Braised eggplant

If you are an eggplant lover like me, you might have tried it fried, stir-fried, baked, and of course braised. Braised eggplant (or berenjenas guisadas) was my favorite dish growing up, as a side to black bean rice. This dish goes well with rice or quinoa, though I...

Ginger tea with cinnamon recipe

This is a simple, Dominican-style ginger tea with cinnamon recipe that can be enjoyed by anyone. Hits the spot on a cold day. Cooler nights in the Dominican Republic during the months of December and January often call for ginger tea. Dominicans do not have "tea time"...

Stir fried asparagus with turnip recipe

This stir fried asparagus with turnips recipe includes yellow bell pepper and snow peas, complete with beef. Since asparagus seems to be widely liked as a vegetable, let's talk about the turnips in this recipe. Turnips are a delicious root. They are common in the...

Pork primavera: Ground pork with mixed vegetables

Ground pork is one of my favorite ingredients in the kitchen because it is easy to work with, cooks quickly and pairs well with grains, vegetables and legumes. Ground pork is also one of the few meats my daughter, who is a picky eater, will eat. I get it, it is easy...

Baby octopus and squid stir fry recipe

This baby octopus and squid stir fry recipe includes bell peppers and thinly sliced carrots, in a creamy ginger and garlic sauce. Before you are ready to stir fry the seafood, you will need to prepare the baby octopus for cooking. Here is a link to my...

Turmeric Chicken Tenders in Under 10 Minutes!

Make dinner in a jiffy with this simple turmeric chicken tenders recipe! Traditionally used in Indian cuisine and one of the ingredients in curry, Turmeric is a versatile spice that is highly medicinal, especially when high concentrations of curcumin are present....

Quinoa Cilantro Tabbouleh – An easy and nutritious salad

One of my favorite summer salads, quinoa cilantro tabbouleh is nutritious, simple to make and pairs easily with other ingredients as a side dish or entree. Quinoa seeds are a good source of complete protein for vegeterians, offering eight grams of low fat,...

Dominican Sancocho (hearty stew) pressure cooker recipe

Set it and forget it! This is is the pressure cooker version of Dominican sancocho, a hearty meat and roots recipe to share with friends and family anytime the mood strikes. If you own a pressure cooker, there is no need to spend hours tending to a sancocho to achieve...

Pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage

This pressure cooker quinoa rice with sausage recipe is inspired by the Dominican dish "locrio de longaniza" (rice with sausage). Since I love quinoa, I have been looking for ways to incorporate it into meals gradually, so it is not rejected by the rest of the family....

Braised eggplant

If you are an eggplant lover like me, you might have tried it fried, stir-fried, baked, and of course braised. Braised eggplant (or berenjenas guisadas) was my favorite dish growing up, as a side to black bean rice. This dish goes well with rice or quinoa, though I...

Shrimp mofongo recipe

Shrimp mofongo is a simple and delicious dish that will add an exotic flair to your dinner. If you have friends from the Caribbean or watch Saturday Night Live, you might have heard of, or even enjoyed Mofongo lately. This easy to make dish is considered gourmet and...

Leftover turkey noodle soup

It's the days (or weeks) after thanksgiving, and you still have turkey leftovers in the fridge. Here's a delicious soup to make with them. A mix of quinoa, cooked rice and cut capellini noodles make the broth thick and complement the mixed vegetables. Leftover turkey...

Zucchini noodles with fish in ginger sauce

Here is a simple recipe for zucchini noodles with fish fillet in ginger sauce. Quick and healthy for lunch or dinner! Zucchini noodles are easily made using a vegetable spiralizer or a julienne peeler. Alternatively, you could slice pieces of zucchini thinly with a...

Cold noodle salad

This Asian-inspired cold noodle salad includes cellophane mung bean noodles, minced cucumbers and your choice of additional vegetables, with a traditional Chinese dressing. Turn this salad into an entrée by adding shrimp, shredded meat or tofu. Perfect dish for a warm...

Stir fried eggplant with pork

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. When I was growing up in the Dominican Republic, it was used as a meat substitute, usually braised or fried. After being introduced to Thai and Chinese eggplant dishes, I have also been enjoying eggplant with a variety of...

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