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 […]

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 […]

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 like I miss out on my favorite holiday tastes because it’s not the turkey alone but the combination […]

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 which over time can harm your heart, nerves, skin, mouth, kidneys, eyes, and feet, even causing […]

American Diabetes Month Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Pasta Recipe

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November is American Diabetes Month. Reduce your risk of developing diabetes, a disease 26 million Americans live with, by getting regular exercise and eating well. Committing to a healthy diet is the best way to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes–the most common form of the disease. Blocking enough or the effective use of insulin, type 2 diabetes results in excess glucose in the body which can cause increased […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Cancer-Fighting Salad Recipe

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Breast cancer runs in my family, recently losing an aunt to this terrible disease. This personal loss reminds me that it is imperative to be proactive about breast health which is why this last Meatless Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recommend filling your plate with a healthy cancer-fighting salad. Many cancer risk factors are out of our control, such as genes, […]

Meatless Monday: Hispanic Heritage Month Platanos Maduros Recipe

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This Meatless Monday I’m sharing my hands-down favorite Latin American dish: plátanos maduros. Plátanos maduros (fried ripe plantains) are a perfect recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month as many countries in Central and South America, from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to Peru, serve this sweet side dish.  A good friend from the Dominican Republic taught me this receta when we were roommates; I was impressed […]

Meatless Monday: Mexican Rice Recipe

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Spice up your rice this Meatless Monday and serve sabroso Mexican arroz. As 63% of Latinos in the United States are of Mexican descent, a receta from Mexico is a perfect choice for Hispanic Heritage Month. I love this flavorful rice dish from south-of-the-border enhanced with tomato sauce and fresh veggies. My husband taught me this […]