Honey Dijon ChIcken Bake Recipe

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This Honey Dijon Chicken Bake recipe is sooooo easy, when I tell you this is the perfect dinner for after a long day at work. The only real step is making the honey Dijon glaze, then it’s all the ovens work.

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I also know lots of people who struggle with making flavorful, healthy dinners. Especially with chicken breast.

Honey Dijon Chicken Bake

Since the breast of the chicken is especially lean, it doesn’t have much to fat. And the fat is where the natural flavors come from in wings, drumsticks, and thighs. So, you always have to put in a little extra work when it comes to flavoring a chicken breast.

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Nonetheless, the chicken breast is my favorite part of the chicken to cook with because it is like a plain canvas. There’s so much you can do with it, like this wonderful Honey Dijon Chicken Bake Recipe.

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For more chicken breast recipes check out my Chicken Fricasse recipe and this Chicken Parmesan recipe.

Honey Dijon Chicken Bake

What do I need to make Honey Dijon Chicken Bake?

  • Chicken breasts. The star of the show in this recipe.
  • Butter. Adds flavor to sauce.
  • Garlic. Adds flavor to sauce.
  • Honey. Balances the flavors of the sauce. Substitute for maple syrup, sugar, or molasses.
  • Dijon Mustard. Balances the flavors of the sauce. Substitute for brown or yellow mustard.
  • Salt. Enhances flavors.
  • Pepper. Enhances flavors.
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Honey Dijon Chicken Bake Recipe

This recipe is sooooo easy, when I tell you this is the perfect dinner for after a long day at work. The only real step is making the honey Dijon glaze, then it’s all the ovens work. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Sauce pan
  • Baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mistard
  • To taste salt
  • To taste Black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place on baking sheet that just fits the size of the chicken (to avoid burning sauce later).
  • Combine butter and garlic in sauce pan over low heat and cook until garlic is fragrant, but not browned. Add Dijon mistard and honey and cook until sauce is simmering, or slightly thickened.
  • Pour sauce over chicken breasts and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, flip, and cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Don’t forget to flip the chicken half way through!
  • If you don’t have honey on hand, replace with maple syrup, sugar, or even molasses.
  • If you don’t have dijon mustard on hand, replace with brown or yellow mustard. You could even try making homemade Dijon mustard to make this elevate this recipe!

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Mango habanero wings

Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

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This is mango habanero chicken wings recipe is my favorite because it is a combination of sweet, fresh mango and spicy, earthy habanero. The flavors get perfectly balanced with the addition of lime and honey, so be sure not to skip that part!

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But seriously, as someone who is not the biggest fan of buffalo wings, this is the next best thing. The heat is there, but it’s contrasted so well with the mango! Now all I have to do is find a bomb dipping sauce recipe to pair these wings with… Stay tuned for that.

The best part about this recipe is that once you get your hands on a pack of wings, a mango, and a couple habanero peppers, everything else you need is probably already in your pantry.

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What do you need to make Mango Habanero Chicken Wings?

  • Chicken wings. The star of the show today.
  • Mango. Adds sweet, fresh flavors to the sauce.
  • Habanero peppers. Adds spicy, earthy flavors to the sauce.
  • Honey. Balances the flavors in the sauce.
  • Lime. Adds acidicity and balances flavors in the sauce.
  • Vinegar. Cleans chicken.
  • Water. Cleans chicken.
  • Flour. Coats the chicken for a crispy wing.
  • Salt. Adds flavor to the coating and sauce.
  • Pepper. Adds flavor to the coating.
  • Garlic powder. Adds flavor to the coating.
  • Chili powder. Adds flavor to the coating.
  • Paprika. Adds flavor to the coating.

If you loved the use of mango in this savory dish, check out my Mango Guacamole recipe and this Mango Rice recipe!

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Check out my video for a more detailed description of this Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe.

Mango habanero wings

Mango Habanero Chicken Wings Recipe

This is my favorite chicken wing recipe because it is a combination of sweet, fresh mango and spicy, earthy habanero. The flavors get perfectly balanced with the addition of lime and honey, so be sure not to skip that part!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Bowls
  • Baking sheets
  • Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vinegar white
  • 1 cup flour all purpose
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 mango
  • 3 habanero peppers
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lime
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Add chicken wings, water, and vinegar to bowl, mix for a minute, and drain.
  • Combine flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and chili powder to bowl. Coat each wing in flour mixture and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the wings are about halfway cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Peel and dice mango. Trim habanero peppers. Add both to food processor and puree.
  • Add honey and pureed mixture to pan over low to medium heat and cook until simmering. Remove from heat, place in large bowl, add lime juice and salt, and set aside to cool.
  • Add wings to sauce and coat evenly, then place back on baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until wings are crispy. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Cleaning the chicken in the first step is optional, but recommended!
  • If you don’t have any white vinegar, you can also use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
  • If you don’t have any habanero peppers, you can use jalapeno or serrano peppers.
  • Coat the chicken wings in the flour individually. It makes it so much easier to get a consistent coating.

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Satay Chicken With Indonesian Peanut Sauce Recipe

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Here goes one of my favorite recipes! Satay chicken is so easy to make and so dang good!

I love it for a lazy but tasty dinner option, since I just have to marinate and grill the chicken and mix up the peanut sauce.

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satay chicken
Satay Chicken

What do I need to make Satay Chicken?

  • Chicken Breast. Boneless and skinless please.
  • Peanut butter. Adds flavor to and helps bring together the marinade.
  • Lemon zest. Balances flavors in the marinade.
  • Onion. Adds flavor to the marinade.
  • Corainder. Adds flavor to the marinade.
  • Cumin. Adds flavor to the marinade.
  • Cinnamon. Adds flavor to the marinade.
  • Turmeric. Adds flavor to the marinade.
  • Brown sugar. Balances flavors in the sauce.
  • Oil. Helps bring marinade together.
  • Salt. Enhances flavors to the marinade.
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Peanut sauce
Peanut sauce

What do I need to make the Peanut Sauce?

  • Peanut butter. The star of the show.
  • Hot water. Thins out the mixture and makes it more sauce like.
  • Garlic. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Chiles. Adds flavor to the sauce. Jalapeno, serrano, and habanero work well but can be substituted for red chili flakes or cayenne pepper.
  • Ginger. Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Brown sugar. Balances flavors in the sauce.
  • Lime. Balances flavors in the sauce.
  • Soy sauce. Adds flavor to the sauce.
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Satay Chicken Skewers With Indonesian Peanut Sauce

Here goes one of my favorite recipes! Satay chicken is so easy to make and so dang good!
Prep Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian

Equipment

  • Skewer sticks
  • Food processor

Ingredients
  

Satay Chicken Skewers

  • 1 chicken breast boneless
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp oil

Indonesian Peanut Sauce

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno or habanero, serrano, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Instructions
 

Satay Chicken Skewers

  • Cut chicken breast into one inch thick slices. Combine all other ingredients together in a bowl. Add chicken to marinade bowl and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Stick skewers into each slice of chicken and grill until chicken is charred, about 4 minutes on each side. Set aside and serve with Peanut Sauce.

Indonesian Peanut Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth. Serve with Satay Chicken Skewers.

Notes

  • Marinate the chicken for up to 3 hours for the best and tastiest results! I know I know, sometimes we don’t have 3 hours, so be sure to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • If you don’t have a jalapeno on hand for the peanut sauce, grab a serrano or habanero pepper. And if you don’t have any of those, some red chili flakes or cayenne pepper will do the trick too!

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Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

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Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnocchi.

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Gnocchi is a pasta that many of you probably already are acquainted with, but for some of you this may be very big news.

All I’m going to say is, if you have never had gnocchi before or if you have never had homemade gnocchi before, you definitely need to try this recipe.

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Homemade Gnocchi

Gnocchi is probably the easiest pasta to make because it’s just a handful of ingredients and you don’t need any special tool, besides maybe a fork!

What do I need to make gnocchi?

  • Russet potatoes. I’ve never tried this with Yukon potatoes or sweet potatoes but I think it would work just the same! And I just got a great idea for a future recipe😃
  • Egg. As in most recipes, the egg in this one is working as a binder, as well as giving a little yellow tint to our gnocchi.
  • Salt. You already know. Don’t forget this because pasta without salt will ruin a dish.
  • Flour. All purpose is my choice, but you can do this with wheat too.
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What sauce can I eat gnocchi with?

You can eat gnocchi any type of sauce. My absolute favorite has always been a tomato basil sauce but I have yet to perfect that recipe so you won’t find it on the blog! My dad makes it beautifully though.

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Pesto gnocchi

I also love eating gnocchi with pesto sauce. Find my pesto recipe here. I’ve also had some amazing gnocchi alla vodka and alla sorrentina.

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Can you make vegan gnocchi?

Of course you can. All you have to do is substitute the egg and you’re good to go. Find my recipe for eggless gnocchi here.

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Potato Gnocchi Traditional Recipe

Pasta is a beautiful grain, but we all know the best pasta isn’t a grain at all. It’s a potato dumpling. Introducing the gnoccho.
Prep Time 55 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Fork
  • Large pot
  • Large spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash potatoes and poke in holes with a fork serveral times. Place potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, remove the skins from the potatoes. Combine peeled potatoes, salt, and egg and mix by hand.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and place potato mixture. Gently kneed the flour into the mixture until the flour is fully incorporated. Don’t kneed for longer than 1 minute; the dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough in 4 parts. Working with 1 part at a time, roll dough into one long log about 1 inch in width.
  • Cut dough log into several 1 inch pieces. Roll each piece over the tip of a fork to get texture design. Repeat steps for the remaining dough parts and sprinkle all gnocchi with flour.
  • Heat a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water at a boil and place gnocchi in the pot. Cook until gnocchi rise to the surface of the water and remove. Enjoy!

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Air fryer tortilla chips

Air Fry Tortilla Chips Recipe

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This is the best recipe for crispy and delicious tortilla chips. Air fryer style.

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What do I need to make these tortilla chips?

All you need is corn tortillas, oil, salt, and an air fryer.

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How do I cut tortilla chips?

I cut my tortilla chips into 6, but you can cut them into 4 or 8.

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Which tortillas should I use?

Any brand of corn tortilla will work. This is the brand I always choose.

Corn tortillas

What kind of oil should I use?

Any kind of oil works. I usually use vegetable oil or olive oil.

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Air fryer tortilla chips

Air Fry Tortilla Chips Recipe

This is the best recipe for crispy and delicious tortilla chips. Air fryer style. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Brush

Ingredients
  

  • 3 corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Cut tortilla into chips.
  • Brush both sides of tortilla chips with oil.
  • Season tortilla chips with salt.
  • Lay evenly and flat in air fryer tray making sure no chips are overlapping each other.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees shaking basket every 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer, allow to cool, and enjoy.

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Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros – Rancheros Sauce Recipe

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Huevos rancheros isn’t something I necessarily grew up eating, but it’s a unique and delicious take on everyones favorite meal of the day; breakfast! And if you keep up with Break Thru Kitchen at all, then you know Mexican food is my favorite.

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And this traditional Mexican breakfast dish doesn’t disappoint! It’s made by topping a freshly fried tortilla with refried beans, a sunny side up fried egg, pico de gallo, and a rich and flavorful rancheros sauce.

Huevos Rancheros Homemade
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Why is it called Huevos Rancheros?

The name huevos rancheros translates to ranchers eggs. It was given this name because it is a traditional mid-morning dish in rural Mexican farms.

And while the farmers stick to the authentic recipe, consisting of eggs, tortillas, beans, and salsa, there are many variations of this dish today.

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What do I need to make Huevos Rancheros?

Corn tortilla. The crispy base.

Refried Beans. Gives heartiness and richness to the dish. Find my recipe here.

Eggs. The classic breakfast component.

Pico de Gallo. A fresh, flavorful addition. Find my recipe here.

Rancheros Sauce. Ties it all together.

What can I add to my Huevos Rancheros?

You can add avocado, hot sauce, cheese, lettuce, and so much. I’m giving you the basic recipe today because you will need to master the technique before getting creative.

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Huevos Rancheros – Rancheros Sauce Recipe

Huevos rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish made by topping a freshly fried tortilla with refried beans, a sunny side up fried egg, pico de gallo, and a rich and flavorful rancheros sauce.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 person

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Knife

Ingredients

Rancheros Sauce

  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ tomato diced
  • ½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp oregano dried
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ lime juiced

Huevos Rancheros

  • 1 cup frying oil
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • ¼ cup refried beans
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pico de gallo

Instructions

Rancheros Sauce

  • Add oil, tomato, chipotle pepper, onion, garlic, paprika, oregano, and lime to a small pan over low to medium heat.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, or until almost all the liquid in the pan evaporates.
  • Add water and cook for 5 more minutes, or until all the liquid evaporates. Set aside.

Huevos Rancheros

  • Add frying oil to a medium pan over low to medium heat. Add corn tortilla to pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Set aside.
  • Add egg to pan and cook until crispy. Set aside.
  • Assemble huevos rancheros by topping tortilla with refried beans, the fried egg, pico de gallo, and rancheros sauce. Enjoy!

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Pastelón Traditional Dominican Recipe

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Pastelón is a dish traditionally found in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

However, just because the recipe is the same doesn’t mean the techniques are.

In a traditional Puerto Rican pastelón recipe, you’ll find that they don’t mash their plantains. Instead of boiling and mashing the plantains, they slice the plantains long ways and fry them.

I’ve actually tried that technique once before and though it was unique in texture and delicious, I prefer the Dominican technique. The plantain is smoother and it holds together a lot easier.

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.

Pastelón
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What do I need to make pastelón?

Ripe plantains. Plantains are practically the straw of the show in this amazing lasagna remix. Make sure they’re nice and ripe!

Ground beef. Whether you choose turkey, beef, pork, or chicken it’s up to you! You could even make this vegan by substituting the beef with lentils, mushrooms, and literally so much more. Pretty much anything ground works.

Onion. Garlic. Green Peppers. Necessary for flavoring the ground beef and for adding a fresh touch.

Mozzarella. Creates the gooey top layer that we all love.

Seasonings. Caribbean flavors are a must in a pastelón!

Butter. Needed to yield smooth, buttery mashed plantains.

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How do I make pastelón?

TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add plantains to a large pot of water over high heat.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
When soft, place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Set aside.
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 TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Cook onions, garlic, and peppers in a pan over low to medium heat until soft.
TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add ground beef and seasonings to pan and cook.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Set aside.
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PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Butter a baking dish.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add 1/2 plantain mixture into baking dish using a fork to flatten.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add beef mixture and flatten.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Add the rest of the plantain mixture.
PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Top with lots of mozzarella cheese.
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PASTELÓN TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Bake for 20 minutes and 375°.
 TRADITIONAL DOMINICAN RECIPE
Let cool and serve.

Can I make this with green plantains?

This recipe is intended to be made with ripe plantains for the flavor contrast of the sweetness in the plantains and the saltiness in the beef and mozzarella. So, you could definitely make it with green plantains, but I don’t know if you could still call it a traditional pastelón.

Can I make this with the Puerto Rican technique?

Of course you can, and if you’ve already tried my technique I strongly encourage you to try out the other one! Just make sure you add a scrambled egg to your pastelón to make sure the layers stick together. With that addition, you can use my recipe for that technique too!

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Pastelón Recipe

Pastelón is meant to be the Caribbean version of the Italian dish Lasagna. Plantains plays the role of the pasta, beef plays the role of the beef, and mozzarella plays the role of the parmesan and bechamel.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ripe plantains
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 sazon packet
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Peel plantains and cut in half. Add plantains to a pot of water over high heat until soft.
  • Remove from heat. Place plantains in a bowl with butter and mash until completely smooth. Set aside.
  • Add onions, garlic, and peppers to a pan over low to medium heat. Cook until soft.
  • Add beef and seasonings to the pan and cook.
  • When almost fully cooked, mix in tomato paste. Set aside.
  • Butter a baking dish and add ½ of the plantain mixture. Use a fork to flatten.
  • Add beef mixture to the dish and flatten.
  • Add the rest of the plantain and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 375°.
  • Let cool and serve. Enjoy!

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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

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Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.

Pesto Gnocchi
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What makes it so great?

Well, it’s probably the only renowned pasta sauce that is not cooked. And since it doesn’t touch the stove once, it’s incredibly easy to make.

That being said, since it’s made up of just a handful of ingredients, it’s also easy to mess up the ratios and end up with a not so great pesto.

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What is pesto made of?

Basil. Pesto gets it’s color and aroma from the fresh basil leaves. Basil has the most beautiful smell, it’s almost like therapy. We should change the saying to “stop and smell the Basil” because it really is that fragrant.

Garlic. Make it fresh and you’re set for success.

Pine nuts. These can be pricey, but don’t skip this ingredient. If necessary, substitute with walnuts, cashews, or whatever nut you have on hand.

Olive oil. Make sure you use a good quality one. Since this sauce is not cooked, you really taste every ingredient tenfold.

Salt. This is a no brainer. Season your food y’all! Especially if you’re planning on using it as a pasta sauce. It’s kinda impossible to add salt to pasta sauce once it’s already mixed with the pasta. If you know you know.

Basil Pesto
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How can I spice up pesto?

Just like anything else, too much of anything is bad. So, if you’re looking to change up the flavor profiles in your pesto just get creative! Try an arugula walnut pesto or a spinach cashew pesto! Or try adding cream to this recipe for a creamy, irresistible pesto. The possibilities are endless.

Do I need to use a mortar and pestle?

The short answer is no. For a true, authentic pesto, you will want to get your hands on a mortar and pestle. Using this method for mashing the ingredients together creates a different harmony than throwing everything in a food processor or blended.

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Don’t get me wrong, you’ll get delicious pesto either way. But the flavors are so much stronger when you do it by hand because the fibers in the basil aren’t completely broken apart as they are when processed or blended.

So, you don’t need to use one, but you will get a way stronger pesto if you do. But watch out, if you have never had a pesto mashed by hand the flavors may be too strong for you to handle. No joke. I would say give it a try both ways then move forward with which ever worked better for you.

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Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe

Pesto is such a heavenly sauce. The sharp garlic mixed with fresh basil, rich Parmesan, and good quality olive oil creates a vibrant combination of flavors that is delicious when eaten with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, and so much more.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 mortar and pestle, or food processor/blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in mortar and pestle, food processor, or blender, and combine mash, process, or blend until smooth and fully combined.

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

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Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread.

What is pita bread?

Pita bread is a notorious flatbread common in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and surrounding areas. It’s often enjoyed with hummus and chicken shawarma.

What’s the difference between pita bread, tortillas, and naan?

Well, for starters the ingredients. Naan is made with all the ingredients in this pita bread recipe, plus eggs, yogurt, and butter. Meanwhile, tortillas are made with flour, baking powder, and water. The flavors are different in each one of these breads and that’s why they are all individually unique.

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One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself.

Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.

Pita Bread Recipe
Homemade Pita Bread
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What do I need to make pita bread?

Flour. I use all purpose in this recipe but feel free to use whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, or whatever type of flour you have on hand. Go ahead and get creative if you’d like, but to achieve the traditional pita we all know and love, you’re going to want to stick to all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Oil. I used olive oil, but avocado oil works too. Don’t substitute for any other type of oil, and make sure it’s high quality. This really matters in this recipe.

Salt. Pretty standard component in this recipe and absolutely necessary. Feel free to add more or less depending on how you prefer. What’s listed in the recipe is a standard amount for the quantity yield.

Yeast. Duh. How else are we going to form fluffy pita bread? We need our dough to rise, so yeast is an essential ingredient here. Seriously, you’re going to have to run to the store for a pack of yeast to make this recipe.

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Now let’s make something clear. There’s pita bread, which has a pocket in the middle, and then there’s pocket-less pita, Arabic bread, Syrian bread, Greek pita, and more. What I’m trying to emphasize is that there’s so many variations of this amazing flatbread, so try the different variations and find which one you like most.

Why make pita bread at home?

Well, I already explained how great fresh pita is. If that wasn’t enough convincing then let me just tell you about how much I love this recipe. It’s a simple dough to prepare and yes that I love.

But I enjoy the actual cooking process because if the dough is prepared correctly, then you’ll have inflated pitas on your stove top or in oven, depending on how you decide to cook you pitas. It’s a cool process to watch and definitely gives you that little extra satisfaction knowing that you can make a perfect, pocketed pita bread!

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How do I store extra pita bread?

If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.

How many pitas does this recipe make?

This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread. One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 skillet, or heavy duty pan
  • 1 baking stone, or baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp dry active yeast or 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and set aside for 10 minutes
  • Add salt, 1 tbsp oil, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and add the remaining flour, if necessary, in small doses until the dough is not sticky nor dry.
  • Kneed dough for 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.
  • Place in bowl with remaining oil and cover. Let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll out into a log. Cut log into 8 pieces and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Roll each piece into a circle and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into round flatbread's about 1/2 thick.
  • Bake on stone or pan at 475 for 3 minutes, flipping once. Or, cook on skillet or pan on medium heat for 3 minutes, flipping once.

Notes

  • If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.
  • This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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pico de gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

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Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.

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What is Pico De Gallo?

Pico de gallo translates to “beak of rooster” in Spanish. It was given this name because originally people would eat it by pinching the ingredients between their thumb and index finger. And this hand gesture looks similar to the beak of a rooster.

Nowadays, we eat salsa fresco with tortilla chips, but back in the day they had their own way of doing things.

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What’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?

Let me put it this way, pico de gallo is a type of salsa, but salsa is not pico de gallo. Pico de gallo is a fresh, uncooked mixture that is chunkier in consistency. You can visibly see each chopped up ingredient in it. Meanwhile, salsa is cooked and a thinner consistency. Salsa can be left chunky or pureed, but it has more liquid regardless.

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Another thing is, the ingredients for salsa are interchangeable. You’ll find a variety of recipes making salsa with all types of different chiles and vegetables. Meanwhile, the ingredients for a this recipe are fairly consistent.

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Pico De Gallo
Pico De Gallo

So what makes this recipe different?

Well, remember earlier when I mentioned that this is a fully uncooked recipe? Well, there’s going to be a tiny bit of cooking in my recipe. Instead of chopping up raw tomatoes, with the guts and all that involved, we are going to be making tomato concasse.

What’s that you may ask? Well it’s French for “crushing” and refers to a cooking technique that involves scoring, boiling, and peeling. Once peeled, the seeds are removed to eliminate any bitter tastes, and then the tomato is diced. And what you’re left with is a perfect tomato that’s ready to be enjoyed raw.

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Then just add the classics…

You know, red onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, etc… you get the idea. Salsa fresca is a true classic, so messing around with these ingredients isn’t recommended. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t add some extra ones…

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I like adding tomato juice to the mix because I prefer my salsa to have some liquid to it. And I don’t want to add an unreasonable amount of lime juice, so I add more tomato flavor to the dish! Adding tomato juice really changed the game for me, so definitely give this a try. I also add a bit of olive oil to balance the flavors.

Lastly, one ingredient I don’t want you to forget is cumin. It adds a layer of warmth to the salsa fresco. But be careful, it’s easy to go overboard with the cumin! And if you’re making this one ahead of time, the longer the flavors sit together, the stronger the cumin flavor will be. Be use to use it sparingly, but do not skip it!

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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo Salsa Fresca Recipe

Pico de gallo is one of my favorite sides when enjoying a classic Mexican dish. The flavors are fresh and balanced, and it adds a spunk of flavor to tacos, quesadillas, and even tortilla chips.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 20 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro minced
  • ½ red onion finely diced
  • ½ jalapeno finely diced
  • ½ lime juiced
  • ¼ cup tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Fill pot with water and bring to boil
  • Score the tomatoes with a knife by cutting an X on the bottom side.
  • Place the tomato on slotted spoon, and place into boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Remove tomato from water and place onto cutting board.
  • Use knife to pull back the skin from the X marked earlier.
  • Onced peeled, remove guts and seeds and then finely chop.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and the rest of the listed ingredients to bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don’t have to use all of the red onion or jalapeno listed. If you’re not a fan of onion, or don’t care for spicy foods, then use these ingredients minimally as adding the quantity listed in the recipe may not work for you. Add a little at a time and taste as you go. 
  • Scoring the tomatoes before boiling them makes peeling them later way easier. Don’t skip this step.
  • Using the tomato concasse technique ensures that any bitter flavors in the tomato don’t make it to our pico de gallo. Don’t skip this step.
  • Cumin is completely optional but highly recommended. Taste as you go to avoid adding too much, but do remember that the flavors strengthen as they sit. 
Rice And Peas

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas Recipe

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This classic Caribbean style rice and pigeon peas recipe is so simple and satisfying, it’ll easily become one of your favorite rice dishes.

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Rice and peas is usually made with red kidney beans, but they can be substituted with literally any bean. So, for this is the variation of the recipe I chose pigeon peas. This alternative is referred to as gungo rice and peas.

The rice is cooked in creamy coconut milk and the pigeon peas are soft and spiced from the allspice, thyme, and ginger. It’s really just a perfect combination.

Rice And Pigeon Peas Caribbean Style With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken, Steamed Cabbage, & Okra.
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Dried or canned beans?

Above all, I always try to use dry beans over canned beans. Here’s why:

“Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian.

For that reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods. But I’m human too and I understand that sometimes there just is no time. That is to say, everything in moderation.

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Rice And Peas
Rice And Peas

How do you cook dried beans?

Firstly, I put 1/4 cup of dried pigeon peas in a bowl and added water. Secondly, I let the beans soak for 8 hours. I returned to 1/2 cup of soaked pigeon peas and yellowish water.

At this point, I fill large pot with the beans and 2 cups of water. I cook the beans for about an hour, or until they’re soft. After that, I add the rice. If after you put your rice in the pot there is not enough liquid to just cover the rice, then add however much water is necessary.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for a scotch bonnet pepper but since I cannot find one where I am located I used a piece of a red chili pepper. I have also used a jalapeno before in this recipe and it works well too.

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Rice Ans Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken
Rice Ans Pigeon Peas With Vegan Brown Stew Chicken

What do I eat rice and pigeon peas with?

My favorite thing to pair it with is brown stew chicken, but it works very well with jerk chicken and curry chicken. To sum it up, it’s a Jamaican staple, so be sure to serve with a classic Caribbean meat dish.

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Rice And Peas

Jamaican Rice And Pigeon Peas Recipe

This classic Caribbean style rice and pigeon pea recipe is so simple and satisfying, it'll easily become one of your favorite rice dishes.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Calories 378 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • cup rice
  • ½ cup pigeon peas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • to taste tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper or chili pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add oil to a pot over low to medium heat.
  • Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until translucent.
  • Add thyme, black pepper, and allspice and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add pigeon peas, coconut milk, water, and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Cook on low heat while covered for about 30 minutes.
  • Add washed rice and stir. At this point you can taste for any further seasonings.
  • Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Allow rice to sit off the stove for another 15 minutes.
  • Once cooled, use a fork to fluff up the rice and serve.

Thank you for reading my recipe. If you decide to try making Jamaican rice and peas be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

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Vegan Crab Cakes

Crabless Cakes With Spicy Remoulade Sauce Recipe

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Crab cakes are one of my favorite seafood dishes. Especially when paired with a perfectly spicy remoulade sauce. Yum! But have you ever tried crabless cakes?

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Ok, hear me out. Though amazing, the thing about crab cakes is that they aren’t very cheap to make… For example, 1 pound of crab would run you about $20.

And the alternative?

Well, that would either be lower quality crab (which is still going to cost you about $10/lb) or imitation crab.

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Imitation crab is fairly cheap (about $6/lb), since it’s a highly processed food made by combining minced fish with starch, egg whites, sugar, salt and additives to mimic the flavor, color and texture of real crab meat.

Now, that’s definitely an option. But, I wanted to go in a different direction. In short, I wanted to make crabless crab cakes, or crabless cakes if you will.

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What else can I use?

I created a recipe using a key ingredient that’s cheaper than good quality crab, low quality crab, and even imitation crab. Drum roll please… Heart of palm.

Heart of palm costs about $2/lb and they’re the perfect plant-based alternative for crab because of their meaty texture.

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What is heart of palm?

Heart of palm is a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees like the coconut, juçara, açaí palm, and peach palm.

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But, the best part about heart of palms is how nutritious they are. For instance, they are cholesterol-free and contain nutrients like iron, Vitamin C, magnesium and folate.

However, heart of palm doesn’t play the crab role alone in this recipe.

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What else plays the crab?

Artichoke hearts! The combination of the two work impressively well as crab.

Now, heart of palm and artichoke hearts are going to be the star of the show, keep that in mind when dicing them. For example, if you like a chunkier crab cake then dice large chunks. Meanwhile, if you want a smoother crab cake then dice small chunks and then mash a few with fork.

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Crabless Cakes

Is this a healthier alternative?

Yes, it certainly is. The nutritional benefits come with a warning though. Since heart of palm and artichoke hearts are canned vegetables, they are extremely high in sodium.

It’s important to rinse them thoroughly once you remove them from the brine to reduce the sodium. Especially since you’ll probably be adding even more sodium of some kind when preparing the crab cakes.

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What else goes into the crab cakes?

Chickpea flour and crushed crackers work as the binding agents in this recipe. If you don’t have crackers, bread crumbs or panko work great too.

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Meanwhile, mayonnaise, mustard, worcestershire sauce, salt, old bay, and parsley are all the ingredients necessary for flavoring the crab cakes.

And the spicy remoudlade sauce?

The spicy remoulade sauce is made with mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, hot sauce, capers, and garlic.

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If you don’t want your sauce to be spicy then just omit the hot sauce!

These plant based crab cakes are made with simple ingredients, and they’re so simple to make. Above all, each bite delivers a crispy, flaky break thru of flavor.

In conclusion, for more tips on making the perfect crabless cakes click here.

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Vegan Crab Cakes

Crabless Cakes With Spicy Remoulade Sauce

These plant based crab cakes are made with simple ingredients, and they're simply delicious. Each bite delivers a crispy, flaky break thru of flavor.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 664 kcal

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking pan
  • Freezer
  • Frying pan
  • Tongs
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Plate

Ingredients
  

Crabless Cakes

  • 1 cup artichoke hearts diced
  • 1 can heart of palm diced
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • ½ cup crushed crackers or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp old bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 1 handful parsley chopped
  • to taste salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp frying oil
  • 1 tbsp butter

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp capers finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions
 

Crabless Cakes

  • Combine artichoke hearts, heart of palm, chickpea flour, crushed crackers, mayonnaise, old bay, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, parsley, and salt in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Using your hands, shape the crab cakes into desired shape and size and place onto an aluminum lined pan.
  • Cover pan and place in freezer for 30 minutes. This way the crab cakes will hold their shape better when frying.
  • Fill a bowl with all-purpose flour.
  • Remove pan from freezer and dip each crab cake into flour.
  • Heat a frying pan to low to medium heat and add frying oil and butter.
  • Cook until the crab cakes become golden brown on each side, using tongs to flip.
  • Remove from pan and place onto a paper towel lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
  • Allow to cool and serve with remoulade sauce.

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Cover and chill.
  • Serve with crabless cakes.

Notes

  • For extra crispness, broil the crab cakes after frying for about 5 minutes.
  • If you want to keep this recipe strictly plant based, substitute the egg for a flax egg and use vegan mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and butter.
  • For the best flavor, fry with butter and oil.
  • If you have access to one, use a food processor to blend together your remoulade sauce.
  • For an authentic Maryland crabless cake, use crackers. If you can’t get your hands on crackers then breadcrumbs or panko work well too.

Thank you for reading my recipe. If you decide to try making crabless cakes at home be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen so I can see! Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Chickpea Flour. Garbanzo Bean Flour.

How To Make Chickpea Flour

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Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make! All you need is a bag of dried chickpeas to create a healthy alternatives for flour.

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Why chickpea flour?

Chickpea flour is a necessary ingredient in a plant based kitchen. It has so many different purposes and uses in cooking, but above all of it has incredible nutritional benefits. It’s a great source of protein, calorically dense, and can be used as a replacement for flour in so many recipes.

Raw, dried chickpeas

Why make it yourself?

I got around to making this myself because I needed it was the only ingredient I needed for a recipe. And with chickpea flour being rather expensive, I decided to give it a go at home. It was really a desperate time, but it worked exactly the same as store brought chickpea flour.

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And when you compare the nutritional value of store brought chickpea flour and what’s in the stuff you grind up at home, you’ll find they are oddly different. The stuff at the store also has additives and preservatives that homemade chickpea flour does not.

Should I use a food processor or blender?

A food processor is ideal for making chickpea flour at home because it grinds the chickpeas very fine in just about one minute.

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I used a blender for this recipe because at the time I didn’t own a food processor! But let me tell you, it worked perfectly fine. Just pause the blending a few times to scrape the sides to ensure that everything is grinded evenly. If I can do it, you can too.

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How To Make Chickpea Flour

Never add this ingredient to your shopping list again. It’s simply too easy to make!
Yield: 1 cup

Materials

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 food processor or blender
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 sifter
  • 1 air tight container

Instructions

  • Rinse dried chickpeas. dry well with a paper towel.
  • Dry well with a paper towel.
  • Throw chickpeas in food processor or blender and mix until the mixture turns into a fine powder.
  • Sift the powder to remove any pieces of chickpea that did not get finely chopped.
  • Store in an air tight container for cooking.

Thank you for reading my article. If you decide to try making garbanzo bean flour at home be sure to tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen so I can see. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more articles like this!

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Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

Pancakes With Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

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Pancakes are the epitome of American breakfast comfort food. But were they just randomly invented in a diner or something?

Well, not really, they’re dated to around 30,000 years ago during the Stone Age… I mean, they’re obviously pretty good since the recipe has been carried on since the stone age.

What makes this recipe different?

If you’re here right now, I can only assume you’re surfing the web for the perfect pancake recipe. Spoiler alert, you’ve landed on it.

This pancake recipe is superior to the rest of the pancake recipes because it is egg-less and dairy-free. Now I know what you’re thinking, how could a pancake work with no eggs or milk? Well, that’s where our plant-based alternatives come in

Flax seeds, whole

Instead of throwing in an egg into the batter, we will be throwing in a flax egg. If you’re not familiar with flax eggs, it’s essentially flax seeds ground up into a powder mixed with warm water. After a few minutes, this mixture becomes coagulated similarly to an egg.

Fresh Oat Milk

And so what about dairy? You guessed it, we will be using a plant-based milk alternative. Oat milk, hemp milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, flax milk, pea milk… The list goes on. You have a variety of milks to choose from for this recipe, but I choose oat milk because that’s what I regularly drink in my house.

So, there you have it. This recipe is different because there’s no guilt in indulging in a tall stack of these fluffy pancakes.

Can’t I just use eggs and dairy milk?

Sure, if you don’t have flax eggs or plant-based milks on hand, or maybe you’re not a plant-based eater then there’s other options for you. Go ahead and replace the flax egg for 1 chicken egg and replace 1 cup of plant-based milk with 1 cup of dairy milk. Follow the recpe the exact same way.

Can’t I just buy syrup from the store?

Of course you could, just how you could buy pancake mix from the store. But where is the fun in that?

Besides that, you’ll know exactly what’s going into your foods as opposed to reading the long list of ingredients on the back of your favorite pancake syrup.

This brown sugar syrup recipe is a great replacement for the stuff sold at the supermarket since it is just 2 ingredients. And guess what they are? You got it! Water and sugar. Plain and simple, but very sweet!

Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.
Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

What else can I top my pancakes with?

If syrup is just too sweet for you then try some other mildy sweet options like fresh fruit, honey, agave, whipped cream, or a fruit compote.

If you’re looking for something else to top your pancakes with other than old school syrup, then try nutella, ice cream, caramel, fruit flavored syrup, nut butter, or chocolate chips.

And if you’re looking for toppings that aren’t sweet at all, then try nuts, butter, bacon, fried eggs, sausage, salsa, or fried chicken.

Can I add my toppings into the batter?

Of course. Add things like blueberries, nuts, and chocolate chips right into the batter. To add nutella, caramel, or nut butter filling, pour half of the desired batter into the non-stick pan, pour your filling in the middle of the pancake, and pour the other half of the desired batter over the pancake. Flip as you normally would and serve.

How do I know when to flip the pancakes?

The pancakes are ready to be flipped when you can visibly see bubbles forming in the center and around the edges of the pancake. You will also be able to see the edges of the pancake discolor from the original batter color. The batter should not be runny when the pancake is flipped.

How many pancakes does this recipe make?

This pancake recipe yields 8 pancakes, so if you don’t plan on using all the batter at once, you can either cut the recipe in half, store the pancake mix in the fridge up to 2-4 days, or store the cooked pancakes in a zip lock bag to freeze for up to 2 months.

Meanwhile, the syrup recipe yields 1/2 cup of syrup which you can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Vegan Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Pancake Syrup.

Fluffy Pancakes With Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe

Pancakes are the epitome of American breakfast comfort food. This recipe is egg-less and dairy-free, so there’s not guilt in indulging in a tall stack off these fluffy pancakes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 552 kcal

Equipment

  • 3 bowls
  • 3 spoons
  • Non-stick pan
  • Spatula
  • Small pot

Ingredients
  

Fluffy Pancakes

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

Fluffy Pancakes

  • Using a spoon, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix ground flax seeds and warm water in a bowl with a spoon and set aside for a couple minutes to coagulate.
  • In a separate bowl, add melted butter, sugar, flax mixture, milk, and vanilla extract and mix with spoon. Set aside.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Set aside.
  • Over medium heat, pour ¼ of the pancake mixture to non-stick pan.
  • Cook until bubbles have formed on top of the pancake and the edges have discolored from the original batter color to flip.
  • Wait until the pancake has completely puffed down after the flip to transfer to a plate and assemble stacks.

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • Combine sugar and water to a small pot over low to medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture with a spoon until it starts to bubble.
  • Once the mixture is bubbling, about 20 minutes, remove from heat and cool.
  • Once cooled to room-temperature, pour over stacked pancakes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • This pancake recipe yields 8 pancakes, so if you don’t plan on using all the batter at once, you can either cut the recipe in half, store the pancake mix in the fridge up to 2-4 days, or store the cooked pancakes in a zip lock bag to freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Meanwhile, the syrup recipe yields 1/2 cup of syrup which you can keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • The pancakes are ready to be flipped when you can visibly see bubbles forming in the center and around the edges of the pancake. You will also be able to see the edges of the pancake discolor from the original batter color. The batter should not be runny when the pancake is flipped.
  • If you don’t have flax eggs or plant-based milks on hand, or maybe you’re not a plant-based eater then there’s other options for you. Go ahead and replace the flax egg for 1 chicken egg and replace 1 cup of plant-based milk with 1 cup of dairy milk. Follow the recpe the exact same way.
  • To make a dry pancake mix, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and flax seed. When ready to use, combine that mixture with water, butter, vanilla extract, and milk.

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Mango Guacamole

Mango Guacamole Sweet And Savory Recipe

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Chunky avocado mixed with sour lime and crunchy fresh vegetables are the key ingredients to the infamous guacamole that we all know and love.

However, have you ever considered spicing things up a bit? Maybe by adding in some ripe mango?

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Why add mango?

Guacamole is something I personally can’t get enough of. I put it on everything.

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That being said, it is possible to get tired of a good thing. You know, when I made this recipe I had simply eaten too much regular guacamole. I (somehow) grew tired of it. Even good things get old after a while…

You know, kinda like when you eat that one type of cereal for a few months and before you know it, you just can’t take it ANYMORE. Everything in moderation, right?

So, to switch things up for my palette, I tried making guacamole with some different ingredients; like mangoes.

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Is this better than regular guac?

Traditional guacamole is pretty hard to beat, so I don’t want to put these two in an unfair competition. The guacamole we all know and love is one of a kind, and unmatchable.

Nonetheless, this is a heck of a good alternative for when you’re just tired of regular old guacamole.

This is a sweet twist on the traditional recipe.

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What can I eat guacamole with?

This guacamole makes a delicious topping for tacos and quesadillas, or even as dip for your favorite tortilla chips. Add it to your meals and enjoy as a delicious side, throw it on top of some toast for breakfast, use it for deviled eggs… The possibilities are endless. It fits perfectly into most Hispanic and Spanish meals, so be sure not to forget it when making rice and beans or paella.

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Mango Guacamole

Sweet And Savory Mango Guacamole Recipe

Sweet and savory is the best way I can describe this guacamole. Chunky avocado mixed with the sour lime, the crunch from the fresh vegetables, and the ripe mango creates a sweet twist on traditional guacamole.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 246 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze one half of lime juice into the bowl and mix.
  • Add avocado to bowl and use fork to mush avocado to preferred consistency. Add diced mango and mix.
  • Dice mango and add to bowl.
  • Squeeze other half of lime to bowl. Mix.
  • Chop one handful of cilantro and add to bowl. Mix.
  • Add cayenne pepper and season with salt to taste.

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LadyFinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

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Calling all home bakers! Ladyfingers are simply a dessert you need to know how to make. These classic ladyfinger biscuits are quick and simple to make at home. And yes, of course you could go to that nice Italian store that sells the pricey imported cookies, but where’s the fun in that?

Now, keep in mind that homemade ladyfingers are not the same as store bought ones. The commercial savoiardi biscuit tends to be more crisp and firm than the homemade ladyfingers, which are more soft and pliable.

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What are Ladyfinger biscuits?

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers. They are notorious for being an essential ingredient in the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu. They’re also known as boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, and savoiardis.

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I feel like everyone always assumes these biscuits originated in Italy because of their famous connotation to tiramisu. But really, Ladyfingers originated in the late 15th century in Savoy, which today is parts of France, Switzerland, and Italy. They were created to mark the occasion when the King of France came to visit. Later, they were given the name Savoiardi.

Today, the recipe remains very similar to traditional one.

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Want the secret ingredient for a perfect Ladyfinger?

Fold, don’t mix. The definition of folding is to carefully add a light, airy mixture (in this case egg whites) to a thicker, heavier mixture. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.

So essentially, the secret ingredient to a perfect homemade ladyfinger is air!

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The eggs

Since this is an egg-based recipe, you need to make sure your handling your eggs correctly. Separate the egg whites and yolks during the prep. Mix the egg white with half of the listed sugar with a electric hand mixer until it forms thick peaks. Mix the egg yolks with other half of the listed sugar with a hand whisk until it becomes light in color.

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Why the powdered sugar?

The powdered sugar melts into the surface of the ladyfinger and creates an ever so delicate, sweet crust.

Let them cool completely before working with them.

When they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart. When you leave them to cool completely they will firm up and get crispier on the outside and spongy on the inside.

Please just let them cool completely, especially if you’re making tiramisu. The biscuit will be able to soak up the coffee and rum mixture so much better if it is stale.

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What other recipes can I use these cookies in other than Tiramisu?

Ladyfingers can be eaten as is, but they really shine in recipes where they are soaked in a syrup or other liquid. So, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the kind of cookie that goes great in tiramisus. However, they also work well in icebox cakes, eclairs, trifles, and so much more. Watch my video demonstrating this recipe below so you can make ladyfinger desserts like a professional!

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Making an egg-free version of this recipe is simple! Just substitute the eggs for butter and you’re good to go. Let me know if you’d be interested to see a full recipe on egg-less ladyfingers in the comments below!

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Ladyfinger Savoiardi Biscuits Recipe

Ladyfingers are sweet, light, dry, egg-based, sponge biscuits. They are called ladyfingers because they are kinda shaped like fingers and they are notorious for being an essential ingredient to the dessert we all know and love: tiramisu.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian, Swiss
Servings 4 people
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking pan
  • Piping bag
  • 2 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Sifter

Ingredients
  

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add egg whites and half of sugar to a bowl and mix using an electric mixer until fluffy. Set aside.
  • Add egg yolks and other half of sugar to a bowl and mix using a whisk until combined. Pour into egg white mixture.
  • Sift all-purpose flour, corn flour, and baking powder into the egg white bowl and fold ingredients together to form dough.
  • Scoop dough into piping bag and set aside.
  • Generously butter baking pan.
  • Pipe cookies onto baking pan to 2 inches length.
  • Generously sift powdered sugar onto cookies before placing in oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Be sure to fold the mixture together in step 4. Folding ensures that you don’t undo all the whipping you did with the egg whites in step 1. This has to be done carefully so that the egg whites don’t deflate and lose all of the air that was beaten into them.
  • Sift all dry ingredients to avoid lumps.
  • Wait for them to cool before handling since when they are fresh out of the oven, they are delicate on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside. If you don’t wait for them to cool, you risk the ladyfingers falling apart.
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Classic Egg Benedict Recipe

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Egg benedict is truly a classic. And it appears way more difficult to make than it truly is. Let me show you my easy and simple recipe for this old fashioned breakfast dish.

Hollandaise sauce has this huge stigma to it. And you know what I get it, it’s very easy to mess up. But, besides taking a little extra care with your hollandaise and mastering the art of poaching an egg, this is a pretty simple recipe.

Now if you can’t get your hands on English muffins, you can also use a bagel or a roll. And if you can’t find Canadian bacon, you can use regular bacon or even ham. And an easy way to up the flavor in your hollandaise sauce is to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick.

Some tips I have for you are to be very attentive of you hollandaise sauce. First off, make sure to use a double boiler. If you don’t know what that is, it’s simply a large bowl set on top of a pot half filled with water. You cook the hollandaise sauce on the bowl and you want to make sure to do so over low heat so you don’t risk scrambling the eggs. The hollandaise sauce should be just that, a sauce. It should thinly coat a spoon.

And as far as the poached egg, practice makes perfect! Use a large spoon to spin the water in one direction, creating a tornado like effect to the center of the pot. Pouring the egg into the center lets it spin around it self and create a beautiful poached egg. Once your egg is in the water, lower the heat and cook for 3 minutes before removing from water and letting dry on paper towel.

Don’t skip the paper towel step because placing the egg directly on the muffin creates an unpleasant soggy muffin. And who wants that!

If you don’t have any lemon juice, vinegar works as a good replacement in this recipe.

But whatever you do, make sure you have chives on hand to top the egg benedict. It’s a game changer.

Classic Egg Benedict Recipe

Egg benedict is truly a classic. And it appears way more difficult to make than it truly is. Let me show you my easy and simple recipe for this old fashioned breakfast dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 420 kcal

Equipment

  • Pan
  • Double boiler
  • Large pot
  • 3 bowls
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula
  • Fork

Ingredients
  

Egg Benedict

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 English muffins
  • 3 Canadian bacon slices

Hollandaise

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • To Taste salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

Poached Egg

  • Fill large pot with water and bring to boil.
  • Crack 3 eggs into three bowls, making sure not to break the yolk.
  • Using a wooden spoon, spin the boiling water and create a strong wave towards clockwise direction in the pot.
  • Pour eggs one at a time into the center of spinning water. Remove any excess egg that rises to the surface of the water.
  • Reduce to low heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove eggs from water, sprinkle with salt, and set aside.

English Muffin

  • Use a fork to split English muffins in half.
  • Toast on pan until both sides are golden brown using spatula to flip. Set aside.

Canadian Bacon

  • Cook Canadian bacon on pan over medium heat until crispy on both sides using spatula to flip. Set aside.

Hollandaise

  • In a double boiler over low heat, whisk egg yolk until it slightly thickens.
  • Whisk in butter and lemon juice and mix until combined and thickens enough to coat a spoon
  • Remove from heat and add salt to taste and optional cayenne pepper. Serve immediately.

Assembly

  • Start with toasted English muffin, then cooked Canadian bacon, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce.
  • Top with fresh chives and enjoy!

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Notes

  • When removing the poached egg from water, place onto paper towel to soak up any excess water. Skipping this step and pacing the egg directly on the muffin creates an unpleasant soggy muffin. And who wants that!
  • Take your hollandaise on and off the heat if necessary. This will help avoid scrambling the egg, especially if you’re a beginning with hollandaise.
  • Serve hollandaise sauce immediately. It thickens up very quickly and becomes hard to work with.
  • If you can’t get your hands on English muffins, you can also use a bagel or a roll.
  • If you can’t find Canadian bacon, you can use regular bacon or even ham.
  • If you don’t have any lemon juice, vinegar works well as a good replacement.

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Mesquite Grilled Chicken With Honey Lime Cilantro Sauce Copy Cat Jose Tejas Chicken Bandera Recipe

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Jose Tejas, also known as Border Cafe, is literally my favorite restaurant ever. I go there for my birthday every year, whenever my mom comes to visit, and whenever I’m craving Mexican food.

I’ve eaten a ton of things on their menu, but my favorite dish by far is Chicken Bandera. It’s simply an amazing dish. Wood fired mesquite grilled chicken, honey lime cilantro dipping sauce, and a grilled avocado filled with mango. It’s typically served with shoestring french fries, but I get it with either jambalaya or white rice and beans.

Now, I know they only have a handful of locations, but I also know that lots of people have stopped for a meal there at least once.

And listen, if you’ve never been able to visit one of the locations, that is an even better reason to make this recipe at home.

So, as a service to society, I have created a copy cat recipe for this delicious meal. Of course, the real thing is on a whole different level. But, it’s nice to be able to recreate the flavors of my favorite dish. So, that’s exactly what I did!

Some tips I would give you are that if you can’t assemble your own mesquite seasoning mix then grab a seasoning mix from the super market! Also, if you don’t own a grill like me, you can just pan sear it. But since I know that char is essential, I pulled out my George Foreman grill to give it that effect!

Mesquite Grilled Chicken With Honey Lime Cilantro Sauce Copy Cat Jose Tejas Chicken Bandera Recipe

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So, as a service to society, I have created a copy cat recipe for this delicious meal. Of course, the real thing is on a whole different level. But, it's nice to be able to recreate the flavors of my favorite dish. So, that's exactly what I did!

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • mesquite seasoning (1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion flakes, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/4 tsp sage, 1/4 tsp ground mustard, 1/4 tsp chili powder)
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Slice chicken breast into think cutlets.
  2. Assemble mesquite seasoning mix.
  3. In a bowl, combine seasoning mix and chicken cutlets. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  4. In a small pan over low heat, mix lime juice, honey, and cilantro. Cook until sauce thickens up and then remove from heat.
  5. On a grill, cook marinated chicken breast until it’s charred.
  6. Serve chicken with honey lime cilantro sauce. Enjoy!

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Dominican Potato Salad AKA Ensalada Rusa Recipe

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Potato salad is a very basic recipe that some of love so much, and some of us hate with a burning passion. I agree, it is a hit or miss. If you aren’t a fan of mayo, then potato salad is probably not your thing.

But, there are alternatives to mayo for this recipe. Some of them are sour cream, oil, and lemon.

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With that being said, if you want to make this kicking potato salad to real way you’re going to want to use mayo. Get vegan mayo, whatever you have to do, just get mayo!

Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.

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This potato salad is found at almost all Dominican holidays and events. It’s a fairly simple recipe, but it’s reserved for special occasions. So, when I go to my family gatherings and I see that there is potato salad, I know we’re all about to have a great meal!

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Check out the video above for the technique. Some tips I have for you are to make sure not to burn your onions while sauteing them, they should be translucent not brown in any way. Also, only cook you potatoes and carrots until they are soft, they should not be mushy or falling apart. Adding the tablespoon of vinegar helps with this.

Dominican Potato Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Now, let me make it very clear that this is not the regular ole Russian potato salad. This is a Dominican potato salad. AKA the best damn potato salad there is.


Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add 1 tbsp vinegar, potatoes, egg, and carrots. Boil over medium heat.
  2. Once boiling, remove egg. Remove carrots and potatoes once they are tender and soft.
  3. In a small pan over low heat, add 1 tbsp vinegar and chopped onion. Cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Peel potatoes and egg and largely chop egg, carrots, and potatoes.
  5. In a bowl, add potatoes, egg, carrots, onion, and mayonnaise.
  6. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper. Enjoy!

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Cotoletta Di Pollo Alla Milanese AKA Italian Style Breaded Chicken Cutlet

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What the hell is a cotoletta? It’s the Italian word for cutlet. It’s essentially a slice of meat, with or without bone, dredged in egg, breaded, and fried with oil or butter. It’s often made with veal, but I grew up eating it with chicken. And let me tell you, my dad makes a mean cotoletta. It’s kinda one of those things you make when you need to cook up something quick, so I have eaten a lot of these in my day. And every single one has been delicious.

The secret to a juicy chicken cutlet is cooking it on low heat. This allows the chicken to cook and the batter to crisp up simultaneously, so you have juicy chicken on the outside and a perfectly browned crust on the outside.

Another secret tip for these cutlets is cooking them in oil AND butter. Usually people pick one or the other, but this recipe works best if you use both. The oil gets the job done way better but the butter adds a nice richness of flavor that you would be missing out on if you skipped it.

Italian Cotoletta AKA Breaded Chicken Cutlet

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  • Difficulty: normal
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Cotoletta is Italian for cutlet. Here's how to make the best chicken cutlet you've ever tried.

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 cups frying oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. With a sharp knife, slice chicken breast into thin cutlets.
  2. Using a meat tenderizer, tenderize each cutlet until they are 1/4 inch thin.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper. Add chicken to egg mixture and combine.
  4. Cover bowl and place in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Take chicken and egg mixture out of fridge. In a separate bowl, add bread crumbs.
  6. Pick up one cutlet from the egg mixture bowl and allow any excess egg to drip off. Drop chicken in bread crumbs and coat using hands, turning the cutlet over to make sure all sides are coated. Repeat for each cutlet.
  7. In a large pan over low heat, add frying oil and butter.
  8. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan and cook on both sides until golden brown. Enjoy!

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Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that’s just so much better homemade.

Now, this is by no means an authentic recipe. But, it is simple, quick, and delicious, so you can enjoy a nice plate of pasta even on a busy day. 1 can of tomatoes, a couple cloves of garlic, some basil leaves, and some salt and you’re good to go for a fast, satisfying meal.

Try to use canned plum tomatoes, but if you can’t find them go ahead and use tomato puree and a couple fresh tomatoes. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time since it’ll take a little longer for the tomatoes to dissolve and the sauce to develop.

One of my favorite things to do to this recipe is add some red pepper flakes for some heat. And of course, I always top with parmesan or pecorino romano. It’s simply mandatory.

Quick And Simple Tomato Sauce With Basil

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomato sauce is one of those things, like most things, that's just so much better homemade.


Ingredients

  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 handful basil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan, pour can of plum tomato. Refill can with 1 cup water and add to pan.
  2. Add garlic and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and use a food mill to crush the large pieces of tomato that didn’t dissolve.
  4. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes and add basil and salt to taste. Serve with pasta and enjoy!

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Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

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Sometimes I have tomatoes that I just don’t know what to do with, and that’s when this recipe comes in handy.

Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they’re mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don’t underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

My dad made this recipe when I was younger so I ate these often growing up, and let me tell you; there’s just something about Italian tomatoes that is just unmatched. Even simply in the color. But that’s besides the point.

This recipe pairs great with a meaty protein or even a pasta dish. These tomatoes even make great appetizers! They’re so simple to make, and you can keep any left over filling in the fridge for the next time you want to make this unique side dish.

Baked Herb Crusted Tomatoes

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomatoes are often overlooked when it comes to actually cooking them. Instead, they're mostly used in salads and sandwiches. But, don't underestimate the deliciousness of an oven baked tomato. And an herb crusted on at that.

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumb
  • 1 tsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and place in a baking tin with the flesh facing up. Salt the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine parsley, basil, garlic, panko, and parmesan. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, or your hands, place the herb mixture on the tomatoes.
  5. Place tomatoes in oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the herbs are golden brown and the tomatoes are wrinkling. Enjoy!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion. They are actually very similar, but they are cooked and folded very differently. With American omelettes, you fold one time in half and cook over low medium heat. This produces a slightly crispy omelette. But a French omelette is a whole different thing; you almost more roll, rather than fold the omelette, and you cook over a gentle, low heat. This creates a soft, velvety omelette with a silky interior.

This is the classic recipe so it just just topped with chives, but you can also make omelette au fromage where you add cheese to the omelette right before folding. I don’t know what it is but something about French omelettes feels lighter than regular omelettes, and in the morning that’s exactly what I need.

For the exact technique, check out my video on this recipe below!

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Classic French Omelette Recipe

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  • Difficulty: easy
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French omelettes are superior to American omelettes in my opinion; they are just irresistible a soft and velvety!.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, crack the eggs, add salt, and whisk until mixture is a thin liquid.
  2. In an 8 inch pan over low heat, add butter and melt. Spread around all edges of the pan to prevent the omelette from sticking later.
  3. Once completely melted, add egg mixture and scramble until the eggs begin to thicken.
  4. Once most of the egg liquid is scrambled, start spreading the mixture on the pan to create a round shape. Use spatula to flatten down edges
  5. Once round, flat, and even, use a spatula to begin folding. Start from the side closest to you, and make a small fold. Then continue folding until you’ve reached the last fold.
  6. Fold the last edge of the omelette into a plate. Top with chives and enjoy!

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Shredded Chicken Empandas From Scratch

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Empanadas are a staple for get togethers and barbecues. They’re most amazing when they’re hot, fresh, and flaky. But… sometimes there are not so great emapanadas at the cookout. Don’t be the person who orders a pan of soggy, skimpy empanadas from that one place. Do something different and try making your own.

This recipe is so simple and only takes a few ingredients to make. Everybody always thinks that empanadas are very difficult to make, the concept of an empanada is straight forward, you fill, fold, and press. The only part you want to make sure you’re not screwing up on is preparing the dough. Here’s a video on exactly how to execute this recipe.

It’s a very simple technique, so don’t go buy store brought dough (but you do you). I also always thought the from scratch process was going to be super time consuming, but honesylu the most tedious part of this recipe is the waiting 30 minutes for the empanada dough to rest!

Going the extra step goes a long way with certain recipes, and this is definitely the case when it comes to empanadas. Frozen dough is no competition for fresh, homemade dough. So, with that being said, I will now be the person bringing the empanadas to the cook out!

Shredded Chicken Empanadas From Scratch Recipe

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Going the extra step goes a long way with certain recipes, and this is definitely the case when it comes to empanadas.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, chilled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 chicken breast, shredded

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together flour and salt.
  2. Once mixed, add butter and combine into flour with hands until there is no dry flour left.
  3. Once combined, add egg and combine with hands until a dough is created.
  4. Kneed dough for 5 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, separate dough into 10 pieces. Roll pieces into balls.
  6. Take one ball, press down to create a circle shape, and ,using a rolling pin or anything cylindrical, roll the dough until it’s flat and round.
  7. Add chicken filling to one half of the circle, fold the other half over the filled half, and press down the edges (on both sides) with a fork.
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 for the rest of the filling and dough.
  9. Add vegetable oil to a pan over low to medium heat, and add the empanadas.
  10. Cook until golden brown on both sides, remove from oil and transfer to a paper towel covered plate. Let cool and enjoy!

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Dominican Style Black Beans Recipe

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Black beans are one of my favorite beans. I love making this recipe when I’m feeling tired of the classic Dominican beans. You know, put some spice in my life. One thing I kinda love about this recipe is the way all the flavors cooked together and created an almost sweet flavor profile, and I’m not one who likes salty things being sweet. So, take it from me, you have to try this recipe.

The hint of sweetness I was referring to earlier comes from the auyama, which also provides a hearty feature to these beans. I didn’t always use auyama in my beans. To be completely honest, I never even knew about it’s existence besides from my childhood memories when my grandma would make beans with it! When I started using it in my beans I never went back. It’s so cheap, lasts a long time, and adds an amazing sweet earthy flavor to my beans. You’ve definitely got to try this recipe out.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on -1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, lagerly diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 3 & 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Deviled eggs with relish, best deviled egg recipe

Deviled Eggs Made With Relish Recipe

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Deviled eggs are a classic for so many different cultures. Italians mix their filling with tuna, Greeks mix theirs with olives, and the south mixes theirs with relish! If you’re a relish person, you will love this version of deviled eggs, and if you’re not a relish person, I encourage you to give this a go anyways because the flavor combination of everything in these deviled eggs and the relish is phenomenal. Truly one of a kind.

Serving deviled eggs at picnics and cocktail parties is a very regular thing for Americans, but this classic finger food did not originate in the United States. Although they weren’t prepared the way we know and love today, the roots of modern-day deviled eggs are traced back to ancient Rome. These little delicacies are also sometimes called Russian eggs, using red caviar or anchovies.

Deviled Eggs

Long story short, there’s probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you’re going to come across. Why may you ask? Well, I used a secret ingredient in these deviled eggs. And that is… drum roll please… BUTTER. And not melted butter, but softened, room temperature butter. It provides a creamy, velvety addition to the filling. Whatever you do, do not skip the butter in this recipe.

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Deviled Eggs Made With Relish

  • Servings: 3 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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There's probably a bazillion variations for deviled eggs throughout the internet. BUT, this is the best relish deviled egg recipe you're going to come across.


Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp relish
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill half way with water and add eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover with lid, remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes, drain the hot water from the pot and run cold water over the eggs. Peel eggs.
  3. Cut eggs in half and scoop out the yolk into a bowl using a spoon. Using a fork, mash the yolks until you have an even consistency.
  4. In the same bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop the filling into eggs, or use a piping back with or without a fancy tip, and pipe the filling into the eggs. Serve!

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Mexican Shredded Chicken Taquitos

Shredded Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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I remember my mom would always buy those frozen taquitos from costco and I was always so obsessed with them. I’m talking like, I’d finish a box every weekend! And the were BIG boxes because you know, costco. They were so addicting, so I decided to make my own and share my recipe with you.

If you don’t know about taquitos, also known as rolled tacos, or flauta and tacos dorados in the streets of mexico, then let me brighten your day with this delicious Mexican dish. A taquito typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then crisp-fried or deep-fried and the dish is often topped with condiments like sour cream and guacamole. It’s similar to tacos and quesadillas, but it’s different which is great because those can get boring. Taquitos are a great way to spice up your Taco Tuesday menu!

So, next time you’re craving Mexican food and you have some corn tortillas on hand, try this recipe for taquitos. You can substitute the oil and pan in this recipe with either an air fryer at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or an oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Shredded Chicken Taquitos

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Taquitos are a great way to spice up your Taco Tuesday menu!


Ingredients

  • 15 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups frying oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream, optional
  • cojita cheese, optional
  • parsley, optional

Directions

  1. In a deep pan, heat oil on low to medium heat.
  2. One at a time, cook the tortillas in the oil for 3 second and then remove from oil and let cool. Set oil aside for later step.
  3. In a small pan on low heat add onion, garlic, bell pepper, chicken adobo, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook until the vegetables are soft then remove from heat.
  5. To assemble the taquitos, place a tortilla on your cutting board and place a spoonful of you chicken mixture on the bottom half of the tortilla.
  6. From the bottom side of the tortilla (the side closest to you), begin rolling (making sure the filling is tight by tucking) until you have a tight rolled taquito. Do the same for each tortilla.
  7. In the deep pot with oil, cook the taquitos at low to medium heat until they’re golden brown.
  8. Serve with sour cream, cojita cheese, and parsley.

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Dominican Beef Stew – Carne De Res Guisada Recipe

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I love Dominican food, and res guisada is one of my favorites. It’s hearty, comforting, and delicious, and it pairs perfectly with rice and beans to make La Bandera. La bandera, or the flag, is a the national dish of DR and it is matches the colors of the country’s flag and consists of rice, red beans, meat, and salad. I could eat la bandera every single day but that’s just me.

This recipe is simple to make and can be prepared in under an hour! You can let this simmer for longer than 20 minutes if you want a thicker stew, but don’t cook for longer than an hour to avoid overcooking.

La Bandera Dominicana

You can make this recipe using just about any cut of beef, just dice it into 1 inch pieces. And any color bell pepper works though I always pick the red ones :). Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Dominican Beef Stew - Carne De Res Guisada

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A traditional Dominican beef stew in under an hour.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, stems and leaves
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add beef, sazon, soy sauce, adobo, and lime. Mix and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large pot, add oil and cook marinated beef on low heat.
  3. Once the beef is tender add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. After 2 minutes, add water and tomato paste and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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Spicy Crab Sushi Roll Recipe

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Spicy crab roll is the favorite sushi roll of my friend from work. We work next to a couple sushi restaurants so we always order out while on shift. I can’t even tell you how many rolls I’ve eaten at work! I’ve tried many rolls in my day, but she put me onto the spicy crab roll. If you’ve never had it and you like spicy tuna rolls, you’ll like this.

This recipe calls for imitation crab, which you can substitute with real crab if you got it like that, or with something like heart of palm to make it vegan. You can find imitation crab at your local supermarket in the fish section. Imitation crab is a product that uses fish meat to imitate shellfish meat since crab meat can be quite expensive, and it’s actually what most sushi restaurants use in their crab rolls!

For the sticky rice, make sure you make it with sushi rice. It is the only way it will stick to the wraps, and let me tell you that rice is sticky! Besides that, only other special ingredient needed is rice vinegar.

Spicy Crab Sushi Roll

Making sushi isn’t easy the first time, but just like everything else you get better with practice. Thank you for reading my recipe, if you decide to try it out tag me on instagram @breakthrukitchen. Be sure to subscribe down below to get notified when I post more recipes like this!

Spicy Crab Sushi Roll Using Imitation Crab

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: normal
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Ingredients

  • 1 nori seaweed wrap
  • 1/2 cup cooked sticky sushi rice
  • 5 imitation crab legs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp siracha, or cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a bowl, flake the imitation crab legs and add mayonessaise, siracha, and salt and pepper.
  2. Lay out the wrap with the rougher side facing you. Using your fingertips, add the rice to the wrap to and press down evenly.
  3. Once the whole wrap is covered in rice, turn over and place the crab mixture on the wrap in a straight line.
  4. Using parchment paper, roll the wrap around tight and tucked.
  5. Slice through using a sharp knife, dipping in water in between cuts. Serve!

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice Recipe

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This stew is also known as menestra de lentejas. It’s a popular dish in Ecuador that uses lentils, though you can give it a go with any type of bean you have on hand. This recipe calls for minimal and basic ingredients that most of us always have on hand, so it’s known by many as a “poor man’s dish. But this dish is absolutely delicious!

I was not a huge fan of brown lentils before this recipe. I didn’t like the brown ones at all, though I love the black ones. So I had a bag full of brown lentils I had never used and now I know what to do with it. If you have some extra lentils on hand be sure to try this recipe out.

Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

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Ecuadorian Lentil Stew With Rice

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Also know as menestra de lentejas, this lentil dish is popular in Ecuador.


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 white onion, whole
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, quartered
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cilantro in a small pot on low heat and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. After 2 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients, turn to medium heat, and wait for a boil.
  3. Once the mixture has reached a boil cover with lid, lower heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Serve.

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Cotoletta Alla Milanese With Apple Salad Recipe

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What the hell is a cotoletta? It’s the Italian word for cutlet. It’s essentially a slice of meat, with or without bone, passed in egg, breaded and fried with oil or butter. It’s often made with veal, but I grew up eating it with chicken. And let me tell you, my dad makes a mean cotoletta. It’s kinda one of those things you make when you need to cook up something quick, so I have eaten a lot of these in my day. And every single one has been delicious. It’s satisfying, simple, and delicious!

The secret to a juicy chicken cutlet is cooking it on low heat. This allows the chicken to cook and the batter to crisp up simultaneously, so you have juicy chicken on the outside and a perfectly browned crust on the outside.

Cotoletta Alla Milanese

Another secret tip for these cutlets is cooking them in oil AND butter. Usually people pick one or the other, but this recipe works best if you use both. The oil gets the job done way better but the butter adds a nice richness of flavor that you would be missing out on if you skipped it.

As for the salad, it is completely versatile the type of fruits and veggies you want to throw in there. However, I did discover that apples pair very well with balsamic vinegar, so if you have apples on hand make sure to throw them into your salad! And it’s apple picking season right now so I know we all have some apples laying around. Apples actually go so well with savory flavors, I recently made a brussel sprouts and apple saute. The flavors work great together and it’s still one of my favorite ways to eat brussels!

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Cotoletta Alla Milanese With Apple Salad

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cotoletta is Italian for cutlet. Here's how to make the best chicken cutlet you've ever tried.


Cotoletta Alla Milanese

– 1 chicken breast
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– 1 tbsp butter
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups bread crumbs
– salt and pepper to taste

Apple Salad

– 2 cups spring mix
– 1 red apple, sliced
– 1 tomato, quartered
– 1/2 cucumber, sliced
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– salt and pepper to taste

Cotoletta Alla Milanese

1. Slice the chicken breast into thing cutlets.
2. Using a meat tenderizer, pound each cutlet until they are equally thin.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs and add salt and pepper. Let the chicken marinate in the egg mixture for at least 5 minutes.
4. After 5 minutes, heat up oil and butter in a large pan at low heat.
5. One cutlet at a time, remove chicken from egg mixture and coat in bread crumbs and then transfer to heated oiled pan.
6. Cook until chicken is golden brown on both sides and then transfer chicken to a lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve.

Apple Salad

1. Combine spring mix, apple, tomato, and cucumber in bowl.
2. Combine oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper in a separate bowl.
3. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Serve.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo Recipe

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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It’s a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while. I have a recipe already where I show you how I make my Jibarito, which is very similar to this recipe. However, that recipe used salted green plantains while this recipe uses sweet ripe plantains.

Patacon De Platano Maduro

Making these are so easy, just make sure that you use plantains that are ripe but not too ripe to where it won’t hold together after you press it. Also, don’t press the plantain too thin because that will also cause the plantain to fall apart.

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Patacon De Platano Maduro With Chicken And Mojo

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Patacon is the concept of using plantain as a substitute for bread. It's a very satisfying way to switch things up once in a while.


Ingredients

  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded grilled chicken
  • 1 kale leaf
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium pan, heat oil over low to medium heat.
  2. Peel the plantain, cut it in half, and then cut the plantain perpendicular to the first cut so that you have 4 pieces.
  3. Place the four plantain pieces into the pan and cook for a few minutes on both sides.
  4. Remove each plantain quarter from the pan and onto a cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board to press the plantain pieces.
  5. Put the pressed plantain pieces back to the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Combine jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  7. Assemble patacon starting with one plantain quarter, the shredded chicken, kale, mojo, and another plantain quarter.

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Dominican Beans- Habichuelas Guisadas Recipe

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Being half Dominicana, I LOVE rice and beans. Over the years I’ve perfected my rice by switching over to basmati rice, adjusting the water ratio, and tweaking the cook time. But I’ve never ever made habichuelas that I truly enjoyed. Before this recipe that is.

Now let me clear up that these beans are not made from SCRATCH since we are using canned beans, and that’s probably evident through the very short 45 minute cook time. Usually, you’d start with dry beans and that cook time is somewhere around 4 hours, and that’s not including soaking the beans overnight for 8-12 hours. This is the recipe for when you want beans but do not have the time.

Dominican Rice And Beans

You can use any bean for this recipe really, but for true Dominican beans use roman beans. Good alternatives would be pinto beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and red kidney beans.

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Classic habichuelas guisadas.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 handful cilantro, stem on
  • 1/2 large onion, whole
  • 1/2 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1/2 small auyama, large diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can roman beans, rinsed
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine oil, cilantro, garlic, onion, auyama, and bell pepper. Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot, in the order listed.
  3. Once everything is combined in the pot, cook over medium heat until it reaches a boil, and then cover and cook on low to medium for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, remove onion and bell pepper and serve!

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Vegan Quesadilla With Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

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Quesadillas are one of my favorite things to make when I need to cook something quick and delicious! This recipe makes a pretty basic quesadilla that tastes so much better than any basic quesadilla.

Vegan Chorizo

What makes this quesadilla stand out is the homemade chorizo filling! It’s made out of seitan, mushrooms, and walnuts and so many other spices to bring the chorizo to life.

And like I say all the time, a homemade tortilla brings things to a whole nother level. I made flour tortillas because I was too lazy to buy a pack, and truthfully they’re so easy to make it bothers me to buy it😂 And homemade versions are so easy and taste soooo much better!

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Vegan Quesadilla With Homemade Flour Tortillas

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 servings vegan chorizo
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Add oil and water and mix until just well combined and let rest in bowl with damp towel for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, slice your dough into four and use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough out into a thin circle.
  3. Heat each tortilla until golden brown on a pan at low to medium heat.
  4. Once both sides are cooked, cover one half of the circle with cheese, then chorizo, and then more cheese. Fold.
  5. Cook on both sides until crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve.
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Vegan Chorizo With Seitan, Mushrooms, & Walnuts Recipe

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This recipe is a must try simply because of how flavorful the chorizo is! You practically forget you’re not eating the real thing lol.

No but seriously, the combination of seitan, mushrooms, and walnuts creates a very believable meat crumble. The addition of onion, garlic, and jalapeno creates a tone of freshness and the long list of spices brings the whole mixture to life. Apple cider vinegar creates a slight caramelization on the crumble.

Quesadilla With Vegan Chorizo

This chorizo can be made ahead of time for different types of meals such as quesadillas, tacos, tostadas, burritos, nachos, and so so so much more!

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A healthier option that has the same great flavors!


Ingredients

  • 1 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup portabello mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp corinader
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Chop the seitan, portabello mushrooms, and walnuts in a food processor.
  2. Combine all other ingredients and cook on an oiled pan on medium heat until the crumble is crispy.

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Black Beans & Chili Lime Seitan Recipe

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Tostada is spanish for toasted, and in this recipe we are working with a corn tortilla that is fried, or toasted, to work as a plate for toppings.

Refried beans are one of my favorite ways to use black beans, though this refried beans is traditionally made with pinto beans. This recipe for refried beans is so quick and simple, and is tailored for dry beans instead of canned beans. Cooking with dry beans creates a richer flavor throughout the beans and the mixture itself, and you skip the canned bean flavor! Of course, you can make this recipe with canned beans, but in my opinion it all doesn’t come together the same way.

Vegan Tostada With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

Seitan is one of my favorite plant-based meat alternatives because it’s so versatile. The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Vegan Tostadas With Refried Beans & Chili Lime Seitan

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas will top any tostada you've ever had.

“Refried

– 2 servings Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas
– 4 cups water
– 1/2 cup black beans, soaked
– 1/2 onion
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon cumin
– 1 sazon packet
– 1 cup cheese
– salt and pepper to taste

“Chili

– 2 seitan cutlets
– 1 lime, juiced
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp chili powder
– 1 pinch sugar
– salt and pepper to taste

“Refried

1. Combine water, beans, onion, garlic, and sazon packet in a deep pot. Cook until beans are tender.
2. Using a large ladel or spoon, scoop bean mixture onto a pan at low to medium heat. Stir frequently.
3. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper and mash the mixture using a fork.
4. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add the cheese and continue cooking until desired consistency.
5. Combine tostada.

“Chili

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Put entire mixture onto oiled pan at low to medium heat and cook until seitan is crispy.
3. Combine tostada.

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas Recipe

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I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again. Homemade tortillas hit different. And that goes for tostadas as well!

If you’ve never had a tostada let me put you on real quick. It’s essentially a raw corn tortilla fried in oil, making it crispy and kinda like a big, flat tortilla chip. You put toppings on it just like you would a taco and you enjoy! It’s absolutely delicious and the possibilities are endless with this one.

The first time I had a tostada I was a few weeks ago when I was in Virginia. I went to this Mexican eatery called Lilly’s Little Mexico where I ordered tostadas de quinoa. It’s a fried homemade tortilla topped with refried beans, mexican quinoa, lettuce, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was sooooo good! It truly inspired me to make these tostadas at home!

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Easy Homemade Corn Tostadas

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  • Difficulty: easy
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Homemade tostadas are great for when you want to taste authentic mexican cuisine made right from your kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 & 1 tsp warm water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Combine masa harina with salt and slowly add warm water.
  2. Mix with your hands until a springy dough is created. It should not be sticky or crumbly.
  3. Wrap dough in damp paper towel and let rest in bowl for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, cut dough into 5-6 pieces and roll each piece flat using a rolling pin.
  5. Cut the dough into circles using a bowl or knife, and set aside to fry.
  6. Fry each piece of dough in a deep pan with oil on low to medium heat until the tostada is golden and crispy on both sides.
  7. Set aside and allow all excess oil to drip off, then serve with toppings of choice.

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Vegan Strawberry Waffles With Strawberry Syrup Recipe

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Waffles are my favorite breakfast in the morning. They are so versatile and can be made in so many different ways. For this recipe I made strawberry waffles by pureeing one cup of strawberries and including them into the waffle mixture. By using this technique you can flavor your waffles with anything you want, and even make them healthier! Imagine pumpkin waffles, apple cider waffles, or banana waffles… the possibilities are endless.

The warm strawberry syrup adds extra goodness! My favorite way to cook these waffles is just long enough for the outside to be crispy but the inside be soft, and then pour the strawberry syrup while hot right before serving. If you love strawberries and waffles, then you should definitely try this recipe out.

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“Strawberry

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  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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”Fluffy

– 1 cup flour
– 1/4 cup plant based milk
– 4 tbsp sugar
– 1 cup strawberries, blended
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tbsp flax seed + 2 tbsp warm water
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

“Strawberry


– 1/4 cup strawberries
– 1/4 cup water
– 2 tbsp sugar

“Strawberry

  1. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, blended strawberries, flax seed egg, and vanilla extract in seperate bowl.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour mixture onto waffle maker and cook until edges are crispy.
  5. Serve with strawberry syrup.
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  7. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and cook on low to medium heat until mixture becomes a syrup, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve with strawberry waffles.

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Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken Using Seitan Recipe

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This better than take-out chilli chicken has a healthy twist! We are substituting the chicken for seitan. Seitan is made from wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is a food made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough with water until all the starch granules have been removed, leaving the sticky insoluble gluten as an elastic mass, which is then cooked before being eaten. Or, you can buy vital wheat gluten flour and it works the same.

Seitan has a similar consistency as chicken when cooked properly, and if you get your flavors right you aren’t missing out on anything with this simple substitution. This recipe also works with tofu, tempeh, and pretty much anything that you can dredge.

Indo-chinese cuisine is is a distinct cuisine formed through the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. It’s a great combination of cultures, and I love experimenting with different cuisines. Skip take-out this week and try this chilli chicken recipe out!

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Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken Using Seitan

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This spicy Indo-Chinese style seitan is better than takeout!


Ingredients

  • 2 seitan cutlet
  • 1 cup wet dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 cup dry dredging mixture from Vegan Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic

Directions

  1. Cut the seitan into bite size pieces and set up wet and dry dredging mixtures.
  2. Coat seitan into the dry mixture first, then the wet, then back to the dry.
  3. Place coated seitan onto a pan with oil on low to medium heat and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Once fried, remove from pan and allow any excess oil to drip off.
  5. In a clean pan on low heat, combine remaining ingredients and stir until it has developed into a sauce.
  6. Stir the fried seitan into the sauce and cook for a couple minutes until the seitan is fully coated, stirring frequently.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Spouts & Apples Recipe

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Brussel sprouts is one of those vegetables that a lot of people despise. I know this because I once was one of those people, until I gave brussels a true chance. In this recipe I show you a very different way to enjoy your brussel sprouts, with the unique addition of apples.

I know what you’re thinking, brussel sprouts and apples? No thanks. But this combo works surprisingly well together when glazed with sage and honey. I topped mine with parmesan because it adds a nice flavor profile and balances everything out.

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Sage Honey Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Apples

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This combo may sound strange, but creates great flavors. Perfect as a side dish!


Ingredients

  • 10-12 brussel sprouts
  • 2 small red apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2-4 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan optional

Directions

  1. Melt butter over low to medium heat.
  2. Add apples and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add brussel sprouts and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add sage and honey and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook until desired crispiness is achieved. Serve with parmesan.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

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Ropa vieja is the national dish of Cuba, but is also enjoyed in Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, and the Philippines. Many don’t know this, but ropa vieja originated in Spain. It literally translates to ‘old clothes’ and the story goes that a poor old man once shredded and cooked his own clothes because he could not afford food. He prayed over the bubbling concoction and a miracle turned the mixture into a tasty, rich meat stew.

While we don’t know how factual that story is, we do know that ropa vieja is over 500 years old and originated in the Iberian peninsula of Spain. The dish then traveled to the Americas with the Spanish people, where it became a staple dish across the Caribbean and Cuba.

The traditional recipe consists of shredded stewed beef with vegetables. I decided to try this traditional dish with a plant based meat alternative, in this case oyster mushrooms. The meat in this recipe is typically shredded or pulled, and you can achieve the same texture with an oyster mushroom.

To avoid squishy, soggy mushrooms, cook the mushrooms by themselves after they’ve been marinated for 15 minutes. While cooking, use a spatula to frequently press the mushrooms down on the pan. This helps the mushroom release excess water, resulting in a meatier mushroom.

I paired my ropa vieja with white rice, fried plantain, green beans, and sage honey glazed brussel sprouts and apples.

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Cuban Ropa Vieja Using Oyster Mushrooms

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A traditional Cuban dish made plant-based using oyster mushrooms.


Ingredients

  • 2 large oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 sazon packet
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 sliced green bell pepper
  • ½ diced white onion
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dry white cooking wine
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 sliced pimiento stuffed olives
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions

  1. Clean mushrooms and cut into four pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and let marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook JUST the mushrooms over medium heat in a large pot, frequently squishing to with a spatula to create a meatier texture.
  4. Once the mushroom is crispy on both sides, add the marinade to the pot.
  5. Cook until the mixture has reached a boil, then lower heat and cover with lid.
  6. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, and serve with rice.

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Veggie Packed Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad will quickly become a favorite in your home. It’s refreshing, simple, and delicious!

You can really add as many veggies as you’d like to this pasta salad, but I just used what I had available. I’d love to give this recipe a try using carrots, pickled onions, artichoke, zucchini, mushrooms, and so so much more! Pasta salad is slightly underrated, since it does have so many possibilities.

You want to add your avocado last so that it doesn’t get too mashed up in your pasta salad. I love putting some everything bagel seasoning right over my avocado and salad. It adds another layer of taste and texture to the dish and is sodium free!

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Plant Based Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Refreshing, simple, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked pasta of choice
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup banana peppers, sliced
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 packet goya salad and vegetable seasoning
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup black olives
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ tsp everything bagel seasoning, optional

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the avocado.
  2. Once combined, add avocado. Enjoy!

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Patacon Using Seitan Recipe

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This patacon was is so delicious and satisfying! It’s a creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain!

I love eating plantains as a side but using plantains as the “buns” in this recipe was very different way to use this starchy vegetable I grew up eating throughout my childhood.

Plant based jibarito

A patacon, or a jibarito is a sandwich made with fried plantains as the buns and whatever you desire as the sandwich filling. Traditionally, with thin-sliced steak, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and cheese. Chicago restaurateur Juan “Peter” Figueroa introduced the jibarito at Borinquen Restaurant, a Puerto Rican restaurant in in 1996 after reading about a Puerto Rican sandwich created in Plátano Loco in 1991 substituting plantains for bread.

I filled mine up as a traditional jibarito but the variations are endless! I’m looking forward to doing many different recipes with this plantain-bun method.

Plantain

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Vegan Jibarito

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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A creative and out-of-the-box way to use plantain

Ingredients

  • 1 green plantain
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced seitan
  • ¼ tsp adobo
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 romaine leaf
  • ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • half avocado, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. Peel the plantain and cut once vertically and then once horizontally, so that you end up with 4 pieces.
  2. Cook pieces in a deep pan with oil at low to medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  3. After 1-2 minutes, remove from pan and place on plate.
  4. Place a plantain piece onto cutting board lined with parchment paper and use another cutting board lined with parchment paper to squish the plantain piece until flattened. Once flat set aside.
  5. Repeat step 4 for each plantain piece.
  6. Cook each plantain piece again until golden brown then remove from heat and allow any excess oil to drain.
  7. Cook seitan slices in adobo and lemon juice until crispy. Taste for salt.
  8. Assemble jibarito with 2 pieces fried plantian, ½ cup cooked seitan, letuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and avocado.

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Egg-less Gnocchi Recipe

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Gnocchi is a pasta made of potato. It’s kinda like a soft pasta dumpling. Take my word for it, it’s delicious. Truly one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

This is my favorite kind of pasta because it’s so filling! But gnocchi weren’t always the delicate, fluffy pasta dumplings we know them as today. At first they existed with different ingredients like squash and breadcrumbs. But it didn’t become the potato dumplings we know today until the 16th century when potatoes were introduced to Europe.

Cooked Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce

This recipe for gnocchi is simpler than grain pasta recipes! You need to give it a try especially if you have never tried gnocchi before.

Making the gnocchi shape isn’t easy, so be sure to check out a video for a visual explanation of the technique. If making the shapes isn’t working for you, then you can just keep your gnocchi smooth!

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Gnocchi is really one of a kind when it comes to noodle varieties.

Ingredients

  • 2 boiled peeled medium potatoes
  • 1¼ cups flour + extra for forming gnocchi
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mash your potatoes until they are completelty smooth ans free of clumps.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix until you have a formed a dough that looks firm but is still a bit sticky.
  3. Form dough into a log and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After resting, cut one inch from your dough log and use your hands to form that section into a long, thin dough piece.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut one inch pieces of the stretched out dough.
  6. Pick up one of the pieces you cut, and use a fork to make the shape of the gnoccho, using flour generously to prevent the dough from sticking.
  7. Repeat step 6 for as many gnocchi needed.
  8. Throw your shaped gnocchi into your boiling salted pasta water.
  9. Cook until the gnocchi float to the top, stirring frequently to prevent them from sticking.
  10. Once they float to the top, remove from the water and serve with sauce of choice. Enjoy!

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Greek Meatballs Keftedes Using Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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This recipe is inspired by Greek dish called Keftedes. “Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Indian subcontinent, South Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices or onions.”

I decided to make my own version of these Keftedes in plant based version, that’s still delicious and full of flavor like traditional Keftedes.

Greek Meatballs Keftedes

This plant based meatball recipe is great because it yields a meatball that develops a crispy outside layer, making the texture more similar to a traditional meatball.

These koftedes developed great flavors and I have to admit it is because of this spice seasoning I picked up at the store.