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Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

Think of a baked russet potato, only this version is made with sweet potatoes and the topping is a healthy mix of spinach and avocado. It’s different, healthy and delicious.  Whenever possible, we should really start substituting regular potatoes for sweet potatoes in our recipes.  I’ve been doing it when making roast chicken with vegetables, instead of potatoes I use diced sweet potatoes drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.  I’ve also tried sweet potato purée, mixed with carrots which I also drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  You get the idea, you can use other spices to enhance their flavor, such as cumin, curry, pepper, cayenne or paprika.  Here’s some nutritional benefits I found online to share with you:

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant known to give orange vegetables and fruits their vibrant color, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against asthma and heart disease and delay aging and body degeneration.

Keep the skin on! The color of sweet potato skin can vary from white to yellow, purple or brown but no matter what color it is, make sure you do not peel it off. A sweet potatoes skin contributes significant amounts of fiber, potassium and quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and may help protect against heart disease.

Source: Medical News Today

Helga

Baked Sweet Potato with Spinach and Avocado

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Eventbrite Good Eats: L’Aperó in Guatemala City

We are happy to share this post as part of Eventbrite’s Summer Food Bucket List Campaign. EventBrite is bringing communities together by making available tools for all of us to organize events and Sell Tickets. Many popular events in Guatemala are already using their tools (like FuckUp Nights Guatemala) to put together their events. You can use it as well to see what’s going on around in Guatemala city or a city where you will be traveling to. As The Foodies’ Kitchen, we are featuring restaurants in the city that break the mold and that we have had in our own Bucket List. We are glad to take this opportunity to share these places with our local and international readers.

Good Eats: L’Aperó in Guatemala City

Our first feature is L’Aperó Pizza Bistrot, located in 4 Grados Norte in Guatemala City. This is definitely not your average pizza parlor. Their artisan pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven and they have the best and most sophisticated pizza flavors you can find in the city. Their menu is short and unpretentious, but they offer a variety of original recipes for any craving. Also, they have a weekly special pizza, which you will not find on the menu.

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Estilo Culinario Miraflores: Ma. Andrea Llarena

Estilo Culinario is the second edition of this reality show where 12 foodies compete weekly to show off their culinary skills and get to the grand finale on June 14, just a few days passed their one year anniversary. Last year, our amazing friend and foodie VeraLu won the second place and now is the proud owner of Lulu Cocina Orgánica. You can follow her adventures on her site, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Back to Estilo Culinario, each round is judged by chefs from ACAM – Escuela Culinaria, the best culinary school in Guatemala, where its students get international level culinary lessons. The chefs judging are: Chef Eduardo Gonzalez, Chef Zajar Campos, Chef Rafael Girod, Chef Pablo Soto and Chef Mario Campollo (from whom we’ve shared a delicious recipe). To learn more about the judges and their amazing careers, you can clink here.

Now, we introduce you to Ma. Andrea Llarena. Ma. Andrea is part of an amazing family that Kitty has known since school, so when we found out that she was in the run to win Estilo Culinario, we had to see her and interview her. So keep on reading our interview of Ma. Andrea with The Foodies’ Kitchen.

Helga & Kitty

Ma Andrea Llarena

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