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How to Make Spanish Pancakes with Dulce de Leche

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How to Make Spanish Style Pancake Crepe

Whenever you are in Chile or somewhere else in Latin America and your friend invites you over for pancakes…be prepared to be served rolled up pancakes made as crepes filled with dulce de leche or manjar – a caramel sauce over it and possibly confectioners sugar over it. 

Our bilingual / bicultural family loves having a Panqueques Chilenos night every once in a while with a special request: Abuelita – Grandma has to make them. Thanks to my Mamá for sharing her recipe and the steps she takes in making them. It sure is a favorite! 

The original name for this crepes pancakes is frisuelos which comes from Asturia, Spain. This are now widely made all throughout Latin America and served as pancakes. 

In Chile, these crepes are known as pancakes when served using sweet fillings (see our favorite below). On the other hand, these are called crepes when served using savory fillings

How to Make Perfect Easy to Flip Spanish Crepe Pancake


The Spanish Crepe Pancake is made with a VERY thin mixture prepared in a blender just like the Dutch Pancake, although cooked and served differently.  

We used to use regular teflon for making pancakes until we noticed the teflon started to wear off and we just weren’t getting the same results. Pancakes would cook unevenly and stick. 

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This is what we use to make the pancakes:

 

Recently we made the switch from using a teflon pan to using this ceramic frying pan and I just can’t believe how much easier it is to make pancakes with it! Nothing sticks and it is just SO easy to wash!

You can easily flip pancakes as the smooth bottom of the pan, allows for easy turning of foods. I strongly recommend it to make Spanish Crepe Pancakes.

 

 

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Spread this delicious, creamy, caramel spread known as  manjar – dulce de leche – cajeta over your pancakes. Or eat it on french bread or even by the spoon! I won’t tell.   This is the kind we keep at home that goes so well with our Spanish Crepe Pancakes.

The KEY ingredient to fill sweet pancakes is using Dulce de Leche. You can find it at most grocery stores as well as Amazon Pantry.

Spanish Crepe Pancake Recipe

Spanish Crepe Pancake Ingredients:

  • 3/4  cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour

Spanish Crepe Pancake Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend all ingredients for a few seconds using this powerful blender until everything is mixed.  
  2. Refrigerate mixture for at least 1 hour before cooking. Transfer it to a bowl and cover it if needed. 
  3. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and whisk it again by hand once. The idea is to have a mixture with no bubbles. 
  4. Heat your non-stick frying pan, cover it with butter, and cook each pancake. I like to do them the size of the pan. So they can be large enough to fill them up and roll. 
  5. I use a ladle to pour mixture on the pan, about 1/4 of a cup. Then turn your pan so the mixture spreads and cover the whole surface of the pan. 
  6.  Cook for 45 to 60 seconds until the edges begin to brown and can be slightly lifted with a spatula to turn the pancake. Or flip them in the air if you are skilled. I haven’t gotten there yet. Soon, hopefully. 
  7. Cook the other side for 45-60 seconds as well. 
  8. Like my Grandma used to say, the first one was a test pancake. So go ahead and eat that one and prepare another one.  🙂 It’s all fun in the kitchen! 
  9. Stack them on a plate and serve warm at the table.
  10. Spread manjar or dulce de leche. Roll them up and top it with confectioners sugar if desired.  

 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and the dulce de leche will sweeten up your day! 

Cuéntame – Tell me in the comments:

How do you like to eat your pancakes? 

 

Fabi

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Easy Spanish Black Bean Soup Recipe Made with Dry Beans

Whenever you are in Florida, you are sure to find Black Bean Soup or Frijoles at just about every restaurant as a side dish. In our bicultural family, we like to make this soup using dry beans to make it extra hearty. It is just so easy to make and it sparks conversations about Central America’s geography, play Spanish music in the background, and learn to say frijoles-porotos-beans so that we adequately know what they are called depending on where we are.

In Chile, black beans are known as porotos negros. In Central America – Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, they are known as frijoles. In English, they are called Black Beans.

 

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Make Quick Dry Beans Using a Instant Pot- Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model)

If you want to make quick dry beans without needing to spend extra time soaking them, I recommend using a pressure cooker. That is what we have used my entire life. In fact, a pressure cooker is a staple of every Spanish kitchen. Everyone has one! 

The Instant Pot has come and made it way easier than it used to be. 

Just dump the ingredients, push button, cook, and serve. 

 

As an alternative to using the Instant Pot, you can use Black & Decker’s pressure cooker. It’s available on Amazon and has excellent reviews! Get it here.

Spanish Black Bean Soup Recipe 

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Spanish Black Bean Soup Ingredients

  • 1 lb of dry black beans – this is the brand I prefer
  • 1 medium onion – finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper – finely chopped
  • Oil to sauteée the onion and red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced (or more if you’d like!)
  • 2 quarts Chicken stock 
  • Additional spices: Paprika and cumin
  • Salt to taste

To garnish Black Bean Soup:

What you have in stock, our preferences are avocado, fresh tomato, cilantro. 

For extra creamy soup, add sour cream when serving warm soup. 

How to Make 2 Meals using Black Beans Soup 

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What I love about making Black Bean Soup is that I am able to get two different dishes from one. We eat Black Bean Soup the first day, then Black Beans and Rice on the second day using the leftover soup.  

I simply make yellow rice using this key spice to make Latin Rice for our Black Beans!

Black Beans Soup Directions:

  1. Sautée the onions, red bell pepper, and garlic using oil. Add paprika and cumin to it. 
  2. Add dry black beans and chicken stock. Select Pressure Cooker. Cook for 45 min. to an hour. Or until beans are soft and tender. Make sure to cook them with plenty of liquid!!! 
  3. Serve and use toppings for more flavors! 
  4. Enjoy!

 

Cuéntame – Tell me:

What is your favorite dish to make in the Instant Pot? 

If you liked this recipe, please share with your friends! 

Fabi

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Healthy Eating Chilean Salad Ensalada Chilena Recipe 

Today I made my go-to frugal, healthy, and tasty salad. It happens to be one of Chile’s traditional salads served at pretty much every gathering and found at every restaurant.

  • It is so simple, yet full of flavor.
  • Refreshing.
  • Only 3 main ingredients.
  • Healthy.


Ingredients

1 bunch of cilantro or coriander depending on where you live.

2 tomatoes

1 onion

1 tbsp olive oil

salt to taste

Steps

1. Chop cilantro. Your kitchen will smell terrific…so fresh!

2. Dice tomatoes in cubes.

3. Slice onion in pluma or feather cut.

4. Season with olive oil and salt to taste. Fold all ingredients.

5. Enjoy! Serve with rice, grilled meat, or your favorite main dish.
Eating healthy is tasty!

Fabi

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Sausage and Spinach Quiche

sausage and spinach quiche

 

Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 1/2 packages of mild sausage
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups of cheese
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Grease baking pan and heat up oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roll out crescents dough from the can and lay it on the baking pan. This will be your base for the quiche.
  3. Cook sausage in the sauteeing pan (this is my favorite pan).
  4. Remove sausage, set aside, and cook spinach until wilted in the pan.
  5. Beat 12 eggs in a separate mixing bowl and add a bit of milk, salt, and pepper. You can also add a bit of chili pepper to the eggs if you would like. Totally optional.

 

Time to assemble:

Lay your sausage on the crescents dough, pour your egg mixture, and then add your spinach. Top it with cheese. Bake it at 375 degrees for about 23-25 minutes. Until it looks golden and the eggs are fully cooked.

Enjoy this dish with your favorite sauce if desire, we like Salsa Valentina around here, and a cup of cold milk.

Happy cooking!

 

~ Fabi

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Favorite Tools for Cooking Healthy Foods

Today I want to share with you what I am using in my kitchen to cook healthy foods for our family in the most effective way possible. We look at it as an investment, whatever we are putting into it now will help us save big in the future. Our children will learn healthy eating habits and we will be taking care of our own health as well.

There are certain tools that I believe can be used in a variety of ways, think outside the box to make some pretty awesome, refreshing, energizing recipes. Healthy eating can be a lot of fun and really tasty! I promise.

  1. Spiralizer 

The Spiralizer is a machine that allows us to cut any vegetable or fruit into long spirals using any of the four different blades. It is very easy to clean, lightweight, easy to store, sturdy, and BPA-free.  It can be used to make zucchini noodles or zoodles like the picture below, carrots, sweet potatoes, or even apples. This machine is soooo easy to use! Even my 7 year old has used it to make noodles.

 

zucchini noodles bowl

Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Chick Peas Garbanzos and Fried Egg

 

2. Blender 

Originally, I had started making green smoothies using an Oster blender that my Mom gave me. It worked pretty well for making simple banana, spinach, water or milk smoothies. However, once I started getting more into it and I wanted to use apples, oats, frozen fruit… the blender broke! I have actually broken 2 Oster blenders not because they were bad, but because these weren’t made for the heavy duty work I needed.

So the Hubs got me a Ninja blender this year. I AM IN LOVE. It is the BEST blender I have ever, ever owned. Oh my word. What took me so long?!?! I make all sorts of things in it. It is great for all kinds of smoothies, nice cream, and sauces, and blender muffins.

I love that the Ninja comes with the all-powerful blender, two single serve cups, and a food processor. It really is the full package.

Ninja Blender

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3. Stainless steel pots and pans

As far as pots and pans, I have upgraded to using stainless steel with copper bottoms. They work really well and it’s really easy to clean. Plus they look nice, lol. Being serious, though, stainless steel cooks the food better. Tefflon can actually bring off unhealthy fumes to the food.  We got this set last Christmas on clearance, with two additional coupons at Macy’s. These are the best pots and pans I’ve ever had!

4. Cast iron skillets

Lastly, I also make use of our cast iron pan and grill. There are several benefits, but these four here are the mains ones for me.

  1. great for searing meat
  2. very durable
  3. can be used on stove and oven
  4. it doesn’t need soap for washing —save some $ here!
  5. it transfers iron into the food (this is really good!!!!)

grilling

Craftsy has a class on How to cook with an iron skillet (currently 25% off). It teaches how to make flatbreads, one pan meals, stewing, and most importantly, how to cook vegetables. Check it out below:


Cooking With Cast Iron

veggie cast iron

 

 

With just a few appliances, like the ones mentioned above, you can make a variety of healthy foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even baked goods. These are my personal recommendations. I only share what I truly think is good and effective.

 

What are your favorite tools for cooking healthy foods at home? Let me know in the comments below.

 

See you soon,

Fabi

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How to Teach Children to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

I am so conscientious of the fact that we must eat a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables. That the food we eat is more than to satisfy our hunger (and hanger!) but also to give us some serious nourishment. Therefore,  cooking and learning to make healthy foods that include vegetables are top priority for me. I feel like it’s so important that I teach my children how to eat healthy and that eating healthy does taste good in order for them to continue doing so when they grow up and have their own families.

How to teach Children to Eat Healthy?

how to get kids to eat healthy

1.Talk about the types of vitamins and minerals included in fruits and vegetables. Talk about how these foods are good for us and how that helps us.

For example, we are eating carrots which is a good source of vitamin K, B6, and it’s also really good for our eyes. Or we are eating bananas which is loaded in potassium, it helps our hearts.

I often use my phone and just look up “lettuce vitamin” and then I read the information to the kids. It’s really convenient and we all get to learn why it is important to eat what we are eating.

Go ahead and teach them how to say the names of the fruits and vegetables in different languages. My son one time said “I don’t like bananas.” I was very surprised by this statement, until he said “I like plátanos!”

2. Talk about how fruits ad vegetables are grown and harvested.

Use YouTube, library books and talk about how vegetables are grown. There are so many videos available that show people planting and harvesting their own vegetables.

3. Plant Fruits ans Vegetables at Home

Whether you have a large or small space, make use of it. You can grow tomatoes even in a small patio! Start out with herbs, plant your seeds or get a small plant from a local store to continue growing some herbs at home. Have your children water them, care for them, and cut a few leaves here and there when you need them for cooking. They will be so proud of themselves for being able to eat something from their very own garden!

3. Take them to a field to harvest fruits and vegetables.

picking fresh fruit

Even if you can’t have your own garden, there are many places all around where you can go and pick your own fruits and vegetables. It is such a fun family activity. A great time to put the phones away, disconnect, and connect! It’s really bonding activity and you get to find food for your home.

This year we have gone to pick organic strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. It’s been quite the experience! Find out what is in season and find a location near you. Enjoy your time together!

4. Cook with fruits and vegetables throughout the day – even for snacks!

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You can include as many fruits and vegetables into meals as you’d like. One of my favorite things about vegetables is the variety of colors available in different peppers and fruits! It makes a dish look so pretty. Make smoothies or serve veggies with a dip and you are good to go. Just put it at the table and they will come!

Go here to see my family’s favorite healthy snacks.

5. Allow children to help cook with fruits and vegetables.

One can wash veggies, one can peel, and another one can use a spiralizer. Everyone can have fun! Keep in mind their abilities and adult supervision.

6. Model Healthy Eating – Lead by Example! 

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Like the Chilean saying says “Hay que comenzar en casa”. We have to start at home. I have to make sure I am intentional about the way I eat too. I could spend all day talking to them about eating this or that. BUT if they don’t see me doing it, will it make a difference? Probably not. We must model eating healthy so they can also do it.

Chime in: How do you teach your children to eat fruits and vegetables? What would you add to the list?

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