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…

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…

Vegan Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

Happy New Year!! My Vegan Coquito recipe is here! Some people will say this post is a late because Christmas is over. Oh, contraire, my friend. It’s just in time for Three King’s Day (January 6th)! Coming from a traditional Puerto Rican Household, my family always has coquito from Thanksgiving to Three King’s Day (El…

Mashed Yuca (cassava)

Yuca, or Cassava, is a starchy root vegetable. Growing up, my mom peeled it like a potato, cut it into 2-inch pieces and drizzle it with olive oil. It was, traditionally, served with cod fish or pernil (pork).  Today, I usually boil the yuca the way my mom did, smother it with sauted onions and…

Sofrito

Sofrito is a base for most Puerto Rican dishes. Growing up, my family added it to beans, rice, omelets, soups and stews. As an adult, experimenting with vegan/vegetarian cooking, I realized Sofrito can be added to anything to make it taste that much better! The smell alone takes me back to my childhood. Below I…

The Puerto Rican Vegetarian

I grew up with a traditional Puerto Rican Mother and Grandmother who home cooked 99% of our meals. Like most Americans, I was raised eating meat. My family cooked traditional Puerto Rican foods such as arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pernil (roasted pork shoulder), pastilles (or empanadas) and bistec encebollado (Beef and onions) just to name a few! I…