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…

BBQ Cauli-Chick’n Bites

I was oh so skeptical about trying the cauliflower “wings” that started trending. I wanted to try them at restaurants but they only make buffalo flavor. Confession- I never liked buffalo sauce! Yes. I’m one of those weirdos. I’m also one of the weirdos that does not like mayo but that’s for another time! Point…

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…

Fruit Punch Green Smoothie

No kidding, this green smoothie tastes like fruit punch! It’s not red. True. But don’t judge the flavor by the color. Pretty sure it has to do with the cherries and the dark greens I used! Making a green smoothie part of your daily routine is the best thing you can do for yourself! So treat…

Doritos Mac & Cheese [vegan]

What?! Doritos Mac & Cheese! This was inspired by a night I had a snack attack. I ended up creating a vegan blend that resembled Doritos & add to popcorn (the Doritos Blend below). I figured, since it worked on popcorn, it might work well in a mac and cheese way. And so it did! My Easy…

Bosc in Coconut Green Smoothie

Just because Green Smoothies are green, doesn’t mean they are gross! You can adjust any smoothie to your liking (sweetness, texture, etc.). This green smoothie is a good start for beginners or for those who want a morning/afternoon pick-me-up. It’s so good you won’t even care that it’s green. The coconut water is especially good in this smoothie because,…

Sourdough French Toast

Good old fashion French toast. Well, then again, if there are no eggs included is this old fashion? Regardless, this French toast tastes just like traditional French toast! What replaces the egg? Flax! When ground flax is added, the batter will thicken. If you are transitioning to a plant based lifestyle and think you will…

Stewed Beans (Puerto Rican Style)-Habichuelas Guisadas

Habichuelas Guisadas, or Stewed Beans, were one of the main staples in my household growing up! My mom and grandmother often made arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) but this was a close second! I remade this recipe using my version of Sofrito and Sazon! I included a not-chick’n cube, which can be found…

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…