Jackfruit Pernil Pastellios (turnovers)

Pernil is a Puerto Rican slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder. Mom made it best! Of course I haven’t had it in years because I’ve been meat-free for six years now! But it was one of favorite foods growing up. I shared a jackfruit Pernil recipe in the past (click here). That’s what we are going to…

Pink Dragon Bowl

Pitaya, or dragon fruit, has hot-pink (or white) skin and a polka dot flesh inside. The skin also looks like green flames. It’s really cool! And even more, it’s naturally photogenic (*wink*).  Pitaya has a subtly sweet and is  similar to kiwi (in  taste and texture). I’ve red that pitaya is a cactus species but don’t…

BBQ Chick’n Sliders

A little while back, I shared a recipe for BBQ Cauli-Chick’n Bites. They are amazing paired with mac & Cheese or any rice dish. I decided to add these to sliders but feel free to grab a long roll and add a few pieces at a time. The sliders are a great options for kids…

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…

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…

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…

Purple Pad Thai (V, GF, OF)

This is my second Pad Thai recipe. However it has been 3 years since I shared it (See it here)! This one is different because I use tofu and had a tomato-miso base. This Purple Pad Thai is, well, purple and mad with a lime-tamari base. Both equally delicious! The flavor in this is booming and…

[Tempeh] Reuben Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?! I certainly LOVE sandwiches. I thought I needed cheese on a sandwich for it to taste to good or be complete but I was sadly mistaken! It’s really all about the sauce! Generally speaking, a good sauce pretty much makes any meal. Amirite? This sandwich is A-1. Definitely a new…