Mini Spanish Omelettes (Tortilla de Papa Cubana)

Mini Spanish Omelettes (Tortilla de Papa Cubana)

Mini Spanish Omelettes (Tortilla de Papa Cubana). These mini omelettes are made with egg, potato, and onion then baked in a muffin tin! Brunch will never be the same. 

To say the that the last few weeks here in South Florida were stressful and overwhelming is an understatement.

It has been a very long time since South Florida had seen a hurricane as crazy powerful as Hurricane Irma.

We were legit terrified.

See, since 2005, hurricane season had passed us by with lots of rain (obv, that’s normal) and maaaybe a Category 1 hurricane?

In other words, it’s been calm.

Heck, whenever there was a warning and we knew it was no big deal, we’d throw hurricane parties to celebrate the day(s) off. Some people don’t understand this mentality. 

Here’s the thing, when you are born and raised in Miami, these hurricanes become the norm for us. This is second nature. We go on auto-pilot with preparations, then are resilient and overcome obstacles when it’s all over. 

And we already know that if it’s not more than a Category 3, it’s just another rainy day.

But this was different.

We HAD to care about Irma. She was a Category 5! We remembered what the Category 5 did the last time so obviously, we all went into panic mode.

Starting with buying water, perishables, and then planning how we were going to ride this thing out.

Some people fled (evacuated); others rode it out in the dark, surrounded by shuttered windows, pets, perishables, loved ones, and fear.

I was the latter.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as we originally anticipated because of the slight shift to the west it took but it was still pretty powerful for us. There were down trees EVERYWHERE and no power for a week. The heat was BRUTAL. Streets were also blocked by trees and debris including avocados and mangoes (you know, from the trees #miamilife)

We pretty much had not cut a tree in this city in 12 years.

Glad that’s over.

Well, for now. Hurricane season ends in November. PRAY HARD.

Mini Spanish Omelettes (Tortilla de Papa Cubana). These mini omelettes are made with egg, potato, and onion then baked in a muffin tin! Brunch will never be the same. 

In staying with my family the last week (which was nuts on it’s own, let me tell you. My family is CRAY. I compare it to this. Watch it, you’ll laugh and hopefully understand what I mean.), I got to enjoy a lot of the foods I had as a kid. You know all the unhealthy ones. It was glorious.

More about growing up in a Latin household here.

It reminded me of all the times, we had prepared for hurricanes in the past.

Because, of course, aside from buying water and canned goods, you had to make everything in the fridge before it spoiled due to loss of power. At least that was the procedure in my house. COOK EVERYTHING.

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Baked Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes cut into fries, seasoned with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika then wrapped in uncured applewood smoked bacon and baked to perfection!

Why does bacon make everything better? WHY? Well, applewood bacon makes everything better. Hehe.

Yes, that’s my opinion. I think applewood bacon has that perfect sweet salty mix. And to be honest, I really don’t like bacon as much as the rest of America.

I know right. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU, JAMIE? I’ll explain.

As a kid, my mom would buy these little mini cuban bread rolls from our local bakery which were DELICIOUS.

Think Cuban bread loaf but small little mini rounds, like those Hawaiian dinner rolls. Mmmm. Cuban dinner rolls, if you will.

She would make bacon for breakfast then make bacon sandwiches with the Cuban bread roll on the weekends. Did you get that?

Cuban. Bread. Bacon. Sandwiches.

I mean how I didn’t die from a heart attack at 10 years I’ll never know. Bottom line is they were AMAZING.

One morning however, I ate WAY too many of them and almost died. I got SO stomach sick that to this day, I cannot even smell bacon for too long without wanting to barf. I still have nightmares.

Overdramatic, much?

Seriously though, I did get very sick. To the point that when I go out for breakfast now, I usually swap the bacon for sausage.

I live a rough life.

Sweet potatoes cut into fries, seasoned with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika then wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Best appetizer everrr!

In moments like this however, I make it a point to do whatever I have to do to make bacon a magical thing despite my experience with it as a child.

Let’s face it, EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BACON.

Also, sweet potatoes are pretty fabulous too.

These bacon wrapped sweet potato fries are SO easy to make.

All you need to do is just cut the sweet potatoes into fries, season them, wrap them in bacon, and bake.

Done and done.

And if you’re like me and hate the smell of food in your house – light a candle, it helps.

I promise these Baked Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries are crispy, sweet, salty, and with the chipotle sauce that I made…oh man.

Ok I’ll shut up now so you can grab the recipe.

BRB. Gonna go make Baked Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries! #asassyspoonClick To Tweet

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Guava Rice Krispie Treats with Maria Cookies

Guava Rice Krispie Treats with Maria Cookies

Deliciously sweet treats made with crispy rice cereal, guava marmalade marshmallow cream, cubes of guava paste and crumbled Maria cookies!

Hello old friend. It’s been a while. I’ve made TONS of things with you. No, not you. I’m talking about guava. hehehe.

When you grow up in a Cuban household, you eat guava, cream cheese, and maria cookies ALL. THE. TIME. Either cuban crackers with guava and cream cheese or Maria cookies with a slab of guava.

The possibilities are endless.

Recently, I saw an episode of Unique Sweets where they featured one of Miami’s sweet bake shops.

This bake shop makes rice krispie treats with guava. Whaaat.

Fruity rice krispie treats!

Deliciously sweet, ooey gooey treats made with crispy rice cereal, guava marmalade marshmallow cream and cubes of guava paste!

WHY HADN’T I THOUGHT OF THIS!?

They mix guava marmalade with melted marshmallows then add the rice cereal, cubes of guava paste and crumbled Maria cookies. 

Press all that into a pan, cut, serve, and then TRY not to devour the entire pan.

OH. MY. HEAVENS. 

Of course as soon as I saw that, I HAD to recreate it! I’ve made two batches already and, in case you were wondering, yes it took all of the will power in the planet not to eat the entire pan.

What do they taste like? Sweet, ooey gooey chewy, tart, and tangy.

A tropical explosion in your mouth. OH YEAH.

Why not give this a spin…you may actually love this new fruity concoction. ;)

Can't wait to make these deliciously sweet, tangy, and tart Guava Rice Krispie Treats!Click To Tweet

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Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins

Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins

Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins. My version of PB+J muffins brought to you by ripe bananas, creamy almond butter and sweet guava jelly. Breakfast is served!

It’s no secret that I love to bake. It’s also no secret that I love guava. I have A LOT of recipes on this blog that feature guava and I’m not mad about it.

To be honest, I never even knew guava was a fruit until I was an adult.

True story.

I had always known guava to be a paste, a jelly, a marmalade, or that jam inside a pastry. Blame my Cuban parents for not educating me! No but seriously, have you ever tried a pastelito de guayaba? Literally my favorite pastry ON EARTH. I love guava pastries!

Anyways, moving on.

Whenever I have extra bananas on hand, you will probably see me making Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins or Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Heck, maybe even 2-Ingredient Banana Almond Butter Ice Cream.

Bottom line: No banana goes unnoticed in this house!

Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins. My version of PB+J muffins brought to you by ripe bananas, creamy almond butter and sweet guava jelly. Breakfast is served!

 

And now I’m happy to report, there’s a new banana muffin in town – Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins!

These banana muffins were inspired by this recipe. Of course, leave it up to me to find a Mickey recipe. Ha! Such a Disney junkie I am. Here’s the thing though, I’m not a fan of peanut butter. Like at all.

I know, I know. WHO AM I.

But seriously, the smell of peanut butter just BOTHERS me. Legit have never liked it.

I was never that kid that would eat PB&J sandwiches. Cuban households weren’t into that sorta thing. We were fed more delicious things (read: unhealthy) for lunch as you can only imagine. My dad would maybe have jelly on toast for breakfast but yeah that’s pretty much it.

The day I tried almond butter though, I was like whoa. THIS, I can get behind. YUM. Other nut butters too – cashew, hazelnut, all of them. YES. The mixed butter from Trader’s? OMG. Delish.

Since peanut butter isn’t my jam (ha, get it?) and almond butter is, I decided to make my own version of PB&J muffins and create AB&G muffins! (uff, that does NOT roll well off the tongue)

Who needs PB&J when you can make these Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Muffins! #asassyspoonClick To Tweet

Almond Butter & Guava Jelly Banana Muffins. My version of PB+J muffins brought to you by ripe bananas, creamy almond butter and sweet guava jelly. Breakfast is served!

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Chicken Pizza with Mushrooms & Onions

Chicken Pizza with Mushrooms & Onions

Thin-crust chicken pizza brushed with garlic basil olive oil, topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, and onions. Perfect to use up all that leftover chicken!

It’s no secret that I LOVE pizza but I also love using up leftovers!

Don’t you ever open the fridge and wonder what the heck to do with all those leftover veggies?

Or even all that leftover chicken?

Usually when I have leftover chicken, I make Crispy Chicken Tacos.

That’s my go-to! Those chicken tacos are easy and delicious crispy. Mmmm.

But I’m happy to report that now I (we) can add another leftover chicken recipe to the list – Chicken Pizza!

This recipe is super versatile. You just shred up all that leftover chicken and add it on the pizza.

After that, you just pile on all the veggies!

Mushrooms and onions are one of my favorite combos but you can truly make this your own and use up whatever you have in the fridge.

This Chicken Pizza along with my Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula + Mozzarella are beyond easy to make in the cast-iron skillet.

The result is a thin and crispy pizza that you can’t help but eat entirely!

Feel free to use whole wheat or regular store-bought pizza dough for this recipe. Trader Joes has super affordable ready-to-bake pizza dough and it’s perfect for this recipe. You can also make your own pizza dough.

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Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons

Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Plantain Croutons

A simple chicken caesar salad made with mojo chicken breast, twice fried plantains as croutons, and a lightened up creamy caesar dressing!

In case you’re new here (hi!), you should know – I loooove Cuban food. Why? Because I’m Cuban! Well, I wasn’t born there but both of my parents are Cuban. That makes me Cuban, right?

Geez, I said that word 4 times. 

Being Cuban means you grow up eating a LOT of carbs.

It was a hard job but someone had to do it. ;)

There was always tostones as a side dish on the table and sometimes there was mojo chicken too. Actually, my mom would add mojo to EVERYTHING.

Even salmon.

Yikes.

But that’s neither here nor there. The bottom line is Cuban food is my life blood and I’m always trying to figure out ways to incorporate it into my daily life.

Today I turned elements of my Cuban roots into a salad!

Aside from making juicy mojo chicken breast, you make crispy twice fried plantains to use as croutons!

Um YES PLEASE. I’ll take tostones as croutons ANY DAY.

Oh wait and the lightened up Caesar dressing? HELLO. SO GOOD.

I’d been wanting to make a homemade Caesar dressing without funky ingredients (and without anchovies because…anchovies). I found this recipe online and it tastes pretty freaking close to the real thing!

So pumped for you guys to give this mojo chicken caesar salad a try.

BRB. Gonna go make this BOMB Mojo Chicken Caesar Salad with Tostone Croutons! #asassyspoonClick To Tweet

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes {Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo}

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pancakes {Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo}

Fluffy, healthy, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, low carb chocolate chip pancakes made with almond flour, raw honey, and dark chocolate chips!

So here’s the thing. I’m actually more of an avocado toast kinda girl.

A simple piece of toast with smashed avo, salt, pepper, avo oil and red pepper flakes.

Mmm.

Or eggs, bacon, sausage… or even a banana chocolate chip muffin.

But there comes a time when you gotta change things up and make chocolate chip pancakes.

Not just any pancakes – healthy chocolate chip pancakes!

I’ve been experimenting a lot with grain-free flours and let me tell you, these came out pretty freaking delicious! Surprisingly fluffy, nutty in flavor, with a burst of chocolatey goodness.

YES!

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Juicy Grilled Mojo Chicken Breast

Juicy Grilled Mojo Chicken Breast

Chicken breast marinated in mojo (garlic citrus marinade) and spices then grilled under a brick to get those juicy grill marks! 

Years ago, I bought a grill pan. It’s this one, in case you’re wondering. ;)

Since an actual grill is not allowed on my balcony where I live, I was beyond thrilled to use the next best thing – a grill pan! I remember getting home one day, marinating chicken, placing it on the grill pan, anxiously awaiting grill marks.

Except…there were none.

No grill marks.

Ugh.

I saw faded grill marks but I was expecting the ones you see on an actual grill. You know when you BBQ next to the pool and you make chicken and you see grill marks and they taste delicious. Well, there was none of that happening here!

I never used the pan again.

True story.

I was so discouraged after that, I just never used the pan again.

UNTIL NOW.

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