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MOVING ON UP!!!

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My fellow spice-o-holics. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to visit my food blog. As you can probably tell, I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while. That’s because I’ve been working on a lifestyle blog that will include all of the delicious content here, plus other fun and captivating life topics, such as relationships, passions, culture and shoes. And of course, the recipes will keep on coming!

Very soon, all the recipes here, including the fan favorite: Sopa de Fideo, will be moved to: NotTheCoolGirl.com, where you can join the rest of us who strive to live a more authentic and delicious life.

Con cariño,

Maribel

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Breakfast in a Cup – Berry & Peanut Butter Smoothie

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It’s been almost two years since my last recipe post. TWO years!!! I know. You have no idea how much has changed since I posted the recipe to those delicious Joy Flakes! 

So let me fill you in. In the past two years I’ve changed jobs, changed boyfriends (that sounds so dismissive but it’s way too complicated to explain over a recipe post), bought a home and lost a very important family member to stomach cancer. 

I think it’s fair to say that my life has been incredibly demanding and frustrating at times. In fact, things got so sad last winter that I even stopped cooking all together for a while. I had no desire to post or share recipes. All I could talk about was love, life and dating. There was no time for the joy of cooking, no pun intended. 

Slowly my desire to try new recipes and bringing back the classics has returned, thanks in part to my amazing boyfriend who loves cooking as much as I do and inspires me every day. 

If you want to know what I’ve been up to the past two years, in sexy detail, I recommend you visit my other blog: Not The Cool Girl, and start at the bottom, glass of wine in hand highly recommended for added taste.

For now, we will continue cooking and trying new dishes together. Onward! As always… ¡Buen provecho!

Berry & Peanut Butter Smoothie

  
This smoothie has changed my life! It takes less than five minutes to make every morning. It’s packed with 18 grams of protein, loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber.

Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 Cup orange juice (not from concentrate)

1/3 Cup of organic frozen berries

3 TBSP Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, organic 

2 TBSP Powdered peanut butter. I use the PB2 brand, but there are others. Definitely best to use the powder because it has 85% les fat than regular peanut butter. 

1 TBSP milled flax seed, organic

Mix all ingredients together in a blender of choice and liquefy until the mixture is smooth. If seeds bother you, maybe try using a high power blender like the Vtamix or the Nutri Bullet. 

Pour and enjoy!

Variations:

Try adding plain yogurt or swap the orange juice with almond milk for a low sugar version, just make sure you add a little bit of honey to the mix. 

The Secrets of Stir-Frying

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Wok'n Roll

Wok’n Roll (Photo credit: Another Pint Please…)

This is an intro to a very helpful post I stumbled upon and wanted to share with you all. Check back weekly for other recipes and cooking tips!

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the time savings and health benefits of stir-frying and I have to say that I never thought I would own a wok until now!

Not only is it easier to sear meat and get your veggies to a crunchy stage without overcooking them, but cooking on a wok is also much faster than cooking on a regular frying pan. I have a small kitchen so the decision to buy a wok wasn’t easy. But after I read this helpful post on The Kitchn.com, I decided to give it a try. I was also pleased to discover that you actually use less oil when you stir-fry as the wok becomes more stick resistant over time! I know, this is probably not news to you my cultured and well-fed reader. However, I’m so excited about stir-frying that I’m actually considering adapting some of my traditional Mexican recipes to the wok. Now there’s an idea…
For more information on how to score a proper wok check out this great post on The Kitchn.com: “How to Buy and Season a New Wok“.

~ Fry on!

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Tortillas

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Warm your tortillas on the stove for a more authentic Mexican experience.

Warm your tortillas on the stove for a more authentic Mexican experience.

 

 

Tortilla – (n) Pronounced tôrˈtē(y)ə. Used in traditional Mexican cuisine, a thin, flat pancake made out of cornmeal or wheat flour.

Spice-O-holic

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Example of a Spice-O-holic.

Example of a Spice-O-holic.

SPICE-O-HOLIC – (n) a person who is addicted to spices. One who appreciates the flavor enhancement of any cuisine through spices. A culinary adventurer.

SPICE – (n) an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavor food. An element providing interest and excitement!