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Headaches, Hangovers and Tummy Aches: These Latino Dishes Will Make You Feel Better

From hangovers to colds, fatigue to headaches, one of the best cures for these ailments is good ol’ fashion food like grandma used to make. These recipes are wrought with the healthy stuff, like vitamins and minerals. They’re also so tasty, you might even have a bite when you’re not feeling under the weather.

Caldo de Res: Common Cold and Diarrhea

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This warm, brothy soup not only feels like a hug from mom, but it’s also packed with vitaminsA and C from the lime, cabbage and carrots, and protein from the beef. It helps you recover from feverish nights one spoonful at a time. If you happen to suffer from another — less contained — illness that drains your body of liquids, a warm caldo de res will hydrate you back to wellness. Take that chicken soup.

Sopa de Habas: Headache and Fatigue

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This hearty barley and fava bean soup, rich in iron and B1, increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. It will improve your nervous system and energy levels so you can get moving quickly after your headache goes away.

Menudo (Not to be Confused with the 80s Band): Hangover

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It’s said menudo’s spiciness helps numb the pain, and sweat out all the alcohol from your body after a long night of drinking. It may also be the fact that you’re eating cow stomach for breakfast that shocks your body and mind back to lucidity.

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Nopales and Nopalitos: Diabetes, Cholesterol and Weight

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Don’t get turned off by the thorns and slime. Nopales, low calorie and rich in phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, are a miracle superfood that can aid in reducing body weight and cholesterol and regulating glucose levels. A traditional nopales salad can even help get you a good night’s sleep.

Tinga Poblana: Stomach Ache

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Suffering from a stomach ache? Have a tasty tinga poblana. Seriously. This fragrant dish is made with bay leaves that are rich in formic and linoleic acids that can help you feel better while satisfying your palate.

Ceviche: Heart Disease and Sleep

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Happy tummy, healthy heart might not be the exact saying but, in the case of ceviche, it works. This dish that features fish as the main ingredient is full of omega 3s that help reduce the risk of heart disease. And, unlike other foods that send you into a food coma, ceviche has a good dose of vitamin B12 that can turn fat into energy.

Tacos: Depression

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Tacos de carne asada, de pollo, de carnitas, de papa, de camarón, al pastor … you name the taco, chances are, it’ll be mind-blowingly delicious. And who is ever sad eating a taco?! The effects of this treatment may be temporary, though.

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13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

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13 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Bring That Will Showcase Your Latinidad

This year don’t bring some basic bland food to Thanksgiving. Bring something that will surprise your jefitos, impress your primos, nourish your vegan/vegetarian friends, and showcase your Latinidad. Forget boring mashed potatoes, over-salted, cream-sauced vegetables, store-bought pie, or being afraid of vegan/vegetarian dishes.

You’re an adult now, this is your chance to show your love through home-made food like your family has done all these years.

1. Tamales de Green Chile y Queso

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There’s nothing more festive than tamales over the holidays, and you don’t have to wait until Christmas. Prepare a dozen or so of these for yourself and anyone else who’d rather fill up on hearty Mexican food than dry turkey. This recipe is vegetarian if you make your own masa as instructed, but if you don’t care if they are fully vegetarian, or you just don’t have much time, you could buy prepared masa con manteca from any Latin American food market. Some of us never make our own masa!

2. Brussels Sprouts with Mexican Chorizo

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If you want to bring something a bit more traditional, or you’ve been asked to bring a vegetable side dish, try these Brussels sprouts. Don’t be afraid that people don’t like Brussels sprouts, cooked this way in the fat from the cooked chorizo, they are sure to impress. The red Mexican chorizo will turn the light part parts of the sprouts red, resulting in a festive, and Mexican flag-colored, green and reddish.

3. Sqirl’s Brussels Sprouts

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Or maybe you’d rather put chicharron powder on your Brussels. Cooked in butter, sherry vinegar, and fleur de sal. Sqirl LA’s food is so good people from all over the country, often come straight from the airport to eat there. It happens so often that the restaurant will happily store your luggage in their stock room. Bring this Latin-flavored recipe to Thanksgiving and show your friends what all the fuss is about.

4.  Tropical Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

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Many think that this Thanksgiving staple shouldn’t be messed with, but I can assure you that American Indians and English settlers didn’t eat cranberry sauce out of the can. That said, why not try something different and add some chipotle and pineapple to some fresh cranberries for sweet, sour, and spicy version.

5. Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing

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Thanks to all the Latino’s in the US, chorizo is making a strong showing in Thanksgiving dishes. If you’ve been asked to bring stuffing not cooked in the bird, make this savory cornbread chorizo stuffing. This recipe also calls for cumin, oregano, and cilantro to help round out the Latin flavors.

6. Abuelo’s Papas Con Chile or Mexican Mashed Potatoes

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These mashed potatoes use Velveeta, but people all over the internet swear by this recipe. If you were asked to bring the papas try this dish. Tell us how it went.

7. Empanadas de Camote

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This recipe combines sweet potato, bacon, and queso fresco. Hearty and filled filled with protein and iron, these empanadas are a lighter alternative to bringing masa heavy tamales. With pretty folded edges, these empanadas will look pretty on any Thanksgiving table.

8. Pan Amasado or Chilean Bread Rolls

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So you’ve been asked to bring some rolls, but you don’t want to just go to Safeway and grab whatever they have, why not make Pan Amasado? The recipe, only calls for nine every-day ingredients, including shortening, egg, and butter. Sabroso!

9. Blistered Peppers with Lime

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Blistered Padrón or shishito peppers topped with spicy sea salt are common now on menus in upscale restaurants all around the country. They are super easy to make too. Bring this to Thanksgiving at your adventurous family/friend eaters, as in the same batch, one pepper can be quite mild and the next one quite hot.

10. Puerto Rican Mofongo

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If you’re looking to bring a taste of the island to Thanksgiving make this traditional style mofongo. Made of plantains, garlic, and pork rinds, this dish is an adaptation of a West African slave dish by Taino Indians made with ingredients available on the island. A similar dish is made by Dominicans.

11. Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

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If you’re a vegan attending a non-vegan Thanksgiving, make yourself these hearty tamales. This recipe will show you how to make both the vegan masa (made with coconut oil instead of lard) and the adobo potato filling. The recipe also calls for garlic, oregano, clove, cinnamon, and cumin. Tamales without masa are lower in calories and saturated fat.

12. Vegan Chile Rellenos

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Okay, so many of the vegan recipes here are from the same person, Dora of Dora’s Table. This mujer, Dora, who was born and raised in México and to culinary school in New York, works extra hard to create vegan versions of traditional Mexican dishes, using traditional Mexican ingredients. Her Vegan Chile Rellenos use poblano chiles and vegan cheese. On her website, Dora warns that this recipe isn’t what she’d call healthy.

13. Empanadas de Argentina

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If you’re looking to bring the taste of South America to Thanksgiving dinner, make these Argentinian Tamales. They are made with ground beef, bell pepper, and Latin-flavor spices. You’ll save time on the dough too because it’s made with store-bought puff pastry flour.

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Here Are 13 Refreshing Latin American Dishes You’ve Been Sharing With Us On Instagram And Twitter

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Here Are 13 Refreshing Latin American Dishes You’ve Been Sharing With Us On Instagram And Twitter

As a way to survive these final summer heat waves, here are 11 refreshing Latino dishes, beverages and desserts people on Twitter and Instagram are sharing with us. So if you haven’t tried Peruvian ceviche or Salvadorian chamuscas already, now is the perfect time. ☀️

1. Peruvian Ceviche

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Served with corn and sweet potato, this traditional dish in Peru features chunks of seafood in “leche de tigre,” a citrus-based marinade that gives it a tart, refreshing flavor. In many places, you can order a glass of leche de tigre, which usually comes with small pieces of seafood inside. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re a fan of seafood.

2. Curiles Hondureños

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Also on the seafood must-have list: curiles Hondureños. With a fresh taste similar to ceviche, this dish comes with a specific type of clam that has dark blood, and is mixed with vegetables and spicy salsa.

3. Baltido de Mamey

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To satisfy your sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with a milkshake of mamey. Mamey is a soft fruit that has a flavor similar to a mix of sweet potato, pumpkin, apricot and honey.

4. Jupiña

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If you’re trying to stay hydrated, this Cuban pineapple soda will do the trick.

5. Tejuino

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This refreshing drink is prepared with fermented corn masa, similar to the type of masa you use to make tamales and tortillas. Because of its strong taste, for some people it’s either a hit or miss. When you have this drink, it almost tastes as if you’re eating a cold tamale with limón.

6. Chicha Morada

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Chicha morada is a Peruvian drink made with purple corn, which might sound strange, but it’s actually very sweet and refreshing. The purple corn is boiled in water with pineapple, and once it cools down, sugar and cinnamon are added for extra flavor.

7. Frozen Chocobanano

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If you’re “trying” to be healthy, but also love having desserts, then this frozen chocobanano is perfect for you.

8. Frozen Gansitos

Even though these Gansitos are sold at room temperature, they also taste bomb if frozen and they make the perfect late night snack.

9. Charamuscas Salvadoreñas

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These frozen desserts, popular in El Salvador, are made with a mix of fresh milk-based and water-based ingredients and are served in little plastic bags. They come in flavors such as coconut, banana, watermelon, and lemon.

*and you can eat these charamuscas any way you’d like*

I would be eating it the same way the guy is.

10. BonIce

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If you’re a fan of bolis, then you will also love BonIce, which come in a variety of fruit flavors.

11. Puerto Rican Limber

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Popular in Puerto Rico, these icy treats are served in cups and are made with a variety of fresh fruit. The flavors pictured above include coconut and piña colada, which are two of the most popular flavors. If you want to see how to make this dessert from scratch, check out a video tutorial here.

12. Nieve de Garrafa

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This is my absolute FAVORITE ice cream. Traditional in Mexico, this ice cream is freshly made and served in a variety of milk and water-based flavors, such as vanilla, nuez, limón and fresa. What makes this ice cream so different is the process in which it’s made, which can take between one to two hours to prepare. Here’s a preview of how nieve de garrafa is made.

13. Fruta Picada con Tajín y Limón

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Of course, you can never go wrong with the classic fruta picada, with a touch of Tajín and limón.

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