Cinco de Mayo Recipe :: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

healthy cinco de mayo recipe vegan

I know most people are firing up their blenders and smothering everything in queso in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo. I'm going to keep it festive and clean on Friday with this flavorful, sweet potato black bean salad that has great Mexican flavor without all the fat. This sweet potato salad is adapted from Mark Bittman's recipe for Roasted Sweet … [Read more...]

DIY :: Succulent Cinco de Mayo Centerpiece

succulent can with watermark

I love me some fresh flowers but I saw an idea for succulents planted in soup cans and though succulents in Mexican-inspired cans would be a cool alternative for a Cinco de Mayo theme centerpiece. I bought several cans of La Morena brand canned goods (chipotle peppers and pickled jalapeños) because I liked the subtle Mexican colors and the funny … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Fresh Tomato Salsa

fresh tomato salsa

It that time of year, when we get mass quantities of tomatoes from our crop-share. I know I should look forward to it, but I'm always sort of over tomatoes by the time September rolls around. I've been slicing tomatoes and drizzling them with basil infused olive oil, sprinkling sliced tomatoes with sriracha sea salt and eating them with eggs, and … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Sweet & Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds |

Give traditional toasted pumpkin seeds a stylish twist with a simple sweet and spicy coating.  This particular spice combination, inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetite, has just the right amount of flavor and kick and is completely addictive.  The spice blend is great on fresh pumpkin seeds, but the average pumpkin does not yield 2 cups of seeds, … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Black Bean & Mango Salsa for Cinco de Mayo

Black Bean & Mango Salsa |

For me, Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to have friends over for a casual Mexican-inspired feast.  I like to serve a few different types of salsa, and this black bean and mango combo is one of my favorites.  It has a mild kick from the jalapenos, which is balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the mango.  The black beans give the salsa some heft … [Read more...]

Hip Tip: Mexican Blanket Tablecloths


      Repurpose a traditional striped or diamond-patterned Mexican blanket as a tablecloth or table runner for a Cinco de Mayo or fiesta theme party.  It's a simple and inexpensive way to add color to your table.  For an al fresco party, lay several Mexican blankets on the ground to form a casual seating area. Set out small side tables, stools or … [Read more...]