Chiles en Nogada

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Today we commemorate the independence of Mexico. This is a perfect way to celebrate it. The “Chiles en Nogada” are a Poblano chile stuffed with a special ground beef stew covered with a pecan cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate. It is a delicious typical mexican dish that has a very interesting story behind. Tells the story, that the Agustin Nuns from the Santa Monica Convent in Puebla, Mexico, invented this recipe to honor Agustin de Iturbide who just had signed the independence of Mexico in Cordoba, Veracruz. The Chiles are very colorful resembling the Mexican Flag, green, white and red. Hope you enjoy such a delicious traditional Mexican dish.

CHILES EN NOGADA

Serves 8

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Chicken Salad

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This is kind of my version of the traditional Waldorf Salad. I like it so much because it is so simple and it can be prepared ahead of time. All of its ingredients are delicious and creates balance between them. I don’t use apples, instead, I use black seedless table grapes, they are so sweet that add a very nice flavor to the salad. And for the crunchiness I add jicama. This is another recipe where I integrate mexican ingredients to a traditional american dish.

Jicama is a root originally form Mexico. It has a very fresh and crunchiness consistency. It is very low-calorie and it is a very good source of fiber.

Enjoy!

CHICKEN SALAD

Serves 2

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Red “Pesto”

I wanted to make a red version of a Pesto, so I came up with this combination of flavors that were absolutely delicious. You can pair it with Poultry, fish, simple toast or pasta just as I did this time. It is the easiest to make too. Just throw all the ingredients in the blender (or if you have a food processor much better), and done!

RED “PESTO”

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All Natural Banana Nut Chocolate Ice Cream

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This is the simplest ice cream you’ll ever make. So easy and… healthy! Yes healthy! It has absolutely no sugar added, just the natural sweetness from the bananas. So yes, we can have a little healthy delicious treat.

It is made out of frozen ripped bananas, cocoa powder and pecans.

Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo.

I’m sure you can create lots of different combinations with the same banana base. Be creative! But try this one first!

BANANA NUT CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

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Squared Pecan Pie

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Over the holidays I got this beautiful squared ceramic oven safe pan and I just couldn’t wait to use it for the first time! Luckily, my son Luis’ birthday is TODAY! So I had the perfect excuse to bake with it.

He is not much of a cake fan, but as the rest of the family, he is a huge fan of pecans. So I baked this pecan pie for him. Smells delicious, looks delicious and taste delicious!

Pecan pies are easy to bake, the crust is the only that takes a little time because you have to chill it for a bit, but is very easy too. This crust you may use it for any kind of pie, tart, rustic tart or pastry.

Enjoy it! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUIS!!!!

PECAN PIE

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Christmas Eve

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Let’s not forget the main celebration of Christmas: the celebration of the birth of Jesus. God gave us the greatest gift of all, his own son. Jesus, the prince of peace, would grow to show us the way of life, the pathway to God, and eternal life.

And yes, I believe that it is time to make peace with ourselves and with those around us to show that we care about them. This involves getting together, having delicious food, and giving gifts.

Today I am preparing a very easy last minute dessert that is delicious and healthy (yes, you read right: healthy!). It only requires strawberries, yogurt, and pecans. This dessert looks so pretty and tastes like a little popsicle full of flavor. Prepare them ahead of time and stick them in the freezer.

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STRAWBERRY POPSICLES

Makes 20 popsicles

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Gloomy Day

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It is a cloudy, gloomy day. It is getting colder and tomorrow it is supposed to snow. So what a better day for baking and let the good kitchen aromas brighten my day?!

I’ve been meaning to bake some nice morning, nutritious, breakfast muffins. I came up with this idea and it turn out so delicious, it made my day! You know, only the best is in here, coconut oil, flaxseed, bananas, raspberries… Bet you cant wait to try them.

This can be a perfect Christmas morning breakfast! They freeze perfectly, can be made ahead of time, and microwave them just before serving.

 

RASPBERRY BANANA NUT MUFFINS

Serves 18

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