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Take Your Holiday Food And Make Them Vegan With A Few Changes To The Recipes

Vegans always have to do a little extra mental, physical and domestic preparation around the holidays. Your abuelita is still confused why pollo isn’t a vegetable and your dad is smirking at you like you’re about to come out of this “phase” any second. As Latinos, most of our indigenous food is already heavily plant-based. All that extra carne is total colonialism at work.

There are a few things that we’ll never veganize for the holidays (i.e. lechón). However, some of our absolute favorite nostalgia-inducing dishes, like flan, mofongo y pasteles can all be veganized with a few little twists. Vamos a ver que los salvarémos.

Plantain Cups

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Instead of filling these with the traditional picadillo, you can opt for some sautéed purple cauliflower and potatoes, carrots, kale, onion and garlic instead. Yours will be so much prettier than everyone else’s.

Vegan Pozole

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Instead of having pork floating around in that delicious pozole broth, try Chicano Eats recipe which enhances the classic onion and garlic with sautéed Mexican oregano. Try it and tell us how it is!

Vegan Sancocho

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My Caribbean Latinos, you don’t have to toss seven types of meat to make this stew tan rico. It still has all our favorite root vegetables like yuca, yautía y auyama and a healthier alternative to a very drool-worthy classic.

Caldo de “Res”

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Volunteer to make the Caldo de Res this year and just substitute the beef with Gardein Beefless Bites. Promise nobody will notice and you get to use your family recipe!

Champurrado Vegano

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It’s pretty easy to veganize recipes like Champurrado. All you have to do is reach for coconut milk instead of dairy at the store, and you’ll be warming up with your crazy tías in no time.

It’s not Christmas without coquito.

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The true warmth is in the rum. Drinking vegan is simple at the holidays! Just sub all the same ingredients (condensed milk, etc.) with condensed coconut milk. Facil y rico.

Vegan Sopes

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You should be able to find all the ingredients for the vegan version of this Mexican dish at your local bodega. If you want to be extra, get vegan sour cream and try not to die when your family steals it all.

Vegan Mole

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Save yourself the trouble of making entirely separate meals by asking your fam to put their chicken broth mole on the side. Better yet, ask them to use vegetable broth and make sure the chocolate is dairy-free and it’s perfect for everyone.

Empanadas are a must.

CREDIT: @veganaxmexicana / Instagram

This blogger used camote (sweet potato) for the dough and filled them with arroz con leche. They’re dessert empanadas.

Alcapurrias

CREDIT: @veggiejeva / Instagram

This Puerto Rican based food blogger worked on this recipe with her abuelita, so you know its legit. Try using a plant-based ground beef and season it with the usual sofrito. The garlic sauce is made with blended tofu, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley, so you’re getting protein in the sauce.

Canoas Veganas

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It’s super easy to veganize the classic canoas. Just stuff them with your sofrito based veggie favorites and add a protein like lentils or go get yourself some Beyond Meat ground beef for picadillo.

Pasteles o Tamales

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Claro, whether you’re Boricua or Mexicano, you can find dozens of veganizes versions of your countries holiday favorite. I always plan to consume at least 4-5 platanos at my meal, con canoas, and pasteles en juntos.

Vegan Mofongo

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That’s right. Vegan mofongo is within reach. Just stuff it with lentil ground “beef” or try replacing the beef with a crumbled Beyond Meat burger. People will be fighting for your version.

Vegan Conchitas

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Rumor has it, you can just follow a vegan sugar cookie recipe and add all the sugar and spices that make conchas, conchas. Vegana x Mexicana has the receta hook up.

Arroz con leche vegano

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That’s right. You can bet that we’re only going to be using coconut milk to replace dairy in all these recipes. Coconuts are our tropical native milk.

Yup, you can make vegan Gansitos.

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Anything dipped in chocolate is for me. Use coconut butter as the icing layer and your favorite jam to top it off. Refrigerator space is crucial for this one.

Churros not from Taco Bell

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True story: Taco Bell’s churros are vegan, but we’re not about that life. It’s pretty simple to veganize these guys, so just slip the recipe from Chicano Eats to your mami and beg her to make these instead.

Flan de Coco

CREDIT: @VeganTurnedOn / Twitter

Did I mention that coconuts are crucial for veganizing Latinx recipes? They are y Dios los bendiga a los animales y a nuestros estómagos.

Vegan Natilla

CREDIT: “Coconut custard without eggs and without vegan milk.” Digital Image. Recetas Sin Lactosa. 11 October 2018.

I could never tell my flan-obsessed abuela this, but I preferred her Natilla above all else. Recetas Sin Lactosa is an incredible Spanish-language blog that basically makes our normal food consumption feel normal in our bodies (unless a baby vaca is reading this).

Vegan Rosca de Reyes

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. HazteVeg. 11 October 2018.

Three Kings Day is still on for vegans, and there are a surprising number of recipes out there. If your mom refuses to use anything but her own recipe, just swap out the milk for plant-based milk.


READ: 20 Foods And Drinks That Instantly Take Caribbean Latinos Back To Their Childhood

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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