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Why Found Vegan Versions Of Your Fave Latino Bites Likes Tamales And Flan So You Wouldn’t Have To

With the ever-growing popularity of plant-based lifestyles, more and more Latinx families are growing confused about why so many jovenes refuse to eat meat. And not only that—these young people are rejecting all things cremoso, too? But . . . what is life without queso and helado? What is this so-called “veganism?” How could anyone survive this way? Your familia may bombard you with questions about your vegan diet this holiday season (especially if it’s a recent decision you’ve made), but the real question is: as a vegan, how can you enjoy your favorite traditional Latino foods without compromising your plant-based ways?

The good news is that there is an abundance of alternative recipes for you to experiment with. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting ideas here, so you have several options to play around with. The bad news is that there is no good way to adequately veganize certain Latino staples, like lechon or pernil, but these other treats are tan ricos that you won’t even be thinking about those carnivorous options.

Coquito Con Coco

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Let’s start with dessert. We all know it’s not Christmas without coquito. But did you know that coquito is traditionally made with ONLY coconut products? If your family recipe adds sweetened condensed milk, simply trade it out for coconut cream and you’ve got yourself an authentic (and vegan) chupito of this sweet, sweet nectar.

Champurrado Vegano (Tambien Con Coco)

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Really, anything that requires milk—which, unsurprisingly, many of the most cherished postres do—can be augmented with coconut milk. But if you like the taste of soy or oat milk better, you can use any alternative milk to create a velvety vegan version of your favorite champurrado recipe.

Flan de . . . Coco

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In case you haven’t noticed, coco is absolutely essential for veganizing any Latino dish. Flan is a true staple on Latino holiday tables everywhere, so why not celebrate the utility of the coconut by making a delightful vegan flan?!

Vegan Chocolate Con Churros

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There is a very specific satisfaction to dipping a delectable churro into warm, creamy chocolate. To create the perfect chocolate con churros that meets all your vegan needs, sub milk for almond milk and butter for coconut oil. And if you want them gluten free, as well, just use gluten free harina!

Vegan Havana-Style Alfajores

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Yes, oh yes, vegan alfajores are a thing. Replacing dulce de leche with date caramel, skipping the egg and using coconut oil instead of butter—all are tiny adjustments that lead to a truly indulgent after-dinner (or, let’s be honest, before-dinner) bite.

Vegan Rosca de Reyes

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What is el Dia de los Reyes sin la rosca famosa? The Rosca de Reyes is an undeniable and much-beloved celebratory treat, and you can still enjoy it on a vegan diet! Just substitute cow milk for any alternative milk, and you are good to go.

Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco

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If you’re vegan, you’ve definitely encountered nut-based “cheeses,” many of which are super similar to the real thing! Queso fresco adds a delicious dimension to so many Latino dishes—try making a version out of macadamia nuts, which also infuse it with a tasty, nutty undertone.

Tamales Veganos

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The true taste of the holidays is in your family’s tamales recipe. It would be blasphemy to forego this quintessential indulgence, and thankfully, replacing the meat with jackfruit is a really easy switch. Jackfruit’s texture can be very similar to carne, so you won’t be sacrificing anything about the classic tamale experience by making this slight adjustment.

Vegan Mole

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There is nothing like your abuela’s mole recipe. Seriously, literally nothing beats that. Be that as it may, you might come close to her undeniable greatness with a vegan alternative that requires the most simple adjustments, like using vegetable broth instead of caldo de pollo and making sure the chocolate is 100% dairy-free. And just like that, you have vegan mole!

Vegan Empanadas Con Chimichurri

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Empanadas are classically enjoyed with a variety of fillings, though perhaps most common is some type of meat. If you’re not a fan of alternative meat products, opt for a vegetable (or many!) instead. This recipe calls for things like mushrooms, onions, and spinach, creating a multi-textural, super nutritious empanada experience. (Plus, who can say no to chimichurri?!)

Vegan Mafongo

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Mmm, mmm, mmmafongo. Although this Puerto Rican dish is usually served with ground beef, you can easily substitute a substitute (like ground tofu, jackfruit, or even lentils) to recreate that desired texture. You can also try eliminating the “meat” altogether, using olives and roughly chopped garlic instead—but your familia might think that’s going a little too far, tbh, so you should probably play it safe.

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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.

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.

@nappancakes

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.

@nappancakes

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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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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