Chocolate Amaranth Cereal with Cinnamon Soy Milk

    Who doesn’t love cereal and milk in the morning?.  But the problem with a lot of brands is that they’re often hiding white sugar and vegetable oil within.  Those are two things I don’t want in my morning routine.  What do I want? I want crunchy, crispy, chewy, grainy, slightly sweet, and filling. …

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Prepackaged salsas used to have a hold on me.  My favorite, Mrs. Renfro’s, knew just what I needed in a good salsa: a subtly roasted flavor, slightly chunky texture, a teeny bit of spice.  She dominated my shelves for years with her perky little label and her chubby glass jar.  She kept a firm hold…

Agua de Chia

    Watch out…here it comes…Blanket Beverage Statement: Mexicans have got non-alcoholic refreshing summer beverages down better than anyone else in the world!!!   Take the U.S. for example: we have our numerous teas, smoothies, milkshakes, icees, and soft drinks, sure.  And at home we are masters at concocting frilly fruity delights, but when it comes…

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Two Ways

I nearly got on my knees and wept.  Perched there on the grocery store shelf amidst all the other vegetables, they beckoned me from across the produce section.  They were so beautiful and vibrant!  I think I actually galloped over to them… I hadn’t seen sweet potatoes since arriving in Guadalajara 4 months ago, and…

Grilled Guacamole

Unfortunately, there were no picnics, sparklers, or blueberry and strawberry flag cake this past Wednesday to commemorate the 4th of July in Mexico.  The day passed like any other, however I did delight(or so I thought) my students with stories of Independence Days past while dreaming of roasted corn and beach volleyball.  So, when my…

Strawberry-Pineapple Chia Jam

  Strawberries and Pineapples.  What a marvelous combination: sweet, a little tangy at times, and terribly satisfying.  My cravings for sweet are boundless, so I need to keep healthy and homemade options around at all times.  This recipe is so simple and quick, plus using chia eliminates any need for thickeners or pectin.  And of…

Lime-Mint Cooler

I hear it’s hotter back in Wisconsin and Chicago than it is here in Guadalajara right now.  Woof!!! I imagine sitting at a Brewer’s game, eagerly slurping down a pricey Miller Lite before it turns to the likes of warm bathwater.  Not to mention, hastily slopping on yet another layer of SPF 70 to avoid…

Tacos Al Pastor with Pineapple Salsa (Vegan)

Certain things have been hard to let go of as someone who is for all intents and purposes, vegan.  Especially tacos.  I take that back, especially Tacos Al Pastor. Tacos al Pastor are a traditional Mexican style of taco whose origin stems from Lebanese cuisine.  Literally, Tacos Al Pastor means Tacos in the style of…

Agua de Jamaica/ Iced Hibiscus Tea

On any given day in Guadalajara, you can take a refreshing pit stop at any number of street carts or taco stands selling Aguas Frescas.  And when its blisteringly hot like it’s been lately, a pit stop and some shade are absolutely necessary. Aguas Frescas are non-alcoholic, water-based drinks flavored with fruit, tea, rice… anything…

Raspberry-Blackberry Jam with Chia

Admittedly it’s not the season, but I had a craving for some berry jam the other day.  Regular Mexican grocery stores are packed with overly-processed, way-too-sweet, and almost gelatinous jams and jellies.  There are some wonderful homemade types, but you really have to seek them out.  So to satiate my desire, I threw together an…

Chia Pico de Gallo

I love me some pico de gallo.  Fresh, simple, insanely healthy, and beautiful to boot, this recipe is a simple spin on a classic. Here’s my only gripe about pico de gallo; it’s best drenched in lime juice and super ripe tomatoes.  But all that liquid can leave you with soggy tortillas and chips.  So…

Chipotle Guacamole

I had a conversation with one of my English classes the other day about avocados.  They just couldn’t believe how fanatical foreigners are about Mexican avocados.  I told them, “you have to understand something: the leathery spheres are like gold to us”.  When they are in season, we’ll cross town for them, spend a fortune…