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5 Substitutes For The Ingredients You’re Overusing During Quarantine

A major part of quarantining is staying in place for as long as you can. You should only be going out to get the absolute essentials and only when you absolutely must. This means that you should have some stuff on hand to substitute your favorite ingredients. Here are 5 ingredients we all use a lot and the substitutes to make them last longer.

Michelada Mix

Everyone has their favorite michelada mix. There are so many of them out on the market. A lot of the recipes available online call for Clamato if you are trying to make yours from home. But you don’t need the Clamato or pre-made mix.

Tomato juice and hot sauce work just fine.

You can make your own tomato juice at home if you have the time, tomatoes, and equipment to make the juice. All you need is to mix your tomato juice with that hot sauce and add it to your beer. If you have some Tajin lying around, go ahead and add it for a little more kick.

Crema Mexicana

This cream is quintessential in any Mexican kitchen. It has so many uses in several different dishes or you can add it on top of anything you make. Who doesn’t enjoy their chilaquiles with a little bit of crema Mexicana added on top. Don’t fret if you run out of your precious cream.

Milk and Sour Cream

If you don’t care about the texture and liquid state of crema Mexicana, you can just use some sour cream. The flavor is there and the way it blends with the Mexican palette is delicious. However, if you want something you can drizzle on your food, combine 1 cup of sour cream with 1/2 cup of milk. That will leave it thick enough to drizzle but not run.

Mojo Criollo

No Cuban pantry is complete without this tangy and savory marinade. You can marinate your chicken, steak, pork, literally anything with this nectar from the gods. It can be hard to find depending on where you live so it might not be something easily attainable, but we got you covered.

Garlic, orange juice, and lemon juice will do just fine.

All you have to do is take your garlic, juices, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil and run it through a blender. It is that easy. You will not regret learning how to make this and keeping it around long after this quarantine is done…in 2021.

Mexican Chorizo

Chorizo is something that everyone loves. The Mexican sausage is delicious red-tinted meat that delivers some real sabor for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We all know it. We all love it. We all need it. It is something that has transcended Mexico and has been embraced the world over. Yet, if you run out and don’t feel safe running out, here is how you can substitute it.

Ground Pork and Spices

All you need to make some homemade chorizo is ground pork, cumin, garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if you want it spicy). Mix the sausage together with the spices and you have a perfectly reasonable substitution for Mexican chorizo. If you have the equipment to put it into a casing, go for it. If not, just cook it up like you would any other ground meat and enjoy your own special chorizo.

READ: The Brief And Surprising History Of Tex-Mex Food That You’ve Never Heard

Nonprofit United We Dream Is Crowdsourcing Immigrant Recipes For A Fundraising Cookbook

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Nonprofit United We Dream Is Crowdsourcing Immigrant Recipes For A Fundraising Cookbook

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During the COVID-19 lockdowns, people have spent a lot of time in their kitchens cooking food to bring them comfort. One unique thing about the self-isolation is that people are having to figure out how to make things stretch or substitute some of your usual ingredients. United We Dream wants to make sure they can do something good with all of the recipes we have created.

United We Dream wants to use your recipes to create some good.

According to an Instagram post, United We Dream is putting together an undocumented cookbook. In the spirit of sharing recipes and cultural moments, United We Dream is asking for people to submit their recipes.

“At United We Dream we believe in the power of art and culture to change hearts and minds and June is the perfect time to tap into our cultural creativity,” reads the United We Dream website. “On Immigrant Heritage Month, we want to celebrate our community through a joyous art form that every household does: cooking!”

The money is going to be used to help the undocumented and immigrant communities.

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According to Remezcla, 100 percent of profits from the book will go to the organization’s National UndocuFunds. United We Dream launched the National UndocuFund to deliver financial assistance to undocumented people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that the fund will need to do some extra lifting to help communities recovering from recent looting and rioting that has rocked the U.S. in recent days.

“We know that nothing brings people together quite like food,” reads the United We Dream website. “The dishes that immigrants create, no matter how simple or complex, allow people to experience cultures other than one’s own and all the joys and pleasures that come with it.”

The cookbook is already getting people excited.

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There is something to be said about people getting creative in the kitchen during this pandemic. Outings are limited because we are all staying home to slow the spread. There are also people who are still not at work. That is why we have had to get creative to make our food last.

“Today, times are tough because of COVID-19, but many working-class and poor households are embracing their creativity to create meals that both sustain their households and bring a moment of peace and comfort,” reads the United We Dream website. “We want to create a cookbook that reflects our diverse community and inspires memories of joy, comfort and togetherness!”

United We Dream understands the power of food.

Food is a unifier. Everyone eats and food is one way to connect with your culture. It is also a wonderful way to share your culture with other people. Sharing your food and culture with people is a special way to let your friends into your life.

The organization is still taking recipe suggestions. If you want a chance to give more people a look into who you are and your culture through food, click here to share a recipe.

READ: Colorado Organization Raises Money To Offer Relief Checks To Undocumented People In The State

All Of The Documentaries Feminists Should Watch While In Quarantine

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All Of The Documentaries Feminists Should Watch While In Quarantine

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Just because it might seem as if the world is on pause, it doesn’t mean that our efforts to learn more about it and better ourselves should be.

Documentaries alongside biographies can teach us so much about the world we live in and open our eyes to its complexities, even teaching us about the obstacles we did not know were right in front of us. As women of color, there are so many, and often times we use documentaries to learn about them, so we can better understand how to propel ourselves forward and continue to succeed. To make sure that you do too, we’re rounding up documentaries for you to learn, grow, and build hope from while in quarantine.

Check the documentaries we’re binging now that we’ve got the time below!

Becoming (2020)

Former First Lady Michelle Obama takes an intimate look at her life, relationships, and dreams in this documentary which sees her touring the country while promoting her book Becoming. The New York Times describes the film as showing “a familiar, albeit more carefree, former first lady.”

AKA Jane Roe (2020)

This documentary by Nick McSweeney highlights Norma McCorvey, the woman who made history as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade. Beyond the shock value of the movie’s twist, which unearths the reasons why McCorvey ultimately turned her back on the movement that advocated for her right to choose, it tells a story about the ruthlessness of political agendas.

Abuelas: Grandmothers On A Mission (2013)

Three decades after Argentinean mothers created a movement demanding Argentinean officials to discover what happened with the sons and daughters who “disappeared” during Argentina’s Dirty War, the grandmothers continue their efforts in this documentary.

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004)

The historical documentary follows Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm during her campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1972. It will serve as an impressive reminder of this Black woman’s might and the fight she managed to get us all passionate about.

Honeyland (2019)

This Oscar-nominated film is about a beekeeper in North Macedonia. Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov this documentary shows how the beekeeper’s life is affected when the ancient techniques she uses to farm bees are impacted by a new family who moves into the neighborhood and brings modern technology with them.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

African- American poet Maya Angelou has her life depicted in the documentary that dives into her traumatic childhood and her life as a singer and dancer. The first feature documentary includes interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and Common.

Knock Down The House (2019)

This documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the league of women who ran for Congress in 2018 including Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, and Amy Vilela made waves when it first debuted on Netflix. Just as it did for us, we imagine it will give you a whole heck of a lot of hope and pride in the woman who fight for our rights and country.