Category: Foods for LENT

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad is perfect for SPRING!

Spring has SPRUNG! It’s time to usher in the warmer weather with this refreshing Mediterranean Rotini Pasta Salad. I seriously dread having it in the house because I can’t stop eating it till it’s gone. On a the bright side it’s easy to make, and have on hand to accompany a main dish or partner up with a leafy green for a duo salad night.

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Spicy Peppery Vegetable Pizzas

Spicy Peppery Vegetable Pizzas

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Spicy Peppery Vegetable Pizzas made with Clamato

Spicy Peppery Vegetable Pizzas are perfect for lent or any other meatless day!

Celebrating with Spicy Peppery Vegetable Pizzas:

A few years ago my family lost my Grandfather. He was the rock of our family and instilled so many of his beliefs and traditions in us, we soaked in his words and continue to possess them as our own. I think back to the stories of him telling us his first memories of stepping foot in Los Angeles as a young boy. He and his family had arrived by freight train and thought LA would be a good place to jump off. Only a few English words existed in his mostly Spanish vocabulary at the time, and he described the experience as ‘convivir’ the initial blending of his two worlds. He prospered here in Los Angeles, worked hard, bought a house and became a father of 8. Never forgetting his beautiful Mexican culture and wholeheartedly embracing his American life. This is how he raised his family, and I am forever grateful for my upbringing under his guidance.

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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Cream of roasted cauliflower leek soup with empanadas

Keeping warm with a bowl of Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup has been the trend in my house lately. With all these record breaking temperature lows this decadent soup will definitely sizzle up your belly in the most pleasant way.

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Cheesy Jalapeno Idaho® Potato Pupusas

Cheesy Jalapeno Idaho® Potato Pupusas

I would like to give a special thank you to the Idaho Potato Commission for sponsoring this post! All opinions and recipe are my own. 
Cheesy Jalapeno Potato Pupusas made with Idaho Potatoes!

My pupusa habit was becoming a bit on the expensive side, especially when ordering for the whole family a couple times a week and everyone wanted more than one. Also let’s face it, the options are limited for vegetarians at most places. This drove me to start making my own pupusas. I was pleasantly surprised at how extremely easy they are to make, and how great they taste filled with Idaho® Potatoes, cheese and jalapeno! Such a simple inexpensive meal that taste like the most decadent flavors have been invited to your table. (more…)

Pistachio Fig Arroz Con Leche: Gluten Free Dessert

Pistachio Fig Arroz Con Leche: Gluten Free Dessert

Pistachio Fig Arroz Con Leche makes a fantastic gluten free treat.

The story of Pistachio Fig Arroz Con Leche: I got this friend named Rachel, I like to call her Miss Killers, but that’s different story for another time. Rachel is gluten-free and has been for a while now. It seems like most of our encounters are planned around food, either it’s a potluck or a restaurant rendezvous, but (more…)

Falafel Encrusted Avocado Tacos

Falafel Encrusted Avocado Tacos

falafel encrusted avocado tacos are plant based

A while ago a friend of mine had posted a picture of avocado tacos and one of the persons in the comment section asked “how do you keep the crust from going soggy?” The person who posted never responded, because they probably didn’t have an answer. I thought that to be a legitimate question and have never forgot about it. (more…)

Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Vegetarian Heaven: Cauliflower Rellenos

Cauliflower rellenos topped with pepper jack cheese and a spicy tomato chile sauce. It's so delicious.

Gosh, it’s crazy hot here in LA, and will continue to be for the next few days or weeks. I can’t even stand to stick one toe outside right now. I  have the window shades pulled all the way down and my AC blasting on HIGH! I feel like I’m living in a modern age cave, and I like it. With the house cooled down to a comfortable 70 degrees my appetite is in full swing and since I’m a prisoner to my home, why not make something delicious? Cauliflower Rellenos are just the thing to make me happy. (more…)