Dream Big, Princess: Becoming a Storyteller

This post is sponsored by Disney. All opinions are my own.

I am still processing everything that happened a week and half ago. I was selected as one of 6 storytellers for the #WeAllGrow Summit by the ‘Dream Big, Princess’ campaign by Disney. The #WeAllGrow Summit is a latina bloggers conference and there is a special portion of the conference where the storytellers come up on stage and get to share their story. As a storyteller, I was also able to bring a blogging bestie with me, Jeni from thymeandlove.com. It truly was one of the most memorable experiences of my life!

The conference started with a field trip to the Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. I had never been to the Disney Studios and it was a true treat. We were able to pre-screen The Beauty and the Beast live action film, have lunch in the executive lunch room, visit the Disney Studio Store, and had a sneak peek and a Q & A with the creators of Tangled Before Ever After. My favorite part was the pre-screening of The Beauty and the Beast. Never in my wildest little girl dreams would I have imagined that one of my favorite animated films could be brought to life so beautifully. The special effects, the costumes, the singing, all of it was a perfect interpretation of the original movie. I thought Emma Watson was a great Belle, and I kind of developed a crush on Luke Evans as Gaston. I especially liked the way Belle was portrayed as different from the rest of the town, because she has a voice of her own, she refuses to settle for the norm, and she’s not afraid to stand-up for what she believes in. The beast was very realistic and scary, so I will probably wait to take my 2 and 7 yr. old to see it, but I can’t wait until they can enjoy it too! The day ended with a Frida themed #AlasparaVolar cocktail party, which included lots of dancing, pictures, and yummy food.

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The second day of the conference was busy and exciting. As part of winning a spot as a storyteller my bestie and I were able to stay in the Hotel Maya for 4 nights in a gorgeous room with a view of the marina. The day started bright and early with breakfast, keynote speakers, and conferences. I gave a conference of my own: Generating Income by Self-Publishing an Ebook. I was worried that I was going to bore everyone, because some of the steps to self-publishing are frankly quite boring, but everyone seemed really interested and eager to learn. Once that was done I was able to focus and practice for the big storyteller night.

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In the month before the conference I was able to receive advice and mentorship from Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica, she is an experienced storyteller, and she guided me through the whole process. It was all quite nerve wrecking. The funny thing is, as we were going through what parts of the story to keep, and which to cut out I discovered some wonderful things about myself and my relationship to Princess Tiana. I had always been drawn to Princess Tiana, because she wanted to open her own restaurant and it was easy to identify with that, but as we dug deeper into the story I began to see myself truly reflected in the Princess and the Frog, and Tiana’s journey. We nailed down the story a couple of days before the conference, and now all I had to do was get up in front of 400 people and tell it.

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The last day of the conference I was a ball of nerves. I kept going over my story in my head. I was really worried that half way through the speech I was just going to go blank and stare at the audience. After getting ready and all dolled up, we headed over to do a short interview on camera for the ‘Dream Big, Princess‘ campaign. (Being a part of this campaign was very important to me because I have a 2 yr. old daughter, and I want her to grow up like I did with the Disney princesses. I want her to be a part of the new fairytales, where the princesses are strong, decided, courageous, and aren’t afraid to stand-up in what they believe in.) After going over our slideshows and doing a sound check, it was finally time! I was the third storyteller to go up on stage. I could go on and on about my story, but instead why don’t I show you the official video of it.

Dream Big Princess: Princess Tiana and Me

All of these years I have been trying to build something of this blog, so I can contribute to our household, and fulfill my aspiration as a professional woman and mother. There have been many discouraging moments along the way, moments where I wanted to give up, where it seemed that all of this work was for nothing, but that night standing on that stage it suddenly became clear that all the tears, and late nights have not been in vain. There is still a long way to go, and much more work to do, but I hope that that night I was able to inspire at least one stay-at-home mom or one little girl to keep dreaming, to keep fighting, and to never lose sight of what’s important. #dreambigprincess

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This post is sponsored by Disney. All opinions are my own.

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Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Stuffed Poblano

Vegan tuna salad was one of those things I refused to try for a long time. It sounded so unappetizing, I don’t think I was a fan of real tuna salad to begin, with so trying a vegan version seemed almost illogical. When I finally did, I realized I was sooo wrong. I may not have liked tuna, but I certainly do like chickpeas! This vegan chickpea tuna salad has mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, vegan mayo, olives, and capers. It is just the right amount of spicy and it is stuffed into a roasted poblano pepper.

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

This is another one of those Mexican lent dishes I was talking about last week. It is meant to be eaten cold, like a salad, but if you like it can be eaten warm. If you choose to eat it warm, I recommend serving it with this chipotle tomato sauce.  Another way to eat this vegan chickpea tuna salad is in a sandwich, tostadas or with crackers. It is perfect for an on-the-go lunch and it is full of protein. I made it just a couple of days ago to photograph it, and my dad asked if he could try it. I was a little nervous since my dad is definitely NOT VEGAN, but he really enjoyed it!

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

If you are looking for other recipes with poblano peppers you can try this traditional chile relleno filled with vegan cheese and fried until golden brown, or this roasted poblano pepper filled with quinoa and calabacitas and topped with a creamy vegan chipotle sauce. 

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

The Recipe: Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Stuffed Poblano

I usually try and find a brand of chickpeas that are very tender and soft. Some are more firm than others, or you can always cook them yourself. The more tender your chickpeas are, the creamier your tuna salad will be. If you can’t find vegan mayo or you are a no-oil vegan, you can substitute the mayo with mashed avocado or this oil-free vegan mayo. Enjoy!

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.
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Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Large chiles
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Large poblano peppers, roasted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup Diced tomatoes, fresh
  • 1/4 cup White onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped Manzanilla olives
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped capers
  • 1-2 tsp. Vegan mayo (see note)
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp. Liquid from pickled jalapeños, or lime juice

Instructions

  1. Roast, peel, and deseeded the poblano peppers. Set aside. 

  2. Place chickpeas in a shallow bowl and use a fork to mash them up. 

  3. Add tomatoes. onion, serrano, olives, capers and mix well. 

  4. Add the vegan mayo and 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice. Mix well.

  5. Season with salt and pepper and taste. If necessary, add remaining 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice.

  6. Place salad in fridge for 15 to 20 min. (optional)

  7. Stuff the poblano peppers with the chickpea salad and serve. 

Recipe Notes

 If you can't find vegan mayo or you are a no-oil vegan, you can substitute the mayo with mashed avocado or this oil-free vegan mayo. You can also add 1 tbsp. of nori flakes to make the salad more “fishy”. Here is a small tutorial on how to roast poblano peppers. This dish is meant to be eaten cold, like a salad, but if you like, it can be eaten warm. If you choose to eat it warm, I recommend serving it with this chipotle tomato sauce.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomatillo Poblano White Beans | Instant Pot Recipe

These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tart tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano. They can be made in less than 40 minutes in your Instant Pot. The recipe is from my new favorite cookbook The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot. The author of the book is Kathy Hester, the blogger behind Healthy Slow Cooking.

These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano.

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, because I kept hearing so many great things about it, and how I was going to love it and so on. To tell you the truth I was unsure about the whole thing, because I’m more of a do-it-yourself than using an appliance. I have tried using a slow cooker before, and it just didn’t work out for me. I kept forgetting to put the food in the morning and by the time I remembered it was too late, and I would just cook whatever I was going to make on the stove. However, the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, not a slow cooker, and that really appealed to me. Pressure cooking saves time, instead of cooking beans on the stove for two hours they can be done in 40 minutes!

These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano.

It sounds good right? Well, the Instant Pot sat in the box for almost five weeks before I had the courage to try and figure it out. That’s where Kathy’s book comes in. Thanks to the book I was able to use the Instant Pot without a problem and realized that it’s actually quite easy to use. There are so many good recipes in this book, some that I didn’t even imagine could me made in the Instant Pot, like the Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake with a Hazelnut-Oat Crust. All the recipes are vegan and most can be made gluten-free and without oil. I can’t wait to try the Spicy Jackfruit Tinga and the Mole Sauce.

Now that there will soon be a new addition to this little family I am going to be relying on The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot for some quick, delicious, healthy vegan meals.

These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano.

The Recipe: Tomatillo Poblano White Beans

Soak the beans the night before, this will shorten the cooking time. If you want to make this on the stove top, I recommend you used canned beans instead of cooking them from scratch. Process the tomatillo, onion, jalapeño and poblano in the blender until chopped but not completely pureed and simmer this mixture for 8-10 minutes. Add the canned beans and let simmer for 5 more minutes. If the sauce is too thick add vegetable stock or water. Season to taste. Enjoy!

These tomatillo poblano white beans are a warm stew of perfectly creamy beans, tomatillos, spicy poblano pepper, onion, cumin, and oregano.
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Tomatillo Poblano White Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Kathy Hester

Ingredients

Saute Ingredients

  • 2 cups Chopped tomatillos
  • 1 cup Chopped poblano, seed and stems removed before chopping
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Jalapeño, without seeds, or use more to make it hotter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground cumin

Pressure Cooker Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Dried Great Northern beans, soaked for 8-12 hours and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 tsp. Dried oregano
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. For the sauté, add the tomatillos, poblano, onion and jalapeño to your blender or food processor. Pulse until the veggies are in tiny pieces, but not pureed.

  2. Use the sauté setting over normal, or medium heat, and pour in the blended veggies; add the cumin and stir to combine. Cook for about 4 minutes to remove the edge off the onions and make the cumin more fragrant.
  3. For the pressure cooker, add the beans, water and oregano to the sauté mixture and stir to combine. Put the lid on and make sure that the steam release handle is sealed. Cook on manual setting at high pressure and set for 35 minutes. 

  4. Allow the pressure to release naturally.

  5. If there is still more liquid in the pot than you’d like to have, switch back to the sauté setting and simmer to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this on the stove top, I recommend you used canned beans instead of cooking them from scratch. Process the tomatillo, onion, jalapeño and poblano in the blender until chopped but not completely pureed and simmer this mixture for 8-10 minutes. Add the canned beans and let simmer for 5 more minutes. If the sauce is too thick add vegetable stock or water. Season to taste.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Jeni’s Vegan Mexican Cookbook & Roasted Poblano Hummus

Jeni from Thyme and Love has just released her book The Vegan Mexican Cookbook: Plant-Based Recipes Inspired by Mexico and I couldn’t be more excited! Jeni lived in Mexico city for a time with her husband, and she fell in love with the cuisine and it definitely shows in this book. I found Jeni online about two years ago, she was still living in Mexico at the time, and I quickly became a fan. It is exciting to find other bloggers that share your love of Mexican cuisine, especially vegan Mexican cuisine.

Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.

Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.

The book has 25 recipes, they are all quite easy to make, and all plant-based (vegan). The book also has great photography, all done by Jeni herself. My only complaint is that there aren’t more recipes! I’m looking forward to trying the kale and potato taquitos, the hibiscus tacos with guacamole, and the rice pudding popsicles. The best part is that it is only $6.99. The book is only available in electronic form. I encourage you to stop by Thyme & Love and enjoy some of her recipes, and of course to show Jeni some support by buying her book. To get 30% off of your book purchase use the code dorastable30. Thank you Jeni!

Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.

Today I am going to share with you a recipe from Jeni’s book: Roasted Poblano Hummus. The smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, and the acidity of the lemon and lime really complements the chickpeas and tahini. It is super easy to make and a great appetizer for sharing.

Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.

 

The Recipe: Roasted Poblano Hummus

If you have never roasted your own poblano peppers before you can use canned ones, but roasted them is not complicated at all. The recipe calls for canned chickpeas, but you can cook your own if you like. If you prefer your hummus on the less lemony side I would reduce the amount of lemon and lime. Enjoy!

Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.
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Roasted Poblano Hummus

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Jeni Hernandez

Ingredients

  • 2 Poblano Peppers
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 - 3 tbsp. Tahini
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic, clove, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon, juice
  • 2 tbsp. Lime. juice
  • 3-4 tbsp. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt, or taste
  • 1/4 cup Toasted pine nuts for garnish, optional
  • 1 Pinch Cilantro for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Roast the poblano peppers on a comal or heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook until blackened, turning the chiles often. Depending on the thickness of the comal or skillet, it can take 15-20 minutes until all sides of the chiles are blackened.

  2. Once the chiles have blackened, transfer them to a plastic ziploc bag and let them steam for 15-20 minutes. Once the chiles have steamed, peel off the skin. Them cut a slit along the side of the chile and remove the seeds and veins. Roughly chop the chiles and add to a high speed blender or food processor.

  3. Add the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, water and salt to the blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add a tablespoon of water if needed.

    Roasted Poblano Hummus, the smoky flavor of the poblano pepper really pulls through in this smooth hummus, eat with corn or pita chips.
  4. Taste for seasonings.

  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If using toasted pine nuts to garnish, add them to the hummus just before serving. Serve with chips or assorted veggies. 

Recipe Notes

To toast the pine nuts, preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the pine nuts. Toast for 8-10 minutes. remove from the baking sheet and transfer to a bowl until ready to serve.