Strawberry and Peach Chia Pudding

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Chia seeds have been around in Mexico and Central America for centuries.  The Mayans even included them in their diet.  And why not?  These crunchy little seeds add a lot to any diet.  They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are a great source of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.  Plus they do not have a distinctive flavor which means they can easily blend into any flavor you wish.

Seeing how these seeds expand in liquid to form a gel-like consistency I decided to make a vegan-friendly “rice pudding/tapioca” like dessert using chia seeds.  Once the chia seeds expand in the milk it creates this creamy consistency similar to that of rice pudding or tapioca.  I started with a vanilla based dessert then folded in some yummy summer fruit and voila!  A light dessert that is also healthy.  Score and score. Continue reading

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Tia Cuca’s Incredibly Easy Postre de Mango

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You see, when one has a genuine passion for cooking it comes through in the food.  There is no amount of salt, or spices or finishing oils that can complete a dish the way passion can.  And Tia Cuca has a passion for cooking.  Her dishes are known and envied throughout inner circles.  Her talent is on par with any chef out there. Continue reading