Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

You ever go to a Mediterranean restaurant and you’re left in awe at all the sauces, dips, and spreads?

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I mean, I worked at one spot in high school, back when I wasn’t very savvy with too many cultural cuisines, and I’ll never forget how shocked I was at everything. From the hummus, to the tabbouleh, to the baba ghanoush, I could not believe I had been deprived of all these great things all that time.

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So, let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki. Check out the full video recipe below or click here!

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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I ALWAYS confuse it with tahini, also a Middle Eastern sauce but it’s made with toasted sesame seeds. Very different in flavor, but they both start with the letter T and are white in color so I always get mixed up. Find a great tahini sauce recipe here.

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What do I need to make Greek Tzatziki Sauce?

  • Greek Yogurt. You can definitely use regular yogurt here, but Greek yogurt already has tangy taste and is thicker and that’s the consistency we’re looking for. Make sure whatever yogurt you use is plain!
  • Cucumber. We’re going to shredded it so it doesn’t have to be a pretty one.
  • Garlic. Minced because we don’t want huge chunks of garlic in the tzatziki.
  • Olive Oil. Because it’s necessary.
  • Distilled White Vinegar. Brings some tanginess to the party.
  • Salt & Pepper. Don’t forget to season!!!
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Why make Tzatziki Sauce at home?

Can’t you just go buy it at the store for a few bucks. Well, yes. You can get just about anything premade at the store. The reason why I urge you to make this delicious sauce at home is because, like most things, it is incredibly better when it is homemade and it is so easy to make! Now, I’m not here to compete with an authentic Greek restaurant. But I can attest that this homemade tzatziki will be better than the one you grab from the supermarket!

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Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Crisp, creamy, and tangy. Let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 2 Bowls
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 grater
  • 2 paper towels

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cucumber shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar distilled
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mince garlic and set aside. Grate cucumber and set aside.
  • Place shredded cucumber into paper towels and squeeze as much liquid out as possible.
  • Combined Greek yogurt, dried cucumber, minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cucumber. Traditionally, tzatziki sauce is thick and creamy, not runny or watery.
  • Feel free to add herbs like dill or parsley to you tzatziki.
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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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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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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

Gluten FreeVegetarian

Ok I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that before I created this recipe I was really out here eating my cucumbers plain Jane with salt and pepper and the occasional balsamic vinegar.

I’ve tried the smashed cucumber salad too, and it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t fit into my day to day diet.

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But then one day I thought, cucumbers would be delicious in a creamy dressing. And that’s how this cucumber salad came to life. I’ll never eat cucumbers the same again.

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.

It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…

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What do I need to make this recipe?

Cucumbers. Regular cucumbers are my go to but you can use English, Persian, or any type of cucumber you desire.

Sour cream. It’s light, mild, and creamy. What better way to coat your cucumbers?

White vinegar. If you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

Dill. Fresh is best but dried works fine.

Sugar. This contrasts the sourness from the sour cream and vinegar, as well as the saltiness from the salt.

Salt. Never forget it.

Garlic. Fresh minced garlic is ideal but feel free to substitute with powdered garlic if that’s all you have on hand.

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Can I use something other than sour cream?

Sure. Try Greek yogurt or mayonnaise. They both are going to give you a slightly different taste, but the texture is there all the way.

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What cucumbers are best for salads?

The varieties of cucumbers are almost as endless as the types of cucumber salads. Let me give you a guideline for each cucumber and you just be sure to try them all out when you get the chance!

  • Wax-Coated Cucumbers. This is the cucumber that’s most common and found grocery stores. They have a wax covering to help preserve the cucumber and will need to be peeled prior to eating.
  • Garden Cucumbers. Crisp, crunchy, and best fresh from the garden. They lack the wax coating of those purchased at grocery stores so they can be served peeled or unpeeled.
  • English Cucumbers. Also known as European cucumbers. This variety is mild in flavor, almost seedless, and usually 1-2 feet in length. They are typically sold wrapped in plastic to protect their thin skin and there is no need to peel them. These are greenhouse grown and typically on the pricey side.
  • Cocktail Cucumbers. Deliciously crunchy and much smaller than other varieties of cucumbers. They are also more expensive per pound, but there’s no need to peel them.
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Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing Recipe

This recipe is creamy, satisfying, and incredibly quick to put together.
It’s especially perfect for a hot summer day. Seriously, I’m pretty mad I just discovered this recipe recently and haven’t been eating my cucumbers this way the whole time…
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Peeler

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced dill or dried dill
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • To taste salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and peel the cucumbers.
  • Slice the cucumber thin. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
  • Add dressing to cucumbers and mix. 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.

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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.

Check out my video recipe down below for a full guide on this recipe!

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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!

Video

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. 
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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.

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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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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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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

  • Servings: 4 people
  • 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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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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  • Servings: 4 people
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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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Elote Mexican Corn Recipe

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This elote corn recipe is a delicious way to spice up your corn on the cob. This corn is traditionally grilled but I don’t own a grill so I chose to boil mine. You could also bake these elotes and they would come out wonderful.

I actually tested this recipe out with both sour cream and mayonnaise, and let me tell you. Sour cream wins all day. It’s so much less intense when combined with the flavors of the cotija cheese and tajin. Although also, maybe it was just the combination of corn and mayonnaise in my head!

This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways. I’d love to try making an elote covered in bacon!!! And some fresh cilantro on top… the possibilities are honestly endless with this creative but simple side dish.

Elote Mexcian Corn Side Dish

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Elote Mexican Corn

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe pairs well with Mexican dishes and can be dressed up in so many different ways.


Ingredients

  • 2 ears corn on cob
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp tajin

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to high heat, fill halfway with water and bring to boil.
  2. Once at a boil, add ears corn and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, remove from pot and transfer to plate for coating.
  4. While the ears are warm, spread butter for entire ears.
  5. Spread sour cream along the sides of the corn with a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle cheese and tajin over the spreaded corn. Enjoy!

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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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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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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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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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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style Recipe

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I love cucumbers because they’re so fresh and crispy. However, and I hate to admit it, cucumbers get boring. Luckily, I have put together this smashed cucumber salad recipe for us.

This cucumber salad is originally a Sichuan recipe. They smash the cucumbers until it naturally separate into 3-4 spears, which disrupts its internal structure in an unnatural way leaving some areas completely intact and crisp, while reducing other areas tender. While smashed, it absorbs flavors much faster, making it particularly tasty.

This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber! Though this recipe is traditionally a bit spicy, you can use the smashed cucumber method with an unlimited kinds of dressings.I paired my salad with fried rice and vegan sesame chicken!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber.

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Use a cutting board to smash against the cucumber until it naturally splits in 3-4 pieces.
  2. Chop those pieces into bite size cubes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and either serve or let chill in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Better Than Takeout Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

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Fried rice has always been my favorite takeout treat, so I decided to make a vegetable stir-fry my way. This one has a bunch of fresh veggies and a plant based scrambled egg!

I used julienned carrots, scallions, and green peas in my vegetable fried rice. You can use any and as many vegetables as you’d like, I just used what I had on hand.

Asian culture is more vegetable focused, with dishes developing from produce they had on hand to use up old ingredients. This was exactly the case when it came to the development of fried rice; it’s a dish made to incorporate leftovers. If you were to order fried rice in a restaurant now you’d be given the option of several proteins, whereas traditionally this dish was created to incorporate whatever leftovers were lying around.

I substituted the egg in a traditional fried rice with vegan mung bean egg. I have a recipe for it here. It works just as a scrambled egg mixture would.

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Better Than Takeout Vegetable Fried Rice

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Better than takeout stir-fry with fresh vegetables & plant based scrambled egg.

Ingredients

  • ½ carrot
  • ½ cup cooked green beans
  • 1 scallion
  • ¼ cup vegan yellow split pea egg
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp all purpose seasoning
  • ½ tsp ginger powder or 1 inch fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic or 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan, cook vegan egg until it is a scrambled consistency.
  2. Add vegetables and fresh aromatics and cook for a minute and then add rice.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients all at once except the water and the soy sauce. You want to slowly add these two liquids as your frying and stirring your rice.
  4. Check for salt and pepper at this point. Once liquid is absorbed take pan off the heat and serve.

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Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Cheesy Mac And Cheese Using Butternut Squash Recipe

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Mac and cheese was everyone’s childhood favorite. But the type I personally grew up eating was the kind with the powdered cheese… I wonder what exactly is in powdered cheese… Well I’m just glad those days are behind me now!

Alternatively, I would eat the mac and cheese made with 100% diary products like butter, milk, and cheese. And we all know that dairy products are the top source of saturated fats in an american diet, it’s not meant for our species to consume, and I mean have you seen the dairy industry? No thanks. Luckily, these dark days are also behind me.

Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese
Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Nowadays, I eat the type of mac and cheese made with vegetables. This mac and cheese is made with a roasted butternut squash and is so so creamy! It’s so simple to make; all you need is a butternut squash, some basic pantry items, some spices, and noodles!

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Vegan Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

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Classic, creamy mac and cheese packed with nutrients and minerals.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 2/3 cups plant based milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, peel, and dice the butternut squash. Coat in oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 25 minutes.
  2. After 25 minutes, remove squash from oven and transfer to blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper.
  3. Add sauce to your favorite noodles or store in fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Per Serving: calories; 236 g fat; 18.9 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 257 mg sodium.

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Classic Chickpea Hummus

Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe

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Hummus is truly one of a kind. Classic, healthy, and so delicious!

I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. “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 this reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods.

I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.

Once the chickpeas are cooked though, this recipe is super simple. 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.

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Simple Chickpea Hummus

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Classic, silky hummus better than anything you'd buy at the store.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
  2. Add chickpeas and blend.
  3. Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Taste for salt.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 239 calories; 7.3 g fat; 35.1 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 61 mg sodium.

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