Spicy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

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When I was younger, you couldn’t pay me to eat a salad. I remember my mami begging me to try one: a Caesar, some spinach, anything! But I refused and stayed a stubborn, picky eater. Now, after having lost 100 pounds, I definitely know better.

I can almost surprise myself with how differently I eat these days. Instead of avoiding salads like the plague, I eat all kinds of greens. I also enjoy seasonal produce, clean eating (you know, as little processed stuff as possible) and making healthy choices as much as possible. That’s why a couple weeks ago, when I saw Fall produce begin to appear in farmer’s markets stalls across New York City, I had to buy a few sweet potatoes. Plus I just had to get some pomegranate seeds. And I admit: I was actually craving a salad.

After thinking about what I had in my cupboards (black beans) and what dressing I recently fell in love with (the avocado vinaigrette), I decided that what I really wanted was to make a spicy sweet potato and black bean saladContinue reading

5 Things Friday (Latina Curves, Yucca, Smorgasburg & More)

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Last weekend I convinced my friend Christiana to come with me to Smorgasburg Williamsburg, an outdoor food market by Brooklyn Flea, because I saw that baker Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina would be there selling Pan de Muerto. I mean, could I help myself? It was Dia de los Muertos and coincidentally a gorgeous, warm autumn day.

We ended up having a fantastic time and tried a ton of food, including this delicious traditional Colombian arepa from Palenque Food and an alligator chili that we just LOVED from Brooklyn Bayou. Afterward, I was in a good mood all day.

In fact, I felt pretty good all week. After cooking up a (healthy) storm a couple weeks ago, I finally put up some of my recent recipes. My big batch of Cuban sofrito, which I’ll be enjoying for a while to come, and the baked plantains with avocado crema, which I brought to a potluck with Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, are winners. Of course, there’s also a few more things that I wanted to share with you this week. Take a look! Continue reading

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