Squash and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado

This fall variation on tacos blew me away. The flavor and taste we beyond my words and best of all they used many seasonal ingredients. These tacos really are the fiesta your mouth has been waiting for. All that is needed now is the margarita!

Mango-Avocado Salsa

There is no secret ingredients in this recipe, all I can say is that it is made with love. Competing in a salsa showdown this weekend, my team and I were excited to line up against local restaurants, other community members and even some die hard salsa makers (who even brought their own tomatoes). The…… Continue reading Mango-Avocado Salsa

Spicy Baked Plantains With Black Beans and Cilantro Salsa

Ingredients: 2 large, ripe plantains 2 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (not 1 can, just 1 from the can) 1 can (15oz) Black beans, rinsed 1/2 cup finely-minced sweet yellow onion 1 cup fresh cilantro…… Continue reading Spicy Baked Plantains With Black Beans and Cilantro Salsa

Cauliflower Rice

After living in Costa Rica for three months, rice is not a grain that I am running to the kitchen to eat. Instead I made this recipe out of cauliflower to have a rice consistency but it is also pack with nutrients with a great coconut flavor. Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower 2 Tbsp coconut oil…… Continue reading Cauliflower Rice

Gringa Guacamole

Gringa Guacamole serves 4 Ingredients: 2 ripe haas avocados, pit removed (but save 1 pit if you are going to have leftovers) ½ ripe tomato, finely chopped ½ white onion, minced ¼ cup fresh pineapple 1 clove garlic, minced 1 serrano chile, seeds removed and minced 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped Juice of half… Continue reading Gringa Guacamole

Sopa Negra (Black Bean Soup)

The element of surprise is great but when it comes to food you hope to have luck on your side. Living in Coata Rica with a host family,  I am often surprised with different dinners composed of traditional recipes from Costa Rica. My host family was kind enough to teach me how to cook this…… Continue reading Sopa Negra (Black Bean Soup)

How to make: Gallo Pinto

Gallo pinto is the national dish of Costa Rica, a dish composed of rice and beans and is commonly served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though Gallo Pinto is served very frequently, it often comes with different sides and toppings, for example , for breakfast it usually comes with avocado and a fried egg.