Peaches & Cream Oatmeal

Summer peaches are the best! Remember those instant oatmeal packets that came in a variety pack? Those were one of favorite breakfast meals when I was a kid- especially the Peaches and Cream flavor! I decided to recreate a childhood favorite using a healthier more plant based approach. I replace the cream with coconut milk…

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…

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…

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…

Blue Sin-Carne Nachos

As I’ve said before, it is rare that I have tacos, or some form of tacos, on Tuesday. None-the-less, Taco Tuesday inspired this entire recipe! No matter what day of the week, these Blue Sin-Carne Nachos are ready for you next taco night! The Jalapeno, Cashew Queso is creamy, spicy and tastes like traditional queso!…

Baked Wonton Ravioli with Cashew Alfredo

When I found vegan wonton wrappers, I was too excited! This is one of the recipe creations I came up with. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me make these in my instastory. Here’s the official recipe. Most of my recipes are experimental but I right down the measurements as I go along….

Quinoa Burger

A veggie burger that’s not flimsy or mushy and loaded with flavor? You found it! That’s this veggie burger here! Most restaurants have made it convenient for vegetarians and vegans to eat comfortably by, most often than not, offering a veggie burger. I’ve tried many veggie burger at this point. Not always but plenty of…