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How did I not know this book existed until now! Decolonize your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquivel is part manifesto, part cookbook, and part love story. It is a book that hopes to impulse a movement to help others heal their bodies, reclaim the culture of their ancestors, and revolt against the colonial systems that aim to suppress indigenous traditions.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

It all begins when Luz is diagnosed with breast cancer. This forces her to reexamine not only what she had been feeding her body, but to come up with a plan to survive the cancer. This led to her doing extensive research on breast cancer in Latino communities and what she found began a whole new way of life for both Luz and Catriona.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

In her research it was clear that immigrant Latinos had significantly lower breast cancer rates than those born in the US. Primarily, because immigrants led a diet closer to that of their ancestors, based on beans, corn, squash, wild greens, nopales, fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. After this discovery, Luz and Catriona began to decolonize their diet.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

The book also touches on how decolonizing your diet fits in perfectly with the Chicana/o movement, in that it aims to preserve our indigenous cooking traditions. This part in particular pulled at my heart strings. I am technically not a chicana myself, because I was born in Mexico, though I have been living in this country for 13 years. My children however are chicanos, and as a mom it feels like every day is a fight against a culture that is not my own. I speak only Spanish to them, I cook Mexican food at home, and we continue traditions that my mother taught me, and her mother taught her. I want them to be proud of their heritage and a big part of that is food. Just like Luz and Catriona say in their book, food is a nexus connecting generations.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

There are over 120 recipes in this book, not all of them are vegan, but most of them include a vegan option. The recipes are wonderfully researched, the cooking techniques explained in detail, and there’s even a section with menu ideas. My favorite ones so far are Verdolagas & Nectarine Summer Salad, Chipotle Pumpkin Soup, and the Tlacoyos con Quelites.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Thank you, Luz and Catriona, for the inspiring me to continue to publish plant-based recipes that honor Mexican culture and traditions. I hope to meet you guys some day and maybe share a meal that honors our ancestors!

You can purchase Decolonize Your Diet on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indibound.

The Recipe: Pipian Rojo Over Rice

I have chosen this Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe to share with you, because it is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of sauce, made with roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted tomato, and dried pasilla, arbol, and ancho chiles. The sauce is served over potatoes, green beans, and chayote. You can serve this over a bed of rice with a green salad. Enjoy!

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice

Recipe from the book Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel. Recipe used with permission from author. 
5 from 1 vote
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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 Corn tortillas
  • 3 Guajillo chiles, dried, deseeded
  • 5 Pasilla chiles, dried, deseeded
  • 1 Chile de Arbol, dried, deseeded
  • 1 White onion, peeled, and quartered
  • 2 Garlic, whole, unpeeled
  • 2 Medium tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin seeds, raw, hulled (pepitas)
  • 8 Allspice berries, whole
  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. Achiote, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper

Stew

  • 5 Purple potatoes, medium-sized, scrubbed
  • 1/2 lb. Green beans, ends removed
  • 1 Chayote, peeled
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil (optional)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. Pumpkin seed oil (optional)
  • 2 cups Cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds, raw, hulled, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, leaves only

Instructions

To make sauce

  • On a griddle on medium high-heat, toast corn tortillas until crispy and slightly charred. Set aside. On the same griddle, toast dried chiles for 1 minute on each side, taking care not to burn. Put chiles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Use a small plate to keep chiles submerged for 30 minutes.
  • On same hot griddle, slightly char onions and garlic, about 4 minutes. Peel garlic and place it with onions in blender. Put whole tomatoes on griddle and turn often to char on several sides, then add to blender. When chiles have finished soaking, drain, and add to blender.
  • On same hot griddle, toast pumpkin seeds until they begin to puff up. Reserve 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds for garnish, and add the rest to the blender. On griddle, toast allspice and peppercorns for a few seconds and add to blender wth achiote, salt, and pepper. 
  • Break charred tortillas into quarters and add to blender. Purée until ingredients form a smooth sauce. If necessary, work in batches or add a small amount of water to blender to process smoothly. Sauce should have the consistency of a tomato sauce or just a little bit chunkier. 

To make stew:

  • Coarsley chop potatoes, green beans, and chayote into hearty, bite-sized chunks and set aside. In a large pot on medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant. Add potatoes, green beans, and chayote and stir to combine. 
  • Season vegetables with salt. Add just enough water to cover vegetables and bring to a boil. Stir in pipian sauce. Lower heat to medium simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender. Adjust seasonings.
  • Divide rice between bowls and serve pipian over rice. Garnish each serving with a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro leaves.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to complete this review. 

Sooo…… I realize I haven’t posted in a while, but I have great news! I’m pregnant!! We are so happy and grateful, but I have spent the last 7 weeks trying not to puke all over myself. The nausea has been brutal. It truly has been a humbling experience.  I have barely been able to eat food, much less cook it. I suddenly realized how much time I spend cooking food, eating food, looking at pictures of food, testing out new recipes, and photographing food.

These Roasted Balsamic Green beans are irresistible, with the caramelization of sweet balsamic and honey, and the aromatic onion and garlic.

The nausea has finally started to subside and I am very thankful for that. Ironically, the only things that didn’t gross me out in the beginning were beef, chicken, or fish. So I had to temporarily set aside my attempts at a vegan diet. So yes, I’m back to eating my beloved cheese, and boy am I enjoying it! For some weird reason I keep craving Subway and we have been there more often than ever. I’m hoping my aversion to beans will subside soon, and then I might be able to go back to being plant-based.

I know you’re busy so I will keep it short today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I leave you with a last minute side dish recipe, just in case you forgot to buy the mushroom soup for the green bean casserole!

These Roasted Balsamic Green beans are irresistible, with the caramelization of sweet balsamic and honey, and the aromatic onion and garlic.

The Recipe: Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

This is one of my favorite side dishes. The recipe has been adapted from a Cook’s Illustrated magazine. The combination of the sweet balsamic and the caramelization that comes from roasting the beans is irresistible. Even the kids like them. The beans will wrinkle and brown in the oven, but that’s where all the flavor comes from. Serve this as a warm side dish or you can serve them cold over a salad. Enjoy!

Roasted Balsamic Green Beans

Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated
5 from 1 vote
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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb. Green beans, stems trimmed
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 Onion red, sliced thick
  • 2 Garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Honey *
  • Salt kosher To Taste
  • Pepper black To Taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Place green beans and red onions on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  • Roast in oven for 10min.
  • In the meantime in a small bowl whisk the balsamic vinegar, the honey, and the garlic slices. Set aside.
  • Remove beans from oven and pour the balsamic-honey mix over them. Toss with your tongs.
  • Continue roasting for 10-12 more minutes or until beans have begun to shrivel and brown.
  • Remove from oven and serve.

Notes

* If you are vegan you can substitute with agave nectar or maple syrup.
The beans will shrivel and wrinkle in the oven. They might not look as nice as blanched green beans, but they will taste great. These beans taste great cold with a balsamic honey dressing. Even the kids love this recipe!