Side Dishes

Regañonas (Colombian Corn Fritters)

12 comments September 13, 2012
Regañonas (Colombian Corn Fritters)

Regañonas are a popular and versatile side dish from the Santander department of Colombia. They can be served with fish, meat or poultry, but I’ve also served them for breakfast, lunch, snack, appetizer and for dinner with a hearty stew or soup. The possibilities with these corn fritters are truly endless. These Regañonas or corn […]

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Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)

11 comments September 4, 2012
Lapingachos (Colombian-Style Potato Cakes)

Lapingachos are a traditional Colombian dish from the Nariño department of Colombia. They are basically potato patties cooked until crispy and golden brown. These delicious potato cakes are typically topped with ají de maní (Colombian peanut sauce) and served as a side dish with fried food (fritos) and a light tomato and lettuce salad on […]

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Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)

8 comments August 31, 2012
Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)

Espinacas Guisadas is one of my favorite spinach recipes. It could not be simpler, it’s packed with flavor, and is wonderful served with roasted chicken or steak. Spinach might not be a loved vegetable, but trust me, when it is prepared like this, you will definitely fall in love with it! Although spinach is not […]

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Potato Salad with Avocado Dressing

12 comments August 15, 2012
Avocados

This Potato Salad with Avocado Dressing began as a simple lunch idea, and turned into something wonderful. The secret to this salad is the avocado dressing that is used instead of the typical mayonnaise. This gives the potato salad not only it’s creamy, silken texture, but it also adds a twist to the flavor, as […]

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Lentils and Mango Salad

11 comments August 13, 2012
Lentils and Mango Salad

This Lentil and Mango Salad recipe has become a favorite of mine. I love the tangy and sweet flavors, and I also know that I am doing something good for my family and I, serving this healthy dish. This salad can also be made with beans instead of lentils, if you prefer. It would make […]

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Quinoa con Vegetales Asados (Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables)

8 comments August 9, 2012
Quinoa con Vegetales Asados (Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables)

I’ve come up with some great ideas using quinoa over the past few months. It is a wonderfully healthy and versatile grain and can be used in several ways. What I truly love about quinoa is that you can create so many flavor combinations dependent on the vegetables, spices and herbs you choose. Here are […]

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Arepas de Maiz Peto (Colombian Hominy Corn Arepas)

14 comments July 31, 2012
Arepas de Maiz Peto (Colombian Hominy Corn Arepas)

When I was a chiId, I would often stay at Mamita’s house on the weekends and the breakfasts prepared by her were always the highlight of each day. The day for her would begin at 6 a.m. and I would awake to the smell of fresh coffee and hot chocolate. I would join Mamita in […]

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