native to South America and has been a part of the Bolivian diet for […]

Meatless Monday: Summer Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Salad Recipe

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Quinoa is a super food that is a smart option for vegetarians and vegans because it is rich in minerals and high in protein. For thousands of years, the people of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru have recognized its nutritional value and energy boosting properties. Now this Andean region secret has gotten out with the United Nations declaring 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Try this summer quinoa recipe: Summer Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Salad Recipe […]

Meatless Monday: Colombian Independence Day Patacones with Hogao Sauce

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Celebrate 20 de julio or Colombia’s Independence Day with a sabroso Colombian favorite: patacones with hogao sauce. These savory fried plantains, also know as tostones, are easy to prepare and make a delicious vegetarian appetizer or side dish for any occasion. Natalie’s Patacones Recipe Ingredientes 2 green plantains vegetable oil for frying salt to taste Instrucciones Peel plantains and cut into 1 […]

Meatless Monday: Bastille Day French Ratatouille Recipe

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In honor of Bastille Day, I’m serving healthy and delicious French ratatouille. July 14th commemorates the storming of the Bastille, the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 which overthrew the monarchy and inspired people around the world to fight for liberty and democracy. Celebrate by turning up your Les Misérables soundtrack and preparing this easy vegetarian French recipe. Natalie’s French Ratatouille Recipe […]

Meatless Monday: Argentine Chimichurri Recipe

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In early celebration of Argentina’s Independence Day July 9, I’m featuring chimichurri on my plate this Meatless Monday. ¿Qué? ¿Isn’t chimichurri an Argentine sauce for meat? Sí, this colorful salsa is used in Argentina primarily to flavor grilled meat, but vegetarians and vegans can still enjoy its powerful sabor: chimichurri is delicioso on grilled vegetables. Argentine Chumichurri Recipe Ingredientes 1 bunch […]

Fourth of July Veggie Burgers

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Grilled burgers and Fourth of July belong together like Captain and Tennille, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (oh, they divorced? They still belongz). How about asserting your independence from the food groupthink and go meatless? ¿Qué qué? ¿A burger without meat? Going vegetarian is a healthy nutrition decision that helps you trim calories. But it doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods. You just […]

Meatless Monday: Costa Rican Potato Empanadas

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One thing I love about traveling is trying new foods and learning new recipes. Last week in Costa Rica, I learned to make delicious potato empanadas. I have always loved these savory pastries but assumed the process to make them must be difícil and require fancy kitchen tools. ¡Pero no! Costa Rican native Rosa Elena taught my middle […]

Meatless Monday: My Suegra’s Homemade Summer Salsa

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A fresh, spicy salsa is a flavorful, healthy addition to your plate. This Meatless Monday, I’m sharing my mother-in-law’s homemade salsa secrets. After regularly savoring in San Diego my Mexican suegra‘s fresh salsa, most options on the average D.C. grocery store aisle taste blah. Solution: I now make my own salsa, following simple steps inspired by my mother-in-law. My Suegra’s Simple […]