Have you ever found that you are making dinner and you realize you don’t have salsa? In a Mexican household this could almost be considered a sin. It doesn’t matter what’s for dinner, you need salsa! This is where this salsa comes in. It takes 5 minutes to make, no really, 5 minutes. It’s so simple I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about it myself. The recipe for 5-minute salsa is from my new brother-in-law, Polo. His grandmother used to make this when there was a salsa emergency and she also used it to flavor her arroz a la mexicana. This salsa is fresh, tangy, spicy and   just a bit sweet. It is a great way to use up your summer tomatoes.

This 5-minute salsa is fresh, tangy, spicy and just a bit sweet. It's a great way to use up your summer tomatoes. It only takes 5 minutes.

Polo married my little sister Gaby, the baby of the family. They have been married for 7 months now, but let me tell you, they really do love each other. It’s so nice to see a newlywed couple going through their first hardships, and adjusting to life with each other. You can just feel the love, you know, not like us “old” married couples that have kids in diapers who are in survival mode and have been sleep deprived for about 6 years now. At first I kind of felt jealous I guess, like Polo was taking my sister away from me, but I suspect Polo will soon conquer our hearts just like he conquered hers.

When you welcome someone new into the family, you begin to share and integrate your beliefs and traditions. That’s why I’m very happy to introduce you to Polo in the most perfect way, a recipe. Hopefully as we get to know him, he will share more of his family recipes with us.

This 5-minute salsa is fresh, tangy, spicy and just a bit sweet. It's a great way to use up your summer tomatoes. It only takes 5 minutes.

I also want to take this opportunity to promote Polo and Gaby’s dental practice, Nu-Life Dental Clinic in Monterrey, Mexico. If you live near the border with Texas I recommend you check them out. They have affordable prices and great service. Gaby is an orthodontist and Polo is a DDS (doctor in dental surgery) with a specialty in endodontics. The practice offers orthodontic, endodontic, periodontal, and restorative services. (I just had to look all those up, so don’t feel bad if you have no idea what I’m talking about.) They’re good at their jobs, and they will take care of you. If you live in Monterrey you definitely have to go see them. Here they are, aren’t they cute.

This 5-minute salsa is fresh, tangy, spicy and just a bit sweet. It's a great way to use up your summer tomatoes. It only takes 5 minutes.

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The Recipe: 5-minute salsa

You can add some garlic, onion, and cilantro for extra flavor.


5-Minute Salsa

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Dora Stone


  • 3 Tomatoes, roma
  • 1 Serrano peppers


  • Grate the tomatoes, using the large holes on your grater, into a bowl.
  • Grate the serranos into the same bowl using the small holes in the grater. Mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper.


To increase spiciness, add more serranos. You can also grate some garlic in there, add cilantro, or get creative and add as many ingredients as you like.



Salsa month continues here at Dora’s Table. This is pico de gallo, a raw salsa that consists of jalapeño, tomato, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. That’s it! This is one of the first things I learned how to make. It really isn’t complicated at all, just chop the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro, add some lime juice, and season with salt and pepper. Done! It is great on its own with chips or you can make it a meal by adding chickpeas and avocado. 

pico de gallo

Sometimes I wish I could convince everyone I meet to at least try going vegan (plant-based) at least for 30 days. I was the last person you could think of that would become vegan. I was a meat lover through and through, and don’t even get me started on cheese. In fact, I made fun of vegans and vegetarians. We once invited our one vegetarian friend to eat at Animal in L.A. Yikes!

Being vegan in the food and beverage industry is not perceived as cool, I would say most professionals would think it’s pretty lame. You know, because vegans don’t indulge in the foie gras, and chocolate dipped bacon wrapped everything that has been going on lately. I admit I thought about it that way too.

I was embarrassed to be a vegan at first. I tried to hide it or avoid mentioning it all together, but as I learned how to adapt in social situations and plan my meals better I began to care less and less what others thought of me. As you can see from my now very public vegan blog.
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Honestly, I just feel better when I drop meat and dairy from my meals. I have more energy, I’m back to my pre-baby weight, and I can eat guilt-free. I was a bit chunky as a kid and eating was always associated with guilt. Even after a lost all my weight I couldn’t shake the guilt, not until going vegan. For me it is about being compassionate towards animals, and taking care of my body and myself. Am I 100% vegan? no. I don’t think anybody is.

The funny thing is I don’t feel deprived at all because I can’t eat this or that. Just like James Beard says, “You can omit and still enjoy eating.” I enjoy all of my meals whether or not they are organic, non-gmo, raw, vegan, paleo, etc. Life is too short to eat bad food.

pico de gallo

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Also take one look at Kathy Patalsky‘s Finding Vegan so you can see that you can eat healthy, delicious, and even indulgent meals without a trace of animal products.

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The Recipe: Pico de Gallo

Add more jalapeño to this to make it extra spicy. To make this a quick lunch add 1 cup of chickpeas and some avocado.

A fresh salsa so easy to make.

Pico de Gallo

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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Dora Stone


  • 4 Plum tomatoes. diced
  • ½ White onion, chopped finely
  • 1 Jalapeño, do not remove seeds, minced
  • 1 Juice of lime


  • Combine all ingredients, add lime juice, season with salt and pepper.


Add more jalapeño to make it extra spicy.



3/12/12:   We’re going on a date tomorrow!! A real date. We will be joining the ranks of civilized people who eat without having to wrangle a 2 yr old while trying to enjoy a decent meal. We haven’t had a real date in months. The last time we tried to spend some time alone we ended up dropping the munchkin off at the sitters and coming back home to watch TV. You can hardly call that a date. There is only one problem. I’m still not eating any kind of animal product. How will I be able to resist the cheese?? The soft and pungent  Robiola or the nutty Pecorino.

Eating out on a plant based diet hasn’t been difficult yet. In the past two weeks we have eaten twice at Native Foods in Aliso Viejo. Native Foods is a cafe that serves vegan food made from scratch. If it wasn’t for this lenten experiment that we’re conducting we would’ve never given Native Foods the time of day. Remember how I said I was going to try away from “fake” foods like vegan cheese and anything that slightly resembled a “real” food. Well, this restaurant has proved me wrong. They make an excellent seitan meatball sandwich, and their burger is not bad, not bad at all.

mushroom fajitas


We also ate at Seabirds food truck, which basically serves vegan street food. I had a fried avocado taco, with a garlic aioli, and cole slaw. Their sweet potato fries were good, but the kale, apple, and currant salad was the best. Even though a fried avocado taco isn’t exactly healthy it was a nice treat. Who knew vegans could be unhealthy as well??


This week we made:

  1. Falafel, Cucumber, Lettuce & Tahini Pita Pockets
  2. Spicy Red Lentil Daal and Brown Basmati Rice
  3. Ribollita
  4. Krispy Kale, Coconut, Tofu & Brown Rice in a Sesame Soy Dressing 
  5. Cocoa Peanut Vegan Cookies

I have been looking for good vegan recipe sites or blogs and I came across HealthyHappyLife. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes I’ve tried so far have been excellent. They have a huge vegan recipe index with everything from breakfast to dessert.

3/14:  Dinnner last night was great. I was weak and ended up eating all kinds of deliciousness. It was worth it.

mushroom fajitas

mushroom fajitas

Mushroom Fajitas

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 tbsp. Oil (optional)
  • 1 lb. Button mushrooms, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 lb. Portobello mushrooms, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Soy sauce


  • Set a large sauté pan to medium-high heat. Pour in oil. Add mushrooms when pan is hot and cook for about 3-5 min, until all the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated and they are golden brown
  • Remove mushrooms from pan.
  • Add onion into the pan and cook for 2-3 min. until slightly browned. Add garlic and peppers. Cook for 3-4 min. more or until the peppers are tender.
  • Place mushrooms back in the pan. Pour in soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 min.
  • Serve with tortillas, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa.


Feel free to add any variety of mushrooms or make your own combination.