Mexican Bean, Corn & Kale Salsa with Chorizo

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A few weeks ago, one of my very best friends moved in with a wonderful man–and I couldn’t be happier for them. In fact, when it came time for their housewarming, I wanted to make something really special to bring to the party.

Now, I’m Cuban but Jesse and  I (the friend in question) have an ongoing joke about me being Mexican thanks to a drunken comment made by him years ago. It’s too hard to explain, but suffice it to say that I knew making a Mexican-inspired dish was the way to go. And with it being a party, I wanted something that would be easy for people to munch on–and somehow came up with this Mexican Bean, Corn & Kale Salsa with ChorizoContinue reading

Roasted Heirloom Tomato & Cachucha Peppers Salsa

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I’ve always been one of those people who loves her birthday, and celebrating turning 28 years old this past Saturday with some of my best friends was absolutely wonderful. But of course, it wouldn’t be my birthday if I didn’t have a special little treat for everyone.

This year I made a variation on my Spicy Cuban Cheese Ball, some pomegranate margaritas and a roasted heirloom tomato and cachucha peppers salsa. Well, to be honest, I’ve actually been making this one since my Christmas party–and it’s been a huge hit! Typically, I serve it with whole wheat tortilla chips but I’ve also tried it with celery and baby carrots and that’s been great, too.  Continue reading

Mango Pomegranate Mimosas with Mint

HealthyLatinFood_MangoPomegranateMintMomosa1I know I’ve been a little missing-in-action lately but, trust me, I’ve still been working on recipes whenever I can. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my latest cooking and eating out adventures on my Instagram feed?

The craziest thing that’s gone on in my life lately is the fact that I just moved apartments. From finding a new place to packing (and getting rid of things) to actually moving and setting up my new place, I was exhausted.

But that’s all over now. I am happily settled in my new apartment and now it’s time to celebrate! And guess how I’m doing it? By having friends over to try my latest creation: these mango pomegranate mimosas with mint! Continue reading

Chef Ingrid Hoffman On Portion Control, Her Favorite Healthy Recipes & Splurging Sometimes

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February is Heart Health Month and, I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but seeing American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women information everywhere I turn. With heart disease being such an important topic in the Latino community, you can bet I’m noticing what’s being said – and one of the words of wisdom is coming from chef Ingrid Hoffman.

The star of Simply Delicioso on Food Network and author of the new book Latin D’Lite, I was lucky enough to sit down with the famed Colombian-American chef to talk about my (and her) favorite topic: healthy eating made easy for Latinos!

The fan of Latin food opened up about how she keeps a good figure (it’s easier than you think!), her secrets for portion control, how she keeps from over indulging – and when it’s okay to do so a little, the easiest way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our lives and her favorite go-to recipe for those nights when we all know that we’re too tired to slave away in the kitchen. Plus, I learned why she’s such a huge fan of Mazola® Cooking Oil, which has recently been found to be more effective in lowering “bad” cholesterol than the typical favorite extra virgin olive oil. I mean, who knew that our mami’s favorite can now easily become our healthy go-to?! I certainly didn’t! Read on for more healthy eating tips and tricks from chef Ingrid Hoffman. Continue reading

How I Got Inspired at NYCWFF’s Tacos & Tequila Party

In case you weren’t aware, last week was New York City Wine & Food Fest. I was a pretty busy bee for work and, I admit, not really eating as healthy as I could be. It all culminated in one of the best nights of my life–the Olmeca Altos Tequila Tacos & Tequila Party hosted by Bobby Flay. And, surprisingly enough, I came away inspired!

I was at the party representing Latina magazine and The Latin Kitchen, of course, and was madly instagramming from both accounts the entire time. I also brought my friend Justin Schwartz, a fantastic cookbook editor and blogger behind JustCookNYC. Together, we went around with my very determined mission to try EVERY SINGLE TACO.

We succeeded (mostly) and I was honestly surprised by the sheer amount of variety that we found at this party. Maybe I shouldn’t have been, since the chefs were all pretty amazing, but trying all of the crazy, typical, fusion (and more!) varieties left me completely in awe–and even more inspired to create new recipes than I could have imagined.

In the meantime, as I work to get back to the kitchen after an utterly exhausting and wonderful week, here’s a recap of what happened (and what went in my belly!) at the Tacos & Tequila party. Trust me, it was all GOOD.

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Salvation Taco: Headcheese Tostada with Local Vegetables en Escabeche. This was the first one we approached, and I was immediately drawn to how pretty these jars are. Doesn’t it just make you want to start pickling something? Continue reading

My Healthy Taco Party for Hispanic Heritage Month

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If there’s one thing I can’t imagine my life without these days, it’s the joy of throwing a really good dinner party. I’ve always been a social person and, in fact, I remember putting together many themed get-togethers when I was in high school.

Back then, it was getting everyone to dress up in pirate costumes just for fun to celebrate the return of school. These days, with me weighing almost 100 pounds less than I did back then, I count down the days until I can invite my friends over again for a different kind of get together–this time it’s a themed dinner party.

Ever since I started cooking healthy, I’ve yearned to have others taste my dishes. It started slowly at first, sure, but now I have friends asking me when the next dinner is or even coming up with the themes for me to execute. And I love it!

There’s something about the combination of cooking for those I love, feeding them delicious and good-for-them meals, and just spending some quality time together that fills my heart with more joy than I can describe. Nothing motivates me to cook like making food for these special people, which is why I happily took on the challenge of making a healthy DIY taco bar dinner party in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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