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Pumpkin Flan

Prepare a pumpkin flan for Thanksgiving. Use one can of pumpkin puré and the usual ingredients to make flan. It is a gluten free dessert that I made for a friend who can’t eat pumpkin pie. 

Making the caramel is not an easy step if this is your first time. You will place the melted sugar on the bottom of a glass baking dish 9.5 inches x 1.6 inches (24cm x 4cm). I use a non-stick pot to melt the sugar. This step took me several times to get it right when I was learning. Now it’s super easy to do. If you are a beginner, check some online videos on how to melt sugar.  Read more…



Black Bean Dip with Tahini

This is a fabulous creamy black bean dip for a party! 

[Disclosure: Sesame King sent me samples of the tahini paste. But I was not paid for this recipe, I just used the product. Opinions are always mine. #sample.]

Start with a can of black beans or with fresh cooked black beans. First add some flavor to the black beans by heating them in a pan with some spices. Chop tomato, garlic cloves, and onions and add to the black beans. Season with salt and black pepper. Add fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley.  Read more…



Gazpacho a shot of antioxidants

This is a healthy and refreshing recipe from Spain. It is fabulous as an appetizer for a party. It is my favorite dish when there is an abundance of tomatoes from the garden at the end of summer. This is my second gazpacho recipe that I have on my site. My first recipe  yields a lot more liquid while this one is thicker and has crunchier tasty bites. Feel free to adapt this gazpacho recipe to your taste.  
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Oatmeal with papaya and coconut

Oatmeal with papaya and coconutOatmeal with papaya cut into cubes with shredded coconut and a pinch of cinnamon. Delicious. The oatmeal and papaya will melt in your mouth and the taste is as if you were eating an oatmeal cookie.   Read more…



Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are cooked on the outside until they are golden brown and semi soft and still crunchy in the inside. The idea is to keep them crispy (not baby food type). In my house this is a favorite vegetable for the Thanksgiving menu. This same recipe can be followed to cook other vegetables. Try this recipe with cauliflower. Roasted vegetables taste so much better than when they are steamed.

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Homemade Sauerkraut

Give it a try and make your own sauerkraut at home and ferment some vegetables. One benefit of eating kraut is that you will be getting those beneficial probiotics that support your gut health. To start getting some live active cultures in your diet start with a healthy diet and add probiotics foods such as kefir, miso soup, kimchi or sauerkraut.

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Easy Chimichurri Sauce

This chimichurri sauce from Argentina adds flavor to any meats, empanada, yuca and it can be used as dressing for vegetables. Prepare ahead of time and save it in the fridge to serve at any time.

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The main ingredients are flat leaf parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and any chile pepper. I have added swiss chard or kale to this recipe especially when using it as a salsa for dipping.  Read more…



Mango salsa with pico de gallo

Tacos con pico de gallo con mango

This pico de gallo salsa with mango is my classic dish to serve with tortilla chips or tacos. Start with fresh, ripe mango.   Read more…



A green salad with dried figs

Ensalada verde de Malena Nutricion

 

Dried figs are tasty in a salad.  Three dried figs provides 63 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of dietary fiber, 41 milligrams of calcium, 171 milligrams of potassium.

Source: USDA Nutrition Database.



Chiles ready for Sunday

Roasted chiles, all cleaned and ready to use for a Sunday meal. Which one is your favorite recipe?:

  1. Vegetarian tamales
  2. Chiles with cheese
  3. Green chile
  4. Cornbread with chile

mmm. Salud!