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…

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…

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…

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…