Stuffed Bell Peppers

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This stuffed bell peppers are so good, they are easy to make and they look so pretty!  They work very well for a regular family dinner or they present great at your next reunion. They can be made ahead of time and just reheat them at your convenience. I’m sure you are going to like them as much as I do!

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

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Green Chile Egg Muffins

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This green egg muffins are loaded with protein, fiber and flavor! Very simple, Green chiles and cilantro add such a great seasoning that they don’t need anything else. Spinach add vitamins, iron and fiber. Eggs add the protein that you need to start you day. I find egg muffins so convenient because they keep for several days in your refrigerator and you can pop them in the microwave to have a healthy quick breakfast. They make a very healthy snack too!

GREEN CHILE EGG MUFFINS

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Citrus Cabbage Salad

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Even though spring is around the corner (or at least that’s what I wish for) it is still very cold outside and citrus fruits are still in season! Great for us loaded with vitamin C. I prepared this beautiful, colorful salad. Very simple, delicious full of fresh natural ingredients. Enjoy!

CITRUS CABBAGE SALAD

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Balsamic Short Ribs With Butternut Squash Puree

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I’ve been wanting to cook Short Ribs for a long time, but I just didn’t know what kind of seasoning to cook them with. I browse through the internet, but I didn’t want to add sugar, or wine or beer, and all the recipes that I found had one or the other. So I came up with this idea! And it came out absolutely delicious!

Crock pot is so convenient, I like it so much, just put all the ingredients and forget about it, until all the aromas find you! Give them a try, and let me know!

BALSAMIC SHORT RIBS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH PUREE

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Lettuce Fish Tacos

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I woke up to a beautiful sunny day that transported me to a beachy place, so I prepared this refreshing lettuce tacos before it snows… again… tomorrow. They are light full of flavour and the lettuce gives a very nice crunch to them. The slaw is delicious with the pineapple, kind of tropical feeling.

This recipe is suitable if you are following a low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free or paleo diet.

LETTUCE FISH TACOS

Makes 3 tacos

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Dia de la Bandera

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Today is the day that we Mexicans commemorate our flag. Each component has a very significant meaning. In the center there is the National Emblem, which refers to the story of the Aztec Indians traveling for many many years looking for what their gods had told them to found their city: an eagle standing on a nopal devouring a serpent. The color meanings have changed over the years. Originally, the white represented religion, (Catholics political dominant in those days). Green, freedom (Independence obtain from the rising Mexican people). Red, union (as Americans and Europeans united building a new population).

Now, as the church was separated from the political state, the green means hope, the white unity and the red the blood of the national heroes.

So, based on this colors, I decided to prepare a dish with this beautiful bright colors. This is easy, and flavorful. All the ingredients make this dish spectacular and delicious it just draws your attention.

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GINGER ASPARAGUS WITH BELL PEPPERS

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Aromatic Steak

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Today I present to you this beautiful aromatic steak. The fresh herbs infuse the steak beautifully. It is easy, simple and quick. I am a meat eater I can’t deny it! Being raised in a cowboy land you just have to love it. That doesn’t mean I don’t like vegetables, I love vegetables and even go on vegetarian days, but I come back to meat. I must confess, I really like everything! There is not a food that I don’t like! Does that make me a foodie? I guess… And what about the aromas? Isn’t it nice when you come home and it smells delicious? Maybe a nice stew, a grilled aromatic steak just like this or a freshly baked cake? Definitely, I’m a foodie…

Well, coming back to meat, I like beef tenderloin because being the leanest, I find that it  is the most tender beef meat. Pair it with some vegetables, rice, over some greens, it is versatile.

AROMATIC STAKE

Serves 1

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Meatless Friday for Lent

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This is a great idea for a meatless day, specially for those of us who are following Lenten Season.

Although, Pope Francis have asked us tu reconsider the heart of this activity. On his Lenten message he wrote: “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.” He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

I would like to interpret this as noticing the people around me, not just the poor, take the time to listen, to help and show my compassion, my support, feel their pain, be there for them and let them know that I am there.

Still I also will have meatless fridays.

MARINATED PORTOBELLO

Makes 2 Portobello

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Baked Eggs

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Today it is so cold out there that I needed a comfort food breakfast. So I went to my roots and prepared some mexican style baked eggs. Some ingredients typical in Mexican recipes are: tomato, onion, chile (serrano) and garlic. I used some fresh herbs and immediately all the aromas started to warm up my kitchen and my home. And soon enough my tummy too! This is the perfect breakfast for the weekend!

MEXICAN STYLE BAKED EGGS

Makes 3 eggs

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Healthy?

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What does a healthy diet mean?

Let me remind you that I’m not a physician, dietitian nor nutritionist. I am just a woman who observes, thinks and reflects.

I think, that for a person with diabetes, healthy diet might means not eating sugar. A person with heart problems, might follow a diet low in salt and low in fat. For a person who has gout, a healthy diet might mean not eating red meat. For a celiac person, a healthy diet means refraining from gluten. A lactose intolerant person does no eat dairy products. And there are as many diseases and conditions as different healthy diets. Lets keep in mind that not only people with health issues need special dietary needs. These also vary according to your lifestyle. Different kind of athets, babies, childen, teenagers and old people, they all have different dietry needs.

What I do find in common in all different diets is vegetables, so I think we should eat a big variety of fresh vegetables and we should include them in every meal. As for the rest, what I try to do is learn to listen to my body. To me, this is a ongoing process. I pay attention to what I eat and pay attention to how I feel. This way, I find out what is good for me. I try to live a balanced lifestyle, meaning eating, doing, exercising and enjoying a little bit of everything that life has to offer. Trying not to fall in any kind of excess. And just like my son once shared:

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist”

Friedrich Nietzsche

So, what does eating healthy mean to you?