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Turkey And Pumpkin Pies Are Great, But These Latino Foods Make For A Tasty Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving usually conures up ideas of turkeys and pumpkin pies. While those are delicious in their own right, Latinos tend to do things a little different. Okay. We do things a lot different. Why have a basic turkey when you can dig into a pernil instead? Thanksgiving is all about the food but you don’t have to limit yourself to the food everyone else expects you to cook for the big day. Instead, why don’t you try giving your Thanksgiving feast the Latino twist we all dream of.

Turkeys are too expected, tbh.

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It is usually the wow factor of any Thanksgiving dinner. If this is you thing, then go for it. There are ways you can make this main dish a little more Latino. All it takes is some imagination and determination.

One way to make your turkey stand out is using mofongo instead of stuffing.

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Plantains are one of the most versatile and universal foods in the Latino diet. Using them for a stuffing is something that should be more mainstream.

There’s always a pernil if you really want to make things super sabrosa.

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Most Latino tables across the country on Thanksgiving will be presenting a delicious pork dish as the star. Honestly, most of our meals have some kind of pork somewhere in it. It is almost the most popular meat in the Latino community.

Stuffing is fine if you want to do something with limited effort.

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Some people prefer being a little lazy with boxed options but not Latinos. We always take the long way to make things from scratch to add the best flavor.

Arroz con gandules can make a nice replacement for stuffing.

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If you’re Cuban, you’re subbing mashed potatoes and gravy for rice and Cuban black beans. Either way, there will be a pilgrim boat load of rice on the table.

Vegetable are important but they can be done differently.

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However, there is always that primo who just won’t eat anything that is green and crunchy.

Sub that for arroz verde and you’ll make la familia very happy.

“Arroz Verde Green Rice | This green rice, or arroz verde, is so rich and full of flavor… not to mention the vibrant green color! You can pair this rice with any main dish! | http://thechunkychef.com” Digital Image. The Chunky Chef. 10 November 2018.

Like I said. There will be rice. Yes, I’m aware it’s native to Spain. This is a very ethically confusing holiday okay.

You can bring mashed potatoes, but they will be overshadowed.

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My mami always made it from a box for show, and the first time I met someone who made it from scratch, I thought they were Martha Stewart.

Bring mashed yucca con mojo instead.

“Mashed Yuca with Mojo” Digital Image. Eating Well. 10 November 2018.

It’s the only root vegetable my holy Latina body is willing to consume. Couple that with mojo (which you can basically sub for any mushroom gravy and pour over every dish), and you’re the Thanksgiving MVP.

There will be corn, but it won’t look like this.

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Nothing wrong with straight-up corn on the cob. Just amke sure you try to add some kind of seasoning to it other that salt and pepper..

My broke amigos: bring the elotes (and the Cheeto dust).

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Unless your tio has claimed that dish for the last decade, then don’t go up against him. Be careful of whose territory you’re stepping on.

Nope. No gluten free dinner rolls here.

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There may be Cuban bread, but that’s the closest thing to a dinner roll you’ll find a mi casa. I’m okay with that.

Pack a box of pan de bono and your tías will be blessing you with holy water on the way in.

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Don’t even bother making that from scratch. You’re home for the holidays. Go to your favorite panadería and take all the credit.

Cranberries sauce is not something we typically have in out households.

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Berries are not the most common food in a Latino diet. Do they exist in the foods we eat? Yes. But more likely than not, we use other fruits to satisfy our sweet tooth.

Guava paste is all over the dessert menu.

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This Caribbean paste is all you need to satisfy all of your dessert needs. It truly is one of the best things to ever be created.

I’ve never had pecan pie.

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It looks good, and apparently it’s an obligatory dessert for Thanksgiving, but not at our house. Latinos slay the dessert game.

It is all about the flan in any variation.

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Your abuelita’s flan doesn’t look like this, but we’re the Instagram generation. Make this happen.

Eggnog is just too basic.

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This drink has always scared me, tbh. Not that I am scared of things but the difference between this and regular milk has long made me feel uncomfortable.

Coquito is the island drink of our people.

“Coquito (Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog)” Digital Image. SparkNotes. 10 November 2018.

Puerto Rican rum, condensed coconut milk, coconut fat, all the kinds of coconuts and spices are what will warm your belly in the festive, happy way. November 1-January 6 is coquito season. Drink up.

However you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget the Latinx classics.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

I can literally talk food until my babas drip. Don’t judge. The comelón life chose me and I’m not mad at it. Because growing up Latino meant breakfast wasn’t always cereal, and dinner wasn’t always mac and cheese. I grew up con más sabor en mis platillos than most Americans. And, at the time, I didn’t even realize that many of the foods my family was trying to get me to eat were ancestral foods. From chocolate to cocoa and chia to nopalitos, I blame los ancestros for my obsession with food and all the glorious ingredients that have been passed down for generations.

My knees already feel weak, fam, because today I’m gonna be talking nopalitos. Ya me estoy chupando los dedos, thinking back to how I grew up with these babies always in the refri in that Nopalitos jar, ready to be thrown into a sauce or encima de una carne asada. It turns out this soul-feeding food is one of the OG ancestral foods that have been used by our people for thousands of years. Ahí les va un poco de historia:

The Mexica introduced the world to the “fruit of the Earth.”

In Náhuatl, the word for nopal translates to “fruit of the Earth.” I don’t know what the Náhuatl word for “bomb-delicioso” is, but in my opinion, that should also be the name for nopales. And the Aztecs must have felt this way too because one of the most famous cities in the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlán, the empire’s religious center – was named “prickly pear on a rock.” Iconic.

According to legend, the city was built after an Azteca priest spotted an eagle perched on a nopal plant, carrying a snake in its mouth. The priest, obviously extremadamente blown away by this, ran back to his village just so he could gather everyone to check out this crazy eagle with a snake in its mouth. As they watched, the cactus beneath the eagle grew into an island – eventually becoming Tenochtitlán. I’ll give you 3 seconds to just process that. 1…2…3. Please take more time if you need it. The image of the eagle carrying a snake, its golden talons perched on a nopal growing from a rock, can now be found on the Mexican flag.

Today, we know that the Mexica were right to call nopales the plant of life.

In Mexico, it’s still common to place a handful of nopal flowers in a bath to help relax achy muscles. And nopales are becoming more popular than ever in beauty treatments to help fight aging. But, y’all are too beautiful to be needing them for that, so let’s talk about what’s important — eating them.

There are so many ways you can mix this iconic ingredient into your meals.

We should all be eating our green foods. Your tía, your abuela, your primo, everyone…except your ex. Your ex can eat basura. I said what I said. But, nopalitos are especially important. These tenacious desert plants can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled, grilled – they’re even used as pizza toppings. Though for some people, nopales – with their spines and texture – can be intimidating. After cutting off the spines and edges, and cutting them into slices, they will bleed a clear slime. But boiling for 20 minutes will take care of that. Or make it even easier on yourself and avoid espinas by buying them all ready-to-go from the brand we all know and love, DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos.

Check it out, I’m even gonna hook it up with that good-good, because if you’re looking for ways to enjoy your nopales, I got’chu with some starter links to recipes: Hibiscus and Nopal Tacos, Nopal Tostadas, Roasted Nopales con Mole, and Lentil Soup con Nopales.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat them is in a beautiful Cactus Salad, full of color and flavor. Trust. I rate these dishes 10 out of 10, guaranteed to make your babas drip, and when you eat this ensalada de nopalitos, you will remember even your ancestors were dripping babas over this waaay before it was cool to eat plant-based foods.

So let’s give the poderoso nopal the spotlight it deserves by adding it to our shopping lists more often.

Rich in history, mythology, and practical uses, the nopal’s enduring popularity is a testament to its versatility. It’s time to give this classic ingredient the respect it deserves and recognize just how chingon our ancestors are for making nopales fire before plantbase foods were even trending.

Next time you’re at the supermercado, do your ancestors proud and add nopales to your shopping cart by picking up a jar of DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos. This easy-to-use food will definitely give you a major boost of pride in your roots. Viva los nopalitos bay-beh!

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

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casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

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Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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