How to convince yourself to exercise on the regular: a head game

By Claudia Zapata | September 27th, 2016 | 0 Comments
A few weeks ago I read a post about a woman's lifelong hate for exercise. She tries something new - I believe it's Zumba - but far from enchanted, she remains on the hunt for something she would love to do. Joining my first gym at the age of 14, I been working out pretty consistently and almost always intensely 6-7 days a week ever since. While I can't speak for all who've made exercise a habit, I certainly don't do a happy dan Read More...
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Spicy black bean soup with chipotle peppers

By Claudia Zapata | September 22nd, 2016 | 6 Comments
  When you grow up in a Hispanic household, beans are undoubtedly one of your comfort foods. I still love the smell of a big pot of "frijoles a la charra" simmering on the stove top ("frijoles a la charra," which transla Read More...
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A deliciously modern (and vegan) take on chiles rellenos

By Claudia Zapata | September 20th, 2016 | 4 Comments
I'll never forget watching my mom's routine around 6 p.m. every weeknight. Juggling both a full-time career and large family, Mami came home from work and just "a few" after-school carpools for four children and head Read More...
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Cherry tomato and basil salad with shallot vinaigrette

By Claudia Zapata | August 26th, 2016 | 0 Comments
 I've always loved the simple pairing of tomatoes and basil with a balsamic vinaigrette, especially at the height of summer and tomato season. But, being partial to shallot vinaigrettes, I decided to add finely chopp Read More...
Spicy poblano bean burger

Spicy poblano and black bean burgers

By Claudia Zapata | August 14th, 2016 | 1 Comments
I'm not much into weekly meal prepping. I do stock a healthy fridge and pantry, and at least once a week, I'll clean and organize the fridge, wash and chop a variety of veggies, and make a large pitcher of citrus and mint infused wate Read More...
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Vegetable enchilada lettuce wraps

By Claudia Zapata | July 26th, 2016 | 0 Comments
You may be surprised to find out that many enchiladas in Mexico are in fact vegetarian. Carrots and potatoes are a favorite filling, and lest we think we were the first to think of lettuce wraps, individual enchiladas are often served in Read More...
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Wine o’clock: our go-to white of the summer

By Claudia Zapata | July 14th, 2016 | 0 Comments
While Sean pours a variety of wines at home, we do tend to have a "house wine" from time to time. And, this summer's house wine is undoubtedly the 2014 Singing Grüner Veltliner from Laurenz V. und Sophie. At first taste, this Grü Read More...
grilled veg salad

Grilled vegetable salad with garlic tahini dressing

By Claudia Zapata | July 1st, 2016 | 3 Comments
My husband's pretty good at the "but you do it so much better" out, which means I'm basically better at doing all the stuff neither of us wants to do, like wrap gifts, shop for groceries, or load the dishwasher with som Read More...
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Sort of my mom’s chick salad recipe

By Claudia Zapata | June 28th, 2016 | 0 Comments
I love my mother's chicken salad recipe, which was originally passed onto her by my Dad's beloved aunt, Tia Lala. The key to Tia Lala's recipe to add a bit of yellow mustard and lemon to the mayo, use plenty of celery, carrots, Read More...
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Tuesday tip: before you cut into an avocado…

By Claudia Zapata | June 21st, 2016 | 3 Comments
So you probably know how to tell when an avocado is perfectly ripe (it should give slightly under pressure; you could also remove the small stem and get a sneak peek at the color underneath, which should be green), and you m Read More...
PB & J

In defense of PB & J

By Claudia Zapata | February 23rd, 2016 | 2 Comments
My second favorite team in the NBA is undoubtedly the Golden State Warriors. My husband, Sean, has been friends with several of the Warriors' coaches since they played together at Arizona in the late 80s. Head coach Steve Kerr was also his Spurs te Read More...
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Finds and faves: my picks for making perfect green tea

By Claudia Zapata | February 10th, 2016 | 0 Comments
After giving up Diet Coke for good - it's been over two years and counting (yay!), I needed an alternative that was both refreshing and um, caffeinated. I've never been a coffee fan, and energy drinks weren't an option, so that pretty mu Read More...
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Storing nuts and seeds for the winter (and beyond)

By Claudia Zapata | January 27th, 2016 | 2 Comments
  I remember when "cook more" used to be a recurring item on my every New Year's resolution list. I'm not quite sure when it finally happened - when I got to a place where I wasn't only more comfortable in the Read More...