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Healthy Food Recipes y Resources

Submitted by on April 17, 2011 – 1:10 amOne Comment

vegetarian week tiki tikiEditor’s Note: This is the last in the series, ¿Vege-Que? — A Week of Healthy Eating, ongoing from April 11 to 17 on the Tiki Tiki. Please visit the first essay to learn more about the series and enter for the chance to win some awesome prizes.

We hope you’ve enjoyed Healthy Eating Week with the Tiki Tiki, an exploration of being flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Even if you remain unmoved to make a huge change, we hope you’re inspired to take small steps that lead to healthier choices, para ti y tu familia.

Now, remember not talking about a diet. We’re not talking about puntos.  Just cutting back a little on the carne and processed stuff. Sneaking some greens and grains into your favorite dishes. And enjoying el sabor Latino with a little less grasa and a lot more verdura.

That said, here is a round-up of some wonderful books, recipes – some Latin, some not — and healthy cooking resources para seguir pa’lante. I also have included many of these recipes on a curated page, to which I will keep adding.  You can subscribe to the Scoop.it page via RSS in your favorite Reader.

Thank you for hanging out with us this week, and for comments and excitement.

vegetarian latino recipes

Main dishes

Lemony Chickpea Stirfry from 101 Cookbooks. Heaven.

Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash also from 101 Cookbooks. A Fall favorite in my house. Comfort and texture.

Tomato curry with coconut rice by Nigella Lawson. Eat anything she makes.

Smoked Tofu Carbonara by The Stone Soup, which also includes a tofu primer.


Mexican Beet Salad from Gabriela’s Kitchen. There’s mango in it!

Springtime Salad with scallops, cantalope and cucumber from Kitchen Corners. Mama mia.

Spinach and Lentil salad with blue cheese and tart cherry vinaigrette by Love & Olive Oil. Check out her Almost Vegetarian category.

Mango, Avocado and Arugula Salad by Laylita. My personal favorite summer salad.


Roasted acorn squash with walnuts and cranberries. Almost too pretty to eat.

Asparagus and mushroom tarts. Amazing appetizer or great with a salad.

Black Bean Salad from Muy Bueno Cookbook.

Hearty Greens Soup with Bowtie Pasta from Whole Foods.


Vegetarian Planet by  Didi Emmons. Little is simple or quick in this book, but the global flavors are fantastic and she offers information on cooking specific beans, grains and vegetables. This book is so loved in our house, I got a second copy to replace the stained first copy.

How to Eat by Nigella Lawson, the woman who taught me spending too much time in the kitchen, away from friends and family, is not the way to go. Her one-dish, decadent meals are real food.

Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero. This book has opened up a world of flavor and possibility to me. While vegan, it does not ring of missing out on anything to me. The flavor combinations are mouth-watering and the informational tips are helpful and interesting.

Great Fish Quick by Leslie Revsin is my fish Bible. Great recipes and sauces and info on cooking all kinds of fish.

*Note, the books links are to the Tiki Tiki Amazon store, which means we get a commission if you buy there. I own and love each of these four listed and most of the ones in our Cookbook section.


Local Harvest has a searchable database to help you find organic farmers, farmer’s markets and grass-fed meat grown closest to you. There also is an online store so you can buy everything from tinctures to coffee to soaps made by family farmers and CSAs.

Healthy Cooking Tips for Working Moms by Kitchen Stewardship.

The Meatless Monday campaign has recipes and links to health information and news stories. Here is a link to their lunch ideas.

Sneaking in Vegetables, tips from All Recipes.

Heart-Healthy Latino dishes, a PDF booklet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Heart Facts 2010 for Latinos from the American Heart Association:

Cardiovascular disease and stroke ranks as the No. 1 killer of Latino/Hispanic Americans. They claim the lives of 27.0 percent of the more than
133,000 Hispanics or Latinos who die each year. Cancer follows, killing 18.7 percent. All other causes of death account for 54.3 percent.” — from Heart Facts by the AHA.
Diabetes and Latinos facts from the National Diabetes Education Program.
  • 10.4 percent of Hispanics/Latinos ages 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
  • Among Hispanics/Latinos, diabetes prevalence rates are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican Americans, and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans — from the NDEP.

USA Today has a regular series that profiles people who have lost a lot of weight or just gotten healthier by taking some simple steps and being consistent and dedicated. You will find recipes, exercise charts, and inspirational stories at the Weight Loss Challenge page.

In case you missed the essays and recipes this week:

Monday: Intro post on the Series, The Joy of Being Flexitarian, and the Giveaways Post.
Tuesday: Roxanna Buil of The Yuca Diaries writes about the joy of discovering new vegetables and global flavors. Recipe: Spicy Eggplant Szechuan.
Wednesday: Lucia Lopez Plunkett, a California psychotherapist, on becoming vegetarian after her 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Recipe: “Te Quiero Dicen las Lentejas” soup.
Thursday: A Tiki Tiki interview with Terry Hope Romero, the author of Viva Vegan!, a delicious Latin-inspired collection of recipes. She shares her recipes for Arroz con Seitan, Un-dulce Leche and Seitan, a great meat substitute.
Friday: Yvonne Condes of Yvonne in LA cooks delicious gluten-free meals at home. Recipe: Green Chile Tamales.
Saturday: Daniela Garcia, a writer and publisher of That Mexican Girl, on when your mom owns a Mexican restaurant and you’re a vegetarian. Recipe: Vegetable Quesadillas.
Sunday: Links to favorite healthy food sites, recipes, resources and book suggestions. Giveaway winner announced in the giveaway post on Tuesday April 19.

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