• 15-Minute Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

    I once read that caldo verde soup is commonly served during celebrations that are held in Portugual. So, this delicious soup might be served at birthday parties, weddings or other types of important gatherings in Europe’s oldest country. However, there are often so many things vying for a parent’s time and attention that simply finding a way to prepare a tasty and healthy meal for one’s family is reason enough to celebrate! If you’ve been following along since I started sharing my cultural foods recipe hacks last fall, you’ve probably noticed that I try to keep the number of ingredients–and the amount of time–needed for my recipes at a minimum.…

  • 15-Minute West African Peanut and Chicken Stew

    In the past, my exposure to specific dishes that originated in African countries was limited, for the most part, to stories my husband shared about meals he ate during his trips to Nigeria and Uganda or to comments made by a family friend about food she enjoyed when she visited South Africa. However, since setting out on a mission to make preparing cultural foods easier for busy families through recipe hacks, I’ve discovered countless dishes that are native to the world’s second-largest continent, home of some of my ancestors. And, I plan on featuring simplified versions of many of them on my blog from time to time. One recipe that…

  • 15-Minute Ginataang Gulay With Salmon

    I can’t remember how old I was or what it was about the Philippines that inspired me to add it to the list of places I want to visit one day. But, now that I’m older and really understand the value of learning more about different cultures, I’m even more intrigued by this group of islands than I already was. Many tourists who go to the Philippines may head there to visit its beautiful beaches (and I’d probably want to stick my toes in the sand at one of them just to be able to say I did that). But, I would be more excited about exploring the world heritage…

  • 15-Minute Chicken Curry With Vegetables

    My hubby, daughters and I are fans of Indian cuisine. We’re such big fans that, the year that my mom wasn’t feeling well and was unable to host her usual family Christmas dinner, my hubby, girls and I went to church first and then went to an Indian restaurant for lunch. That was a big deal because we never ate at restaurants on Christmas since we were always at either my maternal grandparents’ home (when they were alive), my aunt and uncle’s home, or my parents’ home. Fortunately, my mom was feeling better by New Year’s Day, so we enjoyed our family dinner and gift exchange that day. My list…