A little Za’atar here…

I clearly can’t get enough of this wonderful spice blend. I made this ridiculously easy meal since I had a fresh batch of the Za’atar Hummus on hand. I could’ve done without the rice but I couldn’t find any pita at the time! Perhaps my next recipe? 🙂 A Za’atar Meal Serves 2-3 Ingredients for…

Potato, Egg & Caramelized Onion Tart

You’ll want to take the time to caramelize those onions. Trust me. They are such a wonderful flavor in this tart. The key to the potatoes, is, to slices them super super thin (mandolin anyone?) and if you choose, microwave them for a few to soften them. On to the recipe! I made the crust…

Chia Pudding & Mango

Chia? Yep. Coconut milk? Check. Mango? You betcha. Panela? Triple check. Not feeling how hot it is this summer and heaven forbid you turn the oven on?! Look no further.  There is ZERO cooking in this recipe. The best part is it stays in the fridge ready for you to eat at a moments notice!…

Quinoa, Tabbouleh Style

Quinoa is just plain fun to eat. You either like the nutty texture or you don’t. I happen to be a big fan of it. Cold or hot, quinoa makes a great addition to any meal or as a main stay.

Pulled Pork Shoulder

Garlic is the make or break in so many dishes. This is one of those dishes where, if it says 1 whole bulb of garlic, best to use one whole bulb.

Ropa Vieja

  Ropa Vieja or “Old Clothes” is a favorite of mine. I mean let’s face it, most of these recipes are my favorite and that’s why I share them with you. I grew up eating meat, rice, a side of salad and fried plantains. This is the perfect Sunday night dinner or meal prep dish…

Mexican Style Yellow Rice

My dad is a great cook. This is totally a recipe inspired by him. I remember the first time I remember cutting all the ingredients for this recipe, how meticulously I cut the jalapeños, prepared the tomatoes and onions. How it all came together to make this tasty rice. Sofrito is not a step to…

Liquid Smoke Black Beans

Black Beans can be so hit or miss if you don’t know how to season them properly. After my recent trip back to the US, I picked up some liquid smoke and it made such a difference, I’ve been making them like this ever since. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out! I…

Empanada Dough (Baked Version)

My nickname is Empanadita. Little Empanada. I love these. Ever since my mom made them when I was a kid and even our next door neighbor would snag a dozen or more, I knew these were delicious. I mean, super easy to make, baked or fried, whatever filling you like. You couldn’t ask for a…

Broiled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. Yes they can taste awful, but it’s all in the execution. Salt, pepper, olive oil and cayenne pepper can go a long way with this dish. Season liberally! These baby cabbages are crispy, crunchy, smelly and delicious. They start on bake and end on broil. Each time I find…

Potato hash & more.

Remember that chimichurri recipe? If you need more things to pair it with- I’ve got you covered! This time we have a potato hash with various other goodies mixed in! Sometimes I’m too lazy to add anything to the hash and other times I’m feeling like Cookie Monster and add all the left overs in…

Rice with Guandules

Say what you want but I judge a place on how good their rice is. If they can’t get that right, who know what other kitchen snafus they’ll have. It applies to so many cuisines and is a staple in many homes, including mine! This was probably one of the first things I learned how…