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Cauliflower Rice & Vegetable Stir-Fry

Trying to keep away from carbs? You’ll love this recipe!  It’s not really rice, it’s cauliflower that has been through the food processor before getting cooked.  I wouldn’t use it as a rice substitute in recipes such as stews or casseroles, but it’s definitely a good alternative to use as a side dish or a vegetarian meal in place of grains.  I’ve tried cauliflower in many ways, I have made it into soup, I have pureed it and roasted it; but this new cooking method has had good reviews at home, so you should try it too!  Especially if you’re into the paleo diet.

 Helga

Cauliflower Rice
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Blog Love: September 2014

This month on Blog Love, we share some of our must viewed sites, and some of our favorite recipes from Foodie Crush, The Wicked Noodle, Simply Recipes, Design Mom, The Pretty Blog and The Comfort of Cooking.

From The Foodie Crush, a collection of 6 very simple but delicious Cucumber Salads, a quick 4-Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp by The Wicked Noodle (that is so alike a family recipe), A gorgeous Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomato Gratin by Simply Recipes and a Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff by Design Mom. Now, you didn’t think we’ve forgotten about desserts? We are sharing Lemon Curd Swiss Roll by The Pretty Blog and Yellow Birthday Cake with Vanilla Frosting by The Comfort of Cooking.

This is our months’ Blog Love, and we hope you enjoyed it! Do you have a favorite blog you want us to feature and share with the rest of our readers? Let us know on the comments or through our Contact Page.

Helga & Kitty

2014-09 Blog Love

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Plantain “Rellenitos”

Rellenitos de Plátano are a staple in our local cooking. They are made out of mashed cooked plantains, stuffed with sweetened refried beans. They are shaped into ovals or balls, fried, and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes drizzled with cream. This is one of the ways we enjoy plantains in Guatemala and since they are easy and inexpensive to make, it is quite common to find them at markets, parks, fairs, restaurants and our grandmother’s kitchens.

As with all local dishes, there are a few variations when it comes to adding ingredients to the sweetened refried bean mixture. Since this is our independence month, I wanted to try making rellenitos myself so we could share the recipe with all of you and add it to our Guatemalan Recipes Collection. I also wanted to try the variation of adding unsweetened cocoa to the bean mixture, I think it would give it more depth of flavor.  If I had made these for myself, I would have added some cayenne pepper to the bean mixture too, if you like food with a little kick… by all means try adding a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.  Be careful, this stuff can be very hot!

Helga

Rellenitos de Platano

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Jello Hearts

This post comes to you entirely on behalf of my kid.  We were grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago, and she asked if I could buy her some cherry flavored gelatin packs.  We don’t really eat gelatine at home, but I thought… what the heck. She explained that there was a recipe she wanted us to try, she got it from one of her favorite apps: ABC Food.

This is a very easy recipe you can make with your kids at home.  Just dissolve the jello packs in boiling water and let it set (be careful that the kids don’t get burned with the hot water).  When they are done and you cut out the shapes and they can eat them with their hands, which makes it a great idea for birthday parties, or an after school activity.

We tried to cut out star shapes, but the mold I used was probably too small and it did not turn out well. If you want to use a star shape, choose a 2 inch mold. Another tip, is that when using your mold, wiggle it as you push down to cut through the jello completely.  Dipping it in hot water before cutting would probably help… I just thought of that as I write.

On lifting the shapes, I have an offset spatula at home, so it was easy for me to get them out.  You don’t have to go out to buy one, you can use a butter knife or try to lift them out with your fingers.

Have fun!

Helga

Jello Hearts

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