Healthy Twist to Classic Dishes

dsc049361024x9331379667129290Does your mouth water every time you think of your mamá’s home cooked meals? Let me give you a second to reminisce on all the glorious meals and food comas you’ve survived thus far. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that a lot of those delicious home cooked meals are filled with sodium and fats that are harmful to your growing body. Don’t fret just yet, chica! This doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to all your favorite meals. It just means that now is the perfect time to add a healthy twist to classic dishes that will transform them and your taste buds for the better.

Let’s start with the appetizer!



  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Roma Tomato, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp of Salt


1.     Peel the avocados and lightly mash and mix them with a fork. (It’s okay if there are small chunks, they taste great!)

2.     Add and mix the onion, garlic, lime juice and salt.

3.     Lastly, add the diced tomatoes and stir a few times. (Adding these ensures that your guacamole doesn’t come out mushy.)

Ready for the main course? This burrito bowl has everything you crave in a burrito.

Burrito Bowl


  • 15 oz. Black Beans
  • 15.25 oz. Corn, whole kernel
  • Lime Juice
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 3 Cups Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Cup of Rice
  • Low Fat Sour Cream


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions, and set aside until cool.
  2. Add rice to serving bowl.
  3. Top with lettuce, corn, black beans, tomatoes.
  4. Add sour cream and lime juice for extra taste. (optional)

Compliment this bowl with the delicious guacamole you just made!



  • 2 Corn Tostadas
  • Low Fat Refried Beans
  • Shredded Cheese (The Weight Watchers brand is really good)
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • Shredded Lettuce


  1. Heat refried beans according to the directions on the can.
  2. Spread the beans on the tostadas.
  3. Add the diced tomato and shredded lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese.

 Now for some yummy dessert!

Grapefruit Paletas


  • Popsicle mold tray (found at your local Wal-Mart or Target!)
  • Tropicana Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice


1.     Pour your juice into the tray.

2.     Place the tray in the freezer and let it freeze for at least 3 hours.

*This recipe can easily be substituted with any flavor of juice, just make sure to read the nutritional facts. Some juices are packed with too much sugar!

All these recipes are simple and healthy alternatives to your traditional Mexican recipes. Feel free to substitute any ingredients to your preference. Now, dig in!

DIY Last Minute Holiday Gifts

christmas-gift1The happiest time of the year is right around the corner, and you’re eager to see your family and friends. For those looking for last minute DIY gifts, these gifts are quick and easy to make.

4 in 1 Mix and Match

For this project you will need:

  • A Wooden box (without a top and big enough to fit 4 jars)
  • 4 Jars (they can be different sizes, according to the size of your box)
  • Spray paint (preferably in a metallic color; look for one that is appropriate for wood or metal)
  • 1 Brush
  • Newspaper (to put on the floor, so you don’t stain anything)
  • Color ribbons different sizes


  1. Wash the jars with soap and water.
  2. Then, leave the jars in hot water so it’s easier for you to take the labels off.
  3. Air-dry the jars;  while you’re waiting put the newspaper on the floor.
  4. Go to where you placed the newspaper. Then, paint the lids of the jars and let them dry.
  5. Take the labels off the jars.
  6. Fill the jars with candies, a scarf, small candles, nail polish, or the ingredients of a cookie recipe.
  7. Place everything in the jars and put small ribbons around each one.
  8. Gift wrap the jars or give as is!

Chalk Mug

For this project you will need:

  • An entirely white mug
  • Masking tape
  • Blackboard paint
  • Chalk
  • 1 Brush


  1. Start by sticking tape on the top and bottom borders of the mug. This will allow the paint to only stay in the middle of the cup.
  2. With the brush, paint the cup using the blackboard paint.
  3. Let the cup dry; once it is dried, take off the tape.
    * If there are any mistakes, correct them with nail polish remover and cotton.
  4. Add drawings to the cup with chalk.
  5. Fill the cup with candy!

Wooden Heart
For this project you will need:

  • Yarn of your favorite color.
  • Wooden board (Width 1.5 – 2 inches)
  • Slim little Nails
  • Hammer
  • 1 paper sheet


  1. On a paper sheet, draw a mold of what you want to form with the yarn.
    For example: Draw a heart and cut it so you can use it as a mold.
  2. Draw points to use as a guide  on the borders of the heart with a separation of .7 inches.
  3. Once the mold it’s all marked, place it on the wooden board and draw aligned points to the ones in the heart.
  4. Nail down the mark points with the hammer.
  5. Knot the worsted yarn around one nail and start to zig-zag it around all the nails, do it again from the other side and keep passing it through all the nails.
  6. Push down the yarn to fill all the heart (This way the nails won’t show as much).
  7. Once you’re finished, make another knot in a nail and cut off the rest.

Eternal Flowers

For this project you will need:

  • Big Styrofoam ball.
  • Synthetic flowers
  • Strong White glue or Silicone Adhesive.
  • 1 Ribbon
  • A flower vase with a small top


  1. Cut the stem of the flowers, leaving a little part of the stem.
  2. Plug the leftover of the stem in the Styrofoam ball with glue.
  3. Repeat the steps for the rest of the flowers until you cover the ball.
  4. Make sure you don’t leave any white space, except for the spot where you’re going to paste the ball to the vase.
  5. Paste the ball to the vase with abundant glue.
  6. Make a bow with the ribbon around the vase.

Pistachio Necklace

For this project you will need:

  • A bunch of pistachio shells
  • Paint (preferably matching colors like red, pink and purple)
  • 1 paperboard sheet
  • Silicone adhesive
  • A chain (it can be from an old necklace that you don’t use anymore)
  • Necklace connector rings
  • Small Pliers


  1. Start by cutting the sheet in a half- moon shape.
  2. Make two little holes in the corners of the sheet.
  3. Embed 2 connectors into the holes, 1 in each one.
  4. Insert the chain into those holes with help of the pliers.
  5. Place the pistachio shells onto the sheet, to see how many you will need.
  6. Set them apart and start painting as much as you need for each section of the necklace.
    *For ex: Paint 25 red, 20 pink and 15 purple.
  1. Once the shells are painted, let them dry.
  2. Glue the dry painted shells onto the paperboard sheet.
  3. Put one layer over the another, until you fill the sheet
  4. If you have leftover space, just cut it.

Beat the Heat: Summer Recipes

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Summer vacation is the perfect time to try out new cool recipes in order to beat the heat. Since we don’t want to turn on our ovens for that, here are some cool recipes to try that can help you beat the heat, not turn it up.

Mango Lassi

This is a type of smoothie recommended by! This delicious smoothie can be made at any time of day. The ingredients consist of 1 mango, 3/4 cups of cold milk, 3 tablespoons of cold plain yogurt, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 pinch of salt, 1 handful of crushed ice and 1 sprig of fresh mint.

Step 1: Take the mango and peel it. Try to get all the skin off of the mango. If you can’t, then it’s fine.

Step 2: Put all the other ingredients (including the mango) into the blender and turn on the blender for 20-30 seconds.

Step 3: Enjoy. If it is still too thick, feel free to add more milk. You can also add honey or yogurt if you feel it’s necessary, you can use your own judgment here.


Here is an interesting take on ceviche, from, in more ways than one. Not only does it not require an oven, but it also includes watermelon as one of the ingredients. That’s right, watermelon. While it may seem strange, watermelon actually goes quite well with this dish.


  • 1.5 pounds fresh mild fish, such as striped bass, swordfish, or halibut
  • limes (just under 1 cup of juice)
  • 1/4 cup purple onion (or vidalia), chopped
  • jalapeño pepper, chopped finely (more or less to taste)
  • 1.5 cups of fresh tomato, chopped into cubes about 1/4″ or a bit bigger
  • 1.5 cups cucumber, chopped into cubes about 1/4″ or a bit bigger
  • cup watermelon, chopped into cubes about 1/4″ or a bit bigger
  • tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Step 1: Cut the fish into cubes that are about 3/4 of an inch on each side. Then, mix them into a bowl with the lime juice, onion, pepper and salt. Then, put the mixture into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to cure, stirring every five minutes.

Step 2: During cure time, take another bowl and mix the cucumber, watermelon, cilantro, oil, salt and pepper. Mix gently but mix well.

Step 3: Once the fish is cured (the fish should look “cooked”), pour the lime/fish mixture into a final serving bowl. You may “hold back” some of the lime juice if the amount is excessive. You can cure the fish for longer than the 15 minutes if you feel it is necessary.

Step 4: Lastly, pour the tomato mixture over the fish and mix well. Serve immediately.

Honeydew and Peppedew Gazpacho

Put some of that produce to good use and make Gazpacho for friends and family. Serves 4-6 and this recipe is done with a food processor.


  • large English cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • peppadew peppers, drained
  • large tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 of a large honeydew melon, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 46-oz bottle of low-sodium vegetable juice
  • Several tea spoons of olive oil
  • Several glugs of sherry vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Step 1: Take each type of produce and put them in your food processor separately — this step is important, as they won’t come out the same if they’re in together– until the pieces are very fine.

Step 2: Once you have processed each one, put everything into the largest bowl you can find. If you have not added the garlic, you should do so at this point.

Step 3: Stir the mixture together thoroughly, cover with plastic and let sit in the fridge. Stirring occasionally. The gazpacho is best after it has sat in the fridge for a very long amount of time  – so the longer the time in the fridge, the better. Which makes it great if you won’t have time in the evening to prepare dinner.


 Last but not least, is everyone’s favorite summer treat, popsicles! This is a pretty traditional recipe that never gets old and has lots of room for creativity.

Step 1: fill ice trays or popsicle trays with juice (for something really experimental, add gummy bears to the juice) and stick trays in the freezer

Step 2: Let sit until frozen solid.

Step 3: Enjoy your summer popsicles!

Whether you’re looking for a snack or an idea for dinner, these summer recipes are bound to make your tastebuds dance with delight.

DIY Graduation Gifts

Graduation season is here! While you are searching for that “unforgettable gift,” you will find the typical stuffed animal with a cap and a diploma, candy, flowers, and gift cards card. If you are looking for something really special to get the graduate instead of the boring gift cards, why don’t you get creative and make a gift from your heart? Do it yourself, it can have more meaning, and it really can be an unforgettable gift. Here are some ideas on what you can make that gives a gift card a new twist.

Lei Money Tree:

Every graduate needs money for their next step in life. Get family members to contribute  a dollar each, make a hole through each dollar, pinch them like a bow, and put a long string through them to make a lei, or a “Hawaiian necklace,” full of money! Your graduate will love your gift.

Going Away Box:

If the graduate is going far away to school and you want them to have the essentials, buy a medium box to decorate with college sayings or pictures that you know will brighten his/her day and anything essential you want him/her to have. For example: Flip flops for the shower, a notebook, some pens/pencils, air freshener, toothpaste, socks, etc. Then, write write a little side note for them to read on each item.  For example, for the flip flops “I knew you were going to need them…” something humorous for him/her to smile to and not feel so lonely by themselves.

Survival Guide:

Your graduate might be going away without his/her parents for the first time, and he/she might not know exactly how to cook, clean, or do laundry. Write him/her a neat survival guide, it is better if you write them on a thick poster board with a fine point sharpie so that it will last longer. Write instructions on how to clean, how to do laundry, recipes for fast meals, etc. On every tip you give the graduate, tape a dollar to it and write a little side note that will brighten his/her day or make him/her smile.

The next one is a little time consuming, but it is worth it!

Day of the Week:

Choose any day of the week, like Monday because no one really likes those. Make a small envelope of any color, put a little goodie like a chocolate or candy or a granola bar and write a note, or a letter. Do every Monday until you will see him/her again with the date on them. For example, if the person leaves in August and you won’t see him/her until December, give them the amount of Mondays there are when you won’t see him/her. Up for a DIY challenge? Do every day of the week! It’s more time consuming, but it will be totally worth it.

Emergency Glass:

There might be some stressful situations the graduate might need money for something and they don’t want to call home or take out a loan, so why not give them an emergency cash box? Buy a long picture frame with more than one spot for pictures, and, instead of putting pictures in the frames, put large dollar bills, a $20 or $50 if you want more, and in the top write “In case of an emergency, Break glass” like the fire extinguishers say.

Gift cards are plain and boring, so if you are looking to give your graduate some extra cash then these DIY gifts are perfect for you.


DIY Easter Decorations

Easter season and the Easter bunny is hopping right around the corner! Add a little extra oomf to your Easter weekend by making your own decorations. You can make these decorations at home for yourself, friends or family. Some are simple, so even the not-so-crafty can join in on the fun. Here are some fun and easy ideas to try:

The Powderpuff Bunnies

These are bunnies made out of white powdered donuts! This DIY is inspired by Simply take a clear, 4-pack of powdered doughnuts, tape a bunny head/face to the top, a cotton ball to the back, little white ovals for feet, and you have… the powderpuff bunnies!

Step 1: Buy however many 4-packs of doughnuts (1 pack per bunny) and make sure the packaging around the doughnuts is clear.

Step 2: Find an image of the bunny face you would like to use for your powderpuff bunnies (feel free to get creative and use a different face for each one). Then tape or hot glue the face to the front of the package. Then take a cotton ball and glue it to the back for the tail!

Step 3: Cut little ovals from white construction paper, and draw on them to create the paws! You just draw lines for the toes, or maybe draw on some sandals for your bunnies. Then glue or tape them to the front.

White powdered donut packages dressed up like bunnies

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Easter Egg Tumble(r)

Plastic Tumbler "Easter Basket" ~ Plastic Tumbler, Embellishments (Ribbon, Vinyl, Rhinestones, Stickers, etc.)... Decorate the tumbler as you wish then fill it with goodies! This idea is very simple, for those not so into crafting, but can also be very elaborate for those who are. A great idea for anyone wanting to give out something cool for Easter that may not have the time, or for the person looking for a fun, creative project! The “wiggle room” involved makes it fun for everyone. inspired these cute Easter Egg Tumblers. Here’s how you can create your very own:

Step 1: Purchase a tumbler or mason jar of your choice at a local craft store. These can also be found pretty much anywhere (CVS,Wal-Mart, grocery stores, etc.). Gather all the materials you’re going to use to decorate your jar (gel marker, ribbons, rhinestones, etc.) and begin decorating the outside of your jar.

Step 2: Take whatever goodies you want to give and put them inside the tumbler. You can get creative and layer the candies by color, use fake grass, or just fill the tumbler with things you like.

Step 3: Give out to friends, family or just keep it for yourself!

Easter Egg Garland

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It’s that time of year again where we take out our massively accumulating collection of WAY to many plastic easter eggs and have a massive egg hunt. If only there were some other way to use the eggs so they will not go to waste with only one use! Well,  found a way to make cute decorations for your home.

Step 1: Gather your materials: plastic eggs with holes in the top and bottom, 3/4 inch ribbon, sturdy thread, and a needle. Next, take your ribbon and thread it through the holes in your egg. This can be tricky, so use something small and pointy like a toothpick. Repeat this step 2 more times for different color ribbon.

Step 2: Use your needle to thread the string through the first egg. Once you have done this successfully, you can begin sliding more of your eggs onto the string.

Step 3: Cut the string after you’ve done your last egg and hang the garland in your lovely home!  This person (see right) used it as a drapery over their door, but you can also lay your garland around a table, or even hang it straight from the ceiling to create a “garland curtain.”


Have your own DIY ideas to share? Send an e-mail to editor@latinitasmagazine.og. 


St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art

There are many reasons to enjoy the lovely month of March; warmer weather, brighter spirits, flowers, and the liveliness of St. Patrick’s Day! For those who don’t own many green articles of clothing, try out this easy tutorial for cheerful St. Patrick’s Day nails!

First, look through your nail polish collection to make sure you have a green nail polish. Have a bright green-yellow color? No problem! Any shade of green will do. Next, pick four different polishes that will make up a rainbow. You can choose any different colors that you think would look good together. For this tutorial a radiant purple, a bright blue, a sunny orange, and a deep red are the perfect combo. You will also need black and gold nail polishes of your choosing. For this nail look, you can use a glitter top coat (optional).



The only other tools you’ll need for this nail tutorial are things you can find around the house: toothpicks and any kind of plate that can be used to hold little samples of nail polish. The plate will be ruined, so make sure you get one that you don’t have to use in the future!


Step 1: This step is prepping your nails for the super easy nail art that we will be doing. To make your nail polish last longer, start off with a base coat. If you don’t have a base coat polish, that’s totally fine! Start off by painting your nails with a couple of coats of your green nail polish. In this step, I also added the glitter top coat that I chose to use. Because I would be drawing a rainbow on the ring finger, I didn’t coat that one nail with glitter nail polish just yet.


Step 2: Grab your plate and pour a tiny little bit of the first polish you will be using. We’re going to start the rainbow, so pick whichever color you’d like to start with. You only need a tiny little bit, so don’t pour too much. When I first did my nail art, I got a little overexcited and I poured all the colors one after the other. By the time I got to using them, they each had dried up. Don’t make that mistake! Pour one color at a time.


Step 3: Draw your rainbow. Using the toothpicks, draw the four lines that will become your rainbow. To do this, paint one color, wait for it to dry, then paint the next one. Repeat this until you’ve used up all four colors. You can make the lines arched, like a rainbow, or you can opt to paint them in straight lines. I found that I made less mistakes and had more nail room to work with when I made them in a straight line so I decided to paint my rainbow that way. If you choose to make them arched, make sure you’re careful to keep the lines thin. That makes it easier to fit the whole rainbow on your nail! After I painted my rainbow and waited for it to dry, I added a glitter top coat.


Step 4: Time to paint our pot of gold! The little pot is easy to draw. Because we’re painting the pot on our thumbnail and we have more nail room to work with, we can use the nail polish brush to draw. Using the brush, paint a circle that takes up about a third of your nail. Then, draw a straight line to top off your little pot. That’s it!


Step 5: Once your pot has completely dried up, pick up your gold nail polish and start painting on some gold! I painted on thick dots of polish to give it a look with more texture. If you have gold glitter nail polish, this would be a perfect opportunity to use it!


Ta-da! Your St. Patrick’s Day manicure is complete. Not only is this easy look festive, but it keeps pinching fingers away from you!


Have a happy and lucky St. Patrick’s Day!

Natural is the Way to Go

The raw and organic product movement has been taking over grocery stores all over the world. Now that families are picking up on this health trend and high quality organic products are widely accessible to everyone, it isn’t uncommon to see how chicas are beginning to really look at what they are putting into their bodies. What lots of girls and women, like you and I, overlook when considering what harmful additives we consume on a daily basis are the harmful chemicals being put into cosmetics. Think about how long makeup can sit on your skin – the body’s largest organ. Think about how many chemicals are listed in the ingredients, and whether or not you even know what they do or mean scientifically. Latinas come from cultures where the use of natural products for beauty purposes is commonly practiced, but girls often wonder ”aside from using aloe from abuela’s jardin for sunburn and healthy skin, what else is there to use for beauty purposes?” Well, no worries girls! Here are a few quick and simple recipes that will enhance your natural beauty without all the mess of modern day cosmetics:

Liquid to Gel to Powder Eyeliner

- Activated charcoal capsules (you can find these on the vitamin shelf at your grocery store)

- Jojoba or coconut or almond oil

Break 1-4 capsules of activated charcoal to 1 tsp. of oil and mix. Add more or less of the powder or oil depending on the consistency you’d like (more oil = closer to liquid; more charcoal = closer to powder). *HINT – you can use cocoa powder to make a brown liner!


Bronzer/Contour Powder

- Ground cinnamon

- Ground nutmeg

- Cocoa powder

- beet root capsules (can find these at the vitamin aisle)

- Corn, tapioca starch or powdered sugar

- Jojoba, almond or coconut oil

According to your skin tone, mix a combination of ingredients in a container.

Tip: Cinnamon = warmth; Nutmeg = sun kissed effect; Cocoa Powder= contour/depth; Beet Root = rouge.

Once you get your desired shade add a few drops of oil. This serves as a moisture agent that allows for the powder to “pack” and adhere onto itself. Mix and pack into a clean compact or container.

*HINT – you can also skip the oil and have a loose powder recipe. (ALSO:

Tip: Skip the beet root and try matching this recipe to your exact shade; this can also be used as a finishing powder and applied all over the face!


Lip Stain

Beet Root Capsules (can be found at a vitamin aisle of any grocery store)

- Strawberries

- Jojoba, Coconut or Almond oil

Crush strawberries and Beet Capsules into 1 tsp of oil. Mix vigorously (almost to a whip), adding more oil if needed. Once creamy, transfer to a clean container.

*HINT- you can also add cocoa powder to give an earthy, nude look to your stain.


Tip! When making your own makeup, try using all natural and organic products to avoid problematic ingredients like pesticides and color additives that can harm your body through your skin. Most importantly, rock how great you look in your natural skin!

Recipes for Tasty Snacks

If you are craving a tasty treat, look past the usual junk food and try these yummy options.  Follow these easy recipes that will help you prepare snacks that are guilt-free, healthy and delicious.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • Multigrain bread
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Veggies on the side

Place two slices of whole wheat bread on a grill. Put the shredded cheese and avocado on one slice of bread. Once the bread is heated, place one slice on top of the other. You can serve your sandwiches with a side of veggies like carrots, broccoli, celery or any of your favorite vegetables.




  • Whole wheat tortilla
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Turkey
  • Tomato Sauce without corn syrup
  • Spinach
  • Purple onion
  • Mushroom

Spray cooking spray on a pan. Heat the whole wheat tortilla in the pan. Once the tortilla is hot, spread tomato sauce on the tortilla and put the shredded cheese on it.

Easy Recipes for College Students

Ramen noodles and Wendy’s dollar menu is probably what comes to mind when you think of your future diet as a college student. It’s true that many chicas in college end up having an unhealthy diet due to a lack of time, fear, or painful cooking experiences.  Having your mom or abuelita hovering over you while you attempt to chop onions isn’t exactly the Rachel Ray moment you expected.

But here’s a wake up call: having your own kitchen means having your own cooking style!

As a college student you can avoid an unhealthy diet and bring the comfort of home. Using basic ingredients like avocado, beans, cilantro or mango can help remind your taste buds of mamá’s cooking once you leave home. Whether you will be attending college in the Fall or in a couple of years, always try to eat and cook healthy meals.

Healthy recipes that are quick and easy are often just a click away, like at  The chicas behind the Muy Bueno Cookbook, Yvette Marquez,  her sister Veronica and mother Evangelina, are on a mission to preserve traditional and new Latin-inspired family recipes that “add flavor not fat.”  Yvette Marquez, founder and blogger at Muy Bueno Cookbook,  says:  “We really want to stop the stereotype of Mexican food and share healthy and easy-to-prepare Mexican meals …  Just because you are only cooking for ONE doesn’t mean you can’t cook a large meal and freeze for later. ” When it comes to cooking, Yvette advices: ” Cooking is about planning and if you plan to eat healthy and have healthy food around, it will be less tempting to eat unhealthy food.”  Skip the fast food and freezer aisle and try out these quick and easy recipes.

Instead of running to Taco Bell try…

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole 


  • 1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 can Old El Paso® refried beans
  • 1  jar (16 ounce)Old El Paso® Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
  • 1  package (1 ounce)Old El Paso® 40% less-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 2 1/2  cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
  • 1/2  medium green bell pepper, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 4  medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
  • 2  medium tomatoes, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1  cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4  cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1  cup shredded lettuce


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in refried beans, salsa and taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat to medium. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
  2. In ungreased 2-quart casserole, place 2 cups of the broken tortilla chips. Top evenly with beef mixture. Sprinkle with bell pepper, onions, 1 cup of the tomato, the cheese and olives.
  3. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Top baked casserole with lettuce, remaining 1/2 cup tomato and remaining 1/2 cup tortilla chips.


Instead of Ramen Noodles Try…

Avocado Basil Pasta


  • 8  ounces dried bow tie and/or wagon wheel pasta
  • 2  medium avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and coarsely chopped
  • 6  slices bacon, crisp cooked, drained, and crumbled
  • 2/3  cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2  tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2  cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the avocados, bacon, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, pepper, and salt. Add the hot pasta and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 servings.

(Dom’s Time Saving Tip: Cooking Bacon can be messy and time consuming, so try using microwavable bacon instead. Chopped ham also works great with this recipe.)


Instead of a McDonalds Double Cheeseburger Try…

Guacamole Grilled Cheese


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 4 slices crusty white/wheat bread
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • Butter, for buttering bread (non-fat spread works too!)


  1. To make the guacamole-cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Add the chopped tomato and stir.
  2. Heat a pan or griddle to medium-high heat. Spread desired amount of guacamole on both slices of bread then top with cheese. Butter outer slices of bread and grill on one side for about 2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Flip the sandwich and grill until golden brown. Make the other sandwich the same way and serve warm.


Instead of Chicken Nuggets Try…

Black Bean & Mango Chicken Salad


  • 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed (canned corn works also!)
  • 1cup chopped mangos
  • 1/2 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 env. (0.7 oz.) GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix


  1. COMBINE ingredients.

(Dom’s Time Saving Tip: Nervous about cooking chicken breast? You might find it easier to use shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken that can be found ready to eat at your local grocery store.)


Instead of a pint of ice cream try…

Tropical Fruit Kabobs


  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lime wedges


  1. Peel and cut your choice of fruit. Squeeze the lime over the cut fruit and toss gently.
  2. Alternate the fruit used as you thread the cut fruit onto 12” wooden skewers. Chill before serving.
  3. Place on your creative serving platter. Any leftovers can always be eaten at breakfast.


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Whether you will be attending college in the Fall or in a couple of years, always try to eat healthy.

Food Craving Culture Clash

Appreciate your heritage and mix what you like. Many Latinos in the United States face the same issue when it comes to dinner. Do we have traditional Latino dishes or American tonight? Burger and Pizza are usually more popular than enchiladas, paella, ropa vieja, sofrito and mole. American meals are typically easier to make and are easily available. Abuelitas usually took hours simmering our favorite foods. Teens now have very busy schedules with school, sports, and friends and don’t have time to cook the traditional dishes of our abuelitas. Quick and easy meals are ideal for the busy teen. What happens when you crave both Latin dishes and American food at the same time? What can you make to eat when you don’t have all evening to prepare a meal?  Here are some ways you can incorporate two ethnic foods into one quick amazing entree.

  • Border Burger- Mix chorizo into ground beef patties and broil to your liking.  Top the burger with avocado slices and tomato, and you’ve created a simple mix of two cultures.
  • Spicy Macaroni- Boil a box of macaroni and cheese. Drain the pasta and add cheese, milk and butter.  Serve on a plate and add your favorite salsa on top to add a spicy kick.
  • Bagel Pizza- Cut a bagel in half, smear tomato sauce and top off with shredded cheese. Add corn, jalapenos and chorizo randomly and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds for a Latin taste.
  • Tex-Mex Baked Potato- Place a medium sized potato in a microwave for 3 minutes, cut it open and add butter and sour cream, mix well. Top it off with chili powder and cheese for a quick Tejano taste. (Optional add cilantro.)
  • Strawberry Limonada- Squeeze the lime juice from 20 limes into a 2 quart pitcher with water and add sugar. Chop fresh strawberries and slices of lime without the skin and add to the pitcher. Add 3 tablespoons of strawberry syrup and mix well for a refreshing agua fresca.
  • Chile Con Queso Dip- Open a can of chili beans and add shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and onion. (optional: heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix well) Open a bag of chips and enjoy your flavorful Latin creation.

Try these simple creations to satisfy your American and Latin tastes. Wow your family with these quick recipe ideas that will leave them hungry for more of your Latina flair.







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