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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Eggplant para toda la familia

    Eggplant para toda la familia

    Before I traveled to Italy, the only way I knew how to eat eggplant was when I ordered "eggplant parmigiana" at a restaurant. While tasty, it's fried and covered with mountains of melted cheese. Even if you go organic on the ingredients, there cannot be much of a healthy aspect to this dish. Once in Italy I realized that many restaurants carried several dishes containing melanzane (eggplant). I started experimenting and found a ton of delicious eggplant recipes that are not fried and definitely have fewer calories.

    The easiest of all is an eggplant a la parrilla (on the grill) to enjoy with the entire familia during a Sunday barbecue. Eggplant can be a little dry when cooked on the stove or on the grill, but if you slice it finely and add olive oil a few minutes before cooking, you will have a crunchy and flavorful side dish. And it gets better- eggplant is packed with fiber and promotes even skin tone. Asi que ladies, get to your supermarkets and

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Guacamole with a twist

    Guacamole with a twist

    My abuelo used to make his special guacamole during family gatherings at his finca (farm) in the small town of Melgar, Colombia. His ritual consisted of scooping the avocados and giving my cousins and I the skin to rub it in our faces creating a homemade mask. While the mask took effect, he made a guacamole that didn't last until dinner. His special secret: white tequila.

    Yes, white tequila makes a perfectly smooth guacamole. I took the recipe from grandma a few years back, and she suggested I buy a molcajete. Molcajete is a Mexican bowl made out of rough stone that comes with a thick mashing tool from the same material; it smashes the avocados to perfection. Well, luckily enough, my friend happened to be in Mexico around the same time and she brought me this great kitchen gadget. I still make abuelo's guacamole at family gatherings. My mom maintained the mask tradition, and her skin looks better than ever!

    A guacamolear

    Guacamole with a twist

    Guacamole with a twist

    (4 servings)

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  • Churros filled with dulce de leche / Yahoo!

    Churros filled with dulce de leche / Yahoo!

    As adapted from Mariana Coria | Otro stylo para cocinar

    Churros are a delicious, must try snack that melts in your mouth; they're pillows of fried dough that you can either cover in cinnamon sugar or dip in your favorite filling. In this case, we're combining the filling inside the churro.

    Yields: About a dozen pieces

    Total time: 1 hour

    Level: Medium


    Ingredients:

    1 cup water

    3.5 oz. (100 grams) butter

    1 cup all purpose flour

    2 eggs

    Pinch of salt

    1 cup dulce de leche

    Sugar, to coat churros

    Vegetable oil, enough to fry

    Related: The exotic world of Latin sodas

    Preparation:

    Put water, salt and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil; once the mix is boiling, add the flour all at once and stir well until the dough comes away easily from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat, and add both eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

    Place dough in a pastry bag with a mid-sized star tip.

    Heat the oil in a clean pot; once it's read

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  • By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Don't miss my tips for beauty budget swaps / iStockphoto

    There are many fabulous high end makeup brands out there, but for Latinas (and any chica for that matter!) on a budget quality doesn't have to be sacrificed for affordability. Here are some great dupes for high end products.

    LIPS
    Starting with the Clinque Chubby Stick ($16) which imparts a sheer wash of color on the lips; Revlon has a super affordable alternative that won't break the bank. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($7.69) has more opaque color coverage and also works as a stain which lasts for hours. Next up is lip liner, MAC's Lip Pencil ($14) comes in a variety of colors and is revered around the world as the go-to lip liner. The price is not so fabulous, however, and I found NYX's lip liner ($4) to be a great alternative- just as pigmented and easy to use.

    Watch my video to see which products give a better bang for your buck:

     

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Churrasco a lo healthy/Lili'sLatin Kitchen

    Churrasco a lo healthy/Lili'sLatin Kitchen

    Growing up in a Latin country, it was very common to eat rice, beans and some sort of protein for lunch five days a week. Sometimes, un batido (a shake) and dessert were also part of our weekly menu. It sure tasted great, but was it always the healthiest option? Once I turned 15, I realized that I needed to change my eating habits if I wanted to maintain an optimal weight and a healthy lifestyle. Today, I try to always incorporate at least one vegetable serving in my meals. I also tend to avoid carbs, especially when I eat a heavy lunch and want to work out at night without feeling bloated and heavy.

    Last week, I paired a good piece of churrasco (skirt steak) with mushrooms and asparagus, and an apricot and goat cheese salad. Since I can't grill in my apartment, I marinated the steak in beer to tenderize it and make it easier to cook on the stove. After I ate my delicious churrasco and salad, I didn't feel like a needed coffee to stay awake,

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