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Arroz Con Pollo (AIP, Whole30, Paleo, Keto)

Fiesta! Growing up our house was always the family hub. Maybe because my mom of her other sister’s was the only one who had more than one kid, and therefore an already bustling household… or because of her love of hosting, cooking and entertaining. Whatever the reason, our house was the spot. All holiday and major events like baptism’s, graduations and birthdays were celebrated in our home. While all my aunts are talented cooks, each with their own signature dishes and areas of expertise, my mom always had her own…

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Cuban Burger (Plantain Crusted Pork Patty)

This is my second ground meat and plantain recipe in a row…. ummmm I might be addicted! Ha! Well in all honesty, what I love about the combo is that by adding a little plantain to my protein source, I get that little bit of starch which satisfied, while not making the meal super heavy. Bonus, it’s the perfect “just add greens” meal solution. You know what I mean with “just add greens” right? I mean, the kind of main dish/protein that you can heat and serve over a bed…

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Stuffed Sweet Potato Buns

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” ― Albert Einstein No truer words Al! I’d been posting pictures on Instagram of beautiful empanadas, made of sweet potato dough! The first time I made them they were perfect, so I knew I’d have to practice again. Second time, too potato-y, third time was darn good. Fourth time, I was all confident, I doubled the recipe. Naturally, I mucked it up. For the life of me that potato would just stick to the parchment paper & I…

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Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork (AIP, Whole30, Paleo)

LECHON ASADO. Obviously lechon asado holds a special place in my heart. The tangy flavor comes from the mojo, made of bitter orange, onion, garlic, peppers & cumin. Not AIP. So I set out to recreate the flavors of my childhood in a compliant pork roast, that fits in my oven! Also Whole30 compliant!  I prepared this one with lots of love & intent, I hope you enjoy it. Cubans take pork seriously. As child I remember sleeping over at my grandmother’s house every 23rd of December. My sister and…

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Cilantro Aioli

Cilantro Aioli: 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, stems and all 3 cloves garlic juice of 1 large lemon salt & pepper pinch of: cumin, parsley, onion powder, crushed red pepper (I call this my Cuban mix) up to 3/4 cup olive oil 2 egg yolks In food processor combine cilantro, garlic, lemon & seasoning. Add in yolks and pulse to combine. Then while it’s running drizzle in the olive oil until it’s emulsified. Now, my usual tips for successful aioli is: make sure everything is room temp before starting and sometimes…

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Everything you need to know about Plantains!

Plantain! The larger, starchier & less sweet brother to your everyday banana. Plantain is a great versatile addition to a grain free life. In this entry I will go through the different stages of the plantain from green to brown & what to make with it! There is something so enticing about the smooth texture of this fruit, the subtle sweetness contrasted by sea salt & garlic. Plantains are wonderfully delicious! I hope I can persuade you to try them out and discover how fun they can be to cook….

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Plantain Tortillas

I love the plantain! I’ve been using it a lot lately, so many different uses for it, during it’s different stages- from green to brown. Plantain is another Cuban food staple that I grew up eating that has made it in to the paleo scene. I love all the creatives ways it has been making it’s way on to people’s plate. Tortillas being one of them! I love a good crunchy, scoop-able food. Here is my take on the paleo plantain tortilla. Yields Makes 8-10 3 inch tortillas Plantain Tortillas10…

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Malanga-Yuca Fritters

So many new kids on the Paleo block! But really they just moved here from the Latin neighborhood… (Jenny on the block song playing in the background)! Malanga is a root vegetable & is commonly used in Cuban cooking. It can be fried, pureed or made in to creamy soups. Pureed malanga is very viscous, a natural thickener. It’s easily digestible, high in potassium & calories. The exterior of this versatile veg is shaggy, brown odd-shaped thing. Don’t be discouraged by it’s looks- malanga can be a great addition to…

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