There is no ingredient more Latino than guava. From guava pastries in Cuba and South Florida, to Venezuelan cascos de guayaba, to Colombian guava bocadillos, guava is a Latin flavor I cannot resist. We even have a book The Fragrance of Guava (El olor de la guayaba) by Colombian writer Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza wax romantic about the tropical fruit, even saying that all the enigmas of our Latin American culture can be reduced to the smell of a ripe guava. Yum. To celebrate an ingredient that brings back memories of my childhood each time I have it, I'm sharing my family recipe to make deliciously rich guava jelly.
Mmmmm... I honestly can't think of anything that I would want more right now than a delicious and mouth-watering dish to share with the whole family. This Colombian classic, the estofado de albóndigas (meatball stew) is actually the perfect dish to have in the winter.
The thing I really love about this dish is that it's easy, definitely a huge favorite, but also that it can be made a little healthier by adding a few extra veggies and using brown rice instead of white. What really makes this Latin slow cooker dish shine, though, is the slowly cooked sauce made of tomato, garlic, cumin, achiote, peppers, onions, cilantro, scallions, and vegetables. As the meatballs soak up all of the delicious sauce while cooking and the rice soaks it up afterward, you'll have to work really hard to not finish by licking the plate! Yes, that's just how good this dish is. Dig in!
What do you do when you have the sniffles, a growing fever or a throat that just won't stop coughing? Well, I usually tend to rely on medicine--that is, until I came across some of these genius recipes to cure the cold or flu.
To be honest, last year I learned that mami's sancocho (and other chicken soups) are actually scientifically proven to cure the common cold. And, of course, with many more do-it-yourself cold and flu remedies that abuelita swears by, we couldn't help but bring you these 5 delicious DIY cures to the cold and flu. Whether you or your little ones get sick this year, these are some GREAT recipes to help your family heal (along with whatever else your doctor prescribes, of course).Continue Reading >
By special request from our Latin Recipes page on Facebook, we've decided to provide you with some great and, most importantly, healthy alternatives to your favorite Latin dishes.
I know that hearing the words "healthy", "low-fat" and "low-cal" alongside "Latin food" is pretty much the craziest thing you may have heard all day, but trust me when I say these recipes are winners. It's not always easy to do but these 6 traditional Latin dishes are definitely made healthier--and you absolutely HAVE to try them! If you haven't yet tried the slow cooker low-calorie pernil, you can start there and then quickly move on to these other recipes that are sure to be your family's next favorites. Yum!Continue Reading >
I remember my abuelita making Cuban ropa vieja when I was a little girl. At the time, I thought it was the weirdest thing on the planet. I mean, how could we expect kids to eat a dish that translates into "old clothes"? I remember being afraid that there really were actual old clothes in the dish.
When I grew up, though, I learned that the dish is simply delicious. Of course, now that I try to concern myself with eating a little healthier, it's hard to indulge in this Latin favorite. I mean, have you seen some of the ingredients that go into making a traditional ropa vieja? I gain 5 pounds just THINKING about it. Plus, well, the dish takes longer than I sometimes have to cook dinner--which is exactly why I've now fallen in love with this slow cooker low-calorie ropa vieja recipe. It's pretty much just what I wanted and, best of all, it still tastes great! Make it for your family and I guarantee they'll love it, too!Continue Reading >
Although I love to cook, there are days when I honestly just don't want to do that much work. I mean, the microwave isn't the best way to make a meal but sometimes that's just what you have to do. However, since I'm trying to cut down on processed foods as part of the 31 Days of Latinas Losing Weight challenge, how do I make quick and easy meals if they don't come out of the freezer?
Well, that's where these 4 Latin favorites you can make in a coffee mug come in! Seriously, these recipes couldn't be easier. The best part, though, is that you have plenty to choose from: breakfast, a snack, lunch/dinner, and even a dessert for you sweet tooth-sufferers out there. Enjoy!Continue Reading >
Happy National Bean Day!
I know that, as a Latina, you must be just as excited about this food holiday as I am. It's no secret that our culture uses beans in a LOT of our favorite recipes. I mean, as a Cubana, I practically grew up on my abuelita's black beans alongside white rice, platanitos, and steak. Although I eat pretty differently these days (often opting for healthier versions of my Latin favorites), I still love beans. They're full of protein, flavor and, most of all, are a great warming dish during these cold months. So, go ahead and dig in to our 8 favorite Latin bean recipes to celebrate National Bean Day! I guarantee you'll love it.Continue Reading >
When I hear "Three King's Day", which is tomorrow, or "recipes for 12 Days of Christmas", which we have been doing all along, the number one thing that comes to mind is Rosca de Reyes, or Three Kings Bread. Yes, it's true: I have saved the best for last and today's delicious recipe is for this traditional bread, typically eaten today, the 12th day of Christmas, and tomorrow, Epiphany or Three King's Day. If there's just one recipe that you want to enjoy out of our series, then THIS is it.
Natilla is a delicious custard that's typically served around the holidays. That's why I'm featuring it as today's recipe for our 12 Days of Christmas series. The beauty of natilla, I think, is that it can bring many people together. There are traditional recipes from all over, including from the Catalan region of Spain (where it was known as Crema Catalana) and Cuba. Today's version of the creamy dessert, though, comes to us from Colombia--where it's made a little differently (it solidifies as it cools) and is served with buñuelos.
If you've ever visited a Puerto Rican friend's house over the holidays, like I was lucky enough to do this year, then you know that the first thing on every table is going to be pasteles. It's the traditional dish that's served all over Puerto Rico and in households here in the U.S. The dish takes some time to prepare but, at the end of the day, you'll be rewarded with one of the best things you'll have eaten all last year and this year.