Prickly Pear Fruit Smoothie

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Prickly pear fruit can appear intimidating, but it is sweet, delicious, and full of nutrients. This smoothie is made with ripe mango and well-hidden parsley, offering a tasty, colorful and healthful snack your little one will love. It can also be frozen into popsicle molds. Yield: 24 ounces, 6 (4-ounce) smoothies Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 5 fresh prickly pear …

Brown Rice Horchata Recipe

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Last week, I offered up a little tutorial on making your own horchata, or spiced rice milk agua fresca. While this creamy, sweet refreshment is traditionally made with long-grain white rice (and can be made with any number of other ingredients including basmati or jasmine rice, nuts, seeds, etc.), a recent experiment with just the opposite—short-grain brown—yielded surprisingly delicious results. The …

Homemade Horchata

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Horchata (or-cha-tah) has always been one of my very favorite aguas frescas, cooling flavored-water beverages popular in Mexico. It’s typically made by soaking rice with whole-stick cinnamon, blending it, sweetening it, and straining it into a refreshing rice milk. It’s sweet, cold, and creamy—a fantastic accompaniment to hot, spicy tacos. Although rice, cinnamon, and sugar tend to be horchata constants, …

Pineapple Ginger Lime Popsicles with Serrano

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Sweet and spicy is one of my very favorite flavor combinations. In this sinus-clearing, breath-easy popsicle, the energizing powers of ginger and lime combine with sweet, tropical pineapple, spicy, floral serrano peppers and raw Mexican piloncillo. The result is a lovely layer of flavors that tastes great and really gets you going. Yield: 28 ounces; 7 (4-ounce) popsicles or 28 …

Pineapple Cucumber Agua Fresca

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Aguas frescas are a great way to stay cool and hydrated when things start heating up. This is a flavor combination I first tried at a taquería in Austin. It’s really light and fresh, comes out a really pretty color somewhere between yellow and green and tastes great with extra chunks of pineapple and slices of cucumber in the glass …

Citrus Cilantro Quinoa Salad

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Light and fluffy with the fresh, bold spice of pico de gallo and the sweetness of mandarin and jicama, this quinoa salad makes a colorful, high-protein side or light lunch. The grain is cooked Mexican rice-style in coconut oil, adding a toasty flavor and creamy texture. Yield: Makes 12-15 side servings Cook time: 1 hour Ingredients: 4 tbsp coconut oil, …