Garlicky Mushroom Pupusas

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Yum. Pupusas. Crispy, crunchy pockets of flavor. No wonder Salvadorans (and pretty much everyone else) loves them. The fillings for pupusas are endless. They can be stuffed with veggies, cheese, beans, anything at all. I’ve made a lovely zucchini-stuffed pupusa before. The zucchini gave it a nice sweet touch but this time I am going a little earthier.

This mushroom filling is meant to be very garlicky.  The garlic adds a nice salty kick to the mellow warmth of the mushrooms.  Plus the heartiness of the mushrooms makes for a great meatless filling.

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Summer Veggie Quesadilla

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Summer is here. And with summer comes fresh yummy veggies.  There are lots of vibrant, crisp, colorful vegetables during this time of year.  So why not make a quesadilla?  Why not indeed.

This recipe uses summer staples like squash, mushrooms and chiles.  Sauté them babies and stuff them into a homemade flour tortilla (or corn).  A fresh simple recipe for all those summer vegetables. Continue reading

Vegan Mexican Cocadas

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Although cocadas vary greatly from country to country the Mexican version resembles a macaroon.  Flakes and flakes of coconut are mixed with condensed milk to form airy poufs of sugary sweetness that then get baked.  The end result is a concoction with a crunchy outside and a soft, chewy gooey center.  Yum.

So for this version I decided to nix the traditional condensed milk and use a vegan version making the dish dairy free.  If you want to go nut free as well, to skip the walnuts as they are totally optional.  Trust me the vegan version is just as sweet, just as gooey, just as coconutty and just as delicious as the traditional version. Continue reading

Junk Food Supreme: Colombian Hot Dogs

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Late night junk food addicts rejoice.  In Colombia it is normal to scoop up a hot dog late at night to take care of the munchies.  And let’s face it-late night meals are not meant to be healthy.  They are meant to satisfy and keep you going.  You can always be good in the morning.
No one says hot dogs have to be healthy.  So these dogs get topped in a sweet pineapple sauce and a cool, creamy cole slaw.  The traditional ketchup and mustard is added next but then-mind blower.  Crushed up potato chips get added.  Yes. Crushed. Potato. Chips.  Uh-huh.  On top not as a side.  I mean how awesome right?  The end result is this sweet, tangy, creamy, salty, crunchy concoction that fills you up and gets you going to the early hours. Continue reading

Iced Cajeta Coffee

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It is iced coffee season.  Yes it is.  What a better way to celebrate then to prepare a special iced coffee treat.  This special treat includes lots of classic flavors.  Cajeta, a decadent goat’s milk caramel, is added to warm coffee.  Cocoa powder gets thrown in the mix because who says you can’t have caramel and chocolate together?  Yum.  The end result: A creamy, chocolaty, sweet, velvety iced coffee.  What a great way to sit back and relax. Continue reading

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

Dark Chocolate Toasted Almond Paletas (Popsicles)

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Dark chocolate and toasted almonds make for a great pair, don’t you think?  Now take that flavor combo and chill it to make a great warm day yum-yum.  Paletas are a perfect way to cool down.  This recipe incorporates a creamy almond milk base with rich, slightly bitter dark chocolate and some toasted almonds mingled through.  Add a little sea salt to the mix for a nice little salty kick and you got one awesome vegan-friendly frozen treat. Continue reading

Mexican Brownies

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Time for dessert.  Then again it is always time for dessert?  It is hard to resist ending a meal without having something sweet so why not end it with brownies.  Not just any brownies, Mexican brownies.  They are a bit of a cheat but the end result is still delicious.  I use store bought brownie mix (I know, I know) to make these extra special brownies.  A simple addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper turn them into an incredible dessert.  Top them with cajeta, a goat’s milk caramel, or dulce de leche and you get these wonderful slightly hot, spicy, sweet, chocolaty brownies that are heavenly.  Nirvana is a good way to explain the result. Continue reading

Agua de Fresa

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It. Is. Hot.  I love sunny, warm days.  It just feels good.  And when the day starts to feel unbearable I know it is time to chug down a coooold drink.  In Mexico that translates to Agua de Fresa (strawberry).  The great thing about strawberries are-well everything.  They have that balance of sweet and tart; they scream “Warm weather!” and they go with practically everything.  Agua Frescas are generally served with meals or as a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day.  So grab a good book, sit outside and drink away.  You don’t have to tell me twice! Continue reading

I Want to be a Jarritos de Tamarindo (Tamarind Soda)

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Agua de Tamarindo is a favorite drink in Mexico. Tamarind offers this amazing blend of sweet and sour so how can it not be a fav? Tamarind pods may look a little funky but if there is ever a time to not judge a book by its cover, tamarind eating is the time. A little sweet, a little tart. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
So there are these brightly colored (neon) Mexican sodas named “Jarritos”. They usually come in tropical flavors like pineapple, mandarin and lime but my favorite happens to be tamarindo. I prefer it to just your regular agua de tamarindo because the carbonations cuts through the sweetness just right (and fizzy water always makes any drink better) creating a more refreshing drink. So why not make a faux Jarritos tamarind soda? Well, can’t think of a reason not to. So here we go: Continue reading