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Today we turn 6…

7 Nov

Today KarmaFree Cooking turns 6… and to be honest, I can’t believe it’s been this long. I still remember clearly that afternoon when I was plopped on my couch and decided to start a blog. I told myself… “Heck… How difficult can this be?”

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Well let me tell you that hard work it is… It takes time – time to decide what to talk about, time to write about it, time to take pictures about it, time to cook for it… heck, I will not bore you with the details. But with all that time invested, also comes great satisfaction. It is an awesome feeling to read your comments here and on FaceBook on how much you like the recipes, how much you’re learning, how supported you feel… If in the end I get to inspire at least one of you out there into seriously consider the follow a vegetarian lifestyle or at least learn to appreciate the vegetarian lifestyle, my karma-yoga has been done.

This year I’ve traveled quite a lot… and I know you might feel a tad neglected. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to share are many recipes or commentaries as I usually do. And for that I apologize… profusely. You have no idea the amount of pending material I have on my computer., but your patience will be rewarded.

And as we usually do on our anniversaries, we recap our most popular recipes in the last 12 months. Nice to know these oldies, but favorites, still withstand the test of time. Thanks again for your readership and support. I love you all!!!

 

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 How to Peel and Eat a Mango

Pasteles in Banana Leaves

Yuca with Cuban Mojo

Natural Cold Remedy

Kick-butt Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

 

Best of KarmaFree Cooking – 2012 Edition

31 Dec

I am so happy for everything that has happened during 2012…

It’s been a great year, filled with lots of travel, personal accomplishments and even a brand new baby niece!!! I am super appreciative that you guys continue to visit KarmaFree Cooking and enjoy what I share about my vegetarian lifestyle.

So as a farewell to 2012, I want to share our most popular recipes released this year:

By far, our most popular recipe this year was a recent one…

Kick-butt Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Photo Courtesy of J. Kenji López-Alt and Serious Eats

Adelia’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Yuca Alcapurrias

3 Herbs Roasted Potatoes

Photo Courtesy of Chef Suvir Saran and his cookbook Masala Farm

Eggplant Tomato Rice Pastelón

Dominican Mangú

Stay safe on New Year’s Eve and may you celebrate with lots and lots of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider!!!!!

Pumpkin Patch Round -up

26 Oct

Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch??

I went for the first time this last weekend. We wanted to bring my little nephew to pick out a pumpkin to decorate for Halloween. I’ve only seen pumpkin patches in pictures or on TV. So this was my expectation…

Well, let me tell you… in Florida, there is very little hay and the weather is not yet chilly. So picking out a pumpkin from the endless rows of dirt under the Floridian sun was not as enjoyable as I would imagine it would be.

 

I picked out a little one for my nephew and a larger one for my BIL to carve. I carved my first and only pumpkin 20 yrs ago and I am not looking forward to doing it again. So good luck Wichi!!!!!!

 

 

So to make this post more enjoyable to all of you… Let me share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Risotto

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Pumpkin Polenta

Pumpkin Polenta

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkin Soup – Coming Soon…

The Shape of Foods Help our Organs?? – SWEET POTATOES

23 Nov

This is part of a series on how our food can help certain organs that resemble their same shape. I already shared with you how carrots benefit the eyes, how tomatoes and grapes benefit the heart, how walnuts are essential for brain health, how celery and other stalky veggies are great for bone health and how beans are super beneficial for “kidneys”??? Yep…

Japanese Sweet Potatoes Photo Courtesy of AnniePickns's Blog

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, due to its orange color. This means it’s great for keeping ourselves young. Because of its elongated shape its beneficial for our pancreas…

But what I really think it means is how some studies have shown that sweet potatoes can help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. It actually helps the pancreas do its job… And steamed/cooked sweet potatoes seem to make more available these blood-sugar effect benefits.

Here are a few recipes with sweet potato you can try soon:

Sweet Potato Pastelón

Fried White Sweet Potato

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Onions

Sweet Potato Flan

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas…

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays… No, correction. It is MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY. Maybe because I was born on a Thanksgiving Day, but most of all because I love the fact it’s a holiday to be grateful for all the things we have…

There are sooo many things to feel thankful for… everything we have and even what we don’t have. Our family, our health, the fact we can walk, hear, speak, a roof over our heads, being able to work, that we have food on our tables and have every morning an opportunity to be a better person and forge for ourselves a better future… and for what we don’t have – sickness, that boyfriend that left before his time (in your opinion…), that former job that was making our stress so crazy…

And it’s a shame this holiday has become such a sad holiday for turkeys… I am sure each and every turkey would THANK YOU a lot if you can make Thanksgiving an even more positive holiday without the need to bring suffering to our turkey friends. There are so many more positive ways to demonstrate our gratitude…

Thanksgiving can be just a joyful experience and family-oriented holiday without a turkey at the center of the table. You can still make honor to the flavors of the season and make this holiday the most positive one ever!!

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from years past:

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Wild Mushroom Lasagna

Pumpkin Risotto

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Arugula Red Onion and Orange Salad

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cranberry Sauce

Just boil or steam some sweet potatoes, mash them with butter and a little bit of milk and serve them alongside a delicious sweet and tangy Cranberry Preserves.

Vanilla Maple Carrots

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Vanilla Cinnamon Sweet Plantains

This is the traditional Latin side dish to any pasta dish… perfect with the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, the Mushroom Lasagna or even the Pumpkin Risotto. I have also made them to accompany Giada Di Laurentiis’ Butternut Squash Lasagna here…

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Sweet Potato Flan

Flans do not need to include any eggs if it has cream cheese… YUM!!!

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Thank you for your continued support and may your Thanksgiving Holiday be filled with lots of joy, family and love.

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