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…

Green Grape Green Smoothie

Making a green smoothie part of your day, especially starting your day, is the best thing you can do for yourself! It’s light and gives you energy. Remember when making smothies, you can adjust any smoothie to your liking (sweetness, texture, etc.).  If you are thinking your blender isn’t good enough, let me stop you right…

Rosemary Sweet Potato Mash

Some of the simplest recipes are the best recipes. When I adopted a plant based lifestyle, I read that having sweet potatoes are better than having white potatoes. It seems to be as much of a debate as white rice vs brown rice. But I’m not going to get into that right now either. Honestly, I…

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,…

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…