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…

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…

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…