Whole30 Day 4: 15-Minute One-Pot Chicken & Kale Recipe

Today was a great day! I discovered a great new recipe that I am dying to share with you all. Now, this isn’t your typical ah-mazing recipe… it’s meant to be easy, simple and no-thinking-allowed type of thing. In fact, I think anyone and everyone can make this one.

I’ve always loved one-pot recipes. So when I realized that I was planning to have chicken and kale for lunch today, an idea struck: why not make it the easiest recipe ever?

And so I did!
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Whole30 Day 3: Cooking, Cooking and More Cooking

Today feels like the first real day of Whole30 for me. Not because I haven’t been 100% compliant with the program for the past two days, but more because today is the first day that I really made food for myself all day long.

You see, my first day’s dinner was more like snacking. And my second day’s food was from a healthy, compliant restaurant in the city. But today… today it was all me. And it was a true revelation as to how this program can go for some people.

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Holiday Survival Smoothie

Holiday Survival SmoothieWhen it comes to the holidays, most of us throw our diets out the window and plan to worry about it on Jan. 1. But I have another trick up my sleeve.

Instead of pretending like winter weight gain doesn’t exist until the new year, I plan ahead and stay (relatively) healthy throughout the holidays with a very special holiday survival smoothie recipe. In fact, this year I’m even going to send the recipe with my holiday cards so all my friends and family can share in it too.

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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

Chayote Kale Breakfast Smoothie

HealthyLatinFood_KaleChayoteSmoothieRemember when, last week, I discovered the “Latin” produce section at my local grocery store and went gaga over the jicama? Yes, I’m sure you do–my Mexican Cole Slaw was the oh-so-yummy result.

Well, this week is a very similar story. Only this time my love affair started with chayote.

Chayote, which originated in Mexico but has since spread all over Latin America, is a member of the gourd family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. However, I find that its texture and flavor is a little similar to pears–and that’s why I decided to make a smoothie out of it.

After the delicious success of my Kale Avocado Smoothie, I knew I wanted to try another one with kale, too. I have to say, I love the extra bit of sweetness that the chayote brought to this breakfast smoothie. I would definitely try this one again, and maybe even with a bit more chayote than the first time.  Continue reading

Kale Avocado Breakfast Smoothie

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I’ve loved a lot of smoothies in the past, and I am sure that I will love many more in my future. But no smoothie will speak to my heart quite as much as this incredible Kale Avocado Breakfast Smoothie.

Here’s a little confession first: my mom has gotten into the habit lately of sending me kale in the mail. It sounds a bit nuts, I know, but in the past two years she has really grown her green thumb and started planting all kids of vegetables and fruit.

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Slow Cooker Ranchero Bean & Turkey Soup with Kale

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I don’t know about you, but I am totally one of those people that freezes turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving and tries to figure out what to do with them later in the year. When it came to using up the rest of what I had, I couldn’t think of anything better than a slow cooker soup. Here’s the truth: I am a bit addicted to my slow cooker. And I personally don’t think that’s an addiction that’s going to die down any time soon.

You remember my slow cooker turkey broth, right? Well, when I moved apartments a few weeks ago, I brought it all with me but now I have to figure out what to actually do with it. To be honest, I came up with this recipe pretty randomly. I had the turkey broth, the leftover turkey and then I saw the Ranchero beans in the store and couldn’t help myself. The topping on the cherry? Kale, obviously. Because that’s how I roll. Continue reading

Fresh Kale Salad with Queso Blanco

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I fell in love with kale a few years ago.

Soon after I started my studies at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I took a few healthy cooking classes and somewhere along the way was introduced to kale. I can’t remember exactly how it happened but, all of a sudden, I was one of those crazy kale-worshipping nuts. And I’ve never been happier.

After I discovered nutritional powerhouse that is kale, I discovered caldo verde, a Portuguese soup made with sausage, potatoes and, of course, kale. I also started making sautéed kale and constantly adding it in my quinoa salads and pasta dishes. It was glorious. But I didn’t truly appreciate the full versatility of kale until I discovered how to make a fresh kale salad. Continue reading

Smoky Three Bean & Kale Chili with Quinoa

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About a week ago, it was an absolutely miserable day in New York City. The sky was gray, it was raining on and off, and I just couldn’t get warm all day. It was probably the first truly dreary day this autumn, and I was in an undesirable mood.

All I wanted was to go home and eat some leftovers but, as I made my way home, I just didn’t feel like eating the spicy sweet potato and black bean salad I had (although I had been enjoying it for lunch for several days now). Instead, I needed something hearty. I needed something warm. I needed chili… And I needed it bad.

That’s how my crappy day turned into a great one, ending with a smoky three bean and kale chili that I topped with Greek yogurt and served over quinoa. I knew that it was going to take a lot to improve on this dreary day, and luckily this chili did not disappoint. Continue reading

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