Arroz con Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice)

Puerto Rican Rice, or Arroz con Gandules, is THE main dish at not only Puerto Rican parties but for dinner almost every night in traditional Puerto Rican houses. You’re probably thinking you’d get sick of rice everyday but honestly you don’t. I know I didn’t! Later in life I was exposed to different cuisines from…

Jackfruit Pernil

Jackfruit kind of looks like artichoke hearts… and pork. It is even chewy like meat. Although jackfruit is a fruit, the kind sold in cans, in a brine, are not sweet. Since jackfruit is canned in a brine, it makes it the perfect plant-based meat.  Pernil is a Puerto Rican slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder. It…

Puerto Rican Pastelillos de lentejas al Horno (Baked Lentil Turnovers)

Pastelillos de lentejas al Horno sounds better than Baked Lentil turnovers, to me! Sometimes when things are translated into English, it loses it meaning. These are more than just Lentil turnovers. The flavor inside is so abundant! Inside the turnovers, or empanadas (or pastelillos!), are more than just lentils. The filling is a play on Picadillo, which is…

Rosemary Sweet Potato Mash

Some of the simplest recipes are the best recipes. When I adopted a plant based lifestyle, I read that having sweet potatoes are better than having white potatoes. It seems to be as much of a debate as white rice vs brown rice. But I’m not going to get into that right now either. Honestly, I…

How to make Jasmine Rice

I like brown rice but it take so long to make! Jasmine rice is typically done in 30 minutes. It’s more cost effective to make you own rice than to buy frozen or minute rice. It is also the healthier option. I’ve read that jasmine Rice is a good source of fiber and benefits people…

Banh Mi Sandwich

I have no idea what an actual Banh Mi sandwich tastes like but this version is pretty darn good! A traditional Banh Mi sandwich, which is a Vietnamese sandwich, has meat and pickled veggies- none of those are included here. Pickling veggies isn’t something I’ve experimented with yet but plan to soon at some point….

Turkeyless Beanballs

A spin on a classic: Meatballs. Well, beanballs. More protein and flavor than traditional meatballs. I used to get excited about spaghetti and meatball night when I was kid because it was rare that we had it. My mom usually cooked traditional Puerto Rican food. Therefore ordering out and cooking food from other cultures was…

Spicy Zucchini

This spicy dish is sure to please any spicy food lover. I’ve read that spicy foods increase serotonin in your brain, which makes you feel happier. Serotonin also helps you relax and feel less stressed. Zucchini has many benefits on its own, such as potassium, vitamins C and B6. When adding heat , you get even…

Athena’s Eggy Empanada- Veganized!

I called this Athena’s Eggy Empanada because this recipe is Greek inspired- with the fresh dill and kalamata olives. In my previous recipe,  I used actual eggs and feta cheese. The kalamata olives replace the feta in this recipe. I did not miss the feta at all since it has a similar salty flavor as…

Cheesy Grits & Smoky Tempeh Bowl [vegan]

This Cheesy Grits and Tempeh Bowl is the perfect dish for this cooler weather. This recipe is 100% plant based so don’t let the “cheesy” part fool you! The cheesy flavor comes from nooch, nutritional yeast. When I was introduced to grits in high school, I had them savory and loaded with, actual, cheese. Later…