Meatless Monday: Salvadoran Black Bean Pupusa Recipe

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Although I am the teacher, I am constantly learning from my students. Recently one of my estudiantes from El Salvador and her mother taught me to make pupusas–a perfect dish for Hispanic Heritage Month. Pupusas are thick Salvadoran tortillas traditionally stuffed with cheese, beans, or meat, and often covered with salsa and curtida, a cabbage slaw. This Meatless Monday, […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Meatless Monday: 3 Tips to Make Traditional Dishes Vegetarian

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15 with delicioso Hispanic recipes. Don’t think you can go vegetarian on Meatless Mondays and still indulge in traditional favorites? ¡Si, se puede! Checa these tips to cut the meat without losing sabor latino: 3 Tips to Make a Hispanic Diet Vegetarian Choose Hispanic dishes that are already vegetarian: Many traditional dishes don’t feature carne. My favorites include Mexican bean […]

Meatless Monday: Moroccan Vegetable Couscous Recipe

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Don’t let the bustle of back-to-school season keep you from the important people in your life–make time to sit down and share a meal with your familia. For a sabroso family-style Meatless Monday, try one of my all-time favorite vegan dishes: Moroccan vegetable couscous. ¿Qué es couscous? This grain-like pasta is easy to prepare and […]

Back-to-School Meatless Monday: 5 Guidelines to Pack a Healthy Lunch

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Since many schools don’t have healthy lunch options for kids, make back-to-school the time to kick off a good habit: pack a healthy lunch for work or school. Unlike foods high in sugar which may curb hunger in the short-term but later, leave you sluggish, fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are packed with important vitamins and minerals that will help students concentrate and give them energy. With 1 in 3 children in America overweight or obese, teaching our […]

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 […]

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 […]