Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup Grilled cheese and tomato soup has long been one of my favorite meals. It is the essence of comfort food for me. And, yes, usually I’ve eaten canned or packaged soup. But homemade tomato soup is so easy and delicious. So I decided to make my own. Canned soup can’t touch this. It’s…

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip Bean dip is a common snack in the US. It is often found among spreads set out for football games or other gatherings. And it’s usually purchased pre-made and loaded with sugar, salt, and preservatives like all other processed food. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This black bean dip…

Vegan Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas Enchiladas are one of my favorite dishes. They are a staple in Mexican restaurants and a common household dinner in the US. Unfortunately, most enchiladas are far from healthy. For this recipe, we set out to change that. We wanted to create a totally vegan enchilada recipe that is healthy, delicious, easy to…

Picadillo de Chayote

Picadillo de Chayote Picadillo is a very common Latin dish and is made a seemingly infinite number of ways. It’s basically the Latin food equivalent of hash. Picadillo is made with a mixture of diced vegetables and often meat, such as ground or shredded beef. But, it can also be a vegetarian/vegan dish when made…

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa We love salsa. Chips and salsa has always been one of our favorite snacks. But here in Costa Rica it is really difficult to find good salsa. Everything that you can find at the store is so full of sugar that it tastes more sweet than spicy. Not at all what…

Chicken Tomatillo Soup

Chicken Tomatillo Soup Soup is a great way to fit a lot of vegetables into a meal. And this chicken tomatillo soup is one of our favorites. It’s rich and savory with just the right amount of spice. Perfect to warm you up on a cold day. Made with roasted tomatillos, chicken, cabbage, onions. It’s…

Slow-Cooker Beet Stew

Slow-Cooker Beet Stew Beets are fresh and abundant here in Costa Rica and they’re highly nutritious and delicious. So we are always coming up with new ways to cook with them. This slow-cooker beet stew is amazing. And a great way to fit a lot of vegetables into a meal. Soup is always good on…

Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Pasta We don’t eat pasta very often here but when we do, we make sure that it’s extra delicious. No cheap pasta tossed with bottled marinara sauce here. This garlic mushroom pasta is one of our absolute favorite ways to eat pasta and it’s simple and easy to make but full of awesome…

Spicy Shredded Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Shredded Chicken Sandwiches I have been making big batches of this spicy shredded chicken almost weekly since we moved to Costa Rica. It’s fairly easy to make, packed with flavor and can be used in a number of ways. This recipe came about when we had some of that leftover chicken. At the time,…

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto Gallo Pinto is probably the most ubiquitous dish in Costa Rica. This deceptively simple dish of rice and beans is surprisingly delicious and a hearty mainstay for much of Central America. It was one of the first things that we were served when we arrived in Costa Rica. Our first breakfast here was…